GEB 3373—INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSDr. Amanda PhalinOffice: Bryan Hall 233APhone: 352-392-6527 (E-mail is the best, fastest way to contact me.)E-mail Dr. Phalin: [email protected] HonestyYou are expected to abide by the university’s rules for academic honesty. These are available for your review 12/09/4041.pdf. Cheating, having access to any device, mobileor otherwise, during exams, and any other action that violates these rules, no matter how minor, will cause youto be assigned an “E” for the course. **TO REPEAT**: Any attempt at cheating will result in you beingassigned a failing course grade, no exceptions. It should also be noted that behaviors that would assist others inengaging in acts of academic dishonesty will be considered a violation of the University of Florida StudentHonor Code and will result in the offender being assigned an “E” for the course. In other words, if you know ofan academic violation and you do not report it, this in itself can be considered an academic violation and will betreated as such. Note:1) Creating an unverifiable excuse to make up an exam or other assignment constitutes cheating.2) Claiming to have completed online work that you did not, in fact, complete, is cheating. Recall thatI can and do monitor students’ work.3) At the beginning of each exam and the Pop Quiz, you must answer a question stating that youagree to abide by the university’s honor code. If you do not answer the question, or if youdisagree, that can be considered cheating, and you will fail that assessment.4) Ignorance of the University Honor Code is not a defense against cheating. It is your responsibilityto know and understand what constitutes an academic violation, to refrain from those behaviors,and to report those who engage in those behaviors. To ensure academic integrity, individualized assessments are created, and each student will receive thesame number of and type of questions from internal test banks.To ensure academic integrity, all excuses for missed work (illness, family issues, job interviews, etc.)must be verified by the Dean of Students Office.To ensure academic integrity, all students must complete an Academic Integrity Assignment byWednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Failure to complete the assignment will result in 10 pointsbeing deducted from your Exam 1 score.TAsHead TA: Delena Luo, [email protected]: Robert Blaine, Kendall Bopp, Yaima Costa, Michael Del Monte, Francesca Frampton, Andrew Han,Nicole Hassell, Gabriella Hurtado, Tia Klironomis, Yvette Langford, Jordan Loreth, LaurenMacAllister, Maggie Meng, Luke Newquist, Peggy Porter, Lily Putra, Ryan Saunders, Brandon WilliamsTA Location: Bryan Hall 233BE-mail TAs: You will be assigned a TA after the drop-add period. I will post a Canvas announcement withyour TA’s e-mail address at that time.Office Hours: TBA
I encourage you to meet with your TAs and/or contact them via e-mail should you need assistance or havequestions not answered by the syllabus. The TAs and I are here to help you with material from the lectures, etextbook, and Capsim Global DNA. We are NOT responsible for helping you understand/review notes fromoutside sources. It is your choice whether to use Smokin’ Notes or other services, but ultimately, these outsidevendors are responsible for the presentation and accuracy of the information in their products—not us.Responsibilities1. ***Read this entire syllabus fully, carefully, and often*** and ensure that you understand all policieswithin it. If you have questions, please let me know. If questions arise during the semester, pleaseconsult the syllabus first before contacting a TA or me—chances are, the answer is in this document. Itis 100% your responsibility to familiarize yourself with class policies.2. Know in which section you are registered.3. Attend/view class regularly. Classes, homework, participation, extra credit, and exams covermaterials not in the book, and regular viewing/attendance greatly enhances your mastery of material.4. Complete all assignments on time. This includes readings, homework assignments, participationassignments, exams, and the simulation.5. Set goals for yourself and keep track of your progress.6. Ask for help if you need it. If you are struggling with any material, be sure to contact the TAs or me.7. Take exams when they are scheduled.Course Pre-RequisitesMAN 3025, Principles of ManagementMAR 3023, Principles of MarketingSimilar courses may be used as substitutes if approved by the College’s Undergraduate Programs Office,Heavener 333, phone: 352-273-0165.IMPORTANT: Students