A brief description of core courses for both the Post-Degree Diploma and Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices.
Diploma Program - Year 1
ACCT 264 or ACCT 261 (3 credits)
This course is designed to teach non-accounting majors to understand the basic concepts of finance, to have a good understanding of financial analysis, improve their decision-making skills and apply the theory of finance to solve business problems. Topics include preparation of cash flows statement, financial statement analysis, profit planning, working capital management, budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, time value of money, and business valuation.
Accounting 261 is designed to introduce the basic accounting cycle including preparation of useful financial statements. Other topics include accounting for cash, receivables, inventory, and payroll.
ECON 101: Microeconomics (3 credits)
This course deals with the economic principles that govern the individual segments of the economy. Topics include supply and demand, price elasticity, utility, cost of production, perfect and imperfect market structures, theory of production, the demand for factors and the pricing of factors. Some current business situations are discussed.
ECON 102: Macroeconomics (3 credits)
This course presents the economic principles that govern the behaviour of the nation's economy. Topics include production possibility, supply and demand, national income analysis, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade. Current Canadian economic problems are discussed.
MATH 111: Business Mathematics (3 credits)
This mathematics course emphasizes the mathematics required in general business processes. It begins with a brief review of arithmetic and algebra. These skills are then applied to business situations requiring the use of percentages, markup, simple interest, and compound interest.
MGMT 204: Principles of Management (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of management. It covers theory, process and practice of the four fundamental management skills: Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling as well as the role of managers in organizations.
MKTG 281: Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the marketing process as it applies to marketing products and/or services in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. At the end of the course, the students should understand the four Ps of marketing, Price, Place, Promotion and Product; and the interrelationships between marketing and overall business practices.
Diploma Program - Year 2 / Certificate Program - Year 1
MGMT 303: Business Ethics (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of Canadian business and its interrelationships with society. This course material covers current issues and ethical challenges faced in the world of work and provide the student with practical tools, methods and resources that encourage ethical behavior in and out of the workplace. Concepts covered include stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility, and managing ethics from a business and managerial perspective.
MGMT 305: Sustainable Communities through Social Enterprise (3 credits)
Sustainable and resilient communities are ones where social, economic, human, environmental and cultural needs and goals are all met. Social Enterprises contribute to community development through direct participation in the marketplace and by using the profits produced to support a social purpose. This course introduces the Social Enterprise concept and challenges students to identify social issues and develop market driven solutions that benefit all stakeholders. Business planning, leadership and transparent financial reporting are all stressed to ensure social benefits are realized.
MGMT 307: Implementing Sustainability through Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
This course highlights the essential role leaders play in the success of sustainability initiatives and presents specific leadership strategies that facilitate sustainability implementation. Examples of leadership strategies relevant to sustainability implementation include creating a vision, strategically aligning with corporate goals, communicating across the organization, changing corporate culture and mindset, and using reward systems and evaluation and control to ensure long term success.
MGMT 310: Sustainability Theory and Metrics (3 credits)
In this course, students develop a theoretical foundation for understanding and assessing sustainability in business practices. Students examine the theoretical framework, core concepts, and the business case for sustainability. Activities and readings explore regional and global trends affecting sustainability, including climate change and increasing stress on global ecosystems, sustainable community development, turbulent markets, disruptive technologies, and the impact of disparity between rich and poor. Sustainability measurement and reporting systems are compared and evaluated.
MGMT 410: Managing Sustainable Operations (3 credits)
This course develops students' ability to strategically implement sustainable business practices within the value chain of a business and to strategically implement more sustainable business practices. Building upon the theory and metrics of sustainability, this course examines how implementation works at the level of operations management. Students review existing practices and consider new challenges that operations managers face when integrating sustainability within their organizations and traditional ways of doing business.
BIO 151 or CHEM 100 (3 credits)
Biology 151 is an introductory course to the fields of environmental studies and biology. This course concentrates on environmental/ecological topics within biology. The course will concentrate on the relationships within nature, how the environment affects us, how we affect the environment, how to deal with environmental problems and live more sustainably. Local issues and current event topics are used as examples wherever possible.
Chemistry 100 is an introduction to the fields of environmental studies and environmental chemistry. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of environmental processes are studied. Topics include atmospheric processes (including those involving carbon dioxide and ozone), air pollution, acid rain, natural waters, dissolved oxygen, and the fate of chemical compounds in the environment. Where possible, examples involving local issues and current events are studied.
Specialty Courses (24 credits)
A variety of elective courses can be used to satisfy this credit requirement (find sample course electives list on the program calendar: Post-degree certificate and Post-degree diploma). If elective courses are unavailable in a given semester, unused electives from other semesters may be substituted. Courses outside of the program may be considered as electives with the prior approval of the Business Program Coordinator.