Master of Management Course Descriptions

78-600 Business Communications - Part 1 and 2

Building on an understanding of the communication process and barriers to communication, students will develop, through this course, the sensitivity and flexibility required to address the needs of different audiences. Throughout the course, practical skill building for leaders is stressed, and time is devoted to communication concepts and techniques, case studies outlining issues faced by communicators in organizations, and planning and organizing ideas for business writing and presenting. Through lectures, interactive class discussions, role play, individual and group presentations, as well as two written cases and a self-reflective paper, students emerge with the realization that becoming a highly effective communicator is a learned, active process, as well as a necessary and powerful skill base of any leader.

78-611 Accounting Concepts and Techniques

An examination of the core concepts of financial accounting, which includes the determination of income and the recognition, measurement, and reporting of assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity. Different methods of the utilization of accounting information for business planning and management problem solving are explored. Core concepts of financial statement analysis, tax considerations, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, cost allocation, job order, and process costing are covered. The impact of ethical, regulatory, and environmental aspects on the interpretation and application of accounting information are considered.

78-612 Finance in a Global Perspective

A study of the concepts and principles of financial management of the business enterprise within the global financial environment. Emphasis is placed on the contemporary and emerging hardware/software tools, information management, and information technology. Following an introduction of domestic and international financial markets and instruments, the concepts of value, risk, and efficient markets are covered. Capital budgeting, financial analysis and planning, and short term financial management are also introduced. With these concepts in hand, the student learns how to envision, design, and evaluate computer-based solutions for typical business problems.

78-613 Managing Employees

An analysis of the knowledge, roles, responsibilities, and skills required of today’s managers. Three approaches are examined: systems, process, and behavioural. An emphasis is placed on the contingency view of management with respect to the process of organizing human resources to set and accomplish organizational goals.

78-614 Marketing

An introduction of marketing management concepts and techniques that can be applied to private sector business as well as to not-for-profit organizations’ marketing and communication activities. Emphasis is placed on the marketing mix elements of product, price, place, and promotion.

78-631 International Business

A survey course providing a discussion of the international business environment and the decisions made by managers in international firms. Historical development of international business and the current global focus of international firms are considered. The international global environment, including theories of trade and foreign direct investment, balance of payments and international institutions, and models for evaluating the environment in order to select the best international strategy or mode of entry for a particular location are examined. Finally, the functional decisions made in international firms – financial, marketing, operational, human resources – and issues associated with international structure and control are briefly examined.

78-632 Quantitative Studies

A focus on the important aspects of probability and statistics as they relate to the effective presentation of data and to decision-making under uncertainty, and on the use of mathematical modeling as it relates to problem-solving within an organization. A solid background in the quantitative techniques used by successful business organizations is provided.

78-633 Introduction to Business Logistics Management

A discussion of major issues relating to distribution activities at a micro and macro level. The development of channel systems and the behavioural and legal aspects of channel relationships will be reviewed. Distribution systems will also be discussed and will include such topics as management transportation, inventory management, warehousing, materials handling, and customer order processing.

78-634 Leadership and Organizational Change

An exploration of an analytical framework to understand organizational transformation through leadership and vision building, strategic human resources planning, restructuring and redesigning, and organization environment interactions. Students will focus on the practical aspects of diagnosing the need for change and supporting, facilitating, or leading the change process.

78-635 Purchasing and Procurement

A discussion of effective purchasing techniques and strategies to lower total costs and increase quality within the organization. The course will focus on developing, implementing, and using purchasing systems and policies that support the acquisition of materials, quality assurance, sourcing of supplies, and inventory management will be included.

78-636 International Financial Reporting

An exploration of the international environment of financial reporting. Particular emphasis is placed on International Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards. The preparation and presentation of financial statements, including such matters as accounting for tax, foreign currency transactions, and interim financial reporting are reviewed.

