This syllabus constitutes an agreement (contract) between the student and the professor.
Note: The Winter Term in Panama will be referred to as "the Program".
International Marketing, 15th Edition (2010), Cateora, Gilly, & Graham, Irwin/McGraw-Hill, ISBN-10: 007352994X.
Other Resources and Materials:Students must have access to Internet, Blackboard, eMail, and an office suite: MS Office, Google Drive, Apple iCloud Pages/Numbers/Keynote, or Apache OpenOffice. Most of the course documents will be posted on Blackboard (or the instructor's website). You should bring a notebook computer or tablet, camera, and flash drive with you for the Program. The School has loaner laptops available; contact the instructor if you need to borrow one. Also bring lined paper and a pencil or pen to record notes and complete assignments.
SU Undergraduate Catalog: Examines the economic, cultural, political, and technological factors that affect the marketing of goods, services, and experiences worldwide. Emphasis is on the problems and decisions involved across and within international borders, and the structure in international markets. Students will gain insight into developing marketing strategies outside the U.S. Prerequisite: A grade of "C-" or better in MKT 206.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
There will be one exam as part of the course requirements. Unexcused absence from the exam will result in a zero (0) grade for the exam. A make-up exam will be given only if the students absence has been excused by the professor in advance.
Marketing and Cultural Observations Journal
Beginning on the day we arrive in Panama, you will make a daily entry into your Marketing and Cultural Observations Journal. Look for instances of cultural differences that an American should be aware of if asked to travel abroad on behalf of their company. For each company visit, keep detailed notes with a focus on discussion related to international marketing topics covered in the textbook. You should include your thoughts and analyses of the situations encountered. You may hand-write your Journal during the Program and submit it in that form (as long as it's readable) in order to earn a maximum grade of 80% (160 points). If you would like to earn a higher grade, then you may submit your Journal in typewritten format complete with photos and items collected during the Tour. You need to "wow" the professor in order to earn an "A" on the Journal! The Journal must be printed, stapled (or bound), and turned in to the professor during the Post-Trip Class (see Schedule).
Students will work in teams and complete a Country Notebook - A Guide for Developing a Marketing Plan described on pages 579-587 in the textbook. The Country Notebook will focus on Panama. You will select a good or service, and then develop the marketing plan for introducing that good or service in Panama. The Country Notebook includes four parts: Cultural Analysis, Economic Analysis, Market Analysis, and Preliminary Marketing Plan. Teams will present their findings for the Cultural Analysis and Economic Analysis near the middle of the Program. Teams will then present the Market Analysis and Preliminary Marketing Plan at the end of the Program. Guidelines for the project will be discussed early in the course.
Store Comparison Report
In order to complete the Store Comparison Report, students will visit a supermarket and one additional "category" (of the student's choice) in the United States and then visit comparable stores in Panama. Specific guidelines will be distributed early in the semester. Students will work individually on this component of the course.
Class Participation & Professionalism
Class participation is primarily based on your participation in discussions and completion of in-class exercises, group activities, homework assignments, and activities during the Program. Most of the participation activities will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
Professionalism is the expectation of professional, polite, and courteous conduct with all aspects of the course. Students are expected to arrive on-time and attend all classes. It is NOT possible to make up class work missed due to absence. Repeated lateness (more than one time in the Program) will result in lost professionalism (class participation) points. Lateness is defined as entering the room more than five minutes after the scheduled start of class. Please quiet your cellphones and "texting" and use of headphones are strictly prohibited (as the professor may think you are cheating in some way). Do not use computers in class unless instructed (or allowed) to do so.
Also, with respect to professionalism, you will be a representative of Stevenson University while traveling abroad and must conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. You need to wear proper (business-casual) attire to all company visits (unless instructed otherwise). You must be extraordinarily polite to and considerate of your travel-mates, company visit hosts and representatives, hotel staff, transportation employees, and the locals you encounter in Panama. Repeated unprofessional behavior could result in a grade deduction and the possibility of being dismissed from the Program and sent home. Students will be required to sign a Student Participation Contract prior to departure.
You must attend all Program classes, activities, company visits, and cultural excursions. For class sessions and company visits, you will receive a daily score representative of your level of professionalism and participation. The starting daily (baseline) score will be 90% (A-). Your score can then be adjusted up (for A or A+ performance) or down (for B+ or lower performance).
The breakdown of points to determine your grades is as follows:
Grades will be issued on the basis of the following final point totals:
This is an alternative format course and a course withdrawal is not permitted. If you "dropout" of the course once we are in Panama, you will be sent home immediately at your expense, and will receive the grade of "F" or "Fx".
The following chapters will be covered and are included in the exam:
The following chapters will be covered during class sessions, company visits, and various aspects of the Program:
Additional chapters are available for students to use as a source of reference for the project.
In the event that a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, other adverse conditions, or logistical necessity, an alternate assignment or activity will be assigned and posted electronically.
Academic Integrity Policies:
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty Policy as published in the Stevenson University Undergraduate Catalog (Academic Policies section). In particular, students should be familiar with the definitions of cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication. Any violation of the Academic Honesty Policy may result in an "F" for the assignment or an "F" for the course at the discretion of the professor. This penalty could be changed to dismissal from the University by higher authorities.
Academic Honesty Penalty
The most up-to-date Winter Term in Panama Schedule is located at www.burgee.com and click on Schedule in the Panama section. The Schedule is subject to change.