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.
- Explore alternative options for business related career paths, and reflect on their
talents and interests, to formulate a career plan.
- Relate course materials to current events in the business world and recognize the ongoing
need to seek out new information as the field changes.
- Understand management functions, including planning, organizing, and control in operating
a business, and the ability to adapt as needed.
- Explain how the business environment influences decision making.
- Describe the different functional areas of business and how they contribute to the success
of a company.
- Understand the importance of entrepreneurship and indigenous business to the economy.
- Use simulations and common business software to examine and solve business problems.
- Engage and connect with community members to understand issues and solve problems through
dialog and reflection.
- Understand how various functions within a business integrate and interrelate.
- 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
- Gitman, L. J., McDaniel, C., Shah, A., Reece M., et al. (2019). Introduction to
Business. Victoria, BC: BCcampus.
The OpenText title is available at both of these websites:
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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
|Assignment 2: Unit 2
|Assignment 3: Unit 3
|Assignment 4: Units 4 and 5
|Assignment 5: Learning Journal
|Final Exam (mandatory)
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.