AF5003 - International Business Finance and Trade

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will consider the management issues faced within the international business environment that a large number of contemporary companies face on a day to day basis. It is designed from a real world relevant point of view, and examines practical situations, with real world cases being used in seminars to highlight issues. As a result of the real world focus you will also be introduced to the key documents that are needed for international trade.

You will further develop your understanding from the level 4 core modules “Financial Decision Making” and “International Business Environment”. In particular you will study:

• Financial goals and corporate governance
• Raising international finance
• International investment decisions
• International business currency
• Financing international trade
• Working capital management
• Professional and business ethical behaviour in an international context.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lecturers, seminars, guided learning and independent study. There will be two hours of lectures per week which will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to benefit from the experiential learning aspects of the seminars. There will be one hour of seminars per week which will be facilitated by group tasks, team working, communication and interpersonal skills and will allow you to reflect on your learning.

Use of the modules e-learning portal will be essential as this will support the work you will be undertaking in the lectures and seminars, it will also contain additional exercises that will allow you to undertake further practice independently.

Your progress on the course will be continually assessed by both yourself and your lecturers. The problem solving nature of the seminars means that you will be provided with feedback continuously. Each lecture and seminar will end with a short quiz/test which will enable you to measure your performance on a more formal (summative) basis and allow you to identify areas requiring additional work. Periodic test which will be available through the e-portal to assess progress to date. None of these quizzes and tests will form part of your final assessment grade.

Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by your own research, so you can gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The directed activities you undertake on the module are designed to ensure that you and the lecturing staff are the co-creators of knowledge. The will encourage you to create an active and self-directed learning experience, which will allow you to take responsibility for your own learning, whilst still having a high level of support.

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A small team of academic staff will be allocated to small seminar groups. They will be able to provide you a closer and more focused support.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses the teaching and learning plan, lecture materials, workshop and seminar exercises, current and previous assessment information, period tests and details of additional resources such as online recordings.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the application of various issues and topics presented in the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Explain and analyse how International Trade is managed and controlled (MLO1).

• Understand and apply the role of financial management in the international business decision making context (MLO2).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Explore and assess the issues faced by international companies when raising capital in global markets and conducting international trade (MLO3).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Apply professional and business ethical dimensions when making decisions (MLO4).

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis through the interaction in the seminars and workshops.

Formative assessment will also be carried out weekly based on self marked short tests at the end of each seminar. This will be supported by periodic tests accessed via the e-learning portal. This does not form part of your overall assessment for this module.

The formal summative assessment for this module is based on a 3,000 word assignment addressing the learning outcomes for the module, MLO1, MLO2, MLO3 and MLO4.





Module abstract

Management in the international business environment, that contemporary companies face, involves a fundamental knowledge of the key financial issues of raising capital, exchange rate management, working capital management and key documents needed for international trade. The module is designed to teach you from a real world relevant point of view, and examining practical situations and using real world cases in seminars to bring the subject alive, highlight and contextualise the issues.

The module builds on your previous level 4 studies of “International Business Environment” and “Financial Decision Making”. It provides a good grounding for the level 6 module “International Finance and Financial Management”.

These topics will be considered from a corporate and social responsibility perspective and ethics considerations will be a running issue throughout the course.

Course info

UCAS Code N202

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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