Courses

BUSA502: Constructing and Communicating Effective Arguments

Investigates a major challenge in the modern business environment, namely the question of ethics in the conduct of business. Business ethics is a major factor in the global business environment given the erosion of ethical behavior in multiple industries and national jurisdictions. Does ethical business practice enhance the performance of a company? Does it advance individual careers? The contextual role of ethics will be explored with emphasis placed on the role of individual choice and organizational culture in ethical decision-making.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA506: Strategy

Explores new mental models that foster a strategist perspective required by business practitioners responsible for crafting and executing an organization’s strategy. Students will explore and think critically about the core strategic notions, concepts, tools, models and theories required by managers to manage and lead their organizations in today’s challenging, turbulent ecosystem.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA507: Foundations of Strategic Leadership

In this course, learners will examine the theories, models and practices associated with strategic leadership and apply their learning to their own practice. Emphasis is placed on modern thought and practice related to strategic leadership and the core competencies of successful leaders.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA508: Tools and Measures

Develops key skills in financial and managerial accounting that are required by twenty first century leaders to make an active contribution to the management of scarce resources. Key topics will include the development of financial reporting and performance measures, cost behaviour & break-even analysis, pricing, budgeting, the use of incremental analysis in decision making and the balanced score card.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA513: Delivering Customer Value

Builds on students’ work from prior courses to examine how managers can apply performance and process improvement techniques to enhance the ways in which operations and information systems support the strategy of an organization. Focusing on Lean Management principles (popularized as the “Toyota way”), the course places particular emphasis on a system that employs evidence-based decision making and teamwork to deliver the value that customers desire in both service and product-oriented organizations.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA514: Understanding Organizations Through People

Explores the nature of organizations through the perspectives of individuals, groups and organizations. Focuses on selected key issues that help to understand human behaviour in organizations and considers legal and social influences on organizations and their staff.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA522: Creating Customer Value

Examines contemporary marketing theory and practice, building on what students have studied in prior courses to examine the process of creating value for and capturing value from customers. Adopting a holistic customer-focused orientation, students will integrate and use various strategic tools and analytical frameworks that assist organizations to choose, provide and communicate value in ways that seek to balance economic, social and environmental interests.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA523: Corporate Finance

Examines core finance principles and their application in business. Analyzes the financial resources required by organizations and the ways in which those requirements can be met. Incorporates current events that are relevant to course concepts. Students will develop the ability to evaluate financing alternatives in order to achieve an organization’s goals. Pre-requisite: BUSA 508.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA531: Environment of Management

Focuses on the practical problems that shape the macro-environments of business, from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The class will discuss the ways in which organizations deal with the impact of globalization, the shifting landscape in national power and the demands of diverse stakeholders. The course examines how organizations exercise their economic and political powers to shape their macro environments, nationally and internationally, in order to achieve strategic goals.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA608: Change: Beyond the Boundaries of the Decision

Focuses on the practical challenges of implementing organizational change. The course addresses selected change frameworks and provides learners with a variety of implementation approaches. The basis of exploration will comprise issues such as resistance to change, organizational culture, human resource management processes, measurement of change progress, ethical considerations and organizational politics. Additionally, the course will deal with recognizing and managing personal orientations toward and reactions to change. Pre-requisite: BUSA 514.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA632: Understanding Economic Decision Making

Examines the process of decision making through a variety of economic lenses. Students will develop a critical appreciation of how to frame a "problem" or situation from an economic perspective and of how that perspective informs decisions. In addition to the standard economic concepts of demand, supply and price determination, students will gain an understanding of how concepts such as asymmetric information, risk and uncertainty influence strategic decision-making.
Credits: 3.0

BUSA650: Advanced Strategic Integrative Practice

Integrates the outcomes of the MBA program through a student-led, problem-based exercise. Mentored by consulting professionals and faculty, students will be asked to synthesize and apply ‘strategic’ concepts of prior courses, and to acquire new knowledge to solve a live, ‘messy’ problem posed by a management leader. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, and demonstrate strategic senior management competencies acquired throughout the MBA course program. Pre-requisites: all BUSA program courses are expected to be completed before undertaking this course (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the office of the Dean).
Credits: 6.0

