International Business Experience

Subject IBUS90007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Jun-2016 to 26-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Jul-2016
Census Date 15-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Aug-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

140 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Have completed at least one semester of study in the Masters degree.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Bill Harley


Subject Overview:

This subject will provide students with a broad overview of management and business in an International context through a substantial overseas learning experience with a partner University at destinations including National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Singapore Management University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tsinghua University Beijing (subject to availability/offering).

The Faculty of Business and Economics will work in partnership with specific partner universities globally to deliver the subject content. All assignments and grading will be co-ordinated by FBE.

Upon completion, students will have an a better understanding of how business is conducted internationally, key challenges in particular regions and will have gained cultural insight into their host country.

Selection into his subject is based on academic merit, demonstrated motivation to benefit from the program (and bring benefit back to the University) and timely submission of application. The subject co-ordinator will have final approval of all selected students. There may be further eligibility criteria as requested by the host institution.

This subject will incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. Students may be eligible to apply for Faculty or University funding and Australian citizens will also be considered for Federal Government New Colombo Plan funding.

Quotas for this subject will depend on requirements from host institutions.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the international business community in the particular region
  • Appreciate how management and business operate internationally and what this means in a global context
  • Appreciate diversity of cultures and how these impact on workplaces/organisations
  • Demonstrate enhanced ability to undertake independent research
  • Have developed improved self-reflection and practical skills for future career pathways and employability
  • Demonstrate enhanced communication skills via contributions during the program and delivery of a formal presentation upon return.
  • Assessment task 1: Reflective journal 1500 words. Due the week following the conclusion of the program (30%)
  • Assessment task 2: Field work project 2500 words. Due 4 weeks following the conclusion of the program (50%)
  • Assessment task 3: 10 minute group presentation with others attending the same program (equivalent to 1000 words). As soon as practical after return to the University and during semester (20%)

This subject also has a hurdle requirement of 100% attendance at the pre and post departure workshops run by FBE.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of the subjects, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced oral and written communication skills, which should be developed via cross cultural communication, group work, group presentations and preparation of the major assignment
  • Cross cultural understanding – gained through interaction with other course participants in the host country and immersion in the host country for the life of the course
  • Problem solving skills further developed through course and post course group work and working with issues related to cultural variations in business, personal and cultural issues
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork skills, which will be enhanced by working in small groups, with colleagues from different courses and cultural backgrounds
  • Flexibility related to navigating a new culture and ways of learning and interacting.

The process for selecting students into IBUS90007 International Business Intensive is as follows:

  • Students must apply to and meet the specific requirements of the partner institution*
  • Students must have a minimum WAM of 70% in their current University of Melbourne program
  • Students must demonstrate their motivation for applying and what they will bring back to the University.

Students will be advised whether or not they have been selected into IBUS90007 International Business Intensive. A list of successful applicants will be forwarded to the Student Centre and the subject will be added to students study plan.

*Please note that the number of places offered in partner institution programs is limited.

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