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Master of Business Administration Courses

MBA 500  (3)  The Effective Manager

An exploration of management practice through an understanding of the skills required to undertake managerial work in organizations. Topics include the changing context of management in today's organizations and the impact of organizational structures and systems on human behaviour at individual, group and organizational levels. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 501  (3)  Managing the Networked Enterprise

A critical examination of the ways in which organizations use information systems and networks to enhance the management process and promote business outcomes. Topics include management decision making related to investment in information technology, and the impact of digital network and communications technology on modern business activities and strategies. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 502  (3)  Establishing the Global Context

A critical examination of the integration of markets, cultures, economies, governmental structures, and forms of business organization in the context of globalization. Topics include marketing frameworks, competing theories that seek to explain the forces and factors of globalization, competitive advantage, differentiation, and integration. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 503  (3)  Managerial Decision-Making: Financial Analysis

An overview and analysis of the financial and operational accounting techniques used to make effective decisions. Topics include financial reporting issues and operational accounting practices in the context of problem-solving and decision-making in organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 504  (3)  Managerial Decision-Making: Managerial Economics

An examination of the microeconomics and statistical tools, such as forecasting, used to answer questions relevant to managers in their decision-making process with regards to an organization's scarce resources. Topics include demand, production, and cost estimation using regression analysis and forecasting. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 505  (3)  Management Decision-Making: Operations and Decision Analysis

A study of the range of quantitative and financial problem-solving and decision-making tools and techniques used in the field of operations management. Topics include the intra- and extra-organizational processes related to the systems that provide services and/or produce goods within the enterprise, and their contribution to business effectiveness. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 506  (3)  Research Methods and Consulting Skills

A study of the skills needed to provide research and consulting services to businesses. Topics include the need for research, where and how to gather data, the conversion of data into reliable information for business decision-making, and the application of consulting skills and processes in a variety of situations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 521  (3)  Financial Performance Measurement

An examination of the contribution that financial theory and practice plays in the financing, internal financial control, and the enhancement of value within organizations. Topics include the ways in which the organization is funded, the internal financial control of the organization, and the ways economic value is measured and enhanced. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 522  (3)  International Business Strategy

A critical examination of transnational organizations and their motives for, and methods of, developing business internationally. Topics include the complexities of the international business environment, and an evaluation of the strategic issues surrounding transnational business expansion and operation. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 523  (3)  International Marketing

An examination of the broad differences between domestic and international marketing, and the international perspectives of the elements of the marketing mix. Topics include the external environments including economic, cultural, political, legal, and other influences that affect international marketing decisions, entry strategies, and the organizational choices involved in cross-border marketing. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 531  (3)  Customer Insight Through Research & Analytics

This course teaches the science and art of research and analytics. With a practitioner's approach, this knowledge will ensure you can deliver effective, efficient, and meaningful business results. Learn the principles of when to use research and analytics, and how to integrate the two to achieve real customer insight. (4:2:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to MBA program.

MBA 532  (3)  Advertising & Media

This course combines consumer behavior, marketing communications, and marketing with the application of the mechanics of advertising across various media. Students learn to critically evaluate media options, develop break-through creative, measure results, develop effective advertising plans, align marketing objectives to organizational objectives, and how to gain senior management buy-in. (4:2:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to MBA program.

MBA 533  (3)  Integrated Branding

A practical approach to the use of advertising and promotion to communicate with customers. Focuses integrating marketing elements to building brands. Topics include the elements of an integrated advertising and promotion campaign, communications objectives, creative strategy, advertising campaign planning, sales promotion management, public relations and sponsorship marketing. (4:2:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to MBA Program.

MBA 534  (3)  Direct Marketing

This course combines the theory of direct and interactive marketing with practical strategies and examples. Students learn fundamental principles of direct marketing to profile customers, research and test markets, develop interactive media plans, and create hi-tech campaigns using the latest technology including blogging, social networks, and search engine advertising. (4:2:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to MBA Program.

