BAM101 - Introduction to Business Administration

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Subject Title
Introduction to Business Administration

Subject Description
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role and changing trends of Canadian business in the Canadian and global economic systems.
  2. Identify and describe the political, economic, social, technological and international / geographic environments within which business operates.
  3. Compare the various forms of business ownership, identify the importance of entrepreneurs, and explain the appropriate structures for setting up business in Canada, including the basic elements of a business plan.
  4. Describe the basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling as they pertain to all areas of business.
  5. Describe the elements of Human Resource Management within an organization and the importance of leading and motivating employees.
  6. Discuss ethical issues and social responsibility, and how they affect the major business stakeholders such as employees, customers, investors, the community and environment.
  7. Describe the importance of trade for Canadian business including the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in the global economy.
  8. Explain financial management as it relates to the Canadian money and banking systems, risk management, securities markets and investment functions.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Economics: Evolving Systems
  • Understanding Money and the Canadian Financial System
  • Politics: Governments’ Roles
  • Social: Society, Corporate Responsibility, and Making Ethical Decisions
  • Technology: Managing Information for Business Success
  • International: The Global Marketplace
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Forms of Business Ownership
  • Management and Leadership
  • Analyzing the Business 
  • Finance: Maximizing the Value

Mode of Instruction

Team work is assigned by your professor at her/his discretion.  It will include a written project.  Other work could include: quizzes, oral presentations, workshops, field trips, team projects, homework, class attendance or any other assigned responsibility.
All work must meet Seneca College's standards for English language skills and usage.  Marks will be deducted for grammar, spelling errors and incorrect MLA citation.

Prescribed Texts

The Future of Business  4th Edition.  Custom Text for Seneca College.  Althouse, Norm R.,  Laura Allan and Christopher M. Hartt.  Toronto.  Nelson Education, 2014, Print.
ISBN: 978-017-656-0751
e-Text with Pin # ISBN:  017-657-7831 

Reference Material

Seneca Libraries.  Guide to Research and Citation:  MLA Style. Latest Version, Seneca College, Print.
It is strongly recommended that your work through at least one of the following resources:
Your class on-line Blackboard site:
You are also encouraged to keep up-to-date on business news through newspapers, magazines, Internet, TV, and radio.  Visit the Learning Commons for access to newspapers, magazines and the Internet.  The Toronto Star is available Monday to Friday throughout the campus.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Mid-term Test  25%
Term Work *
*Must include Business News Tutorial and
  Quiz, plus Major Research Assignment (20%)
FInal Exam (Comprehensive) 30%
Assignments, Tests, and Presentations Policy
As would be expected in a business environment, if you cannot meet a deadline or will be absent, you MUST inform key people.  Some work is time-sensitive and cannot be delayed.  Other work can be delayed, though there are likely consequences of being late.  The following guidelines are structured to be relevant, balancing fairness and compassion without compromising standards.  Students must ultimately prove mastery of course outcomes to pass.
Missed Tests & Presentations
Students are required to complete all tests, in-class assignments, and presentations on the scheduled dates and times.  Missed tests, in-class assignments, and presentations will result in a grade of zero.  If there is a valid and unavoidable reason, the student MUST notify the professor by email or phone prior to the scheduled class time.  If by phone, the student must follow-up with an email within 48 hours.  The email must provide the reason for missing the test, assignment, or presentation and relevant supporting documentation may be required.
Late Assignments 
Assignments are to be submitted on the specified due date.  If assignments are handed in late without a valid reason and/or sufficient notice, the professor reserves the right to deduct 10% per day for each day that the assignment is late (not including weekends or holidays). Assignments will NOT be accepted after the return of graded assignments to the class or after five business days, whichever is earlier.
Note:   Always use your Seneca email account to send a message to the professor - using any other account may result in your message being deleted by the college's spam filter.  Always keep a copy of your email message in case verification is required. 

Approved by: Margaret Osborne