International Business Field Experience (BUSN306)

Course dates

6 – 17 July 2020


North Sydney

Form(s) of teaching

Experiential teaching and learning, business clinics, seminars, guest speakers and field work off site

Form(s) of assessment

Group presentation and project, business analysis, personal reflection

ACU credit points

10cp - equivalent to 3-4 US credit hours or 7.5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Contact hours

36 hours (Class and outbound fieldwork)

Who should join this course?

This course should appeal to any student, who is keen to explore current themes of entrepreneurship, innovation, globalisation and business conducted from an Australasia-Pacific perspective.

Course content

This two week intensive unit will broaden student’s knowledge and experience of business. Business environments are explored within a global perspective, which is characterised by change, complexity and uncertainty and students will be introduced to a variety of business organisations and settings in order to explore different outlooks centred on the concepts of innovation and ideas, entrepreneurship, global responsibility, ethical conduct, sustainability and the implications for international business practices.

These themes will be explored through seminars, industry panel discussions, interviews, business clinics and site visits. In addition, all students will have the opportunity to relate important principles and aspects of their majors to a "real" international business environment.

Students will also gain an awareness of Australian business culture, operations and organisational behaviour and derive implications for international business activities.

This study also aims to facilitate effective business communication skills, teamwork, and reflection. Students will develop an ability to explore, examine, process information in order to develop effective inquiry skills which can be transitioned later into employment.

Topics will include:

  • Business within rapidly changing, complex global environments
  • Introduction to contemporary business themes: business innovation and ideas, entrepreneurship, ethical responsibility, globalisation, sustainability
  • What is the Australian Government Innovation Statement and Ideas Boom strategy? Challenge is how to develop capabilities?
  • Current issues in developing entrepreneurship - Global business today – case studies via guest speakers and visits, 
  • Developing business innovation and an entrepreneurship culture

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