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Business Technology Management

Certificate

Limitations

Units applied to one certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor's degree under the normal regulations governing those programs but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

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).

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 calculated on all courses applied towards the certificate is required for graduation from a business certificate.

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum of five core courses, one of the TWO specializations, and an experiential component, as indicated below.

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 Moksh Matta
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 8:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D200 Moksh Matta
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
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 with a minimum grade of C-; 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 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 4:30–6:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D200 Eman Nasr
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D201 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D202 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D203 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 4:30–6:20 p.m.
Surrey
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, BUS 360W, BUS 362, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Corequisite: BUS 336 can be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Brydon
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:50 a.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
E100 Michael Brydon
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 5:30–6:50 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 7:00–8:20 p.m.
Burnaby
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, both with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Aishwarya Deep Shukla
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D200 Aishwarya Deep Shukla
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
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, BUS 360W, BUS 362, all with a minimum grade of C-; 90 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Richard Wong
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
E100 Irshad Abdulla
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 6:00–8:50 p.m.

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

Management Information Systems Specialization

Any two of

BUS 440 - Simulation in Management Decision-making (4)

Development and use of simulation models as an aid in making complex management decisions. Hands on use of business related tools for computer simulation. Issues related to design and validation of simulation models, the assessment of input data, and the interpretation and use of simulation output. Prerequisite: BUS 336, 360W, both with a minimum grade of C-, 60 units; OR Data Science majors with BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-, 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 George Zhang
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
BUS 465 - Business Systems Development (3)

Focuses 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. Students will conceptualize 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, BUS 362, both with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 464, CMPT 354. Students with credit for BUS 492 (Summer 2017) may not take this course for further credit.

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, BUS 360W, BUS 362, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Raymond Yu
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
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, all with a minimum grade of C-; 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 David Hannah
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
BUS 490 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (1) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: Will vary according to topic. BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

BUS 491 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (2) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: Will vary according to topic. BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

BUS 492 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (3) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As stated by the faculty at the time of offering and BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

BUS 493 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (3) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As stated by the faculty at the time of offering and BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

BUS 494 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (3) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As stated by the faculty at the time of offering and BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

BUS 495 - Selected Topics in Business Administration (4) *

The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As stated by the faculty at the time of offering and BUS 360W with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

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, e.g. Python. The students will be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode; data types and control structures; fundamental algorithms; recursion; reading and writing files; measuring performance of algorithms; debugging tools; basic terminal navigation using shell commands. 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 Toby Donaldson
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
D300 Nicholas Vincent
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
D400 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D401 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
D402 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
D403 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D404 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D405 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
D406 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
D407 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 5:30–6:20 p.m.
Surrey
D408 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 5:30–6:20 p.m.
Surrey
CMPT 130 - Introduction to Computer Programming I (3)

An introduction to computing science and computer programming, using a systems oriented language, such as C or C++. This course introduces basic computing science concepts. Topics will include: elementary data types, control structures, functions, arrays and strings, fundamental algorithms, computer organization and memory management. Prerequisite: BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH 100, 150, 151, 154, or 157, with a minimum grade of C-). Students with credit for CMPT 102, 120, 128 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Surrey
D101 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Surrey
D102 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D103 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D104 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D105 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D106 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D107 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D108 Brian Fraser
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
CMPT 272 - Web I - Client-side Development (3)

Introduces students to the fundamentals of client-side web programming. Students will gain experience working with markup languages such as HTML and CSS as well as define dynamic behaviour using JavaScript and TypeScript. Students will be introduced to popular front-end frameworks. The web architecture will be discussed, and web services will be invoked using basic API calls to existing REST APIs. Prerequisite: CMPT 120 or CMPT 130 or CMPT 128, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Shervin Shirmohammadi
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 4:30–6:20 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
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 Nilay Yalcin
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D101 Nilay Yalcin
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D102 Nilay Yalcin
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 5:00–6:50 p.m.
Surrey

*When offered as a selected topics course in management information systems.

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, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jijun Niu
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
E100 Jijun Niu
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.
Burnaby
BUS 413 - Corporate Finance (3)

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 312, BUS 315, and BUS 360W, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexander Vedrashko
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
E100 Alexander Vedrashko
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 5:30–8:20 p.m.
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, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Carlos Lopes da Costa
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
E100 Carlos Lopes da Costa
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 6:30–9:20 p.m.
Burnaby

Both the financial services and management information systems specializations also require the completion of one of the following experiential or service learning components approved by the Area Coordinator of Management Information Systems:

  • 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.