Syllabus for MAN-372



This course provides the student with knowledge of the complexities and opportunities of conducting business across national boundaries. Topics include international trade theory, foreign direct investment, and foreign exchange rates. Students will study the functions of management including diplomacy and the unique cultural customs and traditions that impact the business environment. International management topics such as various forms of business practices, business ethics, leadership, and human resource management will also be covered.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Assess the effects of national economic and political systems on the drivers of globalization and the world economy. [CO1]

  1. Compare and contrast national cultural dimensions with national management systems and their effect on human resource management. [CO2]

  1. Analyze and appraise the influence of the global monetary systems and currency fluctuations on strategic global decisions. [CO3]

  1. Formulate and deploy international management strategies consistent with national context and company organizational objectives. [CO4]

  1. Evaluate business ethics as a function of national culture, the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, and their influence on international business management. [CO5]


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

  • Hill, Charles. W. L., Thomas M. Hult (2017). International business: Competing in the Global Marketplace (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

ISBN-13: 978-1259578113


International Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Each module includes an overview, a list of 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 six graded discussion forums and to complete five written assignments. You are also required to complete a final paper. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. You can find the online discussion grading rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the course Web site.

For posting guidelines and additional help with discussion board assignments please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. For each assignment, you are required to discuss the topics or countries that interest you in four to five double-spaced pages.


Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

See the Student Handbook for additional help regarding preparing and submitting assignments located within the General Information section of the course Web site.

Final Paper

In lieu of a final exam, you are required to complete a final paper. Your final paper should be 14 to 20 pages and should focus on global expansion management strategies.

In this comprehensive term paper, you can use all of your written assignment papers and answers in discussion forums to build the final paper, but you will need to conduct additional research regarding a specific business and a specific country. Your final paper should adhere to the following outline:


  1. Introduction
  2. International Business
  3. Country
  4. Global World Economy
  5. Cultural and Political Difference
  6. Going Global Strategies
  7. Suggestions and Recommendations
  8. Summary

You can find the final paper rubric within the assignment link in Moodle.

Consult your Course Calendar for due dates.

See the Student Handbook for additional help regarding preparing and submitting assignments located within the General Information section of the course Web site.


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 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


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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Students at Thomas Edison State University 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.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

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.)

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 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.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

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.

Possible sanctions include:

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