About this Unit This unit includes an individual project and a group-based project as part of the PACE program. It requires students to integrate the materials covered in previous years' International Business units and apply them to international business problems as presented by the Client Partners. Its objectives are to investigate what kind of factors influence the international business strategies within an organisation to work towards achieving a competitive advantage.
Teaching and Learning Strategy The classes are conducted through a series of seminars (i.e. lectures) by industry speakers, mentoring and reflection workshops (i.e. tutorials) where students discuss and reflect upon what they have learned in the industry seminars, and mini-conferences where students showcase and present their projects around the Client Partners’ specified international business problem/s. Throughout the unit, the emphasis is on the analytical process: identifying information needs, acquiring the necessary information, interpreting it and using it as the basis for developing business recommendations or solutions for the Client Partners.
This unit examines international business strategy in the context of community engagement as a participation subject. Students will actively participate in projects within the international business area of the Client Partners to develop solutions for the problems/issues identified by industry speakers. Students will gain practical knowledge, experience and skills with the community organization and will be challenged to analyse the context and to examine the intersection between theory and practice. Students will contextualize their graduate capabilities, explore and develop their international business strategy potential through this community engagement. This unit aims at preparing students for effective, responsible, ethical and active management of the learning and development strategy through community engagement.
Classes Number and length of classes weekly: consistent with the Teaching and Learning Strategy, this participation unit has a unique structure with 2 hrs Seminar and Conference series (i.e. lectures) and 1 hr Mentoring and Reflection series (i.e. tutorials); students are expected to actively participate in class activities in both series. Participation record in both series will be kept as a part of assessment for the unit (see Assessment Task 3 for detail). Seminar and Conference series (i.e. lectures) is composed of two parts: In Seminar series (before week 12), speakers from participating companies will deliver their talks and/or prescribe a set of real world business issues, problems and challenges for students to develop their group and individual research projects. In Conference series (week 12 and/or week 13), selected students (individual and/or group) will showcase their projects through in-lecture presentations (individual and/or group). Invited speakers will listen to students presentations and offer feedback and suggestions. These showcase presentations will allow client partners from diverse business sectors to converse with and engage specific students, and to potentially recruit them for either volunteer roles, mentoring programs, or formal employment. Students will benefit from building their collaborative relationships with client companies to gain further professional mentoring and to enhance their employment-seeking efforts.
Mentoring and Reflection series (i.e. tutorials) is where students reflect on what they have learned in the Seminar and Conference series by linking guest speakers' talks with knowledge and skills learned in previous units. From week 6 to week 13, in each tutorial class there will be group presentations (see Assessment Task 2) which will serve the basis for class discussion and reflection; your tutor will moderate the discussions and reflections in classes and provide mentoring on how to design, develop and deliver the individual/group projects.
Required and Recommended Reading Materials There is no prescribed textbook for the unit, relevant readings and links to various learning resources will be uploaded to iLearn to help students develop their projects. Throughout this course students are expected to relate the topics/issues/projects presented in Seminar and Conference series (i.e. lectures) to previous units' material (theories, models, concepts, readings etc.) for developing problem-solving skills. Students need to creatively apply what they have learned in previous units into the development of projects as prescribed by client partners. It is expected that students will be able to conduct independent and collaborative research to address the issues/challenges as presented by guest speakers from participating companies.
What is required to complete the unit satisfactory? Successful completion of this unit requires the student to achieve at least 50% in total in the assessment tasks offered.
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Changes from the last offering. New participating companies and assessment tasks have been added
Technology Used and Required Access to a personal computer is required in order to access iLearn; students are required to use word processing, Turnitin, and powerpoint for presentation. The web page for this unit can be found at: iLearn http://ilearn.mq.edu.au