MBA 540  (3)  International Human Resource Management

A critical exploration of the management of people from an international perspective. Topics include analysis of the complex HRM and employment relations policies, strategies and practices that organizations pursue in the context of globalization. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 541  (3)  Corporate Social Responsibility

A critical examination of the issues facing corporate decision makers, and the wide-ranging responsibilities these executives bear towards stakeholders inside and outside the organization. Topics include the relationship between board responsibilities, corporate social responsibility and governance structures, and recent issues on corporate governance and social responsibility. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 560  (3)  Small Business Management

An investigation of the context and range of management issues found in small businesses. Topics include the importance of the small business sector in Canada, in addition to the wider international economy, and a range of techniques and knowledge relevant to the effective management of a small business. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 561  (3)  Business Strategies for Sustainable Development

An exploration of the knowledge and skills needed to champion sustainable development at the organizational level. Topics include the three pillars of sustainability including economic, environmental and social perspectives, the rationale for integrating sustainable practices in business, and the stakeholders involved in sustainable business. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 563  (3)  Digital Marketing

This course teaches how marketers leverage new technologies to devise powerful marketing strategies. Topics include the legal and ethical framework of digital marketing, online behaviour, the internet and marketing mix, online PR, web analytics, search marketing, interactive marketing communications, email and viral marketing, and planning and designing the web experience. (2:2:2 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 564  (3)  Business Forecasting

A study of the use of IT methods to investigate cyclical influences and inter-relationships in the world economy, and their effects on international business. Topics include a wide range of forecasting/planning procedures and models in order to integrate the contributions of economics, quantitative methods, and decision sciences in this area. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565  (3)  Special Topics in Management

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565A  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Managing in Complexity

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565J  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Project Management

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565K  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Export Import Trade

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565L  (3)  Special Topics in Mgmt: Intercultural Studies for Business

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565M  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Big Data

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565N  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Business Valuation

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565O  (3)  Special Topics in Mgmt: Startups and New Venture Development

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565P  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Performance Mgmt Metrics

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 565Q  (3)  Special Topics in Management: Disability, Work, and Law

A detailed study of an important contemporary concept, trend, or challenge in the field of management. Topics include current issues drawn from a variety of disciplines, representing management problems that have strategic significance or current importance for organizations. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 566  (3)  Strategic Marketing Management

Investigates marketing from a managerial perspective, including critical analysis of the functions of marketing opportunity assessment, marketing planning and programming, marketing leadership and organization, and evaluating and adjusting the marketing effort. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

MBA 567  (3)  Real Estate Investment

Broad topics, aiming to stimulate student's interest in real estate investment and management, are covered. These topics include real estate economics, property and contract laws, government land use control and tools, ownership and property rights, investment risk factors and analysis, property taxation, appraisal approaches, brokerage, and mortgaging. MBA 567 was formerly called MBA 565B; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

MBA 570  (3)  Global Financial Institutions Management

This course studies risk management approaches in global financial institutions. Regulatory mandates requiring specific monitoring, reporting and reserve actions will be examined from leading national examples and emerging global agencies. Methods for monitoring and managing particular types of risks within particular institutional settings will also be studied. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 571  (3)  Mutual Funds Industry in Canada

A study of the principles of securities markets and portfolio management in general and mutual funds in particular. Topics covered will include preparing for and taking the licensing exam for the Canadian Investment Funds Course. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 572  (3)  Global Investment Management

An examination of the management of financial asset investments globally, from initial public offerings to the international cross-listing and global issuance. Topics include methods of valuation, portfolio construction, and risk management will be covered. Best practices for diversification and risk management will also be covered. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 573  (3)  Equity Security Analysis

An examination of methods of analysis and valuation of equity securities, including issues of international accounting standards affecting the comparability of financial ratios, and valuation models. Topics include a working knowledge of the analysis of equity risk and return relationships among industries and companies. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 574  (3)  Fixed Income Security Analysis

Examines the analysis and valuation of fixed income securities. A detailed study of modeling the term structure of interest rates, various yield measures, volatility, duration and convexity. Topics include global best practices of ratings agencies, standards of research objectivity, and research analysts will be studied. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 575  (3)  Derivative Instruments and Markets

A study of the management and valuation of derivative securities. Topics include the major use of derivatives as a means of risk reduction against uncertainty, hedging strategies. The structure of derivative exchanges will be explored. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 576  (3)  Multinational Financial Management

An investigation into aspects of corporate finance, international financial markets, financing (including cost of capital), capital structure, and multinational cash management in a multinational context. Topics include international risks such as foreign exchange risk, international investment risk and political risk are covered. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBA 521.