78-637 International Financial Management

A study of the problems encountered by an international financial manager. Topics discussed include: international markets, spot and forward currency fluctuations, positioning corporate funds, investment decisions, hedging, and exposure management.

78-638 Human Resources Management International Management

A study of the role of human resources activities in facilitating the achievement of organizational effectiveness. Exposure to both management and labour perspectives with regards to human resources issues will be provided by this course. Particular attention will be placed on the roles of labour relations and trade unionism as they pertain to human resources activities. Students will gain an understanding of the principles of human resources management and develop the skills required to solve people problems in the workplace.

78-651 Business Strategy

This is the capstone course of the Master of Management program. It integrates the knowledge gained in prior courses and focuses this knowledge on the functions of top management in an organization. Discussion of concepts and current practice are combined with case studies of strategic leadership, strategy formulation, and implementation in a domestic and international environment.

78-652 Marketing Strategy and Planning

An analysis of the formation of marketing strategies and marketing plans. Topics to be covered will include business definitions, developing marketing objectives, selecting market targets, developing all aspects of the marketing mix, and evaluating marketing performance. Marketing decisions models, portfolio techniques, generic strategies, PIMS, and related topics will also be covered.

78-653 Manufacturing Strategy

An analysis of the use of manufacturing and operations as weapons in the firm’s competitive arsenal. Strategic questions related to the choice of proper process technology, the determination of plant size and location, the extent of vertical integration, and the continuous pursuit of quality and productivity will be addressed.

78-654 Manufacturing Globalization

Manufacturing Management stream capstone course. The impact of international trade and of global technology, production, marketing, and social changes on the past development and future prospects of the manufacturing sector will be examined in the special seminar course.

78-655 Domestic Transportation and International Shipping

A study of regulatory, economic, and management aspects of transportation. The needs and interests of the carriers, governments, and the shipping industry will also be studied. An evaluation of carrier alternatives for both passengers and the cargo in terms of their relative advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.

78-656 Quantitative Analysis for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

An introduction to the use of quantitative approaches in decision-making. Linear programming (model formulation and applications, computer solution, sensitivity analysis, and interpretation), transportation model, project management, PERT/CPM, and inventory control will be such topics discussed.

78-657 Supply Chain Management

Logistics and Supply Chain Management stream capstone course. A special seminar course designed as a capstone for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management stream. An integrative perspective of supply chain strategy, supply chain finance, supply chain information systems, product design, relations building and ERP will be provided.

78-661 Consolidated Financial Statements

An in-depth review of such matters as definitions of subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures; equity accounting; exclusions from consolidations; and the preparation, presentation, and analysis of consolidated balance sheets and income statements.

78-662 Accounting Systems Control and Auditing

An exploration, from an international perspective, of accounting systems control and auditing. The framework and regulation of controls and audits, planning and risk, internal controls, audit evidence, group audits, and reposting are covered.

78-663 Corporate Governance

International Accounting and Finance stream capstone course. An analysis of matters of corporate governance and managerial responsibility to the organization’s stakeholders with special reference to the regulatory framework, business ethics, and the consequences of failures in governance.

78-665 International Management

Focus is placed on the problems and issues that confront managers in the area of international business. A major objective will be to develop a sensitivity that will enhance the student’s ability to operate in the complex environment of multi-cultural business. Background materials, cases, and exercises will involve the students in the challenges facing the international manager.

78-666 Managing for High Performance

An examination of the preparation needed to manage the unexpected in a time of organizational turbulence and change. Primary focus will be placed on the organization’s approaches required to develop their staff and their structures so they can meet challenges with flexibility rather than rigidity.

78-667 Current Human Resource Trends

Human Resources Management stream capstone course. A reading and research seminar that examines major concepts and important current problems in international Human Resources Management. Issues such as executive and management compensation, implementation of international labour standards in developing societies, development of an effective workforce, and dealing with outsourcing of corporate activities will be covered.