IBUS1 Introduction to International Busines jmucci@lbcc.edu

Instructor: James A. Mucci, MBA
E-mail: jmucci@lbcc.edu Phone: 562-598-8887

Course Description: This course will introduce you to the world of international business. It provides practical exercises of the factors that affect international business and an exploration of opportunities in the international business environment. The growing interdependence of national economies and politics makes a knowledge of international business a necessity for everyone.

Objectives of the Course:

  • To provide you with an understanding of the theory, purposes and practices of international business.
  • To provide you with an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between government (international, foreign, and domestic) and international businesses.
  • To provide you with practical experience in international business transactions.
  • To provide you with the ability to recognize the impact of international trade in the southern California basin and give you information about careers in this growing field.
  • To expand your knowledge of skills essential to success in the field of international business.
  • To show you the impact of physical, cultural, political, legal and financial forces on international business.
  • To challenge you to develop tolerance and respect for cultures other than your own.
  • To show you the relationship between international trade and quality of life.
  • To stimulate an interest in global matters.

Textbook Required: International Business: Environments and Operations, Eleventh Edition, John D. Daniels and Lee H. Radebaugh. The course relies heavily on the textbook. Note that there is a reserve copy in the library for emergencies.

Student Learning Outcomes: A measure of how your experience in this course has supported your development as an individuals. Cognitive Outcomes include demonstrable acquisition of specific knowledge and skills in International Business as measured primarily by the quizzes and research assignments, what do you know that you didn't know before, and what can you do that you couldn't do before? Of equal importance is the Affective Outcomes, how has this educational experience impacted your values, goals, attitudes, world views, and behaviors? How has it developed your potential? How has it enhanced your value to yourself and your communities as measured by the Case, Forum and Class Project Assignments.

Respect Based Environment: It is my belief that an environment that fosters effective levels of creativity, autonomy, cohesion among colleagues and discipline that promotes responsibility is the most productive for creating and sustaining superior performance.

In-Class Conduct: Academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism or copying work from other students, will be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs and result in a grade of zero for that assignment or exam. In an online environment the other parties to an interaction cannot see your facial expressions and other nonverbal cues. As such, they may not realize when you are joking or that suggestions for improvement are meant to be helpful rather than negative. Please keep these points in mind when conversing by e-mail or in the forum. This class is designed to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all. I appreciate your cooperation in ensuring a respectful, supportive learning environment.

Course Requirements: (1) Read the assigned material prior to the due date & quizzes. (2) Actively Participate (3) Think (4) Take advantage of the Publisher's reference Prenhall/Daniels/Companion Student Web Site

Participation: This class relies heavily on student input and involvement to foster an enriching learning experience. As such, attendance is imperative and will be tracked. California stipulates that to complete a course, a student must attend at least 80% of the classes. Active participation in the discussion forum, weekly assignments and the class project is equivalent to attendance in a regular class.

Collaboration Requirements: The class employs a collaborative learning model, in which you will work with your classmates in groups sharing experiences and insights, building on each other's ideas and collaboratively create a business project using many of the techniques learned in the course..

Practices: Each chapter includes practice quizzes and related web sites in Prenhall/Daniels/Companion Student Web Site

Assignments are Due: by midnight of the due date each Sunday as listed in the calendar, after which they will not be accepted for credit. Midnight is a firm deadline, meaning that an assignment received at 12:14 am will not receive credit. Be sure to save a copy of your work.

Video Introduction: My personal video introduction provides an overview of the weeks assignment.

Video Reference: I have provided several video references relative the the weeks course material.

Quizzes (280): When indicated on the calendar, please email the chapter multiple choice (10 Questions) quiz at Daniels 11E Quizzes due by midnight of the due date each Sunday as listed in the calendar. Note that you do not need to complete the true false or essay questions.

Case questions (140 Points) : Each student will respond individually to case questions and exercises. The question should be included before each response. Please put the course name and number and the chapter in the subject line for each homework sent. For example: ibus1chapter3case, by midnight of the due date each Sunday as listed in the calendar.

Research Assignments (110 Points): Some weeks, each student should email jmucci@lbcc.edu an article pertaining to that week's research topic. He or she will include a two or three line summary explaining the relevance to the topic by midnight of the due date each Sunday as listed in the calendar.

Discussion Forums (170 Points): Each week, I will post a discussion questions. The discussion questions may be about a current event or a part of the class project. Each student should respond to the question and comment on at least one classmate's response to the question. Discussion forum questions are due by midnight of the due date each Sunday as listed in the calendar. It is highly advisable to converse online at least three days per week. The most successful students tend to be those online most frequently. My postings will be marked Administrator and written in blue. Please use black fonts for your responses to avoid confusion.

The Class Project (250 Points) will consist of a class collaborative project of a product sourced, transported and/or sold using the Southern California Infrastructure. The class will create a narrated power point presentation of 15 to 35 slides to outline their analysis complete with recommendations specific to the product selected.  At a minimum, the project should cover cultural considerations, political risk, legal regulations, economic variables, geographic considerations and competition. Any outside references used must be cited. This is not a cut-and-paste exercise and requires industry-specific analysis. Work must be original. Be sure to proofread the project before submission to ensure that no portion is plagiarized. One or more members of the group will then present the project using the voice narration feature of PowerPoint. A computer with a microphone will be available for your use in the open access computer lab on the top floor of the LAC library if required. Any of the lab aides can assist you in recording the narration and uploading the file.

To facilitate your research, I am including a link to passwords for the library databases.