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Module Title

International business, commercial models, risk, regulation, legislation

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2002
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedAugust 2016
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry qualifications or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to foster a substantive understanding of the central regulatory issues that arise in international business.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically analyse the different commercial and legal models for setting up a business in a foreign location.
2. Analyse and evaluate the legal, commercial and compliance risk issues involved in setting up and managing a business in a foreign location.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of how to implement appropriate risk management processes in relation to contract management and tax.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of export control and anti-bribery legislation, identification of risk issues and management of these issues.
5. Provide sound and practical legal advice on compliance issues.

Indicative Module Content

The module examines the practicalities of international business. These include identifying a suitable commercial model and working with partners; ensuring compliance with all applicable laws; designing and implementing control processes; managing risk; the role of insurance; considering the commercial impact of international tax issues and how to manage these; and managing human resource issues in different jurisdictions and against possibly different cultural backgrounds.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

lectures; seminars; group discussions; group activities; directed reading/research, case studies.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

The summative assessment will comprise one piece of written coursework. Students must attain at least 50% in the written coursework to pass this module.

Indicative Bibliography

1.AUGUST, R., 2013. International Business Law. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ.: Pearson Education.
2.Specific information packages will be distributed on a subject by subject basis.

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