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Core courses

All business students, regardless of major, will take the same 42 credit core. These courses serve as an introduction to the essential areas of business and provide students with a strong commerce foundation. Core courses must be taken in the proper sequence. The flowchart below shows how the various courses are interrelated.

Flowchart of the JMSB core courses

 

Offered by:
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: BTM 200 or INTE 290 previously or concurrently. This course focuses on the principles and techniques of clear, concise, and effective, written and oral communication, especially as they apply to business. The formal, grammatical, and stylistic elements of written and oral business communication are emphasized. In addition, students are instructed in and experience the use of audiovisual means of communication.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have received credit for COMM 212 may not take this course for credit.

It is recommended that part-time students complete this course, along with COMM 210, as early in their program as possible.

Offered by: Management
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 205 previously or concurrently; ECON 201 or 203 or equivalent previously or concurrently. This course exposes students to an in-depth reading of several contemporary business books. It aims to incite students to develop a critical perspective on business literature. Students are also encouraged to explore popular and influential business writing; expose and evaluate the central ideas for scope, relevance, and managerial utility.

Prerequisites & notes

NOTE: It is recommended that part-time students complete this course, along with COMM 205, as early in their program as possible.

Offered by: DS and MIS
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: INTE 290 or DESC 200 previously or concurrently; MATH 208 or equivalent, MATH 209 or equivalent. This course introduces the fundamentals of statistics as applied to the various areas of business and administration. Topics covered include techniques of descriptive statistics, basic theory of probability and probability distributions, estimation and hypotheses testing, chi-square tests in contingency table analysis and for goodness-of-fit, and simple linear regression and correlation.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210 previously or concurrently. This course examines the theory and practice involved in measuring, reporting, and analysing an organisation's financial information. Concepts underlying financial statements are discussed, with an emphasis on generally accepted accounting principles. Disclosures/requirements concerning financial statements as well as information needs of decision-makers are introduced.

Offered by: Finance
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210, 215; ECON 201 or equivalent; ECON 203 or equivalent previously or concurrently. This course provides a general perspective on the history, operation and relation ships between Canadian and international product, labour and financial markets. Specifically, students will be introduced to issues of fundamental importance to today's managers and entrepreneurs such as changes in structure and competitiveness in these markets in response to government policies, the determination and behaviour of interest rates, inflation, market integration, and the role and function of financial intermediation. It further provides students with the knowledge of the role and impact of regulation and other government interventions in these markets.

Offered by: Management
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210, 212. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to study individual behaviour in formal organizations. Through theoretical case and experiential approaches, the focus of instruction progressively moves through individual, group and organizational levels of analysis. Topics in the course include perception, learning, personality, motivation, leadership, group behaviour, and organizational goals and structure.

Prerequisites & notes

Note: Students who havae received credit for MANA 202 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Marketing
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210, COMM 212 previously or concurrently. This survey course introduces students to the key concepts in marketing. Topics covered include marketing strategy, buyer behaviour, and the impact of technology on the discipline. The course also explores the important role that marketing plays in advancing society.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have received credit for COMM 224 or MARK 201 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: DS and MIS
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210, 212, 215. This course is an introduction to contemporary operational issues and techniques in the manufacturing and service sectors. Among the topics covered are: operations strategy, forecasting, materials' management, total quality management, timebased competition, and minimal manufacturing. Mathematical modelling in resource allocation is also introduced. Cases and computer-aided quantitative tools for decision-making are used throughout the course with an emphasis on the interactions between production/operations management and other business disciplines.

Offered by: DS and MIS
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 210 previously or concurrently. The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the role of information technology in business organizations. Students learn how information technologies can be used to create business value, solve business problems, accomplish corporate goals and achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. NOTE: Students who have received credit for COMM 301 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 217. This course covers the development of accounting information to assist management in carrying out its functions effectively and effi ciently. Concepts and techniques for planning, performance evaluation, control, and decision-making are introduced. New developments are addressed with a focus on contemporary business issues and real-world applicability of management accounting concepts and techniques. (jjsegovia@jmsb.concordia.ca) prior to the orientation date.

Offered by: Finance
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 217; COMM 220 previously or concurrently. This course provides a general understanding of the fundamental concepts of finance theory as they apply to the firm's long-run and short-run financing, and investment decisions. Building on the objective of firm value maximization, students will become familiar with the conceptual issues underlying risk and return relationships and their measurements, as well as the valuation of financial securities. They will also learn the concept of cost of capital, its measurement, and the techniques of capital budgeting as practised by today's managers. Students will be introduced to the basic issues surrounding the firm's short-term and long-term funding decisions and its ability to pay dividends.

Offered by: Management
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 308. This course will allow students to develop a degree of familiarity with the important ethical and legal aspects of business and to become more aware of and comfortable with resolving ethical and legal components of their decision-making and with distinguishing right from wrong business behaviour.

Offered by: Management
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: COMM 222, 223, 305, 308. This course emphasizes the entrepreneurial aspects of management that are required to create, develop, and sustain either a new business venture or a major project/initiative within an existing organization. The integrative nature of the course will require an understanding of each functional area of business. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the teamwork, leadership, communication, and the other skills stressed throughout the program.

Prerequisites & notes

NOTE: Students who have received credit for COMM 410 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Management
Program: Undergraduate

Prerequisite: 45 business credits including COMM 225 and 301; COMM 315 and 320 previously or concurrently. This capstone course requires graduating students to demonstrate their ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their Commerce program. This course introduces the concepts of strategic management and competitive analysis. Emphasis is given to integrating concepts and ideas from the major functional areas such as marketing and finance to give a global perspective on decision-making and directing modern business enterprises. Lecture topics and case studies are selected to portray the nature of the strategic process and the dynamics of competition in a variety of contexts. Attention is also given to the issues of social responsibility, ethics, and personal values. In this context, we also examine the connection between organizational strategy and the physical environment. Finally, cases and assignments which require an analysis of organizational improvement strategies and new organizational structures are selected.

Prerequisites & notes

NOTE: Students who have received credit for COMM 310 may not take this course for credit.

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