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Thompson Rivers University

MNGT 1711: Introduction to Business

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of many business disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resource management, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship. Students will engage with community business experts, for example guest speakers, who will share their business experience dealing with a wide range of issues. Students will simulate, adapt, and respond to a variety of business challenges, expanding their knowledge of business. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to set goals, reflect on their learnings and plan for their futures. Topics include multiple perspectives on business, management functions, forms of business ownership, the importance of entrepreneurship, and Iindigenous business.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explore alternative options for business related career paths, and reflect on their talents and interests, to formulate a career plan.
  2. Relate course materials to current events in the business world and recognize the ongoing need to seek out new information as the field changes.
  3. Understand management functions, including planning, organizing, and control in operating a business, and the ability to adapt as needed.
  4. Explain how the business environment influences decision making.
  5. Describe the different functional areas of business and how they contribute to the success of a company.
  6. Understand the importance of entrepreneurship and indigenous business to the economy.
  7. Use simulations and common business software to examine and solve business problems.
  8. Engage and connect with community members to understand issues and solve problems through dialog and reflection.
  9. Understand how various functions within a business integrate and interrelate.

Course topics

  • Module 1: The Business Environment
  • Module 2: The Business Formation and Entrepreneurship
  • Module 3: Management Functions and Managing Human Resources
  • Module 4: Functional Areas of Business: Marketing and Supply Chains
  • Module 5: Functional Areas of Business: Financial Management and MIS

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook, free of charge, is required for this course:

  1. Gitman, L. J., McDaniel, C., Shah, A., Reece M., et al. (2018). Introduction to Business. Victoria, BC: BCcampus. 
    Retrieved from Introduction to Business (OpenStax) (


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete the course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Unit 1 8%
Assignment 2: Unit 2 8%
Assignment 3: Unit 3 8%
Quiz 1 10%
Assignment 4: Units 4 and 5 8%
Quiz 2 10%
Assignment 5: Learning Journal 8%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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