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This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. (Format: Variable) [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for COMM 4991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] Monday and Wednesday 3:00 to 4:20PM Barclay 115.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the venture capital process in the financing of innovation. The course will address the demand and supply of venture capital issues from the perspective of entrepreneurs and investors. Lectures, discussions, case studies and labs may be used to assist students in developing an understanding of the venture capital industry and explore various partnership and organizational arrangements. An important element of the course will be the application of valuation methodologies to these innovative ventures. Issues related to corporate governance will also be discussed in the course. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Monday and Wednesday 1:30 to 2:50PM Avard Dixon 111.
Topics include theories of security valuation, portfolio selection, stock markets and economic efficiency, and capital market equilibrium. The behaviour of prices of stocks, bonds, and money market instruments will be investigated. Derivative securities will be introduced. Problems of evaluating the investment performance of individuals and investment management institutions will be discussed. [Note 1: Counts as an Economics elective for students taking a Major, Minor or Honours in Economics.] (Format: Lecture/Field Trip 3 Hours) Friday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 111.
The course focuses on prevention of illness, disease, health problems, and injuries in the work environment. Topics include: relevant legislation, occupational hazards, workplace safety climate, the etiology of job stress, and preventative health and safety interventions. The course is designed to encourage the application of psychological principles that influence employee health and safety in the workplace. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Commerce 4991 Occupational Health and Safety) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Avard Dixon 112.
This course builds upon the content covered in Comm 4311 to explore in depth pertinent issues facing organizations in the deployment of strategic management. This course examines some of these issues and explores how these issues affect an organizations ability to compete and survive. Issues that may be covered include strategy and structure,culture, strategic human resource management, sustainability, leadership and management in complex systems, creating shared value, and leveraging power and potential in organizations. (Format: Lecture/Seminar 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of COMM 4321 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday 1:00 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course focuses on strategic social media marketing decisions framed within the context of social network structures and group influence. Hands-on experience includes an exploration of data management principles and measurement of the nature and impact of social media strategies. (Format: Lecture/Experiential 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 116.
This course concentrates on advanced accounting theory and relates it to the business realities. Topics may include: standard setting, partnerships, government and not-for-profit accounting, corporate liquidation and bankruptcies, and trusts and estates. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: COMM 4121; any version of COMM 4101 previously offered with a different title) Monday and Wednesday 3:00 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 111.
This course covers the information systems approach to the decision-making process. Such methods as Critical Path Planning, Electronic Data Processing and others will be studied in reference to a total information system. The student will be involved in identifying, evaluating, and designing information flows. (Format: Lecture/Projects 3 Hours) (Exclusion: COMM 4411) Monday and Wednesday 1:30 to 2:50PM Avard Dixon 120.
An introduction to issues and problems in the area of operations management. Topics include: productivity, product design and process selection (manufacturing and services), quality control, capacity planning, facility layout, work measurement, just-in-time inventory systems, synchronized manufacturing, and automation. (Format: Lecture/Projects 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 111.
This course examines the process of business venture creation and start-up and of the role of the entrepreneur in this process. Topics include business opportunity assessment, the structure and function of the business plan, new venture financing, and the legal and regulatory aspects of start-up. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Wednesday 2:30 to 5:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 111.
This course studies the principles, procedures and techniques of analysis used in cost accounting. Topics include: operating budgets, product costing, predetermined costs, planning and control, relevant costs, and variance analysis. (Format: Lecture/Problem Based Learning 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:30 to 1:20PM Avard Dixon 111.
The following topics are discussed: shareholders equity, dilutive securities, investments, and a series of special topics, including: corporate income taxes, pension costs, leases, and accounting changes and error analysis. (Format: Case Discussion/Lecture/Problem Based Learning 3 Hours) Monday and Wednesday 3:00 to 4:20PM Crabtree M10.
This course focuses on the macro aspects of organizational behaviour. Topics include group processes in the organization and their relationship to effectiveness, intergroup conflict, cooperation, leadership, communication, team dynamics, and organizational change. (Format: Case Discussion/Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: COMM 3331) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 120.
The development and implementation of marketing strategy is the primary concern of marketing management. This course covers the key elements of a marketing strategy: competitive positioning, product/service strategy, pricing strategy, distribution strategy and marketing communications strategy. Students are provided with opportunities to develop analytical, decision-making and communication skills. (Format: Case Discussion/Lecture/Projects 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Avard Dixon 111.
An introduction to the principles and practices of management accounting, with a concentration on the decision making process. Topics include the use of accounting data in short-run and long-run decision making; managerial planning, control, and internal performance evaluation; and an introduction to variance analysis. (Format: Lecture/Problem Based Learning/Projects 3 Hours) (Exclusion: COMM 2111) Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:50AM Avard Dixon 112.
This course examines in greater detail the principles, practices and techniques of financial accounting first introduced in Commerce 2101. (Format: Lecture/Problem Based Learning 3 Hours) (Exclusion: COMM 1121) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course introduces quantitative tools used in business decision making and the conventions and terminologies used in the application of these tools. Topics include: discounting, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, interest calculations, and the mathematics of finance. (Forma: Lecture 3 Hours, Tutorial 1 Hour) (Exclusion: Commerce 1991 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decision Making) Monday Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:20AM Barclay 02.