- Class Number 3404
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Pierre van der Eng
- AsPr Pierre van der Eng
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
It is frequently stated that the 21st century will be one in which China is a dominant player. This is very likely to be the case politically - but equally or more so in relation to business. Yet for many outsiders China is a difficult place to fathom, let alone do business in. The landscape is littered with companies which have tried but failed miserably to take advantage of the supposed myriad of opportunities which a country of 1.3 billion persons represents.
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the contemporary environment of business in China and an appreciation of some of the implications for firms seeking to undertake business there.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the main historical, political, legal, economic and socio-cultural aspects that shape China’s business environment;
- appreciate and analyse the variety of Chinese business organisations and their managers, and the ways in which they operate;
- appreciate and analyse the implications of the characteristics of China’s business environment for foreign firms and their managers operating there;
- work in diverse teams to deliver stated goals and outcomes;
- research and communicate effectively in written and oral forms about a subject related to the content of the course.
This course draws on the lecturer's experience with research into economic and business development in East and Southeast Asia. The lectures and reading in the course is closely related to this research or exemplifies relevant research outcomes in the fields of economic development and international business of Asia, specifically China. Research-led features of this course: (a) case presentation, which requires students to do some research to understand what happened since the case was published, (b) individual assignment that takes the form of an essay on a specified topic that students will research on the basis of relevant sources in the ANU library.
There are no field trips in this course
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional class costs for this course
Examination Material or equipment
There is a final examination for this course held during the end of semester examination period. All examination information will be communicated directly to students by the ANU Examinations Office. Further advice on the format of the final exam paper will be provided by the end of Week 10.
The required text for this course is:
- Davies, Howard and Raškovic, Matevž (2018) Understanding a Changing China: Key Issues for Business. (Routledge).
This book is available from the campus bookshop. A copy of this textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection. The ANU library subscribes to a limited number of electronic versions of this text book (E-BOOK), accessible on campus or via Virtual ANU. Additional required reading will be specified on the Wattle page of the course, particularly reading for the weekly 'Europe in the News' tutorial discussion. Online textbook: https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b4689581
ANU students are very fortunate that the ANU library is well-stocked with books and journals that expand on the topics and themes that will be discussed during the lectures. You are encouraged to read widely, and you are expected to use the library’s resources to research your assignment. If the ANU library does not have an item, you are likely to find it in the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Here are a few suggestions for further reading:
- Ambler, Tim; Witzel, Morgen; Xi, Chao (2017) Doing Business in China. (Routledge).
- Chow, Gregory C. and Perkins, Dwight H. (2015) Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Economy. (Routledge).
- Lardy, Nicholas R. (2014) Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China. (Peterson Institute).
- Lardy, Nicholas R. (2019) The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China? (Peterson Institute).
- Liu, Hong (2017) Chinese Business: Landscapes and Strategies. (2nd ed. Routledge).
- Naughton, Barry (2018) The Chinese Economy: Adaptation and Growth. (2nd ed. MIT Press)
- Perkins, Dwight H. (2015) The Economic Transformation of China. (World Scientific).
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
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.
