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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Business Graduate Courses
Business Graduate Courses

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for the Master's programs.

Business 5000      Professional Orientation
Credit Weight: 0
Description: This one-week intensive required course serves as the introductory platform for all Graduate Management students. Specifically, students will be introduced to contemporary theory and practice of successful managers through guest lecturers, case analysis, scholarly readings and team building. The course will be team-taught by a variety of the core graduate faculty who will offer diverse perspectives on management theory and specific business functions.
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: A required non-credit course.
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Business 5010      Professional Orientation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A one-week introductory platform for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Specifically, students will be introduced to contemporary theory and practice of successful managers through guest lecturers, case analyses, scholarly readings and team building exercises. The course will be team-taught by a variety of core graduate faculty who will offer diverse perspectives on management theory and specific business functions.
Notes: May only be taken by Master of Business Administration students.
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Business 5011      Management Theory
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates. To develop an understanding of how modern management theory evolved. The content is aimed to develop a critical understanding of the scholarly purposes of different theories, to help participants to apply these theories in formulating their own research, and to promote understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of management theory. The course will provide a historical background of the emergence of the field of management theory, and map the terrain of the theory along levels of analysis (like micro, macro and meso), along the lines of disciplinary backgrounds and influence of multiple disciplines such as sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology and art.
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Business 5012      Accounting for Managers
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Introduces the fundamental accounting skills required by managers, including the analysis of financial accounting statements, the use of accounting information in both short-run and long-run decisions, and an understanding of the impact of management control systems on the organization. Part one of the course reveals the principles and concepts underlying accounting information, the process of developing such information, and how the information is used outside the firm. Part two explores the use of internal accounting information for decision making by managers. Product costing, cost behaviour and budgeting are included. Basic concepts are learned through application to case materials.
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Business 5013      Management Information Systems
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Presents a systems approach to managing essential information technologies including distributed systems, telecommunications, information resources, and operations; explores systems for supporting decision making, collaboration, and knowledge work. A conceptual framework to understand and manage emerging technologies and issues will be included.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5015      Business Ethics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A stakeholder management framework, emphasizing business' social and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal stakeholder groups. A twin theme of business ethics illustrates how ethical or moral considerations are included in†the public issues facing organizations and the decision-making process of managers.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5016      Operations Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description:

Students are provided with the basic operations management concepts to better understand the problems faced by operations managers in both product - and service -oriented organizations. The design and operational management of production and distribution systems will be addressed and the basic tools and methods to effectively and efficiently design and manage these systems will be presented. Students are expected to gain a substantial experience with modeling operations management problems and solving them using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. In addition, students will be able to analyze and evaluate existing production and distribution systems and to propose ways to improve their performance as well as to design new†ones.


Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5017      Managerial Economics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of the economic environment in the success of modern organizations. The overall aim of the course is to familiarize the participants with applied economic principles including: demand and forecasting, theory of the firm, production and cost, competition, pricing strategies, marketing structures and the role of government in modern market†economy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5018      Management Theory and Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with both a theory and application-based perspective for interpreting, critiquing and applying contemporary management thought and practice in their roles as managers. Specific emphasis is placed on the functions of management related to the planning, organizing, decision-making and controlling of organizational activates. The overall aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the dynamic relationships which exist between the many interacting components which comprise the whole organization (i.e., goals, structure, technology and the relevant external environment) through the use of class discussions, case studies and application to current events.
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Business 5031      Business Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An overview of commercial law intended to assist business students and entrepreneurs to understand the legal framework in which businesses operate. Topics include negligence, property and the knowledge economy, business organizations including corporate law, and creditor/debtor relationships. Contract law will be emphasized, with principles illustrated through a study of employment contracts and domestic and international sale of goods transactions.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5032      Management Accounting Information and Decisions
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Focuses on the use of accounting information for decisions, including technical material related to financial accounting from a purely user perspective. Within management accounting, the course focuses on more analytical uses of financial and management accounting information as an outside analyst/consultant rather than procedural details that a professional management accountant needs. The objective of the course is to expose students to many exciting aspects of accounting, which enhance decision-making capabilities.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5034      Marketing Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Conveys the key concepts of marketing and how they fit into the larger context of management strategy and decisions. Both the practical "how" and the fundamental "why" of marketing activities are presented in the light of contributions from behavioural science, economics and statistics. The goal is to communicate concepts and develop thought processes that can provide the foundation for further course work and future experience in marketing and also to provide sufficient understanding for those who will only need interaction with the marketing function and its managers.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5036      Seminar in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with the "state-of-the-art" knowledge of operations management concepts as well as the most widely used tools and methods to efficiently and effectively design and manage production and distribution. Special emphasis will be on supply chain management, which encompasses all of those activities associated with the movement and transformation of goods from the raw-materials stage through to the end user. The course will focus on how to develop an integrated infrastructure that coordinates and integrates all of the activities within and between organizations into a seamless process.
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Business 5038      Managing Human Resources
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description:

Designed to develop students' in-depth understandings of major issues in†human resources management and how human resources can provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics, such as strategic human resources management, job analysis and competency modelling, recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation and rewards, and training and development, will be discussed.


