I. COURSE TITLE: International Business Practice Firm
II. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: 2006 – 2008
Special topics course which uses an international business model to have students work as team members in simulated business firm in state-of-the-art facility. Students perform various business functions including strategic planning; human resource management, accounting, marketing and business communications as firm transacts business with students in other simulated companies in United States and around world. Students practice business principles and practices through participation in decision making, critical thinking and team building activities. Prerequisites: BA11 or BA62 or permission of area administrator. A 3 cr. hrs.
III. GOALS OF THE COURSE:
This is a business management course that touches on many aspects of domestic and international business. The unique instructional plan and classroom/computer laboratory are designed to provide an active learning environment to support the achievement of the student learning objectives listed below.
IV. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of BA 73 students will be able to:
A. Explain the role of international business and analyze its impact on careers and doing business at the local, national and international levels;
B. Develop the necessary skills to (1) create a new business plan or (2) evaluate and revise an existing business plan;
C. Describe the social, cultural, political, legal, and economic factors that impact and shape the international business environment;
D. Demonstrate the necessary skills to conduct business using telecommunications equipment, computers and other contemporary business equipment;
E. Apply communication strategies necessary and appropriate for effective and profitable international business relations;
F. Identify forms of business ownership and entrepreneurial opportunities available in international business;
G. Investigate importing and exporting methods and foreign exchange issues, in relation to conducting domestic and global trade;
H. Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills;
I. Utilize the concept of teamwork in completing everyday business tasks as well as team decisions relating to the overall growth, development and operation of a business; and
J. Describe the environmental factors that define what is considered ethical business behavior.
V. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE BA73
This is a special topics course that is not required in any certificate or degree program in accounting, business or other academic discipline.
MAJOR TOPICS REQUIRED
(37 ½ Hours)
A. Course Orientation and Fundamentals of International Business
B. Conducting Effective Business Research
C. Writing a Fundable Business Plan
D. Forms of International Business Ownership
E. Product Planning
F. Developing a Marketing and Promotion Plan
G. Human Resource Management and the Small Firm
(1 ½ hrs)
H. International Logistics – Electronic
(1 ½ hrs)
I. International Logistics – Transportation
J. Import and Export Fundamentals
K. Working and Communicating Across Cultures and Time Zones
VII. STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT (5 ½ hours)
Assessment of student learning will be accomplished through the use of both traditional and contemporary, active learning methodologies. However, the overall evaluation of the “firm’s” success will be factored into the students’ overall performance rating. In-class quizzes will be supplemented with written assignments that involve research, critical thinking, decision-making, and the effective use of business vocabulary and technology tools. Artifacts reflecting the student’s ability to create andimplement business communication tools (advertisements; letters of credit; power point slides; etc) will be collected throughout the simulated business
VIII. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
BA 73 is an elective course that is not required for any degree of certificate programs at the college. Operation of this course requires a contract with a regional provider for the International Business Practice Firm network. Currently the “IBPF” network is run from Mercer County Community College, New Jersey. The contract costs approximately $2,500 per academic year. The course must be housed in R-209 The Global Business Learning Center on the Ammerman Campus.
IX. SUPPORTING INFORMATION
This course was run on a trial basis during the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 academic years. Resources that supported the effort were provided by New York State VTEA funds (Vocational Technical Education Act) and the operating budget of SCCC.
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