• Class Number 8639
  • Term Code 2970
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/09/2019
  • Class End Date 28/02/2020
  • Census Date 01/11/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/09/2019
SELT Survey Results

The over-arching goal of this in-country intensive course is to provide students with an exposure to the business environment of the selected country through site visits to corporations, NGOs and government agencies. It will also provide an opportunity to understand the cultural and historical dimensions that shape business practice. This course will also emphasise personal and professional development in key areas such as leadership, management, marketing, entrepreneurship and international business. The course will typically involve a visit of up to 10 days in the selected country. Students will be selected to enrol in the course following a competitive application process.

Specific details for each in-country program will be published on the College of Business and Economics website.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form, and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate. 

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Conduct independent academic research to successfully support and present their own perspectives of key business and cultural issues
  2. Improve their analytical skills so as to conduct comprehensive analyses of international environments
  3. Recognise important key challenges affecting international business decisions
  4. Increase effective verbal communication skills within teams as well as with business leaders and other stakeholders in a cross-cultural context
  5. Identify personal leadership qualities necessary for success in international environments
  6. Successfully navigate a new and unfamiliar business, cultural, political, economic and social environment

Research-Led Teaching

This course comprises two main components. The first is completed locally and involves two pre-departure seminars and students conducting research about the business environment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before the in-country study tour. This research is to gain a preliminary understanding of the industry and general business context prior to tour. This is to foster a community of co-learners within the tour group. This background research will be incorporated into the assessments during and after the in-country tour.

The second component involves experiential learning based on observation and first-hand encounters with organisations in Dubai in the UAE. This environment differs institutionally, culturally, and economically from the Australian business environment.

Field Trips

The central activity during the course is the ten-day overseas study tour to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Attendance at and active participation in the activities of this tour is mandatory. The country visit will be held on 18-28 January 2020 and a full program will be posted on Wattle.

Additional Course Costs

Enrolled students are expected to pay for the costs associated with the in-country visit in addition to the course fee. These costs include a participation fee of $3,650 to cover in-country costs including fees for lectures, teaching materials, cultural visits, program coordinators, ground transportation, hotel rooms, and food.

Examination Material or equipment

Not applicable

Required Resources


Links to helpful resources for completing the assessments will be posted on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Pre-departure Seminar 1 - Friday 27 September 2019, 1-4pm - Fred Gruen Seminar Room, H.G. Arndt Building, RSE
2 Pre-departure Seminar 2 - Friday 18 October 2019, 1-4pm - Fred Gruen Seminar Room, H.G. Arndt Building, RSE Country Diagnostic Report due at 9:00 on Monday 21 October
3 Arrival in Dubai - Friday 17 January 2020
4 GBI Dubai study tour - Saturday 18 January to Tuesday 28 January 2020 See Wattle for detailed in-country program
5 Departure from Dubai - Wednesday 29 January 2020
6 Post-tour Seminar - Friday 28 February 2020 - time and room to be advised Individual Learning Report due at 23:59 on Monday 24 February 2020

Tutorial Registration

Not applicable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
1. Country Diagnostic Report (30%) (Pre-departure) 30 % 21/10/2019 31/10/2019 2, 3, 4
2. Individual Learning Report (60%) 60 % 24/02/2020 09/03/2020 1, 2, 5, 6
3. Participation (10%) 10 % 27/10/2019 28/02/2020 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are required to actively participate in the seminars and during the country visit.


Not applicable

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 21/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

1. Country Diagnostic Report (30%) (Pre-departure)

During the first Pre-Departure Seminar students will be allocated into groups of 3 or 4 students to produce a country diagnostic report that explores key challenges and opportunities of doing business in the United Arab Emirates. The report will be 3,000 words in length (+ or - 10%) and is due by 9:00 on Monday 21 October 2019 via Turnitin on Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 24/02/2020
Return of Assessment: 09/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5, 6

2. Individual Learning Report (60%)

Write a learning report that reflects your learning experiences, highlights, and reflections on the business, economic, and cultural environment of Dubai. The report will give you an opportunity to take stock of what you have learned from the course, particularly the new knowledge, cultural skills, and networks that you have gained from the tour. Your report should also include a reflection on your cultural strengths and weaknesses with a view to developing your own individual management competencies.

The report should include:

1)   Learning gained. What you personally learned about the business, cultural and country environment from the academic program, industry visits, and cultural activities during the in-country visit and seminars.

2)   Insight into the skills, knowledge, resources, talents, capabilities, thinking and learning styles needed for global managers.

3)   New learning goals. Areas of managerial, personal, professional skills or resource development that seem to be highlighted for you that you will focus on as new learning goals in order to develop as a professional. Your personal plan for developing in these areas, and building the skills, resources, talents, thinking and learning styles that will assist you as a Global manager.


The Individual Learning Report should be a maximum of 4,000 words in length and is due by 23:59 on Monday 24 February 2020 on Turnitin via Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 27/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/02/2020
Learning Outcomes: 4

3. Participation (10%)

Students are required to actively participate in the seminars and during the country visit. Marks will be based on your demonstrated ability to present your own perspectives on business and cultural issues and communicate effectively with business leaders and other stakeholders. During the visit to Dubai you are expected to be present for all activities, work cooperatively with other students, and actively engage in discussions and learning activities. Marks are based on your participation in the three seminars and during the in-country visit to the United Arab Emirates. The final participation grade will be determined by the course leadership team based on your contribution during lectures and industry visits, cultural and other activities, and interactions with other students and staff.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Every effort will be made to return assignments (via Wattle) within two weeks of submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Re-submission of assignments after the due date is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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Research Interests

Andrew's recent research focuses on corporate social responsibility (particularly in developing countries) and business contribution to poverty reduction (inclusive business). He has undertaken research projects in India, Fiji, and Vanuatu. Andrew has published his research and presented at peer-reviewed international conferences including the Academy of Management, European Academy of Management, and the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.


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