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Business 5039      Managerial Finance
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the basic concepts of financial management, with a special emphasis on portfolio management and theoretical foundations of modern financial economics. Topics covered include financial instruments, institutional framework within which they are traded and an analysis of stock, bond and derivative valuation. The capital asset pricing model, market efficiency, the tradeoffs between risk and return, and techniques for the evaluation of portfolio performance will also be analyzed.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5051      Contemporary Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with both a theory and applied-based perspective for interpreting, critiquing and applying contemporary management thought and practice in their roles as managers. Through the study of classic management works published during the 20th century and contemporary management behaviours, students become better prepared to recognize the applicability of emerging management theory and trends.
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Business 5054      Seminar in Marketing
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Introduces the students to recently developed methodologies and management science models for improving marketing-decision effectiveness. Model development and scientific process as applied in marketing decision-making is emphasized. After an introduction to the role of models in analyzing and solving marketing problems, the seminar covers the major scientific tools for structuring marketing problems in quantitative model form and the calibration of such models. Micromarketing decision models that incorporate the individual elements of the marketing mix are reviewed, including marketing planning models that are integrated for marketing-mix decisions, product line planning and market structure analysis. The concept and application of a marketing decision support system will be developed.
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Business 5056      Research Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides a basic understanding of the research process and knowledge of the methods that will be required in design and execution of scientific research projects to answer business problems. Some of the cornerstone topics of this course will be theory construction, measurement, reliability and validity, questionnaire and interview design. Various qualitative and quantitative research methods will also be addressed.
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Business 5061      Strategic Management
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: The capstone course for the MBA. In the fall, top management decisions and the development of business and corporate strategy are examined. Lectures and case studies integrate concepts and frameworks developed in economics, finance, accounting, organizational behavior and politics and offer a unique opportunity to explore issues that affect the overall direction of corporate organizations. The central question addressed is how to compete in various market and technological settings to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Small teams of students then conduct a strategic investigation in a medium-sized to large organization and identify an area for potential innovation with strategic implications.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Business 5071      Strategic Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This integrative capstone course takes a top management perspective and examines the basic content and process model of strategic management: analysis, formulation and implementation. The course also allows students to extend their thinking by applying and discussing other competing models that may add insight to examples of strategic management thinking and practice. The overall aim of the course is for students to appreciate, and to gain experience with the integration of the various elements of good strategic management theory and practice. The desired result of this integration is to be an attractive, coherent whole that benefits all of the organization's stakeholders. Learning is demonstrated by application of basic theory to a range of case studies, literature review of emergent theory, class discussions, and individual and team written submissions and verbal presentations.
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Business 5076      Quantitative Analysis in Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The use of quantitative techniques for management decision making with applications in business. The course is concerned with the theory and application of mathematical and statistical tools in the modeling and analysis of business problems. The content includes topics in decision analysis, mathematical programming, statistical forecasting models, statistical decision support modeling, and data analysis.
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Business 5079      Seminar in Financial Theory and Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will become informed of selected important issues in financial theory and practice such as capital markets consumption and investment decisions, agency problem, capital budgeting techniques, pricing contingent claims, insider trading, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, and international financial management.
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Business 5110      International Business
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behavior. Participants will understand the structural economic factors that determine locational advantages, the way government policies both promote and restrain the integration of national economies with the global economy, and the impact of volatility in the global macroeconomic environment on international business strategy. Case studies will be used to relate these concepts to actual business problems.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5116      Research Methodology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides a basic understanding of the research process and knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research strategies. Some of the cornerstone topics will be survey research, experimental research, case studies, and phenomenological research.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5211      Current Issues in Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An exploration of the current issues in management that aims to consolidate the current level of knowledge of management. The content will link management theory with management practices through readings, case studies, dialectic inquiry, and discussion. The role and responsibility of the manager will be emphasized. The main issues covered include ethics, governance, management of change, leadership, and diversity. The course is designed to improve managerial thought and skills by using the assigned readings as a catalyst to draw on prior course work and/or work experiences in exploring current managerial issues.
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Business 5212      Seminar in Accounting Issues
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Surveys some of the more significant and widely researched aspects of financial accounting and managerial accounting. Current research in areas such as market-based accounting research and managerial decision making will be examined. Students are exposed to various philosophical, methodological and statistical concepts and issues which are basic to reading and conducting accounting research. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening the student's ability to evaluate research in a critical and reflective way.
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Business 5238      Seminar in Human Resources Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Focuses on the management aspect of human resources in order to create an environment that is conducive to maximum productivity. Participants will research and make presentations on effective strategies for attracting, retaining, training and motivating employees. Emphasis will be placed on integrating human resources theories, concepts and practices in all research and presentations.
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Business 5318      Organizational Behaviour
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour under the constraints imposed by modern organizations. Students will be exposed to the human side of managing organization in todayís environment including links between the organizationís strategy, its human resources, the internal systems and processes.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5338      Organizational Design and Analysis
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: Students are presented with a†number of ways of understanding why organizations are built the way they are and how they might be designed differently in order to better enhance their efficiency. The course content will provide an overview of organizational design and theory in relation to various schools of management thought, as well as the functions and processes of organizational management including the analysis tools with which the modern manager should be equipped.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Business 5711      Management Research Project I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MSc Management program.
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Business 5712      Applied Management Project I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by students in the Master of Management program.
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Business 5801 (9801)      Management Research Project II
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MSc Management program.
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Business 5802 (9802)      Applied Management Project II
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by students in the Master of Management program.
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Business 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
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