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ECON3020 – Asian Business Environment

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Alexander Blair
Contact via email
Room 450, Level 4, 4ER Building, 4 Eastern Road
Consultation times to be announced via iLearn
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including ((ECON110 or ECON111 or ECON1020) and (20cp at 2000 level or above))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to the patterns of business in East and South-East Asia, and to the key commercial institutions found therein. Unit material covers the entire region, but focuses on the People's Republic of China, South Korea, and Japan as exemplars of the economic characteristics and commercial practices in the region. Topics may include: the Korean chaebol; Chinese gufen and TVEs; management styles and practices; marketing strategies, and key business behaviours; the path to economic development taken by the Asian economies; economic problems faced by the region in the last two decades; problems and opportunities likely to be encountered in decades to come. The unit requires no prior knowledge. It may be useful to business and management students, and also fits well with the set of marketing units offered by the School.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse the characteristics and business institutions of the economies of East and Southeast Asia.
  • ULO2: Critically examine and interpret research in current Asian business environments.
  • ULO3: Express ideas clearly and succinctly, using appropriate business practice, both verbally and in written format.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Mid-session test 20% No Tuesday Week 7
Country Analysis 20% No Monday Week 8
Presentation 20% No Weeks 9 - 12
Online final examination 40% No by University Examinations calendar

Online Mid-session test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: Tuesday Week 7
Weighting: 20%

 

A 60 minute open-book Class Test, comprising short and long answer questions, will be held mid session. The examination will be administered via iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the characteristics and business institutions of the economies of East and Southeast Asia.

Country Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Monday Week 8
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will write a 1,500 word submission on a selected topic.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the characteristics and business institutions of the economies of East and Southeast Asia.
  • Critically examine and interpret research in current Asian business environments.
  • Express ideas clearly and succinctly, using appropriate business practice, both verbally and in written format.

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Weeks 9 - 12
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will use their Report and research to make an Oral Presentation after the mid-session break. This will be worth 15%. The remaining 5% of marks are derived from student Q & A. This Presentation is pre-recorded and uploaded to iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically examine and interpret research in current Asian business environments.
  • Express ideas clearly and succinctly, using appropriate business practice, both verbally and in written format.

Online final examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: by University Examinations calendar
Weighting: 40%

 

A two-hour open-book examination, comprising short and long answer questions, will be held during the University Examination Period. The examination will be administered online.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse the characteristics and business institutions of the economies of East and Southeast Asia.
  • Critically examine and interpret research in current Asian business environments.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

There will be a two-hour lecture, and one hour of tutorial in the student's allocated tutorial time.  Further details regarding the delivery of the lecture and tutorial will be available on i-Learn near the beginning of Session. There is no prescribed textbook for the unit.  All unit reading materials will be available online. 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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