MBA 578  (1)  Internship Preparation I

A course designed to prepare MBA students for their internship experience. Topics include self-examination, transferability of skills, attitudes, competencies and experiences required to succeed and contribute to the business labour market. Students also develop a resume, covering letter and skills portfolio. (3:0:0 for 4 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program.

MBA 579  (1)  Internship Preparation II

A course designed to build upon Internship Preparation I. Topics include networking and job search strategies, informational interviews, interview techniques and business etiquette, which are essential to succeed in an internship and contribute to the labour market. (3:0:0 for 4 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program.

MBA 580  (7)  Internship

The internship is designed to enable students to gain supervised practical experience through a placement in a professional business setting. Students will be assigned responsibilities to complete in conjunction with the requirements for the Applied Business Project (MBA 581 or MBA 582 (finance option)). (0:0:0 —35 for 12 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program.

Co-requisites: Successful completion of MBA 578 and 579.

MBA 581  (6)  Applied Business Project

A substantial research-based project which will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through the investigation and analysis of a complex business problem or management issue that will form the basis of their internship (MBA 580). Results must be presented in the appropriate written format. (0:0:0 for 12 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

MBA 582  (7)  Option-Focused Internship

The Internship is designed to enable students to gain supervised practical experience through a placement in a professional business setting (specifically focused in the area of the Finance Electives Option). Students will be assigned responsibilities to complete in conjunction with an Internship Experiential Learning Report. (0:0:0 —35 for 12 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program.

MBAA 500  (1)  Foundations 1 (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to the foundational concepts of the required literacies to be successful in the MBA program. Topics include intercultural learning, growth mindset, learning to learn, digital literacy and professional values. (7:0:0 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program.

MBAA 501  (2)  Foundations 2 (Effective Sep 2020)

A continuation of the foundational literacies required to be successful in the MBA program. Topics include critical thinking, writing skills for graduate students, teams and group work, presentation and communication skills, and a continuation of intercultural learning. (14:0:0 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500.

MBAA 511  (1.5)  Research 1: Introduction (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to research fundamental concepts, approaches, and methods. Topics include an overview of the research process and defining the business problem, elements of research design including research approaches and methods, secondary data and introduction to data analysis and basic statistical analysis. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 512  (1.5)  Economics 1: Introduction (Effective Sep 2020)

A broad theoretical introduction to economics and how decisions are made by economic agents. These agents include consumers, producers, managers, and all levels of governments. The course spans core concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. MBAA 512 was formerly called PMBA 503; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 513  (1.5)  Marketing 1: Introduction (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to the basic theories and concepts of marketing. The course emphasizes the effective practice for building and maintaining successful customer relationships. Topics include buyer behaviour, ethical marketing, and strategies related to market segmentation, market targeting, brand positioning, product, pricing, distribution, and communication. MBAA 513 was formerly called PMBA 501; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 514  (1.5)  Management 1: Strategic Management (Effective Sep 2020)

This course provides an examination of the nature of management and the context of businesses that influences the practice of management and strategic managerial decision making. Topics include environmental and industry factors, value chain, resource-based views of the firm, strategy typologies, organizational structure and decision-making. MBAA 514 was formerly called PMBA 502; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 515  (1.5)  Finance 1: Finance and Quantitative Analysis (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction and review of critical mathematical and statistical techniques used in financial decision-making. Topics include algebra, linear systems, time value of money, and simple calculus, plus the descriptive statistics, mean and standard deviation, and inferential statistics including regression analysis necessary to analyze and draw conclusions about business data. MBAA 515 was formerly called PMBA 504; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 516  (1.5)  Accounting 1: Basics of Accounting (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to financial accounting basics from a user perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide students with basic accounting principles and concepts needed to improve business decision-making skills. Topics include understanding forms of organizations, basic accounting concepts, and the relationship between and analysis of financial statements. MBAA 516 was formerly called PMBA 504; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 521  (2)  Research 2: Research Design (Effective Sep 2020)

An advanced examination of business research to provide research and consulting skills. Topics include developing your ability to recognize the need for research, understanding where and how to gather data, and converting your data into reliable information for business decision-making with a focus on qualitative data. MBAA 521 was formerly called MBA 506; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 511.

MBAA 522  (2)  Economics 2: Microeconomics (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to economic models to address issues around decision-making in business. The student will gain insight into the micro-economist toolboxes and their application in finance, economics, management, sales and more. Topics include pricing strategy, demand, production, cost, profit, and strategic interactions. MBAA 522 was formerly called MBA 504; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 512.

