MMM057-Contemporary Issues in International Business

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: ICM218 Research Project
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Jong Min Lee


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended to sharpen the research skills of students who after nine months of classroom learning will learn how to conduct a piece of research with the help of real life data. Students can choose a topic related to their chosen streams of specialisation (IB, HR, or Finance) in which supervisory guidance is provided. Specific aims of the modules are described below.


The objective of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to think about Contemporary Issues in International Business, both from the perspective of the multinational enterprise (and its managers) and its external environment. Students will also have an opportunity to cultivate critical thinking and develop their research, presentation, and writing skills by conducting a critical review of the literature and/or undertaking an original piece of research in the area of international business. Students will have face-to-face interaction with academic supervisors that will provide personalized feedback throughout every stage of their research/project.

Assessable learning outcomes:

•    Knowledge and understanding of the literature relevant to a well-defined area of international business policy/theory

•    A properly structured and coherent research proposal

•    A thorough and succinct analysis of relevant theoretical and empirical literature

•    Originality in the presentation of the material, for example in bringing together the literature and information in a new way; deriving new lessons, insights or implications from the literature review, interpreting the literature in a novel manner

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn about contemporary issues in international business from a variety of perspectives. Thus, they will be required to think outside of any one discipline or narrow area of specialization. Students will also develop the ability to work on their own initiative and learn to organise their work on a longer-term project within a tight schedule.

Outline content:

This module will provide three 2-hour lectures: (1) introduction, (2) essential guide to the project, and (3) how to utilize real world data. The rest of the time will be spent in one-on-one instruction with an assigned supervisor — students will have at least three individual supervisory meetings either in-person or via online.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of International Business by researching and writing an 8000-word research project on a chosen topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Project Supervision 2 2
Guided independent study 30 160
Total hours by term 38.00 162.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Project output other than dissertation 80

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Relative percentage of coursework:


(1) A 2000-word proposal (+/- 10%) will be worth 20% of the grade (in week 34).

(2) A 8,000-word (+/- 10%) research paper will account for 80% of the grade (in week 49).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of at least 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of a new written research paper (on a different topic) within one year of original deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding: Students are required to submit two bound copies of their project.

Students can get their projects bound for free in the ARC.

Last updated: 20 April 2018


Things to do now