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Business Courses

Business Courses

All BSAD courses are one-term, three-credit courses. Normally students take 100-level courses in first year, 200-level courses in second year, primarily 300-level courses in third year and primarily 400-level courses in fourth year.

First Year Courses

101 Introduction to Business

An introduction to the Canadian business environment including exposure to the issues, trends, forces, organizations and personalities affecting businesses in Canada. The course exposes students to the types of teaching/learning experiences they will encounter in the BBA program, including case studies, teamwork, exercises, presentations, simulations, readings and lectures. Three credits and lab.

102 Business Decision-Making

Introduces students to the challenge of making business decisions, to the primary areas of business (management, marketing, operations, finance), and to the role of the general manager. The course provides an introduction to the core vocabulary and analytical tools appropriate to the functional areas, and helps students develop their analytical, presentation, small group management, and self-management skills. Prerequisite: BSAD 101. Three credits and lab.

101 (ECON) Introductory Microeconomics

This course provides an introduction to microeconomic concepts and methodology. Students will learn about basic concepts such as scarcity and opportunity cost, and economic efficiency. The other central themes of the course include theories of supply and demand; the theory of production and costs, the functioning and the performance of competitive markets versus monopolies and oligopolies; labour markets and the markets for public goods. Three credits.

102 (ECON) Introductory Macroeconomics

The second half of introductory economics provides an introduction to macroeconomic concepts. The course examines pressing problems and issues in the Canadian economy and the world. Students will learn about alternate economic systems, national income accounting and the components of the national economy; the role of money in the economy; inflation; unemployment; international trade and trade policy; and the role of government in managing the economy. Three credits.

105 (MATH) Business Mathematics

This course will give an introduction to some of the quantitative methods used in the fields of business. A presentation of mathematics applicable to business, including functions, modelling, finance, regression, forecasting, simulation, and linear programming. Use of spreadsheets will be a fundamental part of this course. Acceptable for credit in all programs. May only be used as an open or an approved elective in mathematics or computer science programs. Credit will be granted for only one of MATH 105 and MATH 205. Three credits and one-hour lab.

101 (STAT) Introductory Statistics

This course will give an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics; graphical display of data, random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimations, hypothesis testing and simple linear regression. Students will learn to use statistical software tools; to identify bias in data collection; to organize and summarize data; to make inferences from data and to be able to test the significance of the results. Three credits.


Second Year Courses

221 Introductory Financial Accounting

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles and procedures underlying financial accounting and financial statement preparation and interpretation. Prerequisites: BSAD 101, 102. Three credits.

223 Introductory Managerial Accounting

An introduction to the basic concepts of management accounting and the use of accounting information for managerial decisions. Prerequisite: BSAD 221, completed or concurrent. Three credits.

231 Foundations of Marketing

Customers do not buy products: they buy benefits, satisfactions, and solutions to their problems. This course provides students with the customer and marketplace focus central to effective marketing. The course provides an introduction to core marketing concepts, employs exercises and cases to develop students’ analytical skills, and provides an opportunity to demonstrate these skills through development of a comprehensive marketing plan. Prerequisites: BSAD 101, 102. Three credits.

241 Financial Management I

Covers fundamental aspects of financial decision-making, including financial analysis and planning, valuing stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, accessing capital markets, the cost of capital, and working capital management. Prerequisites: BSAD 221; MATH 105 completed or concurrent. Three credits.

261 Organizational Behaviour

Organizational behaviour introduces students to the context, concepts, principles and theories of human behaviour in organizations. The topics explored range from motivation to teamwork to communication. The objective is twofold: to understand how an organizational member might experience, interpret, and manage human relations as an individual and a group member; and to understand how the influences on human behaviour in turn contribute to organizational effectiveness. Prerequisites: BSAD 101, 102. Three credits.

281 Foundations of Business Information Technology

This course provides an introduction to information technology and management in modern organizations. Key topics include innovation and competitive advantage through IT, enterprise systems, web 2.0 and social media, web analytics and business intelligence, security, privacy and ethics. The course will use cases of technology intensive organizations to illustrate concepts. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 281 or INFO 102. Prerequisites: BSAD 101, 102. Three credits.


