Business Administration

Leading, managing or starting a business has become increasingly complex in our interconnected world. This course will provide you with a foundation to broaden your knowledge of how to integrate business functions to ensure organizational success.

You will create a cohesive business plan that encompasses forms of ownership, social responsibility, business goals, environmental analysis, corporate culture and leadership philosophy, human resources management and marketing strategies. You will also develop skills to successfully manage a business in a competitive landscape.

This comprehensive course will cover concepts to maximize success for existing and emerging Canadian businesses, large and small.

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 27 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

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

  • Differentiate between the types of business entities and forms of ownership in relation to the rules and regulations, responsibility, risk and legalities of each approach within Canada 
  • Assess ethical business practices and encourage corporate social responsibility to align with social and cultural norms 
  • Apply leadership and motivational methods across the organization to engage your employees 
  • Analyze management and leadership characteristics that contribute to organizational success 
  • Assess organizational finances to inform how profit and competition regulate the economy and workings of the Canadian banking system 
  • Evaluate external and internal marketing strategies essential to the success of an organization 
  • Create a cohesive business plan for an emerging or existing business that aligns with the organization’s goals and mission 

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. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but 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

Course fees do not include textbooks or other materials:

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

Once you have registered for the course, visit, register as Student and enter Course ID serviss67426. From there you can create an account to purchase the Ebert MyLab and the full e-text.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course 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.

Professional development credits