All communications with students about the organisation and delivery of the course will take place during the weekly tutorial sessions and via the course page on Wattle.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 - Two one-hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial on topics specified in the lecture and tutorial programs available on the Wattle course page. The lecture and tutorial programs are based on the chapter topics in the textbook for the course (see below) and additional reading. Students enrol in a weekly interactive tutorial group via the course page on Wattle. The first lecture discusses the organisation of the course, Australia's business relations with China and the contours of business in China. Tutorials start this week. The first tutorial discusses the first two lectures, the required reading, other requirements of the course, student expectations of the learning experience in the course. Teams of two students sign up for one weekly brief presentation on a 'China in the News' topic that puts a current issue in the context of the weekly reading and lectures. The topics are specified in the lecture and tutorial programs available on the Wattle course page.||Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be delivered in a blended mode, combining face-to-face and online classes, particularly for students not able to attend classes on campus. Lectures will be recorded and made accessible via the Wattle course page. Some live tutorials will be conducted via ANU-Zoom. Depending on student availability and interest, face-to-face tutorials will be organised on campus. Assessment will take place online via the Wattle course page and Turnitin. Changes to the delivery of the course will depend on how the ANU assesses the COVID-19 situation. Students are advised to use the updated details about the BUSI3028 course on the Wattle course page, as well as check the ANU COVID-19 webpage.|
|2||Week 2 - Two one-hour lectures, and a one-hour tutorial on topics specified in the lecture and tutorial program in on the Wattle course page. Students read items specified in the tutorial program on the Wattle course page. During the tutorial, students (a) ask questions about this specified required reading and about the lectures at the start of the week, (b) discuss their prepared answers to review questions specified on the Wattle course page, (c) a team of two students introduces the 'China in the News' topic for the week, and all students (d) complete a weekly quiz. The weekly presentation topics are specified in the tutorial program on the Wattle course page.||During the tutorial face-to-face or via Zoom: review questions, presentation, short online multiple choice quiz via Wattle.|
|3||Weeks 3-12 - Two one-hour lectures and a one-hour weekly tutorial. Students are to read items specified in the tutorial program on the Wattle course page. During the weekly tutorials, students (a) ask questions about this specified required reading and about the lectures at the start of the week, (b) discuss their prepared answers to review questions specified on the Wattle course page, (c) discuss the 'China in the News' topic on a topic specified on the Wattle course page, (d) complete a weekly quiz.||During the tutorial face-to-face or via Zoom: review questions, presentation, short online multiple choice quiz via Wattle.|
|7||Week 7 - In addition to scheduled weekly lectures and tutorial, students sit a mid-semester test. The time of the mid-semester test is set by the ANU Examinations Office, which will communicate the details to students. The time of the test will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course.||In addition to Week 7 tutorial review questions, a short case presentation, and a short multiple choice quiz via Wattle, a mid-semester test with 30 multiple choice questions this week. This test will be administered through the Wattle page for the course. The time of the mid-semester test is set by ANU Examinations, which will communicate the details to students. The time of the test will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course.|
|10||Week 10 - In addition to scheduled weekly lectures and tutorial, students complete and submit 2,500 word individual assignment on one of at least six set topics. Topics, due date and time, and method of submission are specified on the Wattle course page.||In addition to Week 10 review questions, short case presentation, and short multiple choice quiz via Wattle, a 2,500 words individual assignment on a selected set topic is due on Friday 13 May 2022, 4pm online via Turnitin on Wattle.|
|13||During the ANU final examination period, students sit a 2-hour written exam. The format of the exam will be discussed with students during the week 10 tutorial. The time of the exam is set by the ANU Examinations Office, which will communicate the details to students. The time of the exam will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course.||2-hour written exam during ANU final examination period via Wattle. The time of the final exam is set by ANU Examinations, which will communicate the details to students. The time of the exam will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course.|
This course has tutorials or tutorial-like teaching activities. Depending on student availability and interest, face-to-face tutorials will be organised on campus, others will be Zoom-based. Registration for tutorials will be via the Wattle page for the course. Further details about the structure and teaching activities for this course will also be available on the Wattle page for the course by start of O Week.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly tutorial quizzes||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Tutorial presentation 'China in the News'||5 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Tutorial review question||5 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Individual Assignment||30 %||13/05/2022||30/05/2022||1,2,3,4,5|
|Mid semester test||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final exam||40 %||*||01/07/2022||1,2,3,4,5|
* 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:
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 Academic Integrity . 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 expected to participate in all lectures and tutorials, as well as all items of assessment. The course will be taught using a hybrid delivery mode, with asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures, and synchronous (live streamed) tutorials with options for F2F or Online attendance. Please note that the course may move 100% Online at short notice depending on public health situation.
There is a required mid-semester test and a formal end of semester examination. See Assessment tasks 5 and 6 above. Details of the final examination will be communicated directly to students by the ANU Examinations Office in week 10 of the semester and will be available at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/ Details will also be on the Wattle page for the course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Weekly tutorial quizzes
Weekly during 11 tutorial sessions in weeks 2-12.
Each weekly quiz consists of 5 multiple choice questions. Maximum score is 11 x 5 = 55 (worth 10%).
Listen to the lectures associated with the topic discussed during the tutorial, complete reading specified in the session program on the Wattle course page.
Encourage students to keep up with reading and lectures, test their understanding of reading and lectures.
Each answer is either correct or wrong.
Quizzes are to be completed via Wattle. The quizzes can only be completed online during the weekly tutorials.
During the semester as collection of questions and answers to assist with mid-semester test and final examination preparations.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Tutorial presentation 'China in the News'
Once during one of the 11 tutorial sessions during weeks 2-12.