also need to be familiar with concepts contained in the pre-reqs for MAN 3025 andMAR 3023—microeconomics, macroeconomics, algebra, and basic accounting. Finance is not a pre-requisitefor this class, but we may use/learn some basics. If at any point during the semester you need to review conceptsfrom previous courses, please see the following links for help:Basic economic concepts: http://www.sparknotes.com/economics/; www.kahnacademy.orgBasic finance concepts: edia.wiley.com/product data/excerpt/11/04700917/0470091711.pdfBasic accounting concepts: a: http://www.sparknotes.com/math/Various topics: https://www.khanacademy.org/Course Objectives and Assurance of LearningAfter taking this class, you should: Understand business environments (culture, economics, ethics, law, politics) around the world Have the tools and skills necessary to analyze the potential of other countries as locations forproduction, distribution, and marketing
Know how managing and integrating international operations in many parts of the world differs froma purely domestic focus Have the broad perspective required of successful managers working in international business Understand the challenges and adaptations required to succeed in business in host countries withdiffering cultural, political, legal, and economic systemsAssurance of Learning: The BSBA/BABA Learning Goal that applies most directly to this course is Goal 5:“Possess a global perspective on business.” The two learning objectives associated with this goal are:Learning Objective 5a: Understand how the business environment, including culture, differs across countries.Learning Objective 5b: Possess awareness of cultural differences and how these differences affect best practicesand ethical responsibilities.Required Course Materials and Instructions for Accessing ThemStudents should NOT purchase the book or simulation on their own. Instructions are provided in Canvas(see below). Online proctoring via ProctorU is REQUIRED, and the fee for this service was assessed whenyou registered for the course (in other words, you have already paid for ProctorU). The required materials forthis course are ProctorU, a Pearson custom e-textbook, and Capsim (Global DNA international businesssimulation). The e-text and the simulation are available through Canvas by following the instructions providedin the “Accessing Required Materials” document, which can be found on the “Start Here” page in Canvas underthe “Do” heading. Print upgrades for the textbook are available via the UF Bookstore for a nominal charge,approximately 36.00. We are using a custom digital version of International Business, 8th Edition, by RickyW. Griffin and Michael W. Pustay, Pearson Publishing.IMPORTANT NOTES: You must follow the instructions contained in “Accessing Required Materials” AND 1) authorizecharges AND 2) log into Capsim and Pearson by Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Failure todo so will cause you to earn a 0 on the “Accessing Required Materials” assignment. Following the instructions contained in the “Accessing Required Materials” document allows you to optin to fees charged to your account for course materials in your classes. These are fees that have beennegotiated at lower, bulk rates by the university. If you do not opt in, you will be required to buy coursematerials on your own at a higher rate. You must complete the “Accessing Required Materials” assignment by Wednesday, January 24, 2018,11:59 p.m. In this assignment, you will be required to upload two screenshots to Canvas showing thatyou opted into the charges for the required materials AND that you fully signed into Capsim. The screenshot MUST show your name and photo at the top of the page, or you will earn 0 points. Thisis to avoid students displaying someone else’s codes as their own. You MUST use your @ufl.edu e-mail on the class rolls for all activities associated with this class—ProctorU, Capsim Global DNA simulation—or no points can be earned. (Some have 1 @ufl address.) In order to be able to opt into Pearson, you must have a Pearson account. Create one if you do not. Study abroad students located in Europe DO NOT use ProctorU.Accessing Course WebsiteThis course is being presented via the University of Florida’s Canvas course management system. You shouldcreate a shortcut (link/favorite) in your browser that will take you directly to the e-Learning Support Serviceslogin site: http://elearning.ufl.edu. Click the blue “e-Learning” button on the right and log in to the websiteusing your GatorLink credentials. Choose GEB3373 from the list of available courses.
