BAB100 - Introduction to Canadian Business

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Subject Title
Introduction to Canadian Business

Subject Description

This course introduces students to business management.   Students scan the economic, legal and social systems that support small, medium, and large organizations across key sectors.  Students build the skills necessary to identify critical trends, adapt to change, and manage the risks involved in managing and growing an organization.  The roles and responsibilities of managers, from start-ups to transnational organizations, are examined across each form of ownership and within public and private enterprises. Students identify the key stakeholders involved in these endeavours and review the important role they play in the global economy.

Credit Status
BAB100 is a required subject in the Bachelor of Commerce Financial Services Management, Human Resources Strategy and Technology, International Accounting and Finance, Business Management, International Business Management degree programs and Business Technology Management Degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

 Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine applications of management to human resources, marketing, finance and operations management.
  2. Examine the major economic systems to identify trends and challenges faced by Canadian businesses.
  3. Discuss ethical issues, including social and environmental responsibility, that affect Canadian businesses.
  4. Compare the forms of business ownership to achieve the strategic goals of a business.
  5. Discuss the importance of entrepreneurship in fostering innovation within global and digital economies.
  6. Apply the principles of risk management to make recommendations for mitigating business losses.
  7. Explain the impact of the financial sector and the Bank of Canada on Canadian businesses.
  8. Discuss the role of the different levels of government in Canada to identify their effect on Canadian businesses.
  9. Describe strategies to expand Canadian business operations in the international market.
Topics discussed
  •   Applications of the functions of management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations Management
    • Finance
  • Major economic systems compared to free market economies
  • Forms of business ownership
  • Role of government in Canadian economy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business ethics, including social and environmental responsibility
  • Role of Money and Bank of Canada
  • Financial management and risk management
  • Global business and strategies

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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