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Business Technology Management



Students may complete either the Certificate in Business Technology Management or the Certificate in Business Analytics and Decision Making, but not both certificates.

Additionally, units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, as noted here.

Grade Requirements

In addition to normal university grade point average requirements, the Beedie School of Business requires a minimum 2.30 overall SFU Business course grade point average for entry into all 300 and 400 division business courses.

For a course to be accepted as fulfilling a prerequisite, or for a lower division requirement, or for a core course to be accepted in a student's program in business, a student must have obtained a minimum grade of C- (C minus).

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 26 to 28 units, including 5 core courses, one of the TWO specializations, and an experiential component, as below. The number of units will differ based on the BTM specialization selected by student (BTM-MIS=28, BTM-Financial Services=26)

Core Courses

Students must complete all of

BUS 361 - Project Management (3)

Introduction to the hard and soft skills of project management. Management software and techniques such as work breakdown, estimation, budgeting and status reporting are used. Applies structured processes and develops team-based skills and knowledge. Assumes no prior computing or technical knowledge. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ulrich Paschen
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
SECB 1012, Burnaby
E100 Daniel Veloso Magnino
We 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SRYC 5240, Surrey
BUS 362 - Business Process Analysis (4)

Prepares students to model, analyze and propose improvements to business processes. In the major project, students analyze a process within an organization and use current techniques and tools to propose changes and a supporting information system. Prerequisite: BUS 237; 45 units; OR Data Science majors with 45 units. Students with credit for BUS 394 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amir Amintabar
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2305, Burnaby
D200 Liaqat Ali
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2210, Burnaby
D201 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2305, Burnaby
D202 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
BUS 462 - Business Analytics (3)

Utilizes technology to support analysis and decision making abilities by identifying, analyzing and effectively reporting important business information. Concepts of data warehousing, data mining and visualizing data are introduced. A variety of software applications are used to demonstrate tools and techniques that support analysis and decision making for managers. Prerequisite: BUS 336, 360W; 60 units. Corequisite: BUS 336 can be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nathaniel Payne
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
E100 Eman Nasr
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
BUS 464 - Business Data Management (3)

Focuses on the design and use of integrated database management systems in organizations. Students create data models for capturing and storing data from business operations, organizing it for deriving business intelligence, aggregating and visualizing the information for decision-making. Structured query language is primarily used for all the above data management activities. Prerequisite: BUS 360W, 362; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Aishwarya Deep Shukla
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D200 Aishwarya Deep Shukla
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
BUS 468 - Managing Information Technology for Business Value (3)

Focuses both on current issues (e.g. build/buy, outsourcing, alignment) and emerging issues (e.g. social networking, utility computing, knowledge management and privacy) in obtaining value from information technology. Prerequisite: BUS 237, 360W; 90 units. Recommended: BUS 362.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Anthony Chan
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
E100 Tu 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby

Students must complete the courses associated with one of the two following specializations for the certificate:

Management Information Systems Specialization

BUS 465 - Business Systems Development (3)

This course will focus on the practical application of business technology management knowledge and skills to develop business systems. Students will learn how to apply knowledge from prior MIS courses and develop applications for Internet-enabled businesses. The students targeted are primarily Beedie MIS students who have preferably taken BUS 362 & BUS 464, in which they conceptualize the data and functional requirements for business software. The course will thus deepen skills in process logic, data management, and user interface design in business domains. Prerequisite: BUS 360W. Recommended: BUS 362, BUS 464, CMPT 354. Students with credit for BUS 492 (Summer 2017) may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amin Milani Fard
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2210, Burnaby

and any two of

BUS 338 - Foundations of Innovation (3)

An introduction to the theory and practice of the management of technological innovation. The external environment for technological innovation is examined through investigation of national and regional systems of innovation. The internal firm capabilities for creating and sustaining innovative firms are explored in detail, from the creation of ideas through to the commercialization of new products and services. Proficiency is gained in identifying sources of innovative value, implementing processes to capture it, and creating strategies for commercialization. Prerequisite: BUS 238 or BUS 254; 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Douglas Fast
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
BUS 466 - Web-Enabled Business (3)

Explores strategic issues and technologies in contemporary web-based business, from the evolution of business applications on the Internet through to contemporary Open Source and Web 2.0 applications. In depth exploration of new technology and business applications related to these technologies. Prerequisite: BUS 237, 360W; 60 units.

