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Business Administration

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BUS 825 - Business Foundations C22

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Jeff May
Course Dates:
09/13/2021 - 12/12/2021

Required Course Materials:
Ebert R., Griffin R., Starke F. & Dracopoulos, G. Business Essentials. 9th Canadian Edition. ISBN: 9780135257821)
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
Business Foundations explores the functional areas of management including finance, human resources, marketing, operations and general management. It provides context for students to understand the themes of change, international business, ethics and social responsibility, small business growth, information and communication technology, and quality to understand contemporary Canadian business practices and processes.

This course offers a dynamic, seminar approach to learning where students are encouraged to discuss and evaluate current events in Canadian business using concepts in management theory and their personal business experience. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of learning activities including problem-solving tasks, case studies, discussion sessions, role-plays and simulations.  

To maximize their learning experience, students are highly encouraged to read a business newspaper on a regular basis and to be prepared with questions or discussion points regarding each week’s assigned readings.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
  • developed an understanding of the foundational concepts and vocabulary associated with business management
  • gained a basic knowledge of the current issues and environments faced by managers and administrators in Canada as well as other countries
  • Acquired and applied fundamental management skills including: pitching ideas, case analysis, budget development, collaborative problem solving and decision-making.
Course Evaluation
Assignment  Per Cent*  Description
Assignment #1
15% This personal reflection assignment will have two parts.  Part I gives you the opportunity to review all of the key topics addressed in the course and will be due at the beginning of the course. Part II gives you the opportunity to review your Part I submission and consider how you are going to apply your new knowledge. Part II will be done at the end of the course.
Assignment #2
20% Focuses on the roles of marketing and accounting in defining the success of a business.
Assignment #3 30% A comprehensive case study that requires the ability to reference and integrate many of the concepts you have learned in this course by analyzing a real world global business.
Homework 1 & 2 2 x 5% (10%) Provides you the opportunity to connect the concepts of leadership and diversity to experiences and environments that you are familiar with.
Quiz 10% Ten multiple choice questions based on material covered in the course. The quiz is taken online.
Participation 15% Ten multiple choice questions based on material covered in the course. The quiz is taken online.
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in business and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).

This course emphasizes student participation through weekly online discussion boards.  It is expected that students will read the assigned chapters per the weekly requirements.
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour day window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
Grading Scale:
Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:









The Canadian Business System

(Chap. 1; Appendix A)


Discussion Forum #1


15% in final





Forms of Business (Chap. 4)


Discussion Forum #2


15% in final







Business and Ethics (Chaps. 2 and 3)


Discussion Forum #3


15% in final



Assignment #1, Part I


15% in final




Organizational Structure (Chap. 7)


Discussion Forum #4


15% in final




Management Functions (Chaps. 6 and 9)


Online Quiz







(Chaps. 12 and 13)

Homework Assignment #1





Discussion Forum #5


Accounting (Chap. 11)



15% in final






Financial Decisions (Chap. 15)


Discussion Forum #6



15% in final


Assignment #2





Human Resources and IT (Chap. 8; Appendix C)

Homework Assignment #2








Operations Management (Chap. 10)


Discussion Forum #7


15% in final



15% in final



Global Business and Money & Banking

(Chaps. 5 and 14)







Completion of Assignment #3


Assignment #3





Completion of Assignment #1, Part II


Assignment #1, Part II


15% in final