BTB520 Course Outline

Course Code: BTB520
Course Name: Canadian Business Environment
Offered Date: Fall - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course will teach students about the Canadian business environment. Students will learn about types of businesses, corporate social responsibility, performance and financial analysis. A Canadian perspective on global business will be presented. Basic management principles will be covered with regards to Human Resource Management.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTC240 and (BAB140 or BTB110)
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, case study, group work, group presentations
Hours per week: 3
Room configuration: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall term
Learning Outcomes:
  • explain best practices for unionized, non-unionized labour management
  • choose to work effectively and cooperatively as a team member
  • explain how to manage change in the global marketplace
  • investigate how to provide technical assistance tailored to customers in Canada and around the world
  • analyze the dynamics and trends in global business from a Canadian perspective
  • arrange a formal presentation of a research topic
  • analyze the ethical issues, social responsibility and government legislation that affect Canadian businesses
  • analyze financial statements
  • examine the legal and ethical issues involved in developing software solutions for a for-profit or for a non-profit organization
  • compare the business impacts of cultural differences amongst foreign countries with regards to systems development
  • write a research paper that describes how to provide technical assistance to customers in Canada
  • differentiate between the various forms of business ownership in Canada
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.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • The foundations of business - 25%
    • the Canadian business system
    • starting and operating a small business in Canada
    • forms of business ownership
  • Business and management - 15%
    • management, planning and controlling
    • managing people
  • Key business functions - 20%
    • marketing management
    • accounting and financial management
  • The Canadian business environment - 40%
    • labour relations
    • governmental relations
    • international business
    • social responsibility and ethics
    • predicting the future
Prescribed Text(s):
Business, Eighth Canadian Edition Plus MyBizLab with Pearson eText - Access Card Package
Ricky W. Griffin, Ronald J. Ebert, Frederick A. Starke, George Dracopoulos, Melanie D. Lang
ISBN: 9780133354263
Published by Pearson Education Canada

The following "Standalone Access Card" version is suitable for students who do not require a physical textbook:

MyBizLab with Pearson eText - Standalone Access Card - for Business, Eighth Canadian Edition
Ricky W. Griffin, Ronald J. Ebert, Frederick A. Starke, George Dracopoulos, Melanie D. Lang
ISBN: 9780132735377
Published by Pearsn Education Canada
More information is on this page
Reference Material:
Promotion Policy:
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and the tests
  • Pass the final exam

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Group Presentations, Assignments, Case Studies 50%
Mid-term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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