Third Year Courses

321 Intermediate Managerial Accounting I

Develops the ability to request and use accounting information in the process of planning and control. Topics include cost accounting, cost and revenue analysis for decision‑making, budgeting, and performance analysis. Prerequisite: BSAD 223. Three credits.

322 Intermediate Managerial Accounting II

Examines in greater depth the topics introduced in BSAD 321, applying the concepts to more complex cases. Essential for students pursuing a career in accounting; useful to non-accounting students with an interest in managerial uses of accounting information. Prerequisite: BSAD 321. Three credits.

323 Intermediate Financial Accounting I

An examination of accounting and reporting issues of the public reporting companies as they relate to published financial statements. The course examines controversial aspects of financial accounting with reference to current writings and the pronouncements of professional accounting bodies including IFRS. Emphasis is placed on income measurement and accounting for assets. Prerequisite: BSAD 221. Three credits.

324 Intermediate Financial Accounting II

A continuation of the examination of accounting and reporting issues of the public reporting companies as they relate to published financial statements. Emphasis is placed on accounting for debt, equity and special topics. Prerequisite: BSAD 323. Three credits.

331 Marketing Management

Marketing strategies are developed to capitalize on marketplace opportunities and overcome marketplace problems and threats to create and deliver value. The key components of an overall marketing strategy are segmentation, target market selection, positioning, product-service, pricing, distribution, and advertising/promotion. Students will develop marketing strategies in a variety of settings, using cases and projects. Prerequisites: BSAD 231; 223 completed or concurrent. Three credits.

332 Marketing Research

The role of marketing research is to provide relevant, timely, valid information to reduce uncertainty in decision-making. This course examines the research process, including ethics approval, problem definition, data sources, research designs, sampling, measurement, data collection and data analysis. Although the context is marketing, the research process examined is applicable to all areas of business research. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 332 or BSAD 391. Prerequisite: BSAD 231. Three credits.

333 Professional Sales: Building Relationships

This course addresses the nature of professional selling. The course covers changes in the traditional selling process; strategically planning sales within a larger account strategy; strengthening communications; and building partnerships. Prerequisite: BSAD 231. Three credits.

335 Consumer Behaviour

Marketers study consumer behaviour to understand and predict how and why products and services satisfy consumer’s needs. This course examines the internal and external influences on consumers’ purchase decision-making process including perception, motivation, attitude, culture, and reference groups in an interactive class setting. Students will complete exploratory consumer behaviour exercises and assignments and will use theoretical concepts to create marketing solutions to cases. Prerequisite: BSAD 231. Three credits.

342 Financial Management II

Enhances students’ knowledge of the financial management topics covered in BSAD 241 through the application of financial decision-making techniques and theories to business cases. Topics include risk and capital budgeting, dividend policy, leasing, and bond refunding. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

344 Investment Management

Examines marketable securities as an investment medium, and the analytical techniques that may be employed in selecting a security and meeting an individual investor’s requirements. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 344 or BSAD 443. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

345 Personal Financial Management

This course draws on the principles of finance and applies them to decisions faced by individuals in the management of their personal finances. The course explores the planning process using readings, cases and problems. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

346 Financial Statement Analysis

This course provides participants with the tools to make informed managerial decisions regarding a company’s investments, financings, and operations. Techniques learned in this course will be used to understand the biases, limitations, and messages conveyed via the financial statements of a business. The course will examine issues such as revenue recognition, cash flow, profitability, and business valuation principles. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 346 or BSAD 498 (2013-2014). Prerequisites: BSAD 221, 241. Three credits.

346 Financial and Banking Institutions

This course aims at providing students with general understanding of Canadian financial institutions like commercial banks, mutual funds, pension funds, insurance companies, brokerage firms, hedge funds, credit unions, savings institution and their importance for efficient working of the financial markets. The structure of each financial institution and regulations like capital adequacy and deposit insurance pertaining to each institution is explored. Major risk associated with financial institution like interest rate risk, credit risk, off-balance sheet activities risk, liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk and other operational risks are also discussed. Emphasis is also laid on management of all these risks associated with different financial institution. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 348 or BSAD 496 (2014-2015, 2015-2016). Prerequisites: BSAD 241, 342, completed or concurrent. Three credits.

