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Module Title LI International Work Year
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 19764
Module Lead Barbara Armstrong
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 120
Semester Full Term
Restrictions BSc International Business; BSc International Business with Language; BSc International Business Communications
Contact Hours Year Abroad-1200 hours
Total: 1200 hours
Description The IWY module is an integral and compulsory component of the four-year International Business Programmes, comprising study an internship of at least 33 weeks and a 2,000 word essay and either a 4000 word International Work Essay, (BSc International Business and BSc International Business Communications) or one two part 4,000 word International Study essay - one part in English and the other in the foreign language - (BSc International Business with Language), for which students will be carefully prepared during the second year of their programme. The module may be substituted by the International Study Year
This Level I 120 credit module provides an opportunity to: improve the student's understanding of different approaches to business management; to live in a different society and culture; and (where applicable) to develop foreign language proficiency. The aim is to highlight differences in culture, business practice and socio-political-economic factors impacting on business.
If the student chooses to work abroad, their placement will be vetted by the Year Abroad Co-Ordinator, our Erasmus partner or AIESEC. The student will normally be expected to arrange a placement through our Erasmus partner.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Display knowledge of and experience in the disciplines appropriate to Business in an international context (a broadly based view of business is taken, comprising for example economics, HRM, business organisation, international marketing, law, accounting and finance, supply chain managment, European (or other regional) integration and its impact upon business, globalisation, as well as other subjects deemed to be appropriate)
  • Display a suitable depth of understanding of a particular current business or academic issue relating to the international year or country of study (this will ordinarily be related to one of the disciplines listed above, and/or related to a local business/economics issue in the country/region of study)
  • Students studying a language minor should be able to write and speak that language fluently, accurately and idiomatically
Assessment 19764-01 : January Assignment : Coursework (30%)
19764-02 : Long Essay : Coursework (70%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Evidence of registration, of attendance and of obtaining pass marks in modules taken; Copies of work required for assessment; Final assessments of a mid placement assignement of 2000 words and end of year assignment of 4,000 words
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