BUS 486 - Leadership (3)

Addresses theoretical foundation and research associated with leadership, including a critical assessment of what leaders do. Issues such as gender and leadership, leadership ethics, and culture and leadership will be examined. Prerequisite: BUS 272, 360W, and either 374 or 381; 60 units. Students who have taken BUS 490-495 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ron Velin
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby

and one of

CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I (3)

An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode, data types and control structures, fundamental algorithms, computability and complexity, computer architecture, and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problem-solving tool. Prerequisite: BC Math 12 or equivalent is recommended. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129, 130 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Diana Cukierman
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
D200 Diana Cukierman
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D400 Bobby Chan
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D401 Bobby Chan
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D402 Bobby Chan
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D403 Bobby Chan
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D404 Bobby Chan
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D405 Bobby Chan
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D407 Bobby Chan
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
E100 Jens Classen
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
CMPT 165 - Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web (3)

We shall examine the structure of the Internet and the World Wide Web as well as design and create web sites. Students who have obtained credit for, or are currently enrolled in a CMPT course at the 200 division or higher, CMPT 125, 135 or 170, or IAT 265 or 267 may not take CMPT 165 for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Omar Altrad
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
IAT 201 - Human-Computer Interaction and Cognition (3)

Introduces topics in human perception, cognition and embodied action as a foundation of design for human use. It explores the practical application of techniques for analyzing diverse interactive situations and designing effective user interfaces. Students will engage in the analysis and design of a simple user interface, gaining detailed knowledge and experience with the standard basic techniques for interface specification, prototyping and evaluation. Prerequisite: Completion of 21 units, including at least one lower division "W" course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Fisher
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D101 Brian Fisher
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2990, Surrey
D102 Brian Fisher
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2990, Surrey
D104 Brian Fisher
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D105 Brian Fisher
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey

Financial Services Specialization

All of

BUS 410 - Financial Institutions (3)

An examination of financial institutions and the markets in which they operate. Topics may include: institutional structure, financial contract forms, valuation and pricing relationships, financial intermediation, financial transacting, the regulatory environment, risk measurement and hedging strategies. Prerequisite: BUS 315, 316, 360W; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Deniz Anginer
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D200 Carlos Lopes da Costa
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 5360, Surrey
BUS 413 - Corporate Finance (4)

Corporate decisions in the context of financial markets. Topics include: real asset investments, financing alternatives, dividend policy, working capital management, and corporate securities valuation. Prerequisite: BUS 315, 316, 360W; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Derek Yee
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D200 Derek Yee
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
SECB 1010, Burnaby
BUS 418 - International Financial Management (3)

An introduction to international financial markets and institutions and to the management of assets and liabilities in an international/multinational setting. Topics to be covered include: exchange rate determination and management of foreign exchange risk; interest rate swaps; international portfolio management; comparative markets; and country risk. Prerequisite: BUS 315, 316, 360W; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Victor Song
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
E100 Victor Song
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby

Both the Financial Services and Management Information Systems specializations also require the completion of one of the following approved experiential or service learning components:

  • Experience in a volunteer, internship, research assistantship or other non co-op work role within a student group, social enterprise, charitable organization, or non-profit organization related to Business and Technology.* Prior approval is required before the commencement of this experience by submitting a detailed outline describing activities that will be undertaken. Upon completion of these activities, students must submit a detailed outline and description of activities.
  • Successful completion of at least one Co-operative Education (Co-op) work term with a focus related to Business and Technology.* A description (written by either the student or the organization and signed and validated by the employer/supervisor) of the organization and the student's role and activities with that organization must be submitted.

*Experience which will be considered relevant includes those that require a significant amount of work activities such as: (i) planning, managing and/or leading a business technology project; (ii) analyzing a business need and presenting a technology based solution or plan to address need; (iii) designing and presenting a technology enabled solution to a business problem; (iv) analyzing a business process and developing a plan to implement a technology enabled solution; and/or (v) developing a technology based solution to a business problem.