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IB 315 International Business Perspectives
Fitzmorris, Michael


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

IB 315 International Business Perspectives

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Fitzmorris, Michael

Title

Assistant Professor of International Business

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Business and Administrative Studies, Lewis and Clark College
M.B.A. International Business, Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Business

Office Location

Mackay Hall 27B

Office Hours

Monday 9:30 -10:00 a.m. and 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.  Weds. 1-3 p.m.  Friday 12:15 - 3p.m.

Daytime Phone

816 584-6759

E-Mail

michael.fitzmorris@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 21 until December 15, 2006

Class Days

MWF

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
International Business 6th edition by Charles W. L. Hill. McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishing. 2007.

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Course Description:
This course examines international business, especially the multinational  corporation, from several perspectives: historical, business, political, cultural,  economic and environmental. Attention is given to the impact and effect of  the MNC upon traditional societies and nationalistic governments. Its future  also is considered in the rapidly changing economies of Europe and the  Third World. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is that you learn by doing and not by just sitting and listening.  We will discuss the topics of the course at length and you will be expected to be prepared to speak out in class every day.  We will learn from: the readings, articles from journals and magazines, videos, the internet, and from case analysis.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will analyze the reasons for the crash in the economies and currencies in Asia.
  2. The student will research and evaluate the global trend towards regional economic integration.
  3. The student will analyze the importance of finding a reliable and experienced international banker in international business.
  4. The student will analyze the importance of NAFTA and of the new CAFTA agreement.
  5. The student will evaluate the methods that global marketers use to screen foreign markets.
  6. The student will compare and contrast the roles of the WTO, IMF, and the World Bank.


Core Assessment:

During finals week the student will take a comprehensive exam which is the chosen assessment device for IB315 International Business Perspectives (MLL).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Exams                   100 points each

Final Exam             200 points

Case analysis         100 points each

Oral Presentations    20 points each

Class Participation  100 points

Grading:
A = 90% and above B = 80% to 89.99% C = 70% to 79.99% D = 60% to 69.99% F = Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Case analysis will not be accepted late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We will all treat each other as adults.  Cell phones, pagers, etc. will all be turned off during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Sept. 15 Exam #1

Sept. 22 Case #1 Due

Sept. 18 - 29 Oral Presentation #1

Oct. 9 Exam #2

Nov. 8 Case #2 Due

Oct. 23 - Nov. 3 Oral Presentation #2

Nov. 15 Exam #3

Finals Week Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides a thorough explanation of NAFTA and the reasons for regional economic integration. Provides a good, but not excellent, explanation of NAFTA and the reasons for regional economic integration. Provides a poor explanation of NAFTA and the reasons for regional economic integration. No answer or provides an insignificant explanation of NAFTA and regional economic integration. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Provides a thorough explanation of the reasons for the crash in the economies and currencies of Asia. Provides a good explanation of the reasons for the crash in the economies and currencies of Asia. Provides an inadequate explanation of the reasons for the crash in the economies and currencies of Asia. No answer or provides a poor explanation of the reasons for the crash in the economies and currencies of Asia. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student completes a thorough analysis of the methods that global marketers use to screen foreign markets. The student completes a good analysis of the methods that global marketers use to screen foreign markets. The student analysis of the methods that global marketers use to screen markets is not well analyzed. No answer or provides a poor analysis of the methods to screen foreign markets. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Shows excellent knowledge of the course content through the use of ideas and theories from the course textbook and readings. Shows excellent knowledge of the course content through the use of ideas and theories from the course textbook and readings. Barely shows minimal knowledge of the course content. No answer or provides unrelated information that shows inadequate knowledge of the course content. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
O errors 1 to 3 errors 4 to 6 errors No answer or makes more than 6 errors. 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
O errors 1 to 3 errors 4 to 6 No answer or makes more than 6 errors. 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student completes an excellent written international business case analysis. Student completes a good written international business case analysis. Student completes an average to poor written international business case analysis. Shows no understanding of how to prepare a written international business case analysis. 

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