NOTE: Only students officially registered for this course will be allowed website access. Students who add thecourse will have to wait 24 – 48 hours for the Canvas course management system to be updated. If you aredenied access, please try again in a day or two. If you are still denied access, contact the UF Help Desk at 352392-HELP (392-4357), or go to their Webpage at http://helpdesk.ufl.edu/. You may also chose to visit theWarrington College of Business TAC (Technology Assistance /students.asp.Viewing Video LecturesTo view course video lectures, click on the Video Library (Lectures) link on the Home Page in Canvas.Office Hours—NO APPOINTMENT NEEDEDFeel free to come by during office hours in person or online—no appointment necessary—or to make anappointment with me for other times if you are not available during office hours. Please note, I do not repeatlectures during office hours; come prepared with specific questions so we can make our time together asproductive as possible.If you cannot meet during regular office hours and need to schedule an appointment, please e-mail me andsuggest several times that are convenient for you in your original e-mail. This will allow me to schedule aspecific time in my reply.If you are off-campus, feel free to e-mail me to schedule a phone appointment. I will call you so you will notincur any long-distance fees if they apply. For students who visit https://ufl.zoom.us/j/4753912414 (Meeting ID475-391-2414) during office hours, you are required to type in your first and last name, or you will not beallowed to enter the “office.” Every UF student has free access to Zoom, which you can download using yourGatorlink credentials at https://ufl.zoom.us. You can download Zoom onto your desktop/laptop, tablet, orsmartphone. If multiple students are in the online office, you may be placed in the “waiting room.”Course CommunicationsDO NOT use messaging in Canvas or Capsim/Global DNA to communicate with me or the TAs; no onewill read or respond to messages there. If you need to reach me, e-mail me [email protected] You can reach the TAs via e-mail once you have been assigned a TA.Announcements concerning the class will typically be made during lectures and via Canvas announcements.Make sure you set Canvas Notification Preferences to “Notify me right away”/“ASAP.” You may do this bygoing to Settings Notifications in the course Canvas page. ***You must check Canvas daily forannouncements—students are 100% responsible for the consequences of having missed messages.***If you send a message to me or the TAs, you should receive a reply within 24 hours, excluding weekends andholidays. (In other words, if you send a message on Friday, you may not receive a reply until Monday.) If youdo not receive a reply within the specified time, please re-send the e-mail with “RE-SEND: ” and the rest ofyour original subject line in the subject line.The TAs and I do not respond to questions posted on the class discussion board. You are free to creatediscussions there among yourselves, but do not expect replies from the TAs or me. If you have a question, first
examine the syllabus for an answer, then contact the TAs or me if needed. All discussion board postings shouldbe polite and relevant to course material and issues; threads may be deleted at my discretion.Communication EtiquetteSince we are in the School of Business, I require my students to conduct themselves in a professional mannerwhen communicating with the TAs or me. E-mails should be written as letters, not as texts. Messages should beconcise, clear, professional, and without slang, abbreviations, and language that might be misinterpreted asrude. Failure to write your e-mail as a proper business letter may result in it not being responded to.Your interactions with the TAs and me should be conducted with politeness and professionalism at all times.Rude, abrasive language will not be tolerated at any time, in any medium. If you are frustrated by something, Istrongly suggest waiting a few hours before angrily typing an e-mail to the TAs or me. Any rude orinappropriate communications with the TAs or me may result in your e-mail not being responded to—and it may also result in your final grade being lowered at my discretion. Any inappropriatecommunications with the TAs or me in any other medium (on the phone, in person) may also result in your finalgrade being lowered at my discretion.A rule of thumb for e-mail communications: Often, people do not realize that e-mails can sound rude,unprofessional, and abrasive because tone is very difficult to convey electronically. Before sending an e-mailmessage to the TAs or me, ask yourself: “Would I say the things I am writing to Dr. Phalin’s face?” As practiceand preparation for the business world, ask yourself, “Would I write these things to a potential employer?” Ifthe answer to either question is “no,” I would encourage you to rewrite your e-mail in more professional andpolite language before you send it.In addition, I encourage you to always send a “thank you” e-mail to the TAs