Teaching plan for the course unit

 

 

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General information

 

Course unit name: Doing Business in Europe

Course unit code: 573478

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Guillem Riambau Armet

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

25.5

 

-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face

 

18

 

-  Group tutorial

Face-to-face

 

1.5

 

-  Practical exercises

Face-to-face

 

6

Supervised project

17

Independent learning

20

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

Basic competences

CB7. Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

Specific competences

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE9. Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

CE10. Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.

 

 

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

— Understand the key features of both the economy and the markets of European countries.

— Explore the institutional framework and organisation of economics and business in Europe and the European Union.

— Deepen knowledge of European regulation and competence policy.

— Learn about the business environment operating in Europe.

— Know about specific elements of the European business culture.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Europe and the European Union: an overview

1.1. The European integration process and the system of the European Union: an introduction

1.2. The European single market and its implications for European businesses

2. EU regulatory framework

2.1. The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

2.2. Trade and investment

2.3. Competition policy and innovation in the European business environment

3. Doing business with and within the European Union

3.1. European business culture

3.2. Consumer behaviour in Europe

3.3. EU regional differences: understanding heterogeneity

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The course combines three different types of learning activities:

— Face-to-face learning activities. These comprise lectures outlining the main concepts and content of the subject, as well as the main tools for analysis. They also include practical classes, which are used to further explore problems and case studies presented by the lecturer.

— Tutored learning activities, primarily comprising the writing of an essay proposed by the lecturer.

— Independent learning activities, which consist of the completion of problem-solving exercises and case studies, and further study of the basic subject material and recommended reading.

The course makes use of the Virtual Campus to facilitate communication between students and teachers, and for the provision and submission of material, such as practical exercises, statistical information, self-assessment tasks, essays, and so on.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Continuous assessment consists of several assignments to be completed throughout the semester. The final grade is calculated as follows: 

• Class participation and short in-class quizzes (20%): quizzes will be regularly held in class (usually by means of Kahoot). They will serve as a means to assess participation and attendance, rather than purely assessing knowledge or skills.

• Two take-home assignments (55%, 27.5% each): they consist of short essays and critical analysis of topics dealt with in class. Details and dates for submission will be provided in class and uploaded to the Virtual Campus. Deadlines will be strictly enforced: every hour of delay in submission will be penalised with 2% of the grade for that particular submission.

• In-class presentation + feedback on another presentation (25%): in groups of 2-3 students. Groups and topics should be decided by week 2 and will take place in weeks 4-6. The main topics will be provided. Detailed instructions and a rubric for this task will be provided in class and uploaded to the Virtual Campus. Presentations are expected to last for around 25 minutes. Failing to deliver the presentation on the given date entails a mark of 0. Students will be required to provide feedback on a (random) presentation. This assignment will count towards the presentation grade along with the presentation itself.

Repeat assessment (for students who fail to pass the subject) consists of an examination with the same characteristics as the single assessment examination, held on the date set by the Academic Council. Therefore, it consists of a final examination worth 100% of the final grade.

 

Examination-based assessment

Students who wish to renounce continuous assessment and request single assessment may do so before the date of the first assessed activity.

Single assessment consists of a final activity (which may be an examination or an essay), worth 100% of the final grade. To pass the course, a minimum pass grade must be obtained in the final activity. If this activity consists of a final examination, it will take place on the date set by the Academic Council and it will cover the entire course content. Given the characteristics of the subject, it is not possible to sit the examination on a date different from the official date.

Repeat assessment (for students who fail to pass the subject) consists of an examination with the same characteristics as the single assessment examination, held on the date set by the Academic Council. Therefore, it consists of a final examination worth 100% of the final grade.

 

 

Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB

Book

During the course specific bibliography for each topic will be provided.