349 International Financial Management

This course focuses on financial management of the firm in the international marketplace. It provides grounding in the academic literature on international financial management and develops professional decision-making skills. Students will read extensively, and class discussions will include current issues and business cases. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 349 and BSAD 448. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

351 Business Law

Introduces the legal system in Canada and provides a practical examination of laws affecting Canadian businesses, including: forms of ownership; the management and composition of corporations; the powers and duties of the board of directors; contract law (sale of goods, employment, insurance, real estate); creditor-debtor rights including bankruptcy; and the initiation and conduct of civil court actions. Prerequisites: BSAD 241; third or fourth-year status. Three credits.

352 Social Entrepreneurship

The context, models, trends, opportunities, and challenges associated with social entrepreneurship focus on areas of public concern such as economic development, education, community welfare, and healthcare. These issues are examined using case studies, group projects, and experiential learning. Emphasis is on how entrepreneurship is combined with the tools of business to create effective responses to social needs and innovative solutions to social problems. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 352 or BSAD 457. Cross-listed as DEVS 352. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

356 Entrepreneurship

This course uses a new venture context to examine small business and entrepreneurship. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to launch a new venture successfully and learn that both technical business knowledge and entrepreneurship are needed to deal effectively with uncertainty and change. Prerequisite: BSAD 102. Three credits.

357 International Business

This course examines the theory and methods of engaging in business internationally. The course involves selected aspects of globalization, culture, international trade theory, political economy, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, the global monetary system, global strategy and international operations. Prerequisite: BSAD 102. Three credits.

358 Business Ethics

An application of philosophical theory to a variety of current issues relevant to business. By examining the consequences of business decisions upon a wide range of stakeholders, students are provided with an overview of the many ways in which business interacts with society and the social and moral responsibilities that this interaction may generate. Prerequisite: BSAD 261 or permission of the instructor. Three credits.

361 Organizational Analysis

Introduces students to important organizational theories and organizational design principles. The course focuses on topics ranging from organizational strategy, structure and culture to organizational change. It also addresses the historical development of the modern business corporation and its changing role in society currently as an agent and vehicle of globalization. Classes feature lectures and discussions, student presentations, and case-based applications of the covered material. Prerequisite: BSAD 261. Three credits

362 Career Dynamics

Introduces students to key concepts, theories, and principles of career management from the perspective of the individual and the organization. The course focuses on topics ranging from occupational choice, individual career patterns, and organizational career systems to career performance. The course provides students with conceptual knowledge which will be helpful not only for developing their own career strategies and tactics but also for making informed decisions as organizational leaders. Classes feature lectures, discussions, and workshops. Prerequisite: BSAD 261. Three credits.

363 Human Resource Management

A review of the many functions of human resource management, including but not limited to employee selection, development, appraisal and compensation, in addition to the broader social and legal context which influences the HR practice. This course makes a case for the strategic role that proper management of human resources plays in successful organizations while providing an important critique of the practice. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 363 or SMGT 322. Prerequisite: BSAD 261. Three credits.

367 Gender and Management

Reviews the recent growth of women managers in today’s organizational world. Students examine gender roles in organizations and identify some of the barriers women experience in reaching the top. The course explores the systemic discrimination facing women and presents potential management models for women and men. Cross-listed as WMGS 367. Prerequisite: BSAD 261. Three credits.

374 Geographic Information Systems

Students will learn how GIS tools can be used to analyze, represent and model geographic data derived from censuses, surveys, maps, aerial photographs, and satellite imagery. Topics include cartography and map projections; spatial and attribute data; data capture techniques; vector and raster structure; GIS analysis; data visualization; GIS modelling. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 374, ESCI 471. Cross-listed as ESCI 374. Three credits and lab.

381 Operations Management

This course takes an integrated, systems-oriented approach to the operations function of manufacturing and service organizations. Students will explore operations decision-making using the underlying disciplines: behavioural, quantitative, economic, and systems. Prerequisite: BSAD 281. Three credits.

382 Introduction to Enterprise Systems using SAP

This course introduces enterprise systems and its role in achieving effective business process integration (BPI). The course will discuss enterprise systems theory, the limitations of conventional information systems, and the challenges and business value of effective integration across departments along the supply chain. The SAP enterprise systems will be used to illustrate course concepts, with students receiving exposure to SAP navigation, modelling ontology and administration. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 382, INFO 245 or INFO 348. Prerequisite: BSAD 281. Three credits.