or me if we have assisted you. Thisis not because we like hearing “thank you” on a regular basis (although it is pleasant), but because this isexcellent practice for the business world. It is a good habit to develop; people rarely write “thank you” followups these days, and these small niceties can help you stand out—in a good way—in a professional setting.As stated previously, it is your responsibility to understand policies for this class; I expect you to examine thesyllabus carefully for answers to your question(s) BEFORE you contact the TAs or me. In large classes, thisfacilitates faster and more efficient communications overall. Therefore, if you e-mail the TAs or me with aquestion whose answer can be found in the syllabus, you will receive a reply of, “Please see the syllabus.”If you e-mail me with a question that has been covered in the syllabus, a Canvas announcement, or in class, thistells me clearly that you are not engaged with the course or its materials. This is also a tell in professionalsettings that reflects poorly on you, so get in the habit of answering your own questions as much as possible.Letters of Recommendation/ReferencesIf you plan to ask me, or any other professor, for a recommendation letter or reference, make an effort to attendvirtual or in-person office hours and get to know me. I do not provide recommendations/references for studentsI do not know. If you would like a letter and/or reference, you need to submit that request to me in writing inorder to comply with federal law (FERPA, Family Educations Rights and Privacy Act). You may use the formfound here: https://registrar.ufl.edu/pdf/ferparelease.pdf. Under “other,” write “information derived frompersonal observation or knowledge of the student.”Technology & Technology Help
For all technologies used in the class, it is best to use Chrome as your browser. If you experience issues withany technology required for this class, the first thing to do is clear your cache of history and cookies and allowpopups. Also try restarting your computer or other device. You may also chose to visit the Warrington Collegeof Business TAC (Technology Assistance Center) ts.asp. Ifthose do not work, use one of the options below.If you experience problems with Canvas, the TAs and I CANNOT HELP YOU. This is not because we don’twant to help you, but because we do not have the capability to do so. Contact the UF Help Desk at 352-392HELP (392-4357) or go to their Webpage at http://helpdesk.ufl.edu/.If you experience problems with the Pearson e-text, the TAs and I CANNOT HELP YOU. This is not becausewe don’t want to help you, but because we do not have the capability to do so. Contact Pearson support -dd12d 1. Be sure to get an incident number.If you experience problems with the Capsim–Global DNA simulation, the TAs and I CANNOT HELP YOU.This is not because we don’t want to help you, but because we do not have the capability to do so. [email protected] or 877-477-8787.For all technologies used in class, technical issues you may encounter are 100% your responsibility. If you waituntil the last minute to complete an assignment and a technical problem prevents you from meeting a deadline,that is your responsibility—makeups are not allowed, no exceptions. To ensure that your assignments havesubmitted correctly, after each assignment, check the gradebook and look for completion/successful submissionnotifications. Cases have occurred of students working wirelessly, getting disconnected and not knowing it, andwork not being recorded. It is 100% your responsibility to ensure that all of your work submits correctly.AttendanceIf you are attending the live class, please be courteous to your classmates and me: Arrive a few minutes before class begins so you are ready to start class promptly at 11:45 a.m. There will generally be a 10-minute break; arrive on time back to class after the break. Turn off all cell phones and do not text, Tweet, check Facebook, etc. If these activities interfere withclass, you may be asked to leave at my discretion. Do not talk to each other during class. DO ask questions.This helps maintain a professional environment. I encourage everyone registered for the class to watch the classin person if possible. You can safely start attending after the third lecture and be reasonably assured of finding aseat in the room. Requirements for class attendance and other course work are consistent with universitypolicies, which can be found at info/attendance.aspx.Participation (See syllabus calendar for due dates)The following required activities allow you to earn points toward class participation:Syllabus Quiz: 30 true/false questions test your knowledge about class policies contained in the syllabus. Thequestions are HARD; they are designed to test whether you are reading and understanding the syllabus in deepdetail. You have ONE 15-minute attempt to complete the quiz, so you need to read the syllabus fully andcarefully several times to make sure you understand its contents before taking the quiz, or you will lose points.
