Module Identifier ECM4210  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Nicholas Perdikis  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite ECM4110 or, MBM1010  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
  Lecture   16 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Individual Report30%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours resit exam or resubmit failed element(s)100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


To provide students with both subject specific skills and transferable skills. For example, the problems involved in going international, the entry modes, risk evaluations and assessment as well as research skills

Brief description

The intention of this module is to equip students with a thorough understanding of the main opportunities and risks that firms face when making decisions to operate internationally. Specific issues covered include the mode of internationalisation, ie, direct and indirect exporting, multinationality , joint ventures etc, payment and exchange rate risks, risk assessment, arbitration procedures.


The process of internationalisation
The role of trading houses
Multinaltionality and location
Joint ventures
Payments systems and methods
Dispute resolution
Financial risk

Transferable skills

More specifically by taking this module students will enhance several transferable skills. Attendance at lectures should help note taking. Essay writing will enhance writing as well as time management skills and problem solving. The debates should also enhance teamwork, communiction and presentational skills and reinforce further time management skills. The inclusion of web sites and encouragement to use the library fully should help to enhance basic IT and research skills.

Reading Lists

W A Kerr and N Perdikis (1995) The Economics of International Business, A Guide to the Global Commercial Environment, Estey Centre
C Hills (2000) International Business: Competing in the Global Market Place Irwin


This module is at CQFW Level 7