383 Mobile Commerce

This course focuses on concepts that will help business managers to take advantage of the evolving world of mobile commerce (m-commerce) and social media opportunities. The various concepts include e-business models, e-business technology infrastructure, building e-commerce mobile presence, social networks and mobile platforms for marketing and advertising, digital content and media, online retail mobile commerce from various industries, supply chain management and collaborative commerce, m-commerce security and payments, and ethical issues in m-commerce. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 383 or BSAD 415/INFO 446. Prerequisite: BSAD 281. Three credits.

384 Data Management and Analytics

Databases and database management systems (DBMS) provide the foundation for virtually all modern information systems. In this course, students develop an understanding of databases with a focus on relational database technology. Students learn to use the ‘language’ of relational databases, Structured Query Language (SQL), and how to design and implement databases. The course outlines how databases are designed to support both transaction processing and business intelligence applications. A major component of the course is a group project where student collaborate to conceive, design and build a computer-based application and database. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 384 or CSCI/INFO 275. Prerequisite: BSAD 281. Three credits.

385 Management Reporting Using ABAP

This course will focus on how to use the ABAP development suite to better understand a system, create custom management reports, and develop drilldown reports. The course will assume no prior knowledge of programming and will focus on the key knowledge needed for systems analysts to effectively interact with systems developers. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 385 or INFO 346. Prerequisites: BSAD 382; 384 (completed or concurrent). Three credits.

386 Project Management and Practice

This course covers the factors necessary for successful management of system development or enhancement projects. Technical and behavioural aspects of project management are discussed. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 386 or BSAD 416/INFO 416. Prerequisites: BSAD 261, 281. Three credits

387 Organizational Design using SAP

Effective organizational design is critical to enhancing the performance and innovativeness of today’s complex and global companies. This skills-based course explores organizational design using SAP. Through a case study, students will use the SAP Human Capital Management module to develop the structure of an organization, with an emphasis on the design of departments, jobs, and positions, and the application of key recruitment and qualification management processes. This course is open to students in all BBA streams. Prerequisites: BSAD 261, 281. Three credits.

389 Technology and Change in Organizations

Technology is both an enabler and driver of change in organizations. This course uses a managerial perspective to explore the relationship between technology and organizational change. Emphasis is placed on selecting technological opportunities and understanding the organizational challenges that prevent technologies from being successful. Topics include Moore’s Law and technological obsolescence, impact of various disruptive technologies on organizations, and the unintended consequences of technology and change (e.g., energy consumption, e-waste). Prerequisites: BSAD 261, 281. Three credits.

391 Foundations of Management Research

An introduction to effective research in business and management. Topics include the scientific method in management research; approaches to issues in management; developing conceptual models and hypotheses; defining a thesis; conducting a literature search; evaluating research; and understanding the limitations of management research. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 391 or BSAD 332. Required for all honours students; open to other third- and fourth-year BBA students with an average of at least 70 as a BSAD elective. Three credits.


Fourth Year Courses

424 Financial Accounting Theory

A study of the development of accounting theory and the relationship of theory to practice. Major contributions to accounting theory will be examined. Prerequisite: BSAD 323. Three credits.

425 Auditing

An examination of audit strategy, procedures, and risk, as well as reporting standards and ethical and legal considerations in the current business environment. Emphasis is placed upon the theory of auditing in the context of the attest function. Prerequisite: BSAD 323. Three credits.

426 Advanced Accounting I

Develops an understanding of the financial reporting process by examining theory and practice in the management of financial disclosure. The course also deals with the accounting treatment of inter-corporate investments and consolidations. Prerequisite: BSAD 324. Three credits.

427 Management Control Systems

Focuses on managing organizational performance to optimize the implementation of organizational strategies. Within an established framework, this course reviews the process through which an organization manages performance, and specific techniques that are used to control the implementation of strategy. Concepts are reinforced via case analysis. Prerequisite: BSAD 321. Three credits. 

428 Advanced Accounting II

Examines such accounting topics as the financial reporting of international activities, non-business organizations, and estates and trusts. The reporting requirements for interim and segmented financial statements and bankruptcy and receivership are examined. Prerequisite: BSAD 426. Three credits.

