MBA 507 International Economics
S1P 2012 DL
Prof. James Ibe, Ph.D., CAE
Professor of Economics and Marketing Management
MA, MBA; MS, Ph.D., CAE.
Online: Shaw Air Force Base, SC. USA.
M-F: 11:00-12:00pm , EST
January 16-March 4, 2012
Textbook: Caves/Frankel/Jones, World Trade and Payments: An Introduction,
(Addison-Wesley: 10th ed, 2007).
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Supplementary Reading Material
Business Periodicals (Magazines &
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email email@example.com or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.
Educational Philosophy: I believe that knowledge is best constructed rather than dispensed
from authorities such as your professor. I actively seek to create a
learner-centered classroom where learners fully participate in the discovery
process and applications of the fundamental assumptions of the discipline. It is
my experience that learners are most interested when they know the utility of
the concepts and principles they are required to learn. Indeed, when the content
is relevant and interesting, learners will learn even the most difficult
material. It is my experience that learners learn best when difficult material
is introduced through the learners’ strongest perceptual modality and then
reinforced through supplementary modalities taking into account that most
learners are visually oriented. Further, to ensure effective learning and
retention, new information must be linked to prior knowledge and experiences
using familiar examples and concrete symbols. I have also used cooperative and
collaborative learning teams effectively. It my experience that regardless of
the subject matter, learners working in collaborative and cooperative platforms
tend to learn more quickly and retain the material longer than when the same
content is presented in other instructional formats. Ongoing professional
practice allows me to constantly bridge the gap between theory and industry
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
Grading: Your grade will be determined by answers to discussion questions and responses,
weekly homework assignments, and by the results of mid-term exam, final exam
term project/paper. Except otherwise, all submissions will be graded on
relevance, comprehensiveness, specificity, clarity and analytical skills, as
well as writing skills.
400 Points ( 50 points each week)
200 Point (25 points each week)
How I Grade Your Assignments:
Content and Development
20% on Organization
10% on Format
Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling
10% on Readability and Style
will give you a numeric grade for each assignment. Also, I will provide you
with a weekly summary of grade points earned, so that you will know where you
stand at the end of each week.
Please submit your work on the date
indicated in the assignment section of each lectures. If you are not going to
meet the due date, I expect you to contact me before the due date to make any
arrangements for a late paper. Any work submitted late without prior
coordination with me will lose 10 percentage points for each day the work is
Course Grading Scale:
92- 100% (or 920 points or higher)
80-91% (or 800 to 919 points)
70-79% (or 700 to 799 points)
60-69% (or 600 to 690(points)
< 60% (599 or fewer points)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Please submit your work on the date indicated in the assignment section of each
lectures. If you are not going to meet the due date, I expect you to contact me
before the due date to make any arrangements for a late paper. Any work
submitted late without prior coordination with me will lose 10 percentage points
for each day the work is late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Policy # 1: Back up every
piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer glitch, or a glitch
out there in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
Policy # 2: If you are
experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are
not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or
general questions about the course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.
Avoid "Dropping out" of the course communication or failure to submit
assignments due to time constraints, technical problems, or confusion. If you
miss class discussion for a week, you will not pass the course, unless you have
communicated the nature of your absence to the instructor(s).
Policy # 3: Please
check the Announcements area in the Course Conference before
you ask general course questions. If you don't see your question there, then
please post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will
allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. And remember, there
are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!
Policy # 4: (E-Mail
Procedures) When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must
identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other
members of our class.
Policy # 5: Online Etiquette:
All your online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and
tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. What you
put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1 - Comparative Advantage and Basic Model of International Trade
- Trade Patterns and Income Distribution
Week 3 - 3 International Factor
Movements and Trade Barriers
Week 4 - 4 U.S. Commercial Policy,
Week 5 - 5 Money, Income and Balance
Week 6 - 6 Macro Policies for Open Economies
Week 7 -
7International Financial Markets
Week 8 - Exchange Rate Determination,
Term Project and Final Exam
Academic Honesty:As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21
Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.
Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.
Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21
Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25
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 .
Last Updated:12/28/2011 1:05:38 AM