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Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe differences between doing business domestically and internationally.
  2. Explain the impact of social, cultural, legal, and political systems on business operations.
  3. Evaluate the risks and benefits of international transactions and trade.
  4. Identify the alternatives for overall corporate policy and strategy that accommodate global operations.
  5. Gain an overview of current international business patterns, with an emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business.
  6. Understand the social systems within countries as they affect the conduct of business from one country to another.
  7. Learn to develop your critical thinking as a student of international business, create power point presentations and present the content to the class.
  8. Analyze cases, apply business principles to international settings, and articulate findings within the classroom.



Course Materials

John D. Daniels and Lee H. Radebaugh. International Business, 13th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011. (required)
ISBN: 9780132128421

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Course Content


Self Checks

Each lesson contains a Self Check. These Self Checks are not graded. They are an opportunity for you to check your knowledge about concepts covered in these lessons. These Self Checks will help prepare you for the lesson Speedback and the final exam.


At the end of each lesson you will complete a Speedback quiz. The quiz consists of fifteen multiple choice questions and will address topics covered in the lesson. The Speedbacks are computer graded. Once you have completed a Speedback, you will receive your grade and feedback for each question. Each Speedback is worth 2% of your final grade.


Throughout the course you will be asked to submit five portfolio assignments. These assignments will require you to answer questions specific to the course content. For portfolios 1 - 4, you will only need to write a few paragraphs to answer each question. For portfolio 5, you will be asked to submit a reasearch paper. The portfolio assignments are explained in-depth in their respective lessons. Please complete each assignment and submit it electronically to Independent Study.

Assignment Submission Instructions

You will submit your completed questions to Independent Study electronically throughout your course. To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as an .RTF (rich text format) file. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Type your paper in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select Rich Text Format (*.rtf).
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example: BUSM430_ CynthiaHalliday_Portfolio1.rtf.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Submit the lesson’s .RTF file through the “Portfolio 1 Submission” for grading.

Portfolio 1

Portfolio 2

Portfolio 3

Portfolio 4

Portfolio 5 - Research Paper

Course Videos

Throughout this course you will be asked to watch online videos that pertain to the content of the course. Some of these videos will take a little bit of time to load. They can take even longer if you have a slower Internet connection.

Internet Browser

This course is best viewed in the Firefox web browser.

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Final Exam

The final exam for this course consists of 120 multiple choice questions. This exam is closed book and closed note. The best way to prepare for this exam is to review all the questions covered in the Speedbacks and Self Checks. The questions in the exam will be similar to those found in the Speedbacks and Self Checks. The final exam will cover all twenty lessons in the course.

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20 Speedback Assignments 40%
Portfolio 1 5%
Portfolio 2 5%
Portfolio 3 5%
Portfolio 4 5%
Portfolio 5 20%
Final Exam 20%

Grade Scale

A 100-94
A- 93-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-83
B- 82-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-73
C- 72-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-63
D- 62-60
E (fail) 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 20 computer-graded assignments and 5 portfolio assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee. You must pass the final exam with at least a 60% to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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