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INTB 3350 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Spring 2012 Professor: Bill Walker, Ph.D. Office: 315N Melcher Hall Office Hours: None Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.uh.edu/blackboard/ Required Text: International Business; Carpenter, M & Dunung, S.P.; 2011; Flat World Knowledge; ISBN: 9781453312995 TO READ THE BOOK FREE ONLINE: http://students.flatworldknowledge.com/course/669168 Course Objectives The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the main concepts related to the international environment in which business is conducted today. Students are expected to be able to understand the global economy as well as the structural frameworks that influence an organization’s global operations. By the end of the term you should: 1. understand the economic, political/legal and cultural forces that influence international business; 2. be aware of the increase in international business activities, the reasons behind this trend, and the trade agreements that are in place in different regions of the world; 3. understand basic trade theory and the global exchange rate system; 4. be able to coherently explain the different entry modes that a company can utilize in entering a foreign market and when each entry mode should be used; 5. be aware of the impact of the ‘international’ nature of business on various functional areas within a multinational corporation. Class Format This is an online course. The only time that the class will meet on-campus is on the days that examinations are scheduled. Orientation It is important that you read the online orientation for this course. You may access the orientation through the Distance Education website or, after classes have begun, by clicking on the orientation icon on the course Blackboard home page. Text Book You have several options for viewing/purchasing the textbook. The book is available online at no charge by registering on the Flat World Knowledge website for the course . The free online book
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includes a provision for taking notes . You may also buy the book at the campus bookstore or online at the Flat World site. Examinations There will be three examinations. The dates of the examinations are shown in the Class Schedule section of the syllabus. Each exam is worth 100 points. None of your test scores will be dropped . However, I am aware that everyone occasionally has “a bad day.” Therefore, if you take all three exams your lowest score from the three exams will be cut in half and your highest score will be increased by 50%.
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