Survey 1: 25 multiple-choice questions gauge your current knowledge of and opinions about topics ininternational business. There are no right or wrong answers—answer all questions, and you will earn full credit.Survey 2: 25 multiple-choice questions gauge how your knowledge of and opinions about topics in internationalbusiness may have changed during the semester. There are no right or wrong answers—answer all questions,and you will earn full credit.Academic Integrity Assignment: This short assignment requires you to review the Student Code of Conduct andclass policies and agree to conduct yourself in this course with the highest level of academic integrity.Accessing Required Materials Assignment: This assignment requires you to upload two screenshots: 1) of your“opt in” page and 2) a screenshot of your Capsim dashboard page to confirm that you have opted in to allmaterials AND logged in to Capsim. (Examples can be found in the “Accessing Required Materials”document.) The screenshots MUST include your name and ID or you will earn 0 points. You will notice thatyou have two attempts on this assignment; you may submit each screenshot as separate files, using bothattempts, or both screenshots in one file, using only one. It is up to you.Homework Assignments (See syllabus calendar for due dates)For each e-text chapter, you will complete one homework assignment in Canvas. Each assignment will consistof 20 questions (each question worth one point) from that chapter’s material. Due dates for all assignments arein the class calendar. NOTE: The last set of assignments is due the last day of class since it is againstuniversity policy to require students to complete assignments during reading and finals weeks. Theassignments are open-book, open-note, and untimed. You have the option of completing the assignments all atonce, or working on them throughout the specified time period during the term. I drop your three lowesthomework scores from the Chapters 1–9 assignments before calculating the final grade. You are requiredto complete the homework assignments for Chapters 10, 12, 13, and 16-17. These last homeworkassignments are fairly easy; however, students tend to slack off the last third of the semester and don’t put a lotof work into these homeworks. As a result, they lose easy points. Don’t let that happen to you—stay engaged.Although I drop your three lowest scores out of the first nine assignments, I recommend that you complete all ofthem. You never know when an emergency or illness will arise and you will need that dropped score. Also,since homework questions come from previous exams, they help you prepare for tests.Please note: I strongly advise against leaving the homeworks until the last minute. If the system goes down 5minutes before the due date/time, that is your responsibility. If you have a scheduling conflict that occurs at thelast minute, that is your responsibility. The assignments are open and available for you to work on for weeks.Take advantage of that time and use it wisely. There are no makeups allowed for homework assignments,no exceptions. If you experience a technical problem while/after completing homework, the TAs and ICANNOT HELP YOU. This is not because we don’t want to help you, but because we do not have thecapability to do so. Contact the UF Help Desk (please see above). It is your responsibility to check Canvas andensure that your homework grades have been entered.Pop QuizAt some point during the last third of the semester (after Exam 2 but before the end of the term), you will have48 hours to complete a 15-minute pop quiz in Canvas consisting of 20 questions coming from some or all of thefollowing chapters and lectures: 10, 12, 13, and/or 16-17. Each question is worth 1 point. Although the quiz is
open-book and open-note, because you have only a short time to complete it, you will need to be very familiarwith the material it covers. There are no makeups and no appeals for the quiz, no exceptions. I will alert you viaa Canvas announcement one hour before the 48-hour window opens, as well as which chapters the quiz covers.Note: The pop quiz should be taken via a WIRED internet connection. Any technical problems you mayexperience during the quiz are your responsibility.Also note: Although the Pop Quiz is only 20 points, most students need all the points they can get to earn thegrade they want. Despite this fact, most people do not study for the quiz and as a result earn a low score; theaverage score on the Pop Quiz is 14/20, or 70%. I do not curve the Pop Quiz; be sure to study well so you canearn as many points as possible on this assessment.Proctored ExamsTo maintain a high standard of academic integrity and ensure that the value of your UF degree is notcompromised, course exams will be proctored online by ProctorU for on-campus and UF Online students.