- Class Number 5383
- Term Code 3040
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Andrew Bradly
- Dr Marina Iskhakova
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 06/03/2020
- Class End Date 15/05/2020
- Census Date 03/04/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 20/03/2020
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 Argentina 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 Argentina. This environment differs institutionally, culturally, and economically from the Australian business environment.
The central activity during the course is the eleven-day overseas study tour to Argentina. Attendance, and active participation, in the activities of this tour is mandatory. The country visit will occur from 5-15 April 2020 (during the mid-semester break) 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 $3,550 to cover in-country costs including fees for lectures, teaching materials, cultural visits, program coordinators, ground transportation, hotel rooms, and most meals in country.
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 - Friday 6 March 2020, 1-4pm - Fred Gruen Seminar Room, H.G. Arndt Building, RSE|
|2||Pre-departure Seminar 2 - Friday 27 March 2020, 1-4pm - Fred Gruen Seminar Room, H.G. Arndt Building, RSE||Country Diagnostic Report due at 9:00 on Thursday 26 March|
|3||Arrival in Buenos Aires - Sunday 5 April 2020|
|4||GBI Argentina study tour - Monday 6 April to Wednesday 15 April 2020||See Wattle for detailed in-country program|
|5||Departure from Buenos Aires - Thursday 16 April 2020|
|6||Post-tour Seminar - Friday 15 May 2020 - Fred Gruen Seminar Room, H.G. Arndt Building, RSE||Individual Learning Report due at 17:00 on Monday 11 May 2020|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|1. Country Diagnostic Report (30%)||30 %||26/03/2020||02/04/2020||2, 3, 4|
|2. Individual Learning Report (60%)||60 %||11/05/2020||25/05/2020||1, 2, 5, 6|
|3. Participation (10%)||10 %||06/03/2019||15/05/2020||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%)
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 Argentina. The report will be 3,000 words in length (+ or - 10%) and is due by 9:00 on Thursday 26 March 2020 via Turnitin on Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle by Friday 28 February.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5, 6
2. Individual Learning Report (60%)
Write a report that documents your learning about the business, economic, and cultural environment of Argentina as experienced on the tour. 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. In addition to new business knowledge, your report should evaluate 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 of Argentina from the academic program, industry visits, and cultural activities during the in-country visit and seminars. This section should comprise approximately 80% of your report.
2) 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 should focus on the attributes and skills needed to succeed as a future manager in a global context. This section should comprise approximately 20% of your report.
The Individual Learning Report should be a maximum of 4,000 words in length and is due by 17:00 on Monday 11 May 2020 on Turnitin via Wattle. A detailed task specification and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle by Friday 28 February.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 4
3. Participation (10%)
Students are required to actively participate in the seminars and during the country visit. During the visit to Argentina you are expected to be present for all activities, work cooperatively with other students, and actively engage in discussions and learning activities. 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 in a cross-cultural context. The tour leaders will keep a record of your contribution and level of participation in each session of the program. Two marks will be allocated for your participation in the pre-departure and post-tour seminars. The remaining 8 marks will be based on records of your participation performance during the best 8 days of the in-country tour. The 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.
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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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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