A mark out of 10 (worth 5%), which is the same for each team member
10 minutes, or ca. 800 words.
During the week 1 tutorial, students volunteer in teams of 2 for one of the topics during the tutorials in weeks 2-12. Teams of 2 students complete reading specified in the tutorial program on the Wattle course page. Every week a team of 2 students delivers a short presentation that answers the set question. The presentation will be recorded for review purposes.
Tests students’ research and effective oral communication skills on topic related to course content, deepens team work experience.
Assessment is based on the content of the presentation, and will be marked by the tutor.
Submission / Presentation Details:
The presenting team submits a short report after the presentation by email to the tutor. The tutor returns comments and the mark by email. Assessment will only be based on the presentation, not the report.
Within 2 weeks of presentation.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Tutorial review question
Weekly during the 11 tutorial sessions in weeks 2-12. Each student takes a turn at random to answer one weekly review question in the course of the semester.
A mark out of 10 (worth 5%)
Half an A4 page
Attend the relevant lectures at the start of the week, complete the reading specified in the session program on the Wattle course page, answer the selected review questions for that week, be ready to share one of your answers when the tutor invites you at random.
Encourage students to keep up with the prescribed reading and lectures. Test students on understanding of both reading and lectures.
Tutor marks the answers, based on their completeness, relevance and logic in addressing the question. Each possible weekly submission is weighted equally.
Selected students share their answers to the review questions during the tutorial. The tutor leads in-class discussion in relation to these questions.
Within 2 weeks of submission, via the Wattle Gradebook.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Friday 13 May 2022, 4pm
Out of 20 (worth 30%)
2,500 words (+/-10%), incl. all text, tables and figures, but excl. references, contents page and footnotes
Students select one of six set topics, read extensively to study the topic, write an essay that answers the relevant question. Further details, including the expected formatting of the essay document, are on the Wattle course page.
Tests students' research and effective written communication skills on a topic related to course content
Explained in separate document ‘Criteria for assessing written and other work completed in the course Business in China (BUSI3028)', available on the Wattle course page.
Submission / Presentation Details:
Assignments to be submitted online via Turnitin. Presentation details explained in a separate document 'Minimum requirements for good assignment writing', available on the Wattle course page.
Before final examination period.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Mid semester test
TBA (tentatively during Week 7). ANU Examinations will advise students of the time of the mid-semester test. Details will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course. The test will be administered via the Wattle course page.
Maximum score is 30 (worth 10%)
30 multiple choice questions, maximum 1 hour
Test covers all topics discussed during the lectures of weeks 1-6 and the reading for the tutorial sessions of weeks 1-6. Keep notes on the basis of the lectures and reading. ANU Examinations will advise students of the time of the mid-semester test. Details will also be announced on the Wattle page for the course.
Encourage students to keep up with reading and lectures during 1st half of the semester, test their understanding of both.
Each answer is either correct or wrong
The mid-semester test will be administered via the Wattle page for the course. If students are not able to attend the exam due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, they must apply to sit a deferred exam by submitting the application form for deferred assessment and provide documented evidence.
Within two weeks of the test being held.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
TBA (during ANU final exam period, 2-18 June 2022). Students will be advised of the time via the ANU examination timetable online. The format of the exam paper will be discussed with students in week 10.
Based on the nature and the marks/weights of the questions. Total exam score will be worth 40%.
Format of the two-hour written exam will be discussed during the last lecture and the last tutorial.
Covers all material discussed during the lectures and tutorial sessions, contained in the textbook and any distributed additional reading throughout the semester. More information on examination reflecting hybrid mode will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period.
Test students understanding of course readings and lectures.
Complete, correct, accurate answers covering all parts of the question, and illustrated with figures, data, examples as appropriate. Details explained in separate document 'Criteria for assessing written and other work completed in the course Business in China (BUSI3028)', available from the Wattle course page before the end of Week 10.
Permitted materials: to be communicated by ANU Examinations Office and Course Convenor before end of Week 10. If students are not able to attend the exam due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, they must apply to sit a deferred exam by submitting the application form for deferred assessment and provide documented evidence.
With return of final grades.
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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.
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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 used by the ANU Research School of Management (RSM). Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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 web page on Wattle. for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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See the descriptions of assessment tasks above.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
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Unless specified otherwise in the assignments requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.
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