1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Introduction to World Business

IBA 350-005Fall 2021 | 3 Credit Hours


Ms. Diana Gomez

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

(EN 101 or 120) and (EN 102 or EN 121 or EN 103 or EN 104) and (MATH 121 or MATH 125 or MATH 145) and (EC 110 or EC 112) and (EC 111 or EC 113) and (AC 210 or AC 211) and (LGS 200 or LGS 201) and ST 260 and MIS 200

Course Description

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Exposure to the history and functioning of the world’s interrelated economies is key to all students interested in business today. This course will familiarize students with a new vocabulary of terms; strengthen their understanding of the different global markets, and the organizations that promote international business and trade through financial and other means. Introduction to International Business provides an overview of the environment, structures, and systems that are the basis for international business. In this course the student will be exposed to geography, cultures, economies, politics, and other infrastructures of major market areas of the world. Through online lectures, research, assigned readings, and class discussion, students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base about how business is conducted worldwide.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

MyLab from Pearson is REQUIRED for the course. The textbook/e-text is highly recommended.

ISBN 9780134390178 (MyLab with eText)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe globalization, its drivers and consequences for business and society.

  2. Explain key differences among nations in terms of their cultural, legal, economic and political environments.

  3. Discuss how different theories explain the flow of trade and investment between nations, economic integration, and the importance of innovation in the development of competitive advantage.

  4. Understand the role of supranational institutions (WTO, IMF, World Bank) in the global business environment and the roots of the modern economic system.

  5. Describe the strategies and structures of international business.

Other Course Materials

Information regarding other course material may be provided in the "instructions" section of various assignments, e.g., a Discussion Board topic may suggest that you read a linked article in The Economist. You do not have to purchase anything other than your textbook, however.

Outline of Topics

See Calendar of Activities in BB

Exams and Assignments

* There are 2 exams. Each consists of multiple choice and short essay questions. Due dates are listed in the Outline of Topics above.

* There are also chapter assignments. These will take several forms including short homework, chapter quizzes, online activities, reading/summarizing an article or video.

* Participation includes international BUSINESS news and other in class activities. The due dates for the chapter assignments are also listed in the Outline of Topics above.


40% (Exams/Test) + 15% Chapter Quizzes and Assignments + 15% Participation/Attendance + Project 30% = 100% FINAL GRADE

Grading Policy

97-100 A+

87-89 B+

77-79 C+

67-69 D+

93-96 A

83-86 B

73-76 C

 63-66 D

90-92 A-

80-82 B-

70-72 C-

 60-62 D-

 Below 60 F

Grades will be weighted as specified in the Exams/Assignments section.

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Quizzes in class will not be repeated.

Chapter Quizzes and Homework in Pearson have dates and if missed, you can take it late with 20% penalty

Major TESTs will not repeated, except if a valid excused reason (Doctor note needed or any other document that justifies it.)

Attendance Policy

Attendance is Mandatory. It is possible to miss two classes without excuse but at third class missing you will get a zero in participation. If you are sick or have an interview, please send me proper documentation to justify the attendance.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

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