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Master of Science International Trade and Finance, Level 7, Zhejiang University of Technology, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Science International Trade and Finance
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Welcome to the Course

Dr Mary Leung

This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.
Dr. Mary Leung
Course Leader -MSc International Trade and Finance

Welcome to Leeds Business School, a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community dedicated to student experience, to education, to impactful research and to developing all of its members to their utmost potential.

On behalf of all our staff I would like to say how proud we are to have you with us, and how excited we are to engage with you throughout every stage of your learning journey.

Leeds Business School is an active choice, a choice to participate, to experience, to grow and to contribute - in a state-of-the-art, inspiring and digitally connected environment.

Our mission is to bring you closer to business, to industry and to the professions - through the way we teach, the flexibility of our offer, the courses we champion and the business leaders we showcase. It's about being work-ready and life-ready, with the enthusiasm, the competitive edge and the practical tools to thrive.

Welcome to business co-creation, not just business education. Welcome to Leeds Business School.

Dr George Lodorfos

Professor George Lodorfos, Dean of School

Welcome to the Economic College at the Zhejiang University of Technology. The College is proud to provide high quality teaching and learning and facilities to support your study. I wish you enjoy your time studying in Hangzhou, building new friendship and achieving high in your study. Welcome to Zhejiang University of Technology. Wish you every success in your studies ——Dr. Lin Sun, Deputy Dean of Economic College

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Ms Jing Wen

College of Economics

Zhejiang University of Technology

RoomA-307, Boyi Building,

Pingfeng Campus, Hangzhou, China

Postcode 310023

Tel (Fax) +86-571-85290265

Ms Jing Wen

College of Economics

Zhejiang University of Technology

RoomA-307, Boyi Building,

Pingfeng Campus, Hangzhou, China

Postcode 310023

Tel (Fax) +86-571-85290265

Course reps are elected at the beginning of each academic year

Students in the Business School are supported by a team of Academic Librarians.

Please contact them using the email address: lbslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or web@zjut.edu.cn at Zhejiang University of Technology or visit http://www.lib.zjut.edu.cn/

Link tutor

Dr. Mary Leung

m.leung@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Rose Bowl 520

Tel: +44(0)113 81 26204

This is how the Leeds Beckett University keep in touch with you.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked, or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform the admin team at Zhejiang University of Technology whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. This will be done via Wechat Official Account of Economic College to the mobile phone number on our contact records, email to student’s email address, noticeboards. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Timetable Information

The timetable information is available in http://www.cba.zjut.edu.cn/eco/jsp/ , and by QQ group and Wechat group.

Course Overview

There is a growing need for organisations and managers to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges arising from the globalisation of the world economy. The movement of capital, people, services, products, and knowledge across national borders continues to grow and it is not only large multinational corporations who engage in international trade and finance.

As the World Trade Organisation stated in its World Trade Report, 2016 “today’s the increasingly interconnected global economy is transforming what is traded and who is trading. International trade has long been dominated by large companies. But thanks to dramatically reduced trade barriers, improved transportation links, information technologies, and the emergence of global value chains, many SMEs now have the potential to become successful global traders as well.”
This course seeks to prepare graduates for a senior role within a company that trades internationally. The course combines technical/subject-specific knowledge with the development of skills related to working as a professional in internationally engaged companies.

The course covers key concepts and knowledge relating to international trade and finance, allowing a breadth of coverage across the discipline, accompanied by the possibility to also focus or specialise on a particular area of interest via the dissertation and/or option module.

The focus is on the development and sophistication of technical knowledge alongside the skills to apply that knowledge to current business problems and issues.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1 To demonstrate a critical, ethical and reflective approach to the field of international trade and finance.
2 To critically evaluate, synthesise and apply advanced and contemporary theories and techniques to a range of complex and open-ended issues, problems and situations in the field of international trade and finance.
3 To apply with a degree of creativity and sophistication, intellectual, transferable and subject/professional skills to a range of complex and open-ended problems and situations in the field of international trade and finance.
4 To evaluate and apply, with due regard to ethical considerations, research methodologies relevant to international trade and finance.
5 To demonstrate originality in the application of theory and techniques, drawn from earlier studies, through the production of a significant piece of high level independent work.

Contained Awards: PG Certificate in International Trade and Finance

Learning Outcome

1 • To demonstrate a critical, ethical and reflective approach to the field of international trade and finance.

2 • To critically evaluate, synthesise and apply advanced and contemporary theories and techniques to a range of complex and open-ended issues, problems and situations in the field of international trade and finance.

3 • To apply with a degree of creativity and sophistication, intellectual, transferable and subject/professional skills to a range of complex and open-ended problems and situations in the field of international trade and finance.

Contained Awards: PG Diploma in International Trade and Finance

Learning Outcome- all of the above and

4 • To evaluate and apply, with due regard to ethical considerations, research methodologies relevant to international trade and finance.

Target Award: MSc International Trade and Finance

Learning Outcome - all of the above and

5 • To demonstrate originality in the application of theory and techniques, drawn from earlier studies, through the production of a significant piece of high level independent work.

Assessment & Feedback

The assessment balance and overall workload associated with this course are calculated from core modules and a sample of option module choices undertaken by a typical student. They have been reviewed and confirmed as representative by the Course Director.

A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and independent study. Modules may have more than one component of assessment.

The course is assessed predominantly by coursework, with some examinations and practical assessments.

At the end of the course, students will produce a dissertation.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on the VLE, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

For reasonable adjustment of Zhejiang University of Technology please refer to the student handbook from Zhejiang University of Technology.

