All students complete these 10 core courses:
BUSI 5103: Accounting
This class introduces you to the fundamental accounting principles and the practices that organizations use to measure their performance. Part of this class examines the challenges of financial reporting, while other aspects explore how best to use accounting information to make effective managerial decisions.
BUSI 5503: Quantitative Decision Making
This introduction to quantitative methods emphasizes business applications. Throughout this class, we focus also on helping you recognize situations where quantitative analysis will add value.
BUSI 5511: Managing Information Systems
This class offers a grounding in the current range of information systems and the role they play within businesses.
BUSI 5703: Business Economics
Changes in domestic and international markets, government policy and central bank approaches all present opportunities, challenges and threats to business owners, managers and investments. This class offers a framework for the economic analysis of these issues.
BUSI 5801: International Business
Offering a robust survey of international business, this class provides tools and techniques you’ll need to manage interdependence between domestic and international markets.
BUSI 6207: Advanced Corporate Finance
This class tackles a wide range of corporate finance topics. With an emphasis on theoretical tools and techniques, the class features a strong applied and case study-based approach.
BUSI 6326: Management Skills Development
This class will help you develop the skills, knowledge and approaches you’ll need to succeed as a senior manager working within the financial services sector. With a focus on building your skills, the class will help you understand how to manage talent in way that that ensures people are performing at maximum capacity. During this class, we devote a lot of time to role playing, group discussions, case studies and behavioral modeling.
BUSI 6410: Advanced Marketing
This class will help you understand how a marketer looks at the financial services industry. It’ll help you analyze marketing problems and to develop marketing strategies to deal with them – as well as marketing strategies in general.
BUSI 6900: Corporate Social Responsibility
This class offers an introduction to the importance of ethics and social responsibility in business. It will help you identify, critique and resolve the ethical issues you encounter during your working life at an individual, company and societal level.
BUSI 6990: Strategic Leadership and Change
Concluding our program, this 'capstone' (independent research) class will help you integrate your learning from the other classes. The class emphasizes strategic planning and implementation – as well as dealing effectively with organizational change. This course is to be taken as the final course in the program, all core and specialization courses must be completed prior to enrolment in the capstone course.
Financial Services Courses
Students specializing in financial services complete these four (4) courses:
BUSI 6230: Investments and Money Management
Offering an overview of modern investment and portfolio theory and its application to wealth management, this class offers the technical and operational skills you’ll need to work effectively in this area. Specifically, much of the class work compares and contrasts theoretical approaches to investing with the activities of money managers on the street.
BUSI 6255: Global Markets and Institutions
This introduction to global finance offers a theoretical grounding in a range of related topics including financial institutions and markets and their impact on the global economy. Theory is applied to reality throughout this class.
BUSI 6300: Risk Management for Financial Institutions
A comprehensive survey of both enterprise and financial risk management, this class will take you through the essential approaches to identifying, assessing and managing risk exposures. Specifically, we look at operational, strategic and reputational risk, as well as the COSO framework for risk integration. In addition, we look at derivative-related hedging concepts.
BUSI 6601: Legal Aspects of Business
This class focuses on legal compliance from the perspective of managing risk, providing you with a legal foundation including torts, contracts and interventions by equity, insurance and business associations. Meanwhile, the class takes a ‘real world’ look at the ethics and practice of corporate governance.
Students specializing in leadership complete these four (4) courses:
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental key concepts, theories and best practices of the holistic and triple-bottom-line approach to leading organizations sustainably. This course will focus on complexity of organization decision making and the impact these decisions make to society, the environment, individuals, and pubic stakeholders. Furthermore, students will understand how managers and leaders use qualitative skills to create value in a complex organization (e.g., how managers use heuristics to derive knowledge based on both quantitative and non-quantitative information). Topics covered include moving from data to information to knowledge to action; leadership reasoning skills such as reasoning from context cues, reasoning from competing knowledge sources (e.g., competing stakeholder expectations), reasoning from qualitative information; and persuasive skills. Students will be exposed to general management and organizational theories, articles on the various types of organizational issues, and leadership styles and practices. The context of all the discussions will revolve around how sustainable leadership practices can help organizations be centres of sustainable operations.
By the end of the course, the students will have competently demonstrated their ability to:
- Understand various management and organizational theories
- Understand various leadership styles and leadership can be sustainable
- Devise an organizational strategy that takes into account
- leadership in various forms
- management of stakeholder expectations, needs and wants
- sustainable business practices
- Understand the legal and ethical implications of all leadership, management, and organizational actions.
Leading in Complexity
BUSI 6449 introduces you to the key theories and practices of Organizational Complexity and gives you an understanding of the principles used to develop and move forward leadership initiatives in today’s complex organizations. The course unfolds across three modules with a number of lessons within each module. Module 1 introduces complexity theory to students and quickly moves them into seeing how complexity becomes real in an organization via our sense making about risk in real time. Complexity theory in organizations requires that the students understand movement and change in an organization especially in terms of day-to-day change and fluidity.
• Understand organizations as complex entities that require carefully considered methods of stakeholder engagement.
• Understand contemporary theories and models of organizational complexity and the role of leadership in fostering appropriate organizational adaptation.
• Describe and apply organizational complexity theory to analyze and assess the consequences of complex organizational change and to determine effective adaptation.
• Diagnose the need for complex change in an organization and persuade stakeholders to support and implement appropriate change initiatives.
• Identify how to apply strategies to lead complex initiatives at the individual, team and organizational levels.
Leading in Context
Leadership is one of the most studied topics in the management discipline. Despite this, there are few absolutes, although successive waves of research have suggested different prescriptive approaches. This course is rooted in the view that while much of what constitutes effective leadership is constant, its implementation can and should vary, depending on context. Therefore, following two content modules on leader traits and behaviors, the course will cover four context modules on follower and organizational characteristics that could significantly impact leader performance. This approach will enable students to explore how to apply sound leadership principles within different contexts. The course will entail online discussions of readings and cases, two individual case assignments, a team live case project, intensive session activities, and a final case exam.
Prerequisites - None
This course is intended to develop or enhance the student’s:
- Understanding of the fundamental elements of good leadership.
- Understanding of the importance of context as an important co-determinant of leader effectiveness.
- Ability to identify and address salient follower and organizational characteristics in a variety of leadership situations
- Ability to lead effective strategic initiatives in different contexts, including program conceptualization, design, and implementation.
Leading with Responsibility
This course is designed to prepare future organizational leaders for taking responsibility for the success of an organization through sound ethical practices. The course emphasizes practical skills for dealing effectively with the most difficult ethical dilemmas, choices, and constraints facing today’s organizations. The course also emphasizes on-line research and networking to facilitate continual leadership learning and effective personal adaptation to ever-increasing environmental complexity. Action-learning components include the development of a personal leadership philosophy and practice positional plan that the student can take forward into future work.