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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • The aim of the module is to enable students to build up knowledge of Asia-Pacific/Pacific Rim business based upon in-depth analysis of different national and business management systems and how they compare, with particular reference to Western business management interests.


  • Economic sociology of East Asian societies and regional development trajectories
  • Japanese development and organisational/management issues
  • South Korean development and organisational/management issues
  • Offshore Chinese development and organisational/management issues
  • Mainland China development and organisational/management issues
  • East/West business management and international/joint venture experiments and cases
  • Leadership and management development for/from East Asia and workforce profiles/cross cultural development issues

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • To identify and conceptualize region-wide development trends/issues
  • To appreciate leading, individual East Asian "business systems" and their management
  • To translate that regional/national knowledge into more detailed implications for organizations and management in both East and West.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Model macro/micro level development
  • Appreciate emerging strategic management issues
  • Develop appropriate cross-cultural awareness and understanding
Key Skills:
  • Research for examinations
  • Take an active role in own learning
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Review, Plan, evaluate
  • Take the initiative and work without supervision
  • Written communication - cricitcal analysis, presenting arguments and data

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures, tutorials and support for student-centred learning. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes and private study (inlcuding student-centred learning). Formative assessment is by means of 1500 word essay plus contribution to group presentation. Summative assessment is by means of an unseen written examination plus 2500 word essay.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 1 Per Week 1 Hour 21
Seminars 8 4 in Term 1, 4 in Term 2 1 Hour 8
Structured Reading Week 1 In Term 2
Preparation and Reading 171
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one two-hour written examination 100%
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one written assignment of 2500 words max. 100%

Formative Assessment:

1500 word case study

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University