Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Michele D. Giambattista
I BUS 496
Seattle Campus

International Business Practicum

Offers students opportunity to apply principles, concepts, and skills learned previously to actual business situation. Projects provide students an exposure to the issues and choices facing managers operating in an international business environment. Prerequisite: I BUS 300. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to apply the principles, concepts and skills they have learned in prior classes to actual business situations. Students will be expected to use their knowledge and judgment to make decisions and recommendations concerning the situations they will investigate.

Students will: ż Gain an understanding of the processes and practices of international business ż Develop the ability to deal with critical decisions facing companies engaged in international business ż Work with both primary and secondary data relevant to the business problem under investigation ż Understand the importance of foreign cultures and environments and different economic, legal and political systems to conducting international business ż Gain experience in interacting with a firm through direct contacts with its staff and executives, both during the research and during the final presentation of the research results

The projects for student research span the gamut of international business issuesómarket choice, market entry strategies, investment analysis, product differentiation, organizational structures, information systems, compliance with foreign government regulations, feasibility studies, country comparisons, etc.

During the class, students will need to utilize a variety of analytical and communications techniques, including brainstorming, role playing, library research, interviewing, decision-making, problem-solving, report writing, and oral presentation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michele D. Giambattista
Date: 03/22/2012