MBAA 523  (2)  Marketing 2: Strategic Marketing (Effective Sep 2020)

An applied approach to learning strategic marketing management. Topics include a critical analysis of the marketing environment and examining the marketing decisions required to develop a strategic marketing plan for a product or service. Students will learn to make marketing decisions based on a comprehensive market situation analysis. MBAA 523 was formerly called MBA 566; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 513.

MBAA 524  (3)  Management 2: Leadership and Managerial Skills (Effective Sep 2020)

An applied development and practice of key managerial skills required to obtain effective performance at the individual, group, and organizational level. Topics include the dynamic role of leadership and managerial practice and skills achieved through leadership of the self and others enhanced by Indigenous perspectives. MBAA 524 was formerly called MBA 500; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 514.

MBAA 525  (2)  Finance 2: Finance Theory and Application (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of the role that financial theories and practices play in the financing, internal control and enhancement of value within organizations from the perspective of non-financial managers. Topics include measuring economic value, understanding bond ratings and stock valuation and recommending appropriate capital structure for an organization. MBAA 525 was formerly called MBA 521; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 515.

MBAA 526  (2)  Accounting 2: Context of Accounting (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of financial reporting issues and practices for organizational problem-solving and decision-making. Topics include an introduction to corporate governance and ethics, framework of accounting, external financial reporting and analyzing financial statements through ratio analysis. MBAA 526 was formerly called MBA 503; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 516.

MBAA 527  (2)  Technology 1: System Management (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of the ways in which organizations use information technology to manage data and processes to inform managerial decisions. Topics include management decision-making related to investment in information technology and the impact of digital network and communications technology on modern business activities and strategies. MBAA 527 was formerly called MBA 501; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 531  (3)  Research 3: Data Analytics (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of various methods for getting, exploring, and modeling large data sets. The student will gain insight into the data science toolboxes and their application in finance, economics, marketing, human resources, management, sales and more. Topics include a wide range of statistical procedures and models prevalent in data science. MBAA 531 was formerly called MBA 531; credit will not be granted for both courses. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 521.

MBAA 532  (2)  Economics 3: Global Context (Effective Sep 2020)

This course exposes students to theory, application and assessment of the global environment and the international forces that impact business. Topics include the implications and consequences for globalization from international trade policies, foreign direct investment, financing and currency markets, modes of entry, national competitiveness and global risks. MBAA 532 was formerly called MBA 522; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 522 and MBAA 524.

MBAA 533  (2)  Technology 2: Communication Tools (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to the use of information and communication technologies in order to create new opportunities such as higher productivity, innovation and increased business activity. Topics include management, communication and ethics; the use of social presence and infographics for effective communication; and derivation of value from large and varied information flows. MBAA 533 was formerly called MBA 501; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 534  (3)  Management 3: Strategic Global Talent Management (Effective Sep 2020)

An analysis of strategic considerations required for the global management of people within the complex international environment including the complexity arising from consideration of global and local perspectives. Topics include managing global and local talent, subsidiary and expatriate roles, and applying HR functions for strategic alignment with the overall corporate strategy. MBAA 534 was formerly called MBA 540; credit will not be granted for both courses. (6:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 524.

MBAA 536  (2)  Accounting 3: Financial Decision Making (Effective Sep 2020)

An analysis of internal management perspectives and decision-making in business organizations. This includes an examination of operational accounting issues and practices in the context of problem-solving and decision-making in organizations. Topics include understanding management decision and control methods, applying decision-making tools, and understanding budget management and control. MBAA 536 was formerly called MBA 503; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 526.

MBAA 537  (2)  Technology 3: Digital Behaviour (Effective Sep 2020)

An exploration of the digital landscape as a cultural and social space. Students will learn to assess risk in a real-time environment, distinguish between private and public behaviour and the implications of this in a digital landscape, and build an understanding of the impact that the participatory media consumption has on individuals, societies, and industry. MBAA 537 was formerly called MBA 563; credit will not be granted for both courses. (4:0:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

MBAA 542  (2)  Economics 4: Advanced Topics in Economics (Effective Sep 2020)

An introduction to basic notions in incentives and information economics. The course provides a broad coverage of the economic subfields that have emerged in the past decades. Students are introduced to advanced analytical methods while avoiding overly abstract presentation. Topics include game theory, adverse selection, moral hazard, and mechanism design. MBAA 542 was formerly called MBA 504; credit will not be granted for both courses. (2:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 532.

