International Business Challenge is the second unit in the Business challenge stream. The unit focusses on engagement with global business particularly in Asia, business project management and career development and management. The unit continues the development of academic, professional and personal skills commenced in the First Year units and in particular in the Integrated Business Challenge unit.

The International Business Challenge unit provides an international context to analyse the trends and opportunities in the global market through a problem solving and project management framework via an international project. Students develop an intercultural understanding from a personal, professional and business perspective as well as an appreciation of the distinctive nature of working in diverse local and global communities.

The International project will utilise project management and problem solving principles in the development of business concept proposals and business plans. Students develop and deliver unique entrepreneurial ideas and apply their learning in other business units to a current business problem and sell their proposal to decision makers in a simulated highly competitive business environment. This unit of study expects all students to utilise knowledge from a broad range of other discipline areas including, business analysis and management, operation management, project management, business economics, marketing, human resource management, accounting, finance, business law, information technology, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics management.

Students commence the development of a career portfolio that involves designing their career plan, CV and a professional webfolio which can be used to market students skills and abilities to prospective employers. This enables students to evidence the incremental growth of their interrelated business and professional skills.

The unit is based on an action learning model which aims to continue to develop students skills in critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative working through group and teamwork, interactive class-based activities, team-based projects and a case study approach to business issues. Students in this unit are expected to work in diverse team environments, while developing beneficial lifelong skills such as organisational skills, conflict management skills, problem solving skills, research skills and communication skills.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BPD2100

Prerequisites

BPD1100 - Integrated Business Challenge

Students must also have successfully completed a minimum of 8 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Scrutinise organisations and communities, with initiative and judgement to identify international business challenges and opportunities;  
  2. Contextualise and apply business research skills including data collection, analysis and evaluation of business information in an international setting;  
  3. Creatively scope, design, implement and monitor business-related action plans, strategies and projects that would contribute to professional practice and address international business problems;  
  4. Exemplify effective interpersonal and professional collaborative skills and intercultural understandings to respectively manage team diversity and effectively deliver intended business outcomes;  
  5. Reflect upon the effectiveness of interpersonal, professional and business skills to plan and monitor the development and management of relevant skills and attributes in a changing international business environment;  
  6. Select and justify the selection and structure of evidence to substantiate the design of an effective, coherent career plan within a career eportfolio; and  
  7. Cogently argue the effectiveness of a business pitch through corroborating evidence in an oral presentation to a variety of audiences.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Business Pitch (Group) 25%
Assignment Business Case (Group) 35%
Portfolio Career e-portfolio / webfolio (Individual) 40%

Required reading

Students are expected to read the session readings and resources available through VU Collaborate International Business Challenge before each seminar.

Project Management, Best Practices [electronic resource]: Achieving Global Excellence, 4th ed,
Kerzner, Harold 2018,
Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

E-book available to read online through VU Library.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

You can choose to study this unit as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to structure your course to include this unit.

Course Study as part of
Bachelor of Business Accounting - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Accounting - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Accounting - Major
Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business Accounting - Major
Bachelor of Business Banking and Finance - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Banking and Finance - Major
Bachelor of Business Event Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Event Management - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Event Management - Major
Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business Event Management - Major
Bachelor of Business Financial Risk Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Financial Risk Management - Major
Bachelor of Business Human Resource Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Human Resource Management - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Human Resource Management - Major
Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business Human Resource Management - Major
Bachelor of Business Information Systems Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Information Systems Management - Major
Bachelor of Business International Engagement - Breadth Minor
Bachelor of Business International Trade - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business International Trade - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business International Trade - Major
Bachelor of Business Management and Innovation - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Management and Innovation - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Management and Innovation - Major
Bachelor of Business Marketing - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Marketing - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Marketing - Major
Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business Marketing - Major
Bachelor of Business Supply Chain and Logistics Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Supply Chain and Logistics Management - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Supply Chain and Logistics Management - Major
Bachelor of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management - Major
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management - Major
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management - Major
Bachelor of Business Workplace Engagement - Breadth Minor

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