Business Administration

Learn how to integrate business functions in this introduction to the Canadian business environment. Topics include the economic environment, essentials of business planning, types of business ownership, business ethics, social responsibility, and legal and regulatory issues. We will also explore organizational functions such as marketing, production and quality management, finance, and human resources.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Donna Serviss $649.00 18 Register
Online - - $649.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should have a working knowledge of the following:

  • The key concepts involved in operating and managing a business in Canada
  • Different business functions and forms of business ownership
  • The roles, responsibilities, and duties of general managers and specialists in various business areas
  • The workings of the banking system and securities markets

How will I learn?

This university-level course may consist of a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments, and group presentations.

This course requires at-home study and preparation. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

Online students: You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments.

How will I be evaluated?

We'll evaluate your performance in this course using a combination of assignments, exams, individual or group projects, participation and attendance. 

Textbooks and learning materials

Ebert, Griffin, Starke, Dracopoulos. MyLab Business with Pearson eText – Standalone Access Card – for Business Essentials Ninth Canadian Edition. Pearson Canada, 2019. ISBN: 9780135255797. 

Course fees do not include textbooks or other materials. Once you have registered for the course, visit, register as Student and enter Course ID serviss50634.  From there you can create an account to purchase the Ebert MyLab and the full e-text.

You will access other course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

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