431 Services Marketing

This course augments other marketing electives by focussing on (intangible) services. Services now account for more than 78% of Canada’s GDP and most graduates will work in a service firm. Unlike products, most services are intangible, time constrained, co-produced by the provider and the customer, perishable and highly variable. These characteristics pose unique challenges to services as diverse as insurance, investment advice, banking, entertainment, tourism and hospitality, healthcare, consulting, transportation and education. Course methods are highly experiential and include presentations, exercises, cases and journals. Prerequisites: BSAD 331, 335. Three credits.

432 Retailing

This course focuses on the strategic management of retail institutions using a marketing orientation. Topics include but are not limited to, the retail environment including recent trends, omnichannel considerations, location decisions, merchandise management, pricing, promotion and retail image. Exercises, cases and projects will be used to develop analytic proficiency and emphasize evidence-based solutions. Prerequisites: BSAD 331, 335. Three credits.

433 International Marketing

This course will focus on understanding the application of marketing principles across national borders. Topics to be covered in this course are principles and theories of marketing in International context; segmentation and targeting approaches for International markets, new product development for multiple foreign markets, International pricing, promotional and distribution strategies. Prerequisite: BSAD 357 or 331. Three credits.

434 Integrated Marketing Communications

Focuses on the design and implementation of integrated marketing communication strategies. Advertising and sales promotion activities are emphasized. Topics include defining the roles and objectives of marketing communications; selecting media; creating advertisements; and evaluating results. Prerequisites: BSAD 331, 335. Three credits.

435 Sales Force Management

An introductory course in sales force management. Topics include organizing the sales effort; establishing territories and quotas; hiring, training, compensating and supervising sales people; analyzing and evaluating the sales effort; and the ethical responsibilities associated with a sales career. Prerequisite: BSAD 333. Three credits.

436 Brand Management

This course is designed to teach students about brand strategy and brand management. It will cover the brand strategy development process and help students to understand the possible ways to position or reposition a brand. It will address ways that a brand can be integrated across all consumer touch points. It will also cover key brand management concepts such as brand health tracking, the role of the brand manager and the unique considerations in corporate and product brand marketing. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 436 and BSAD 498 offered from 2016-2018. Prerequisites: BSAD 331, 335. Three credits.

437 Digital Marketing

Focuses on aligning and executing a digital marketing strategy sensitive to the ways in which consumers interact with their brands and make purchasing decisions in today’s hyper-connected media environment. By embracing the changing digital marketing landscape, students will learn to shape a digital strategy that allows insights to come to life in the right channel, for the right consumer, at the right time. Prerequisite: BSAD 331. Three credits.

439 Customer Relationship Management and Loyalty Marketing

Customer relationships are the fundamental element of today’s competitive strategy that is central to marketing activities. This course adopts both a consumer and manager perspective on the strategic implications of customer relationships. This course utilizes a mix of lectures, readings, cases, and projects to explore relationship marketing theory and practices. This course will provide students with the opportunity to discern and understand the role of customer relationships as a core component of marketing strategy and consumer experiences. Prerequisites: BSAD 331, 335. Three credits.

444 Advanced Financial Management

Considers a broad range of financial management issues using the theory and procedural skills developed in earlier courses and applied to comprehensive case situations. Topics include working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, cost of capital, capital budgeting, and mergers and acquisitions. Prerequisites: BSAD 342, 344. Three credits.

445 Derivatives

This comprehensive course in derivative markets and instruments focuses on analyzing standard derivative instruments such as forwards, futures, swaps, and options. By the end of the course, students will a have good knowledge of how these products work, how they are used, how they are priced, and how financial institutions hedge their risks when they trade the products. Additionally, they will better understand the social and economic consequences of derivatives, and their implications for the larger investment community. Prerequisite: BSAD 344. Three credits.

449 Portfolio Management

This course provides an exploration of the theory and practice of portfolio management. Students will learn tools for managing risk, allocating funds among asset classes, and measuring the success of managers. Student will also learn how market factors, at both the macro and micro level, impact portfolio performance. By the end of the course, participants will be able to construct an investment portfolio based on a solid understanding of investment principles and be able to use available financial market information to assess its on-going performance. Prerequisite: BSAD 344. Three credits.

451 Cases in International Business

This course enables students to explore topics addressed in the introductory course BSAD 357 in more detail and requires students to apply the knowledge in a cross-functional manner for decision-making and problem solving. Students are required to systematically work in teams and analyze cross-functional problems from an international business perspective. Course methods: cases; simulations; exercises. Prerequisite: BSAD 357. Three credits.

