Preparation for case discussion should begin with a rapid reading of the assigned text and case material. Then, it is worthwhile to review the assignment questions for clues as to what issues require special attention. The next step is normally to re-read the case carefully, taking notes, which sort information, facts, and observations under a number of relevant headings. Most students will then want to perform some quantitative analyses, exploring various hypotheses as to the nature and importance of certain phenomena. Finally, preparation will include notes that can be used to guide your interventions in class discussions on the assigned or other issues judged to be critical to the company’s apparent dilemma.
In grading class participation, I will normally use several criteria:
Quality of comments
Are the comments relevant to the discussion?
Do they include analysis, or do they state opinions?
Are the comments related to the previous discussion?
Do they bring a new insight into the issues?
Quantity of class participation
Students are expected to sit in the same seat for each class and to display a name card in all classes.
Write a critical essay on the topic of “Do National Borders Matter?”
The paper should be between five to ten pages including exhibits, double spacing, and typewritten with 12-point font or equivalent.
Final report due
5:00pm, June 28, 2006
The course grade will be weighted as follows:
Class participation..........… 60% Final Paper.........………… 40%