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Course Description

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This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of business management in Canada. Students will be exposed to the basic functions of business and management. This course will also cover small business and entrepreneurship, forms of business ownership, competing in the global business environment and the economic and political realities of business in Canada today. 

Note: Students registered in the B.Comm program are required to select MGMT*1000 Introduction to Business.

Note: This course may be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of business associated with six key functional areas: Accounting, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, and Management (General and Strategic).
  2. Describe the roles of small business and entrepreneurship in job growth and demonstrate general knowledge of the principles of starting a business and analyzing businesses.
  3. Explain the significance of the macro environment to the success of businesses.
  4. Demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the political, economic, social, technological and global environments.
  5. Display self-management skills by keeping up with and meeting course requirements.
  6. Analyze and evaluate class concepts with peer learners in discussion forums.
  7. Analyze and evaluate ethics and socially responsible practices in the workplace through peer discussions.
  8. Apply course concepts to news as it applies to real world businesses.
  9. Apply strategic management and other course concepts to your career planning including your vision, goals and objectives.

Course Topics

  • Canadian Business Environment – Politics and Economics
  • Canadian Business Environment – Social, Technology, and Global Business
  • Entrepreneurship, Small Business, and Analyzing the Business
  • Management
  • Human Resources and Marketing
  • Operations, Accounting and Finance

Additional Requirements

Equate(s): HTM*2150
Restriction(s): MGMT*1000
Restriction(s): Not available to students in the B.Comm. program.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Brief Biography with Career Goals 1% 9
Plan for Success 2% 5
Discussions (9 weeks graded twice x 10%) 20% 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
Quizzes (4 x 3%) 12% 1,2,4,5
Business News Analysis Paper 15% 2,3,4,5,8
Personal Strategic Plan 15% 1,4,9
Final Exam 35% 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
Total 100%  


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Canadian Business Management
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) The Future of Business by Norm Althouse, Laura Allan, and Christopher Hartt © 2017 Nelson Education 5th edition ISBN 9780176570255
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