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BUSN 2360 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BUSN 2360 - International Business

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of the major issues associated with conducting international business. It provides students with an understanding of the growing global marketplace.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Describe international organizational structures and managerial & marketing processes.
  • Discuss the impact of cultural, geographic, political, economic, competitive, and technological environments on international business.
  • Describe international monetary systems, important international organizations (both financial and governmental), and their importance to international business.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Students must be able to read and write at the college level. Students will be expected to write and express themselves in grammatically correct, concise, Standard English. Grades will be based on writing skills, content, thorough research effort, and timeliness.

Course Topics:
  • Globalization
  • National Differences in Political, Economic, Legal Systems and Economic Development
  • Differences in Culture
  • Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability
  • International Trade Theory
  • Government Policy and International Trade
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • The Strategy of International Business
  • Entering Foreign Markets
  • International Business Functions
Specific Course Requirements:

This is a distance-learning course. To enroll in this course and be successful, students must have access to their own computer with an Internet web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Mozilla Firefox), and will have to contract with an Internet service provider.

Students must know how to navigate D2L (Desire 2 Learn), address technical problems immediately, and check e-mail every day for general announcements. Students enrolled in this course must complete all requirements as outlined in the syllabus in order to receive a grade.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

This course requires the use of a homework management system called Connect for International Business. The access code for Connect is included with the textbook when it is purchased in the TN eCampus Virtual Bookstore.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All testing will be completed online. The due dates for the quizzes and exams can be found in the course calendar in D2L and within the Course Content table of content links. Links within each module will take the student directly to the work they are to complete. Quiz and exam grades will be posted immediately upon submission in the D2L grade book. Quizzes and exams are timed. When the time has expired, you will be instructed to submit the quiz or exam. Any work done after the expiration of the time will not be saved. If you are not prepared, you will not have time to complete the assignment in the time allotted.

Contact the TN eCampus Helpdesk in the event of technical difficulties.

There will be four exams. Each exam will cover three modules. Each student will get a different, randomly generated exam. Each exam will have 50 multiple choice and true/false questions. You will have 2 randomly generated attempts for each exam. The highest score will be used for grade calculation purposes. You will have 120 minutes to complete each exam. When the time has
expired, you will be instructed to submit the exam. Any work done after the expiration of the time will not be saved. If you are not prepared, you will not have time to complete the exam in the time allotted.
There will be a quiz assigned for each module. The lowest two module quiz grades will be dropped. Please note that you have three attempts on each quiz and may use any resources you like except you may not get assistance from another person. Each student will get a different, randomly generated quiz. Each quiz will have 15 multiple choice and true/false questions. You will have 40 minutes to complete each quiz. When the time has expired, you will be instructed to submit the quiz. Any work done after the expiration of the time will not be saved. (Each attempt will be a randomly generated quiz.) Before taking a quiz: carefully read the chapter in the textbook and study the study materials proved for each module. These items are located, by module under the
content tab. You may use all these resources during your quiz but each quiz is timed and if you are not prepared, you will be unable to finish in the time allocated.

Each module discussion will include the a list of discussion questions from which to select, for a total of 12 opportunities for discussion participation. These discussions serve two purposes: First, they are a forum to reflect upon and apply what you learned in the module. Secondly, these discussions take the place of class discussion, allowing you to learn from other students. You must
answer one of the listed questions for each module. Additionally you will respond to two comments made by fellow students for a minimum total of three (3) posts per module.

  • Discussion participation for each module is 12 points.
  • The lowest two module discussion participation grades will be dropped. No late discussion participation will be accepted.
  • Due dates are provided in the course calendar.
  • Review the discussion questions and threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the reply button rather than starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other class members or the discussion group.
  • Be respectful of other students' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
  • Attachments are not allowed on the discussion board.
Grading Procedures:

Final letter grade is based on cumulative point total based on quizzes, homework assignments, discussion participation, and exams. All of your grades will be posted in D2L under the Grade Book link on the Assessments tab. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with their own grades. Any missing grade should be addressed with the instructor immediately.

Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
900 - 1000 pointsA
800 - 899 pointsB
700 - 799 pointsC
600 - 699 pointsD
under 600 pointsF

Discussion Grading Rubric

Element of Discussion ParticipationSkilled or ExcellentStandard or AverageDevelopingWeakDid Not Participate
Initial post related to class materials. Initial post meaningful. Clearly stated. An original post: your thoughts, in your own words.21.51.50
Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to topic.

Responded to two other students in a meaningful manner.21.51.50
Posted in a timely way to allow others time to respond to the post.     
Few grammatical or spelling errors in posts.21.51.50
Prompts further discussion of topic. Sites references as appropriate.2.    

Grading Items

Getting Started30
12 Module Discussions, @ 12 points each, lowest two grades are dropped120
12 Module Quizzes, @15 points each, lowest tow grades are dropped150
12 CONNECT LearnSmart assignments, @ 20 points each, lowest two grades dropped200
12 CONNECT Interactive Exercise assignments, @ 20 points each, lowest two grades dropped200
4 Exams (three modules each), @ 100 points each, lowest exam score drops 300
Total Points Possible1000
Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

Interaction with other students is an important component of the course. Students must participate by posting to discussions on the topics assigned in a timely manner. Deadlines for discussion postings are included at the bottom of each discussion. Students are also expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and to check the course website frequently for

Late Policy:

I will allow you ample time to complete your assignments. Due dates are non-negotiable. You may work ahead, but since I will be discussing each assignment with the class, you may not submit late work.

No late work will be accepted unless arranged, in advance, with the instructor's approval. Approval will be at the complete discretion of the instructor. A personal computer crash will not qualify for exemption to the established due dates unless the TN eCampus/D2L system is down.

If you have a medical issue such as emergency surgery, death in the family, serious accidents or anything major email me with supporting documentation. I will verify all submitted documents before granting an extension. I will grant extensions only in cases where you, your spouse, a child, or a parent is seriously ill or injured. Approval will be at the complete discretion of the instructor.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021