MBAA 543  (3)  Marketing 3: Global Marketing (Effective Sep 2020)

An analysis and application of international perspectives of the international marketing environment, marketing mix elements and strategies. The course focuses on culture and sub-cultures, entry strategies, market research, ethics, and organizational decisions involved in cross-border marketing. MBAA 543 was formerly called MBA 523; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 523.

MBAA 544  (3)  Management 4: Operations Management (Effective Sep 2020)

A study of the core decision analysis concepts to develop analytical skills in solving operational issues and problems in the workplace. Topics include process analysis, operations strategy, linear programming models, production planning, forecasting, project management, multicriteria decision analysis, inventory control models, quality management, statistical process control, and supply chain management. MBAA 544 was formerly called MBA 505; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 534.

MBAA 545  (2)  Finance 3: Investment Management and Markets (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of the financial markets for equity, debt, and derivative instruments; and their use by corporations in raising capital to finance operations and by institutions and individuals in the management of investment portfolios. Topics include the basics of capital budgeting, cash flow estimation and risk analysis, real options, corporate valuation and mergers and acquisitions. MBAA 545 was formerly called MBA 521; credit will not be granted for both courses. (2:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 525.

MBAA 547  (2)  Technology 4: Emerging Business Technology (Effective Sep 2020)

An examination of the ways in which organizations evaluate, adopt, and use emerging technologies in order to identify the potential benefits of new technology and determine the feasibility of implementation. Topics include management decision-making related to trends in digital and technology, intelligence, surveillance, and investment in emerging technologies. (2:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 527, MBAA 533, and MBAA 537.

MBAA 550  (6)  Internship (Effective Sep 2020)

The internship is designed to enable students to gain supervised practical experience through a placement in a professional business setting. Students will be assigned responsibilities to complete in conjunction with the requirements in MBAA 551. MBAA 550 was formerly called MBA 580; credit will not be granted for both courses. (35:0:0 for 16 weeks)

Prerequisite: Successful completion with a min. 2.33 GPA in the first three semesters of the MBA program.

MBAA 551  (6)  Research 4: Applied Business Project (Effective Sep 2020)

A substantial research-based project which will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through the investigation and analysis of a complex business problem or management issue that will form the basis of their internship (MBAA 550). Results must be presented in the appropriate written format. MBAA 551 was formerly called MBA 581; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:0:0 for 16 weeks)

Prerequisite: Successful completion with a min. 2.33 GPA in the first three semesters of the MBA program.

MBAA 552  (3)  Work Integrated Learning Foundations (Effective Sep 2020)

This course is designed to provide MBA students with the skills and tools essential to succeed in an internship and plan their career. Topics include self-examination, transferability of skills, attitudes, competencies, networking and job search strategies, informational interviews, interview techniques and business etiquette. MBAA 552 was formerly called MBA 578; credit will not be granted for both courses. (1:0:0 for 42 weeks)

Prerequisite: MBAA 500 and MBAA 501.

PMBA 501  (2)  Management and Strategy

An examination using case analysis of the nature of management, internal and external corporate environments, and the development of corporate strategy. Topics include the role of the global manager, the integrated nature of managing, assessment of the environment using various frameworks and analytical techniques, strategic options and their implications. (2:0:0 for 10 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Foundation Program.

PMBA 502  (2)  Foundations of Marketing

A broad theoretical and practical introduction to Marketing and the application of theory and effective practice to building and maintaining successful relationships with customers and suppliers. Topics include the marketing function, marketing mix, buyer behaviour, market research, marketing strategy and customer management. (2:0:0 for 10 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Foundation Program.

PMBA 503  (2)  Foundations of Economics

A broad theoretical introduction to economics and how decisions are made by economic agents. Topics include consumers, producers, managers, and all levels of governments and span core concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. (2:0:0 for 10 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Foundation Program.

PMBA 504  (2)  Basics of Accounting and Quantitative Methods

An introduction to the use of accounting information and statistical techniques in business decision-making. Topics include the basic tools needed to understand and use accounting information and an overview of statistical techniques used in business decision-making. (2:0:0 for 10 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Foundation Program.

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