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BUS 280 Introduction to International Business
Professor: John Andreoli


This course studies the problems, challenges, and opportunities that arise when business operations or organizations transcend national boundaries. It also examines the functions of itnernational business in the economy, international and transactional marketing, production, and financial operations.

Entry Level Competencies: There are no prerequisites for this course. However, prior completion of BUS 100 Introduction to Business is helpful.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the nature and scope of international business.
  • Describe the three environments in which international business managers must operate.
  • Understand how well managers can perform in their undertakings because of their understanding of domestic, international, and foreign environments.
  • Appreciate the explosive growth and closer central control of foreign operations.
  • Comprehend the dynamic growth and the magnitude of both international trade and foreign investment.
  • Discuss why firms go abroad.
  • Understand the seven dimensions along which managers can globalize if they take their companies international.
  • Develop an overview of the theories of international trade and investment, and theories of economic development.
  • Analyze the actions by managers and government and explain the rationale for what they have already done and what they might do in the future.
  • Comprehend the relevance and interconnectivity of international institutions.
  • Understand the role and dynamics of the international monetary system.
  • Discuss and analyze international environmental forces. Emphasis is on forces such as cultural,physical, economic and socioeconomic, political, legal, financial, and labor.
  • Appreciate the need for strategic planning to address international business opportunites and challenges.
  • Explain how to assess, analyze, and enter international markets.
  • Define and discuss practices and procedures for exporting and importing.
  • Understand and develop international marketing programs.
  • Design and structure organizations to operate in the international environment.
  • Suggest plans to manage human and financial resources to carry out international business activities.
  • Understand the operations management function and international supply chain.




Your course grade will be determined by the introductory letter, one (1) project and four (4) exams, according to the following points:

Percentage of Grade
4 Written Assignments
100 (25 points each)
5 Homework Assignments
25 (5 points each)
Term paper
75 points
4 Exams
400 (100 points each)

Grading Scale
Fewer than 369 points



There are four (4) online proctored exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers (Note: ELI exams are not given at the Medical Education Campus.) Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

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ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (800) 627-5443.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : jandreoli@nvcc.edu

You may also ccontact me to schedule a meeting in person.


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

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