For assessment support, please contact Mr. Jing Wen at the earliest possible opportunity and send email to leedszj@zjut.edu.cn.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

For assessment support, please contact Ms. Jing Wen at the earliest possible opportunity and send email to leedszj@zjut.edu.cn.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Feedback is delivered both orally in a classroom situation (e.g. in response to an analysis of a case study question) and through written commentary on formative and summative assessments.

Assessment grids are included within each Module Handbook that allows the student to see where he/she stands in terms of the learning outcomes of a given assignment, and these are supplemented by annotations in the text of the assignment itself and the provision of additional commentary on the assessment sheet.

The majority of coursework assessments are submitted via Turnitin and so students are provided with annotated feedback on their scripts electronically.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this could include a mix of face-to-face, on-campus online, and digital content, teaching, and learning. This is designed to encourage a community of learning which invites and enables all participants to engage in discussions, to be visible, valued, and respected for their contribution. The teaching and learning strategy to be used by each module is set out in the Module Specifications. Further to this, the MSc International Trade and Finance will utilise the opportunities offered by the experiential diversity of its intakes to enhance its students learning experience. The modules use a variety of methods; typically, each module will consist of a mix of tutorials, group and individual activities, workshops, and case study analysis. Where appropriate, students will be given opportunities to relate the material covered to the organisational practices.
Modules at this level will be characterised not only by the inclusion of more advanced knowledge but also by being more open-ended in the realistic situations in which students are required to identify and tackle problems. The progressive problem-solving philosophy, together with the complementary encouragement of independent learning, will shift the mix of work away from that done in class and towards that done outside.

Study at this level will leave students with a thorough understanding of academic research and the ability to transfer that research to real-world applications and diverse and complex situations.

Core Modules (2020/21 for FT students)

Year Long

Dissertation

Teaching Block A

Management of International Finance
International Trade Law

Teaching Block B

Economics of International Trade
International Corporate Finance

Teaching Block C
Trade, Growth, and Development
Option

Option Modules

Understanding the Economy

Overall Workload

Level 7

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

264 hours

Independent Study

1536 hours

Placement

N/A


High quality academic staff from Leeds Beckett University and Zhejiang University of Technology teach in this course. Details of Leeds Business School academic staff can be found on the Leeds Business School Website https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/leeds-business-school/.

Details of the academic staff of Economic College at Zhejiang University of Technology can be found on http://www.cba.zjut.edu.cn/eco/jsp/newsTeacher2.jsp?neId=16318

Attendance & Absence

For the attendance statement, please refer to student handbook of Zhejiang University of Technology which is available at http://www.jwc.zjut.edu.cn/

For the attendance statement, please refer to student handbook of Zhejiang University of Technology which is available at http://www.jwc.zjut.edu.cn/

For the attendance statement, please refer to student handbook of Zhejiang University of Technology which is available at http://www.jwc.zjut.edu.cn/

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student: 1 to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline 2 to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

The Course Specification outlines what work-related activities are associated with this course.

Students can use the University Careers Office who offers assistance in areas such as CV preparation and networking to assist with future career development.

The course aims to prepare students for a senior role within a company that trades internationally and focuses on skills development alongside the acquisition of technical knowledge.

The Leeds Business School and Zhejiang University of Technology have a wide network of links with industry both regionally and further afield. Students are encouraged to engage with extra-curricular events such as guest lectures to broaden their outlook and develop business networks.

The course offer students the appropriate skills and technical knowledge to be a management professional involved in exporting, importing, and other commercial activities overseas. Students might want to extend their knowledge of international trade agreements, or they could be looking to secure employment for a company with a global reach. This course will give the students the expertise needed to unlock management opportunities with international organisations across a range of sectors. Upon graduate students could continue to pursue a research degree.

Learning Support

Ms Jing Wen

Course Secretary of Sino-UK Joint Education Program

College of Economics and Management

Zhejiang University of Technology

RoomA-307, Boyi Building,

Pingfeng Campus, Hangzhou, China

Postcode 310023

Tel (Fax) +86-571-85290265

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

If you have any questions or problems with life at university, please send an e-mail to leedszj@zjut.edu.cn, or go to Wechat Official Account of Economic College.

For disability support in Zhejiang University of Technology, please refer to the student handbook from Zhejiang University of Technology and http://www.xgb.zjut.edu.cn/.

The Library and the computer labs are available for MSc ITF students. If you have any questions or problems with IT, please send an email to web@zjut.edu.cn and go to http://www.lib.zjut.edu.cn/.

All the computers in library and labs are available. For other IT resources, please go to http://www.nic.zjut.edu.cn/

The service of Students’ Union Advice is available at http://www.cba.zjut.edu.cn/eco/jsp/newsclass.jsp?wcId=29, and in Wechat Office Account of Economic College.

The Student Voice Term will be elected every academic year.

Resources

Access to online learning materials and resources for every module is provided through MyBeckett, a virtual learning environment, and you also have access to the resources and information of an up to date library.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Master of Science International Trade and Finance

Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade and Finance (120 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in International Trade and Finance (60 credits)

Leeds Beckett University

Zhejiang University of Technology

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 180 credit points at Level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England

N/A

Zhejiang University of Technology (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

96,000 RMB per student

Policies, Standards & Regulations

For the standard university policies and Regulations please refer to the student handbook of Zhejiang University of Technology and http://www.xgb.zjut.edu.cn/.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:
Dr. Sushil Mohan
Principal Lecturer in Economic
Head of the Economics and Finance Subject Group
Brighton Business School, University of Brighton

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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