452 Comparative International Strategy

The course examines topics in international management such as varieties of markets; importing and exporting; licensing and franchising; turnkey operations; strategic alliances and joint ventures; multiregional and global business strategies. The course also includes a comparative analysis of different market systems and national business cultures. Course methods may include lectures, guest speakers, cases, presentations and traditional examinations. Prerequisites: BSAD 357, 471 completed or concurrent. Three credits.

453 Entrepreneurial Finance

Entrepreneurial finance is designed for students who aspire to start or expand an entrepreneurial or small firm as well as others who anticipate working with the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) sector such as lenders, investors, accountants or suppliers. In combining theory and practice students will gain knowledge and utilize tools in identifying appropriate financing sources, strategies and skills in analysis and forecasting that are distinct from those drawn upon by large established companies in the corporate sector. Prerequisite: BSAD 356 or 342. Three credits.

454 Taxation

Examines the Canadian tax system with emphasis on the Income Tax Act and its effect on business decisions. The course examines the determination of income for corporations and individuals, the taxation of corporate distributions, and the computation of tax. Prerequisite: BSAD 241. Three credits.

456 Small Business Management

This course examines the unique aspects of managing a small firm, its growth and its harvest. The course incorporates current theory and practice in dealing with a variety of general management topics, and students will gain practical decision-making experience in small business management issues. Prerequisite: BSAD 356. Three credits.

458 New Venture Development

Students in the entrepreneurship major have the opportunity to complete a field-based project. This project will require the implementation of a new venture business plan. Prerequisite: BSAD 356 or permission of the instructor; fourth-year standing. Three credits.

461 Leadership

A theoretical and a practical exploration of leadership. Using a range of materials and individual examples, students will develop an understanding of the leadership role in organizations and the behaviours of exemplary leaders. Experiential learning techniques will allow students to perform, observe and reflect upon leadership to gain a better sense of themselves as a leader. Prerequisite: BSAD 361. Three credits.

462 Employee and Labour Relations

This course examines the history, current structure, and future of industrial relations in Canada, including trade unions and management, collective bargaining, and contract administration, plus topics in workplace health and safety and more. Students will benefit from guest lectures and from engaging in negotiation-simulation exercises. Prerequisite: BSAD 363 or SMGT 322. Three credits.

466 Lessons in Leadership from Film & Literature

This course extends students’ knowledge of leadership theory to analyze case studies in leadership. Cases are drawn largely from film, both fiction and non-fiction, and lessons are applied to a modern business context. Prerequisite: BSAD 361. Three credits. 

467 Leading Change: The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining Organizational Change

A major challenge facing all organizations is how to adapt to change. Pressures for change come from many areas, including social, technological, demographic, environmental, and political. This course explores the challenge of leading and sustaining organizational change, including starting a change process, the challenges leaders face when initiating change, and sustaining change. Prerequisite: BSAD 361. Three credits.

471 Strategic Management

This is the capstone course in business and is required of all students. The course takes a strategic approach to integrating concepts from management, marketing, accounting, finance and information systems. From the perspective of senior executives, students study vision and mission statements, analyze internal and external environments, and the formulation, implementation and monitoring of business and corporate strategy in order to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Course methods may include lectures, guest speakers, cases, presentations, simulations and traditional examinations. Prerequisites: BSAD 241; fourth-year standing. Three credits.

472 Environmental Sustainability for Organizations

This course explores the relationship between organizations and the natural environment, how organizations can be both negative and positive actors, both causing environmental degradation and driving sustainability, and how corporations and other types of organizations (NGOs etc) respond to issues of climate change and environmental degradation. Managing change effectively is essential to the long-term survival of an organization, and smart organizations adapt to changing demands and responsibilities. Cross-listed as CLEN 302. Prerequisite: BSAD 358 or permission of the instructor. Three credits.

473 Advanced Topics in Responsible Management

This course introduces students to advanced topics in corporate social responsibility, providing students with deeper insights into management’s responsibilities to various stakeholders. Topics discussed range from environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to financial investing to the responsibility infrastructure which includes the UN Global Compact, Sustainable Development Goals and more. Classes feature seminar discussions, guest speakers, service learning and a team project. Prerequisite: BSAD 358. Three credits.