(Study abroad students located in Europe, please check with your program office for exam information, and seebelow.) Students will take exams electronically using the Canvas course website, but you will register withProctorU early in the semester and then sign up for a time for a certified proctor in a testing facility to observeyou on your computer while you take your exam. You need a webcam, speakers, microphone, and reliableInternet connection to take your exams. A WIRED INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED. You alsoneed a mirror or other reflective surface.You can access the ProctorU site directly in Canvas from the left menu.If you already have a ProctorU account, you canuse the same account.You should get set up with ProctorU and schedule your exam appointment times during the first week of thesemester. You must sign up for an appointment at least 72 hours before an exam. Failure to do so will result inadditional fees and reduce the likelihood that the time you want will be available. You should receive aconfirmation email from ProctorU. If you experience any trouble with online registration, I CANNOT HELPYOU because I do not have access to their registration system. Call 855-772-8678.Prior to EACH EXAM, go to the ProctorU Test Page to ensure your computer is ready for online proctoring.Try to create the environment that you will be in during the exam (e.g., other people in your apartment using theinternet at the same time) before you do the tests. After you get the 6 checks that your system is ready:Take the extra step to connect to a live person:
This process takes just a few minutes, is completely free, and is available 24/7. When you connect to a liveperson, make sure to recreate test-taking conditions. If you test your system when no one else is at home usingthe internet, it may give you a false idea of how the system will actually work during exam time.If you are unable to take an exam because of a technical glitch on your end, that is your responsibility.However, if you do experience technical difficulties during the exam, ProctorU will document those difficultiesand communicate them to me.It is your responsibility to read the Proctored Exams Student Guide fully and carefully.Please note: Students should review their answers carefully before submitting any exam. If you accidentally hit thewrong answer, it is your responsibility and cannot be attributed to the e-Learning system or ProctorU. The use of ProctorU at international locations is currently not supported by WCBA. Taking bathroom breaks or otherwise leaving the testing area during exams is considered cheating andwill be treated as such, with the offending student being assigned an “E” in the course.After each exam, I strongly encourage you to fill out the survey from ProctorU about your experience with theproctoring service. They take these surveys seriously and make changes regularly based on them; in addition,this information is shared with faculty often, so it is important for us to get a clear picture of student experienceand satisfaction.Testing Rooms Available at Library West: Through a collaboration between Academic Technology andLibrary West, six computers with webcams located in small testing rooms can be reserved for online testing.For more information, please visit: http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/InfoCommons/proctoru. You may reserve thetesting spaces here: http://ufl.libcal.com/booking/ProctorU.Study Abroad Students Located in EuropeI DO NOT schedule these exams; the college’s International Programs Office does. The dates and times ofstudy abroad exams are DIFFERENT than for on-campus exams. Students should check their respectiveprogram websites or pre-departure guides for dates/times/locations:UF in London: https://site.warrington.ufl.edu/london/UF in Madrid: https://site.warrington.ufl.edu/madrid/UF in Paris: https://site.warrington.ufl.edu/paris/UF in Rome: https://site.warrington.ufl.edu/rome/UF in Dublin: https://site.warrington.ufl.edu/dublin/ONLY non-programmable, simple, four-function calculators are allowed during exams. No othercalculators are allowed, including financial and scientific calculators, and calculators found on computers,cell phones and other mobile devices. No watches of any kind are allowed. Violating these rules WILL resultin offenders being assigned an “E” in the course.Examples of calculators NOT ALLOWED:
Examples of calculators ALLOWED:If you don’t have a simple, four-function calculator, be sure to purchase one well in advance of the exams. Nocell phones or other devices are allowed during exams. You are allowed a piece of scratch paper and a pen orpencil in addition to a four-function calculator.Exam ScheduleThere are two exams; neither is cumulative. Both tests are multiple-choice, closed-book, and closed notes. Eachis 90 minutes long and contains 50 questions worth 4 points each. Each exam includes 5 practice examquestions word-for-word. The exams are open for multiple days, and you may take the exams literally at anytime during the exam periods from any location that has a reliable internet connection.Exam 1: First appointment available Sunday, February 25, 5 a.m.; last appointment
GEB 3373—INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Dr. Amanda Phalin Office: Bryan Hall 233A Phone: 352-392-6527 (E-mail is the best, fastest way to contact me.) E-mail Dr. Phalin: [email protected] Academic Honesty You are expected to abide by the university's rules for academic honesty.