BUSA696: Organizational Management Project

Culminates the overall learning into the capstone integrative learning activity of the MBA degree. Students conduct either a) an applied management research project on a topic of his/her choosing, or b) an assignment with an organization requiring a specific management problem to be addressed and/or researched. Students will be required to complete a series of online instructional modules supporting the various deliverables from research methodology through to writing the final report.
Credits: 6.0

EXMN652: Building Sustainable Communities

Explores leadership in relation to building sustainable communities. Applies a broad brush to the topic, fostering a systems view of the challenges inherent in the course title. Grapples with the principles and practice of Community Development and Sustainability. Explores the values and paradoxes of individual and formal leadership in building communities that thrive in balance with their members, the broader community and the environment. Provides challenging opportunities to build learning and capability in specific areas of interest and relevance to the student.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN655: Leading a Global Workforce - A Human Resources Perspective

Explores the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of leading a global workforce toward organizational performance and productivity goals in large multi-national conglomerates and in small-scale operations. The course will deal with recognizing and developing core competencies for leading human resources talent on a worldwide scale. Emphasis will be placed on establishing and sustaining a global business strategy, comparative HR systems, leading cross-culturally, global workforce planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, and motivating and rewarding staff.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN658: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Explores the business imperativeness of leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI) as it applies to honing one’s personal style and approach to leadership, developing high performing teams, and positioning organizations for bottom-line success and long term viability. Through assessments and personal coaching sessions, students gain new insights into how they can use the EI competency framework and model to enhance their personal leadership, team capacity, and strategic organizational effectiveness. This course consists of 4 weeks of online study, followed by a 7-day residency, and ending with 4 weeks of online study.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN661: Management Consulting - Best Practices

Focuses on meeting the needs of the consulting client by having learners develop expertise in the ‘best practice’ areas of effective communications, project management and change management. Learners are prepared to deliver superior value to their internal or external management consulting clients. In this course, which meets external education requirements of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC), learners develop knowledge of management consulting that is needed to qualify for the CMC designation.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN662: Leading Innovation

Prepares students to lead innovative teams by fostering awareness of their own and others’ default tendencies, as innovators, and by fostering the adoption of systemic creative problem-solving approaches. The course draws on Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking models to provide students with a three-stage process for leading innovation that blends theory and practice. Students will better understand processes of innovation and will apply these processes to complex problems. Final portion of class is dedicated to a practicum exercise, which students can choose to do in their own workplace, in which students facilitate a Creative Problem Solving session.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN665: Asia Pacific Business Environment

EXMN 665 Asia Pacific Business Environment offers an overview of the economic, political and cultural aspects of major Asia Pacific countries, and an overview of Canada’s engagement in the Asia Pacific region. It explores multicultural dimensions within Asia and Canada, and highlights key issues related to culture and business practices that are important to successful business relationships with Asian companies and individuals. It highlights important regional trends and issues impacting businesses now and in the future.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN668: Management Consulting - Essentials

Focuses on the needs of the consulting client by having learners develop expertise in performing comprehensive situation assessments and in crafting strategies for growth and development. Learners are prepared to deliver superior value to their internal or external management consulting clients. In this course, which meets external education requirements of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC), learners develop knowledge of management consulting that is needed to qualify for the CMC designation.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN669: Exploring Asia Pacific Relations

EXMN 669 Asia Pacific Management and Strategy focuses on key management practices and business relationships that are important to business success in the Asia Pacific Region. The course emphasizes underlying cultural and business practices to understand how they influence firm management and strategy, and how they compare to Canadian practices. The region highlighted will change with each program offering, with a focus on the country/region where the field experience will take place.
Credits: 3.0

EXMN675: Coaching for Performance

Examines the philosophies and approaches to coaching in the workplace. The course will deal with developing a coaching philosophy and skill set so that learners can support high performance cultures in organizations. Learners will develop an awareness of the nature, purpose and process of coaching in the business environment and of the value of coaching for improving personal commitment and professional productivity.
Credits: 3.0

GDB: Getting Down to Business

Course description not available
Credits: n/a