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Doing Business in the US

Code

GBE-DBU1

Version

2.1

Offered by

Global Business Engineering

ECTS

5

Prerequisites

Intermediate or higher level of oral English proficiency

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to give the students in-depth knowledge of factors, which affect the business climate in the US. The course will develop the students’ English oral proficiency and expand their vocabulary relevant to the course topics.

Knowledge

After the course the student should be able to:
 
Account for and explain factors, which influence the business climate in the US, including US politics, the US economy, American geography, demographics and American values, beliefs and life-styles.

Skills

After the course the student should be able to:
  • Analyse and comment on the attractiveness of the US market for export and investment within the framework of the course content
  • Discuss the course content in relation to on-going trends and developments
  • Locate information relevant to setting up in business in the US
  • Locate information in relation to demographic trends in the US
  • Apply relevant terminology when discussing the course content

Competences

In their project work, during their internships, and in their future jobs as global business engineers, the students should be able to:
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in relation to factors which influence the business climate in the US, when doing business in or with the US.
  • Communicate effectively about US topics, using correct terminology.
  • Critically acquire new knowledge about trends and developments in the US.
 

Topics

Teaching methods and study activities

12 weeks of four lessons, equivalent to 137.5 hours of work for the student.
Class-based tuition, discussions, debates and presentations.
Two compulsory presentation assignments and one compulsory oral assignment.
 
CATEGORY 1
Participation of lecturer and students
Initiated by the lecturer
48 hours - 35%
  • Lessons, scheduled
  • Compulsory assignments
  • Exams and tests
CATEGORY 2
Participation of students
Initiated by the lecturer
60 hours - 44%
  • Assignments, self-study
  • Group work
  • Homework and preparation for exams
  • Evaluation of the teaching
CATEGORY 3
Participation of students
Initiated by students
24 hours - 17 %
  • Homework and preparation for exams
  • Self-study
  • Study groups
  • Internet search on latest news
  • Literature search
CATEGORY 4
Participation of lecturer and students 
initiated by students
6 hours -4 %
  •  Meetings and feedback
  • Study guidance
 

Resources

David Nye, Contemporary American Society, Akademisk Forlag, latest edition

Evaluation

Permit criteria for attending examination:
  • Mandatory course activities completed
Duration (grading included) app. 20 min/ 5 ECTS

Examination

​Oral Examination

Individual oral examination based upon a subject found by draw.

Preparation time 20 minutes.

Allowed tools: None

Internal examiner.

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

Grading criteria

Examinations account for  100 % of final grade.

Additional information

Responsible

Birgitte von Fyren Balsløv

Valid from

2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Global Business Engineering Classic
Business and Management

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