BAM101 - Introduction to Business Administration

Outline info
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Subject Title
Introduction to Business Administration

Subject Description
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role and changing trends of Canadian business in the Canadian and global economic systems.
  2. Identify and describe the political, economic, social, technological and international / geographic environments within which business operates.
  3. Compare the various forms of business ownership, identify the importance of entrepreneurs, and explain the appropriate structures for setting up business in Canada, including the basic elements of a business plan.
  4. Describe the basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling as they pertain to all areas of business.
  5. Describe the elements of Human Resource Management within an organization and the importance of leading and motivating employees.
  6. Discuss ethical issues and social responsibility, and how they affect the major business stakeholders such as employees, customers, investors, the community and environment.
  7. Describe the importance of trade for Canadian business including the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in the global economy.
  8. Explain financial management as it relates to the Canadian money and banking systems, risk management, securities markets and investment functions.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

College English (EAC150) or Equivalent.  

Topic Outline
1. Introduction to Canadian Business 

  • social issues
  • economic systems
  • forms of business ownership
  • entrepreneurship and small business management
2. Business in a Global Environment 
  • reasons and methods for business to take part in globalization
  • the importance of international business to Canada
3. Financial Management
  • The Bank of Canada's functions and influence
  • the securities market
4. Other Management Functions 
  • the management process
  • human resources

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

This course is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities. 

Delivery is mixed, blending face-to-face instructions and facilitating out of classroom experiences and/or online instructions on Blackboard.

Prescribed Texts
Textbook changed Fall 2016 to:

Business Essentials, Eighth Canadian Edition Plus MyBusinessLab with Pearson EText -- Access Card Package
 (8th Edition)
by Ricky W. GriffinRonald J. EbertFrederick A. StarkeGeorge Dracopoulos
ISBN: 978-0-13-430207-2

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines: http:/

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-Class (14 weeks)  (updated for Fall 2014)

Case Study / Assignment 15%
Mid-Term Test 25%
Term Work * 25%
Final Exam 35%
*refer to instructor's weekly schedule (Outline Addendum) for term work evaluation details

In-Class Accelerated (1 week)
Quiz #1 5 %
Quiz #2 7.5%
Quiz #3 7.5%
Group Presentation 20%
Home Assignment 20%
Comprehensive Exam 40 %

Online - through Centre for Flexible Learning - cFLEX - updated Fall 2016
2 On-line Quizzes @ 5% each 10%
2 Discussion Assignments @ 7.5% each 15%
On-line Mid-term Exam 12.5%
Research Mini-Assignment 12.5%
Case Study 20%
Final Examination 30%

Blended (Hybrid of inclass and online through Blackboard) (14 Weeks)
Business Case 15%
On-line Mid Term 10%
Quizzes (3) 15%
On-line discussions (2) 15%
In-class group assignments (2) 15%
Final Exam 30%

Blended (Hybrid of inclass and online through Blackboard) Accelerated 7 Weeks
(updated March 28, 2013)
Quizzes x 2 20%
In-class group assignment 10%
On-line discussion assignment 10%
Business Plan / Career Research 25%
Final Exam 35%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso