- Class Number 3700
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr ANDREW BRADLY
- AsPr Vinh Lu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Conduct independent academic research to successfully support and present their own perspectives of key business and cultural issues
- Improve their analytical skills so as to conduct comprehensive analyses of international environments
- Recognise important key challenges affecting international business decisions
- Increase effective verbal communication skills within teams as well as with business leaders and other stakeholders in a cross-cultural context
- Identify personal leadership qualities necessary for success in international environments
- Successfully navigate a new and unfamiliar business, cultural, political, economic and social environment
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 Vietnam before the in-country visit. This research is to gain a preliminary understanding of either a target organisation, individual, concept or policy or the 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 visit.
The second component involves experiential learning based on observation and first-hand encounters with the business environment and organisations in Vietnam. This environment is institutionally, culturally, and economically distant from the experiences of entrepreneurs and managers working in Australia.
The central activity during the course is the ten-day overseas study tour to Vietnam. Participation on this trip is mandatory. The country visit will be held on 7-20 April 2019 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 $2,500 to cover in-country costs including fees for lectures, visits, classrooms and teaching facilities, teaching materials, training certificates, teaching organisation, program coordinators, ground transportation, hotel rooms, and food.
Examination Material or equipment
Links to helpful resources for completing the assessments will be posted on Wattle.
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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Pre-departure Seminar 1 - Thursday 7 March, 9-12pm - Room 1106 Copland, RSM Seminar Room|
|2||Pre-departure Seminar 2 - Thursday 21 March, 9-12pm - Room 1106 Copland, RSM Seminar Room||Country Diagnostic Report due at 23:59 on Monday 25 March|
|3||Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Saturday 6 April|
|4||Vietnam study tour - Sunday 7 April to Saturday 20 April||See Wattle for detailed in-country program|
|5||Departure from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Sunday 21 April|
|6||Post-tour Seminar - Thursday 16 May , 9-12pm - Room 1106 Copland, RSM Seminar Room||Individual Learning Report due at 23:59 on Monday 13 May|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|1. Country Diagnostic Report (30%) (Pre-departure)||30 %||25/03/2019||05/04/2019||2, 3, 4|
|2. Individual Learning Report (60%)||60 %||13/05/2019||27/05/2019||2, 5|
|3. Participation (10%)||10 %||07/03/2019||23/05/2019||1, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
Assessment Task 1
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 3-4 students to produce a diagnostic report exploring key challenges and opportunities of doing business in Vietnam. The report will be 3,000 words in length (+ or - 10%) and is due by 23:59 on Monday 25 March via Turnitin on Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 5
2. Individual Learning Report (60%)
Write a learning report that reflects your learning experiences, highlights, and reflections on Vietnam’s business and cultural environment. 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 trip. 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 13 May on Turnitin via Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
3. Participation (10%)
Students are required to actively participate in the seminars and during the country visit. Marks will be assessed on your contribution to discussions and activities before, during and after the in-country visit. During the visit to Vietnam you are expected to be present for all activities, work cooperatively with other students, and actively engage in discussions and learning activities. One mark is assigned for each of the three seminars (total of 3 marks) and 7 of the 10 participation marks are allocated to participation during the in-country visit to Vietnam. The final participation grade will be determined by the course leadership team based on criteria that includes engagement during lectures and industry visits, participation in cultural and other scheduled activities, team-work, and co-operation with other students and staff.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Dr ANDREW BRADLY