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 University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook


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


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 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 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 web conference 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 web conference will be posted in an announcement on Moodle during week 7. To access the event, click the Collaboration Space link in the Edison Live! section of the course site a few minutes before the designated time. Use the following link for directions and helpful videos about how to use the Edison Live! tool in Moodle.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

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:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Academic Dishonesty

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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, or without identifying it as a direct quote, 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.”)

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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 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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Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

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Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

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