Prepare a business report for a hypothetical shipping importer or exporter that critically discusses the essential contracts within the context of ‘law of international trade’ from the standpoint of a trading company shipping goods by sea.

Prepare a business report for a hypothetical shipping importer or exporter that critically discusses the essential contracts within the context of ‘law of international trade’ from the standpoint of a trading company shipping goods by sea.

 Assignment Briefing 

Module Name International Business Environment & Trade
Assignment Title International Shipping Case Study
Word Count/Time allocation (for presentations) 2,500 words (excluding references and appendices)
Assignment Task
Context‘It is important to remember that for an exporter, or importer, of goods the different contracts brought together under the term ‘law of international trade’ can seem complex.’

Assignment Summary
Prepare a business report for a hypothetical shipping importer or exporter that critically discusses

the essential contracts within the context of ‘law of international trade’ from the standpoint of a trading company shipping goods by sea.

Assignment Tasks

1. The purpose of the assignment is to apply the Trade Law taught in the module to export or import scenarios of your choosing so that you can demonstrate how Trade Law works in practice rather than just theory.

2. The export (or import) scenario is entirely up to you; perhaps it is a trading activity you would like to do after graduation involving trade between your home country and another country. Whichever scenario you choose, it will involve two specific countries, and importer and exporter and a specific product being shipped. For these you will investigate specific options regarding carriers, banks and insurance companies. Your scenario must involve shipping by sea (not by air) and it must not be solely within the EU. In general, it should be between continents, but there may be exceptions.

3. The module sessions will show the key documents, laws and regulations that are relevant for the assignment. In particular, the ‘key documents’ are the documents that will come up in any trading scenario. There are also ‘checklists’ that a trader should follow to achieve success in shipping, getting paid, mitigating risk, and dealing with disputes should they arise. That being said, do not concern yourself with government documents such as customs forms or import licences, as these documents are not covered in Semester 2.

5. Your paper should, in essence, follow this checklist approach for your specific scenario. It should be a business report showing that you have investigated the options for your trading scenario and analysed them in the context of the module. As with all business reports, you should recommend specific options and choices based on your scenario, assumptions and the evidence that you provide.

6. Examples of how to research shipping options will be covered during the module: You should ‘shop around’ with different carriers and you should get different ‘quotes’ and contracts from them. Is one carrier option better than another in terms of applicable law, dispute resolution or insurance terms? Another example would be to research financial institutions who deal with Letters of Credit and insurance for the countries involved—how should you choose one over another? Your recommendations should reflect and analyse the trade-offs involved and justify your choices with solid arguments.

7. Although there is more focus on the application of the law taught in the module to specific business scenarios, the laws themselves should not be ignored, so citing specific laws and/or cases to illustrate your points is important.

The 2500 word limit (+/- 10%) does not include the references or appendices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of Marks (subject to adjustment)

 

 

 

 

Allocated Marks
Application to practice – the extent to which the report deals with real-world issues and develops a realistic and plausible shipping scenario meeting the assignment guidelines in the context of the trading companies, carriers, product and origin and destination. 30%
Researching the Shipping Options, Documents and Applicable Laws – the extent to which the report analyses the relevant documents, law and regulations taught in the module in order to advise the ‘client’ company; and the extent to which sources are properly referenced using Harvard Referencing. 50%
Presentation of Report and Clarity of Expression – the quality of the business report presentation and the extent to which the report is written in a clear and convincing way. 20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK ON THE WRITTEN ELEMENTS OF THE MODULE WILL BE BASED ON UNIVERSITY GRADE CRITERIA:

 

CLASS % GRADE OVERALL DESCRIPTION GUIDELINE GRADE DESCRIPTIONS
Distinction 85- 10075-84

70-74

A+ AA- Outstanding ExcellentVery Good Your work is of an exceptionally high standard which has the potential for submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal or equivalent.Your work demonstrates a sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge of the subject area. You have shown an exceptional ability in the appropriate use of the relevant literature, theory, methodologies, practices or tools to analyse and synthesise at Masters level. Your work is well-constructed and demonstrates a professional approach to academic practice (citation and referencing; appropriate presentation format; clear, accurate English). It addresses the learning outcomes/assessment criteria fully.

Your work demonstrates strong knowledge of the subject area and the ability to develop an independent and sophisticated argument or evaluation. The ideas you put forward demonstrate exceptional clarity and focus and your work adheres to the principles of good academic practice (citation and referencing; appropriate presentation format; clear, accurate English). It addresses the learning outcomes/assessment criteria fully.

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