This course introduces the concepts and complexities of the contemporary business environment with an emphasis on competitiveness, quality, and the main functional areas of management: planning, organizing, controlling, and leadership. Topics include: origins of management, forms of business ownership, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, organizational structure, strategy, operations management, international business, social and ethical issues. Instruction will be provided for effective presentations. A computer-assisted management simulation may be used. Lect: 3 hrs.
This course is designed to show students how managers must develop a knowledge base and flexibility to meet the challenges of the business world.
1. To develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the management process.
2. To develop an appreciation of the complex issues involved in managing within a
3. To develop an understanding of entrepreneurship and the need for creativity in
4. To expose the student to "case studies" which show the need for innovative
thinking in today's competitive global market.
5. To expose the student to the variety of challenges and excitement involved in
seeking a career in business management.
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
In compliance with the objectives, various teaching techniques will be used. These may include lectures, case studies, individual or group presentations, documentary movies, videotapes, and "handouts". Continuous interaction and classroom discussion is considered very important to this course and they will be emphasized. In addition, guest lecturers from the business community may be used to augment the learning process. Students are expected to attend classes fully prepared to discuss assigned readings and cases. If absent, the students are still accountable for all material, changes and announcements discussed during class.
METHOD OF EVALUATION
Business Simulation (I.M.S.).....10%
Term Work..............................10% (Individual skills within Group presentation)
Group Presentation................. 10% (Group, Students must present/prepare equally)
Term Test ............................. 30% (Individual- details as provided by Professor)
Final Examination....................40% (Individual based on entire semester)
1) In order to receive a passing grade in this course, a student MUST achieve a
combined average of at least 50% on the term tests the final examination and
any other individual evaluation items.
2) Up to 20% on any question in any test or examination or assignment may be
deducted for poor grammar, lack of clarity and /or spelling.
3) Failure to contribute to the efforts of your group will result in a lower or ZERO
mark for group activities.
4) A "Peer Assessment" form may be required of each student to evaluate the
contributions of each student to group activities. Non-contributing students may
be asked to leave a group and work on their own.
5) Every effort will be made to conduct the course as stated; however adjustments
may be necessary at the discretion of the instructor. If so, students will be
advised and alterations will be discussed in class prior to implementation.
6) Business Simulations involve data input via a form for each period. Forms must
be submitted at end of class. Failure to do so will result in the professor
resubmitting the previous period's data and a mark deduction.
7) A "Faculty/Course Survey" may be run sometime during the semester by
Student Representatives of C.E.S.A.R. (Continuing Education Student's
Association of Ryerson).
8) The Ryerson University “Writing Centre” LIB266A and EPH202 offer free “help”
9) For tests and examinations it will be necessary for students to have a calculator and
writing instruments. The calculator may NOT be part of a cell phone or similar
device and you may not borrow such items from other students during tests and
examinations: bring your own and ensure that its battery is properly charged.
10) During all tests and examinations, communication devices such as cell phones are
not permitted and must be turned off and placed in your book bag at the
perimeter of the examination room.
11) Additional “in-class” handouts may be provided by the instructor. The student is
responsible for the content of such materials on tests and examinations. Such
“handouts” are available only during the class when handed out. If unable to
attend a class, arrange for one of your team members to acquire copies of such
items for you.
MISSED TERM WORK OR EXAMINATIONS (FALL 2005):
Exemption or deferral of a term test or final examination is not permitted except for a medical or personal emergency. The instructor must be notified by e-mail prior to the test and appropriate documentation submitted. For absence on medical grounds, an official student medical certificate must be provided. This may be downloaded from the Ryerson website at www.ryerson.ca/rr or picked up from the Continuing Education Office, Room JOR100.
ABSENCE FROM MID-TERM EXAMINATIONS OR TESTS:
· Instructor must be notified by e-mail before the test
· Documentation must be presented at the next class (www.ryerson.ca/rr/forms.htm)
· Depending on course policy, the instructor may arrange a makeup or re-weigh the course requirements
ABSENCE FROM FINAL EXAM:
· Instructor must be notified by e-mail before the examination
Documentation must be presented at the Continuing Education Office, Room JOR100, within three working days. An INC can be awarded only when the completion of the outstanding work or an alternate final examination may result in a passing grade. The outstanding work or alternate examination must be completed by a specified date within four months of the submission of the INC. For complete GPA policy see policy #46 at http://www.ryerson.ca/acadcouncil
· Make up exams will be scheduled by the Continuing Education department. Please consult with your instructor for details.
ACCOMMODATION FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE:
Students must have filed the necessary forms for accommodation of religious observance at the beginning of the term, or for final exams, as soon as the exam schedule is posted (see policy on Accommodation of Student Religious Observance Obligations and related form.) Please refer to http://www.ryerson.ca/acadcouncil/current/pol150.pdf.
ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABILITY:
Students who wish to utilize the Access Centre must submit documentation to the instructor prior to a graded assignment, test or exam, according to the Access Centre Policies and Procedures. For tests/midterm exams, it is the student’s responsibility to book an upcoming test at least 7 days prior to the date of writing the test. For final exams, it is the student’s responsibility to book an upcoming final exam at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the examination period. The student must confirm the date and time with the instructor. For complete details please refer to: http://www.ryerson.ca/accesscentre.
A student who has failed a course may not repeat the same course more than twice (i.e., registered initially, repeated once, repeated twice=three registrations). For complete details please refer to: http://www.ryerson.ca/acadcouncil/current/pol46.pdf
IF YOUR INSTRUCTOR USES TURNITIN:
All work submitted for this course must first be submitted to www.turnitin.com. Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must, by the end of the second week of class, consult with the instructor to make alternative arrangements. The instructor reserves the right to submit any work that is suspected to be plagiarized to www.turnitin at his or her discretion.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
Students are required to adhere to the Ryerson Student Code of Academic Conduct and Non-Academic Conduct. Failure to do so will jeopardize any academic appeals. For complete details please refer to http://www.ryerson.ca/acadcouncil
1. No student will be admitted more than 30 minutes after the exam has
commenced. No student may leave within the first 30 minutes after the
exam has commenced.
2. Those arriving later will be directed to the teaching department to petition
for alternative arrangements. Petitions are to be filed with the department
no later than the following business day except when medical/emergency
circumstances do not permit this deadline to be met. In such cases, the
student is responsible to provide appropriate documentation. Such
petitions will arise in cases where through emergency, illness, error, or
oversight, students have arrived more than 30 minutes late for an
examination or have missed the examination entirely.
3. No student is to leave the exam room during the last 15 minutes of an
4. Each student must submit all required exam materials before leaving the exam
5. Students may bring into the exam room only those aids/resources that have
been specified by the course instructor(s). (To be specified on course
outline or by announcement in class at least two weeks before the end of
6. All coats and bags must be placed in such a manner as to be inaccessible to
the student while the examination is in progress. Students should be
cautioned in advance against bringing anything of value to the examination
room, noting that the university accepts no liability for lost and stolen items.
Students should also be reminded that in an emergency situation (e.g., fire
alarm) they may not be able to pick up coats, bags, and other personal
7. All students must display a valid and relevant student photo-identification
card during the course of an examination. In the case of Continuing Education
students, a driver’s license or other verifiable form of photo-identification must
8. In case of a personal emergency of any sort (e.g., illness) students are to inform an invigilator of their circumstance and request assistance or permission to leave the exam room, as circumstances warrant. Only one student will be allowed to use the washroom at a time.
9. Students have a right to ask an invigilator for clarification if aspects of the
examination are unclear, but should be aware that invigilators will not answer
any question that is deemed to infringe on exam integrity.
10. In the case of externally generated emergencies, such as fire alarms, students will, in an orderly manner, follow the directions of the invigilator and evacuate the exam room, and return to the exam room when the emergency has been cleared. All exam materials must be left in the exam room during such emergency. In Continuing Education, examination papers will be collected by the instructor /invigilator. If the exam is to be continued in an alternate exam location, students will go immediately to the assigned alternate exam location.
"Management, First Canadian Edition", 2004: by Chuck Williams
Alex Z. Kondra, Conor Vibert, Nelson Thomson, I.S.B.N. 0-17622322-3
2. "IMS: Introductory Management Simulation" by Archer & MacNaughton
Management Learning Software I.S.B.N. 0-9697998-0-2. Latest Edition
Additional "handouts" may be provided by the professor. The student
is responsible for the contents of such materials on tests and examinations.
Students absent from class will not be provided with "missed handouts".
1. "The Secrets of Power Presentations" 7th edition by Peter Urs Bender, 1997
The Achievement Group, Toronto, I.S.B.N. 0-9695066-0-0 (soft cover
book) **an audio cassette version or hard-cover book version are available
on special order.
2. Presentation Graphics: Some Ryerson Computer Labs have Presentation
Graphics available for student use. Students who wish to purchase software
Suites such as Lotus Smartsuite, Microsoft Office, or Corel Wordperfect suite
may do so at the Ryerson Computer Shop at special academic pricing.
3. Business Magazines: Canadian Business, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business
Review, INC., etc. Student discounts are available on many such publications.
4. "Globe & Mail": " Report on Business" - daily. Many good articles which relate
to course material. Also: Financial Post, Financial Times, The Economist.
The above suggested items are optional but are suggested extras which may improve your enjoyment and understanding of the course material.
This course affords the student an opportunity to develop presentation skills both verbal and written. A couple of hours invested in learning computerized presentation skills whether in the Ryerson Computer Labs or using one's own computer at home or in the office along with appropriate presentation software will enhance the Quality of presentations not only in this course but in future courses and during one's own professional presentations.
THERE ARE 13 THREE HOUR CLASSES. SOME OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WILL EXCEED 3 HOURS
(The sequence of topics given below is that followed by most Professors.
Some Professors may elect to use a different sequence than shown).
Topic # Topic Required Reading
(NOT CHAPTER #) (CHAPTERS)