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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module BUSI54115: International Strategic Management (DL)

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI54115: International Strategic Management (DL)

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap
Tied to N1D507
Tied to N1D707
Tied to N1DM07


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules


  • To introduce students to key concepts and practices relating to international strategic management.


  • Introduction to international strategic management
  • The emergence of the global market
  • Does location matter in the global market?
  • Developing global strategies
  • Global mergers and acquisitions
  • Global strategic alliances
  • Cross-cultural influences on strategic management
  • Delivering strategic change

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    By the end of the module students should have an advanced understanding of the key concepts and practices relating to managing in an international environment.
Subject-specific Skills:
    By the end of the module students should be able to identify the challenges posed by managing international operations and co-ordinating activities in a multicultural environment, and ways in which these can be addressed.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • Through a combination of learning material, self assessed exercises and a formative assignment on key topics and issues, together with guided reading.
  • On the DL MA in Management programme each module is delivered in discrete Units which are equivalent to a lecture session. A DL Unit normally consists of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignment and guidance for further reading.
  • Each student is allocated a Tutor for each Module. The Tutor is tasked with providing feedback on formative work and is available for individual consultation as necessary. Tutoring is normally provided at a distance and may be conducted by email, telephone, post or fax.
  • The DL Programme offers annual residential seminars. In addition to offering core curriculum, the seminars provide the opportunity for DL Students to interface with members of Faculty, meet Tutors and to interact with other members of the student cohort.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Units 9
Tutorials 5
Residential seminars
Preparation & Reading
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

One written assessment 1,500 words (maximum).

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