474 International Human Resource Management

Students will explore the challenges of managing human resources in an increasingly international business context. The course covers a range of topics relevant for IRHM practitioners including the role of culture, international business strategies and IHRM models, international recruitment, expatriation and repatriation, international compensation, and performance management. A comparative approach to selected topics like employment governance and industrial relations is included. Key international employment regulators and regulative frameworks are also covered. Methods: lectures, cases, presentations. Prerequisites: BSAD 363 or 357. Three credits.

482 Business Intelligence and Analytics

Organizations must sense and respond to changes internally and externally. Therefore, modern organizations implement business intelligence (BI) and analytics systems that support analysis and decision making. Through case studies and hands-on labs and assignments, this course helps students understand the value of information to managers and provides and an overview of how BI systems are designed and deployed. Topics covered include information-driven decision making, BI system architecture, BI tools and BI development methodology. Prerequisites: BSAD 382, 384. Three credits.

483 Systems Analysis and Design

This course introduces systems analysis as an IT discipline and describes the role of the systems analyst in the development of enterprise systems. The course introduces system development methodologies and key systems analysis and design tools and techniques, including requirements discovery methods and data and process modelling. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 483 or INFO 415. Prerequisites: BSAD 384, 385. Three credits.

484 SAP Implementation

This course provides a practical understanding of ERP configuration with reference to SAP. The course familiarizes students with SAP implementation methodologies and tools. Students will learn to configure the financial and materials management functionality enabling a company to do basic procurement, inventory management, and financial accounting activities. The implementation will be expanded to enable the capturing of costs (controlling) and manufacturing (production) functionality. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 484 or INFO 448. Prerequisite: BSAD 382. Three credits.

485 Enterprise Systems Strategy

This course provides a strategic perspective on how organizations can effectively deploy information technology (IT) with a specific focus on enterprise systems. IT is a strategic resource that is expensive, risky to implement and changes rapidly. As such, extracting value from IT requires that an organization have the right human resources, develops effective and adaptive strategic plans, and employs a robust implementation process. Credit will be granted for only one of BSAD 485 and BSAD 419 completed beginning in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: BSAD 382; 471 (completed or concurrent). Three credits.

487 Advances in Enterprise Systems

This course will explore from a managerial perspective recent technological advances and their implications to enterprise systems design, deployment, or management. Topics may include internet of things, enterprise architecture, mobile ERP, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, and blockchain. Prerequisite: BSAD 382. Three credits.

492 Consulting Project for Advanced Majors

Students work as a team of business consultants to provide a solution to a real-world client. Students interact with the client to understand the organization and articulate the problem or opportunity, then propose, validate, plan and present a solution. Students apply and integrate knowledge and skills learned from throughout the business program and gain practical experience in dealing with clients. Required for and restricted to all advanced majors in entrepreneurship, enterprise systems, international business, management and leadership, and marketing with fourth-year standing. Three credits over the full academic year.

494 Honours Thesis

Under the supervision of a faculty member, honours students will prepare and submit a thesis. Normally students develop and present draft proposals as part of BSAD 391, then complete the proposal, conduct the fieldwork and present/defend their theses as part of BSAD 494. Prerequisite: BSAD 391. Three credits over the full year.


Selected Topics

495 Selected Topics

The topic in 2020-2021 is Social Media Marketing and Analystics. Social media has changed the way we communicate and how we interact with brands. Marketers are increasingly using social media to increase brand awareness, generate leads and build meaningful relationships with consumers. This course focuses on developing a social media marketing strategy with the use of analytics to inform and modify those strategies. Students will explore specifics of marketing in multiple social networks, develop their own personal social media brand, and develop and execute a social media marketing strategy. Prerequisite: BSAD 335 or permission from the chair. Three credits.

498 Selected Topics

The topic for 2020-2021 is Indigenous Business, a course that addresses contemporary successes and challenges in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada. The course covers such topics as the direct impact that history and policy, past and present, have on business and business education; meaningful consultation; cross-cultural relations; Indigenous models of management and leadership; the Truth and Reconciliation process and Calls to Action; colonization, decolonization, and indigenization processes; protection work towards climate just futures; and more. The course introduces students to the works of various Indigenous scholars and practitioners in business and business. Three credits.