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MBA Course Schedule & Descriptions

MBA students from the three MBA online streams, Food & Agribusiness Management (FABM), Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) and Sustainable Commerce (SC) share nine core courses. In addition to the nine core courses, MBA students must complete three specialized courses that are specific to their stream. Near the end of the program, students will decide if they wish to take two additional courses (Pass by Course Option) or conduct a Major Research Project (MRP).

MBA Course Schedule
Management CommunicationsOn-CampusCore
Foundation of LeadershipOn-CampusCore
Financial and Managerial AccountingOnlineCore
Research MethodsOnlineCore
Financial ManagementOnlineCore
Foundations of Human Resource ManagementOnlineCore
Operations ManagementOnlineCore
Sustainable Value CreationOn-CampusCore
FABM Marketing StrategyOn-CampusFABM
HTM Marketing StrategyOn-CampusHTM
SC Marketing StrategyOn-CampusSC
Revenue ManagementOnlineHTM
FABM Economics and PolicyOnlineFABM
Major Research Project (Two Semesters) MRP
Organizational Theory and DesignOnlinePass by Course
Managing Service QualityOnlineHTM
Managing Price RiskOnlineFABM
Business Practices for SustainabilityOnlineSC
Global Business TodayOnlinePass by Course
Strategic ManagementOn-CampusCore
Governance for SustainabilityOnlineSC

MBA Course Descriptions

Nine Core Courses:

Foundation of Leadership
This course will enhance students' interpersonal skills, expand their knowledge and understanding of the theory and research behind leadership, and explore the impact of effective team management and collaboration in the organization. Experiential approaches are used to enhance managerial skills.

Sustainable Value Creation
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the relevance of sustainability as a strategic framework for driving value creation and to enhance critical thinking skills that will enable students to more effectively identify and formulate strategic sustainability initiatives for organizations.

Financial and Managerial Accounting
This course emphasizes the gathering and use of financial information to facilitate effective financial and management decisions. Cases are used to approach the subject from the perspective of the user of accounting information rather than that of the supplier.

Foundations of Human Resource Management
This course examines the essential human resource management functions of planning, staffing, employee development, compensation, health and safety, labour relations, and legal compliance, in a variety of organizational settings.

Management Communications
Examination of the theory, function and practice of managerial communications with particular emphasis on developing communication strategies and skills.

Research Methods for Managers
Students learn to formulate a research problem, undertake a literature review, and to select and use appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques for the collection and analysis of relevant data. The course also promotes the use of the World Wide Web as an information resource.

Financial Management
The course takes the viewpoint of the senior financial officer of a commercial enterprise. The focus is on the management of cash, accounts receivable, inventories and capitol assets, as well as on the sourcing of funds through short-term liabilities, long-term and owners' equity.

Strategic Management
An integrative course which draws together the conceptual theories and models of the graduate program core. Utilizes conceptual, analytical, problem identification, and problem solving skills.

Operations Management
This course applies operations research theory and practices to management problem solving and decision-making. The focus is on modeling service and product delivery systems and major emphasis is placed on managerial problems in food and agribusiness organizations.

FABM Specialized Courses:

FABM Marketing Strategy
A study of marketing decision-making in food and agribusiness firms, with emphasis on the formulation of strategic marketing plans.

FABM Economics and Policy
An analysis of economic and policy issues relevant for food and agribusiness managers in affluent economies, with emphasis on the economic and policy environment that exits within North America.

Managing Price Risk
The course deals with the use of futures, options and other instruments for marketing, risk management and investment purposes. Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of trading strategies and on the policy and corporate governance framework necessary to support effective management.

HTM Specialized Courses:

HTM Marketing Strategy
Analysis and application of marketing foundations through integration of marketing variables with real-world situations and in-depth analysis of strategic marketing issues.

Managing Service Quality
A holistic and interdisciplinary approach is used to explore the principles of service management. The course will enhance participants' understanding of what actually constitutes quality, the nature of service, and strategies for improving it.

Revenue Management
This course discusses revenue maximization strategies and tactics that improve the profitability of businesses that work in fixed capacity environments, face time-varied demand, their product is homogeneous and their cost structure reflects a high proportion of fixed and a low proportion of variable cost items.

SC Specialized Courses:

SC Marketing Strategy
Analysis and application of marketing foundations through integration of marketing variables with real-world situations and in-depth analysis of strategic marketing issues.

Business Practices for Sustainability
This course focuses on critical strategic and managerial issues related to sustainability and introduces students to concepts linking organizational strategies and sustainability principles. It explores how managers can integrate consideration of the environment and society into business strategies and business practices to improve competitive advantage and create environmental, social and economic value.

 Governance for Sustainability

This course introduces MBA students to the rise of environmentalism and state-led environmental management, and the evolving world of environmental governance. Coupled with this review is coverage of some key contemporary environmental issues of relevance to business executives such as climate change and fisheries decline.

Pass by Course Option:

Organizational Theory and Design
Core concepts in organizational theory and their interrelationships as well as concepts such as group decision making and intragroup and intergroup dynamics are explored.

Global Business Today
This course will survey the key issues related to doing business internationally including the cultural context for global business, cross border trade and investment, ethics, the global monetary system, foreign exchange challenges and effectively competing in the global environment.

Major Research Project:

A detailed critical review of an area of study specific to student's specialization in the MBA program.