Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Business Administration (2009/2010)
14.2 Core Course Descriptions

Any prerequisite listed may be waived by permission of the instructor.

Enrolment in Business courses is limited and first priority will be given to students registered in the Faculty of Business Administration programs and secondarily to Business Minor Candidates who have obtained the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration or delegate.


Introduction to Business in Society

(formerly BUSI 2001) introduces the basics of business and business corporations in society, in a real-world relevant manner. Particular attention is given to societal stakeholders and to corporations' internal business processes and management functions. Major emphases include corporate social responsibilities and management ethics, and these are recurring themes in other topics such as technology, globalization and people in organizations. The course is a combination of textbook theory and guided learning activities and assignments based on finding and integrating real-world information.

CR: the former BUSI 2001


Principles of Accounting

emphasize the concepts and issues of introductory financial accounting as they relate to the Canadian conceptual framework, and will also address the strengths and weaknesses of financial reporting at an introductory level. The student will be introduced to the accounting process and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and the statement of changes in financial position.

CR: the former BUSI 3100, the former BUSI 2100


Introduction to Marketing Strategy

introduces students to the concepts, analyses, and activities that comprise marketing strategy, and provides practice in assessing and solving strategic problems in marketing. The course is also a foundation for BUSI 2210 Introduction to Marketing Tactics, and for advanced electives in marketing. Topics include: marketing strategy, environmental analysis, competitive analysis, customer behaviour, marketing research, segmentation, targeting, and positioning.

CR: the former BUSI 1201 or 2201 or 3200


Introduction to Entrepreneurship

is an introductory course designed to give students a broad understanding of the field of entrepreneurship and the role that entrepreneurship plays in society. Topics will include the nature and theories of entrepreneurship, the characteristics and behaviours of entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurial process in small and large firms. Students will get to think and act in a creative manner, obtain exposure to local entrepreneurs, assess their potential for entrepreneurial careers and develop attitudes and skills that will be useful in any organization. The course is also useful for those who will be dealing with smaller firms in the context of larger organizations and for those who will be working for entrepreneurs.

PR: BUSI 1000


Business Communications

focuses on the development of written and oral communication skills critical in the workplace. The common communications media are reviewed with emphasis on electronic and written correspondence. Students learn how to prepare comprehensive analytical reports including proposal writing. Attention is also given to building confidence in delivering oral presentations and preparing appropriate employment packages. A highly interactive design encourages student practice and participation.


Managerial Accounting

provides an overview of the use of financial data for managerial decision making. The student will be introduced to basic budgeting and analysis techniques for both service-oriented and manufacturing businesses.

CR: the former BUSI 4100

PR: BUSI 1101


Introduction to Marketing Tactics

introduces students to the concepts, analyses, and activities that comprise marketing tactics, and provides practice in making decisions about tactical problems in marketing. The course is also a foundation for advanced electives in marketing. Topics include: product management, pricing, marketing communications, channels of distribution, implementation, and budgeting.

CR: the former BUSI 1201 or 2201 or 3200

PR: BUSI 1210


Organizational Behaviour

(formerly BUSI 4300) focuses on the study of individual and group processes in formal organizations. The student is introduced to the nature of work, the systematic approach to the study of behaviour, organizational roles and socialization, motivation, leadership, communication, and group dynamics.

CR: the former BUSI 4300


Quantitative Methods for Business

includes series, probability, linear algebra with applications, graphing (including two-variable linear optimization), and business applications of differential calculus; where applicable, spreadsheets will be used.

PR: Mathematics 1000 or the former Mathematics 1081; a knowledge of the basic operations of spreadsheets


Introduction to Labour Relations

provides an introduction to the field of industrial and labour relations in Canada, with primary emphasis on the labour-management relationship. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of an industrial relations system, including the participants, their roles and relationships, the social, economic, legal and political environment in which the participants interact, and the process and outcomes of collective bargaining. Students may be exposed to various role playing exercises that are applicable to a career in industrial and labour relations.


Operations Management

presents and discusses the fundamental concepts necessary to understand the nature and management of the operations function in organizations. The course will focus on forecasting for operations, inventory management; capacity, aggregate and requirements planning; operations scheduling; quality management and continuous improvement; just-in-time systems; product and service design. Case studies will be used.

CR: the former BUSI 5400

PR: Statistics 2500 and BUSI 2401


Information Systems

provides an introduction to information systems to support operations and management. Topics include: an overview of information systems technology; data management; systems development approaches; and managing the information systems function.

CR: BUSI 3701, the former BUSI 6300

PR: Computer Science 2801 (or equivalent computer literacy course) and Term 3 standing


Introduction to Global Information Systems

introduces the basics of information systems, including its organizational and technical foundations, and the process and techniques for modelling business processes and implementing them in modern software and hardware. Particularly, this course will discuss how information systems can support the various international business strategies, the issues that managers should address while developing international information systems, and the technical alternatives available for developing global information systems. The course will equip students with a solid knowledge and understanding of information systems that currently prevail in global/international business operations.

CR: BUSI 3700

PR: enrolment in the i.B.B.A. program


Business Law I

(formerly BUSI 3000) is a course dealing with the law relating to certain aspects of business activity; includes introductory material on the nature of law and legal processes, together with a detailed study of certain aspects of the law of contract, examination of the general principles of the law of agency as they affect business operations; introduction to selected topics in company and partnership law.

CR: BUSI 3000


Human Resource Management

introduces the student to the design, operation and management of P/HRM processes, their evaluation, and their contribution to employee and organization effectiveness. The principal processes considered are staffing, development, employment relations, and compensation. Consideration of the influence of relevant organizational and external conditions on P/HRM is included. The course views the management of human resources as the joint responsibility of line and P/HRM managers.

PR: BUSI 2301


Management Science

is an introduction to the analysis, structuring, and model formulation of quantitative business problems, and to the methods for solving these models. Topics include the management science paradigm, payoff matrices, sensitivity analysis of solutions, decision trees, imperfect information, utility theory, Markov chains, formulation of simple linear optimization models, and other topics at the discretion of the instructor; where applicable, available software will be used.

CR: BUSI 7025, the former BUSI 3400

PR: BUSI 2401


Financial Management I

is designed to introduce the student to the role of financial management in business, financial analysis techniques, working capital management, and long-term and short-term financing.

CR: the former BUSI 4110

PR: BUSI 1101, Statistics 2500, and Economics 2010


Organizational Theory

(formerly BUSI 5300) focuses on the organization, its environment, and its subsystems. From providing a basic appreciation of the role and practice of research in organizations, study extends to measures of organizational effectiveness, determinants of structure and design, power and politics, intergroup conflicts and conflict resolution, and organizational development and change.

CR: the former BUSI 5300

PR: BUSI 2301


Organizational Strategy

emphasises the concepts of business and organizational strategy, and the formulation and implementation of strategy. These will be discussed from a senior management perspective and as the result of senior management decision-making. The student is expected to develop a facility in the strategic analysis of business and other types of organizations, and in strategy formulation and implementation. Theoretical concepts will be discussed and will be explored through case analysis.

PR: BUSI 2101, BUSI 2210, BUSI 3320, BUSI 3401, BUSI 3700, BUSI 4000, BUSI 4320, BUSI 4500, and BUSI 5301

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).