Syllabus for TGF-713



Taught from a practitioner's point of view, this course provides an overview of the world's marketplace and illustrates how successful managers compete in the Global arena.  To achieve this objective, the course identifies the major similarities and differences between doing business domestically and internationally.  It describes the context within which international business takes place, including the macro and micro issues that Global managers face on a regular basis. The course also addresses specific financial/accounting issues that international firms encounter.


  1. The meaning of international business (MOD1)
  2. Factors affecting global marketplaces and business centers (MOD1)
  3. Legal, accounting and political environments facing international companies (MO1)
  4. The motivation for international trade and investment (MOD2)
  5. The evolution of the flexible exchange rate system (MOD2)
  6. International capital markets (MOD2)
  7. The components of international strategy (MOD3)
  8. The process by which firms choose their mode of entry into a foreign market (MOD3)
  9. Joint ventures and other forms of strategic alliances (MOD3)
  10. Issues in global organization design (MOD3)
  11. International marketing issues (MOD4)
  12. Issues related to international operations management (MOD4)
  13. International financial management (MOD4)


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the basic forms of international business activities (CO1)
  2. Evaluate the impact of the political and economic characteristics of the world's various marketplaces on opportunities available to international businesses (CO2)
  3. Identify the factors that influence national accounting systems and the major types of legal systems confronting international businesses (CO3)
  4. Explain the motivation for international trade (CO4)
  5. Discuss the role of the international monetary system (CO5)
  6. Describe how demand and supply affect foreign exchange markets (CO6)
  7. Characterize the challenges of international strategic management (CO7)
  8. Discuss how firms analyze foreign markets (CO8)
  9. Evaluate the benefits of strategic alliances (CO9)
  10. Explain the nature of international organization design (CO10)
  11. Discuss the nature of marketing management in international business (CO11)
  12. Describe the nature of international operations management (CO12)
  13. Explain how international firms manage their financial assets (CO13)


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. International Business -- 7th Edition, Ricky W. Griffin, Mike W. Pustay, Prentice Hall, 2013

    ISBN-10: 0132667878

    Link to publisher’s website


Global Finance is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Reviewing the World’s Marketplace and International Environment
    Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3
  2. Module 2: Reviewing the International Environment
    Course objectives covered in this module: 4, 5, 6
  3. Module 3: Managing International Business
    Course objectives covered in this module: 7, 8, 9, 10
  4. Module 4: Managing International Business Opportunities
    Course objectives covered in this module: 11, 12, 13


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in four (4) discussion forum activities. The discussion forum activities are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.  There is also an introductions forum that is required but not graded.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

The final project will consist of four parts, each involving a business case from the end of a part of the textbook.  Each case will summarize the material covered in a Module and bring together various topics and objectives covered in the Module. The first part of the project covers the International Environment (Part 1). The second part covers Managing International Business (Part 2). The third part covers Managing International Business Operations (Part 3). Discussion of the three cases will be covered in the synchronous event (Part 4). The final project will count for 40% towards the final grade.

Synchronous Event (Part 4 of the final project)

During this teleconference, questions raised in the three cases will be discussed. Each student will be expected to participate in the discussions, drawing from the responses that were submitted in the first three parts of the final project. Specific instructions regarding the agenda for the teleconference will be posted in an announcement on Moodle during week 7.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Discussion forums (4)—30 percent
  2. Written assignments (4)—30 percent
  3. Final project—40 percent

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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