Toronto Elective Courses

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The Laurier MBA degree is offered in six formats providing you with the ability to choose the format that best suits your schedule and your needs. Through the Laurier Integrated Core curriculum you will be immersed in eight courses that will combine critical business skills and knowledge to develop a well-rounded understanding of organizational issues. After you have completed the Integrated Core curriculum you can customize your MBA. The Laurier MBA program provides you with many course options and unique opportunities.

Toronto Courses Available

Elective courses are designed based upon a survey of the class interests. A diverse and broad range of subject topics are initially offered, from which students indicate preferences. The result is a dynamic blend of topics that are relevant and current to today’s business environment.

Students are welcome to take advantage of selected elective courses that are offered to other classes & this results in quite a lot of choice each semester, especially if students take advantage of the Independent Study Projects.

Course Number Course Title Course Description
BU610 TC Applied Business Research This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU610 TM Applied Business Research (Restricted to those in the general MBA program) This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU623 Derivatives & Financial Risk Management Futures, options and other derivative securities have become increasingly important in the world of financial management. This course investigates how these markets operate and the use of these instruments in corporate risk management.

Prerequisites: BU603

BU627 Financial Accounting II This course provides a detailed study of accounting principles, practices and concepts with an emphasis on their application for liabilities and equity accounts. It builds on Financial Accounting I, including an emphasis on Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and how financial accounting serves the needs of external decision-makers.

Prerequisites: BU617

Exclusions: BU697n

BU641 Mergers & Acquisitions This course prepares students to assume effective roles as managers and advisors in the planning, implementation and evaluation of merger and acquisition strategies. An understanding of basic mergers and acquisitions strategy concepts, tools, and best practices and their appropriate application are developed, and a disciplined and integrative approach is taken to analyze the interrelated elements of mergers and acquisitions transactions and an appreciation of the effects that value-creating mergers and acquisitions can have on all stakeholders.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU691m

BU647 Managerial Tax Planning This course familiarizes students with relevant tax rules, and how they are applied in day-to-day decisions faced by general managers and decision makers.

Prerequisites: BU607

Exclusions: BU697l

BU663 Advanced Corporate Finance This is a course in advanced corporate finance dealing with corporate valuation methods and applications to key corporate finance decisions. It covers the traditional valuation methods (i.e., discounted cash flow and relative valuation methods), as well as the contingent claims valuation approach (i.e., options theory based valuation). The applications of the traditional valuation methods to value-based management (i.e., mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring and capital structure choices) and of options theory to corporate finance will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: BU603; this prerequisite waived for MFin students

BU693x Equity Valuation Methods Seminar in Finance
BU697v Advanced Topics in Management Seminar in Accounting
BU701 Competitive Strategy for a Sustainable World This course explores the nature of the “triple bottom line” — the simultaneous delivery of economic, social, and environmental performance — by organizations. Sustainable enterprises use business as an instrument of social development and environmental improvement. Environmental thinking and social responsiveness are integrated proactively into core business processes, systems, and strategies. For a growing number of companies, competitive advantage is rooted in such new capabilities as pollution prevention, design for environment, social development, and stakeholder engagement. Through a combination of cases, readings, lectures, videos, guest speakers, projects, and simulations, students will engage in discussions aimed at developing strategy models and applying new strategy tools that integrate the principles of environmental management and social performance with competitiveness.

Prerequisites: BU601

Exclusions: BU691o

BU713 Fixed Income Analysis The fixed income course covers the analysis of all fixed income securities including bonds, money market instruments, and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. Risk and return relationship of fixed income securities as well as the yield curve and interest rate risk management will be covered. The course will extend the analysis to cover the tools and techniques such as duration and convexity which are used to manage bond portfolio.

Prerequisites: BU603; this prerequisite waived for MFin students

BU732 Strategic Brand Management Branding is a critical area of marketing strategy relevant to all organizations. This course examines the role of brands in customer decision-making, relationship management, and building organizational value. Specific attention is paid to building and executing brand strategies in a variety of business contexts — B2B, Services, Consumer Goods, Non-Profits and Global. Through lectures, case discussions, experiential exercises and guest speakers, students will gain insights into the issues and concepts related to brand management.

Prerequisites: BU602

Exclusions: BU692u

Course Number Course Title Course Description
BU610 TC Applied Business Research This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU610 TF Applied Business Research (Restricted to CFA’s in their 2nd year of studies) This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU610 FA Applied Business Research (Restricted to CFA’s in their 2nd year of studies) This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU610TM Applied Business Research (Restricted to those in General MBA) This course is designed to expose students to advanced management topics and issues in an integrated manner, and is team taught. A field study portion challenges students to develop their research and implementation skills through an applied business research project, and a not-for-profit organization practicum component. The project reports are submitted and presented to a panel of faculty.

Prerequisites: BU601, BU602, BU603, BU604, BU605, BU606, BU607, BU609

Exclusions: BU608

BU637 Financial Information Systems This course explores the role of the management accountant in the design, implementation and use of contemporary financial information systems. Particular attention is paid to the use of accounting systems to support strategic objectives.

Prerequisites: Registration in the final year of the MBA with CPA option program

Exclusions: BU697Q

BU661 International Strategy An examination of strategy formulation and implementation in enterprises whose vital interests and major activities extend across national boundaries either by choice or competitive necessity. A variety of issues are investigated, including foreign market entry strategies, developing and sustaining international competitiveness, and adjusting to industry globalization.

Prerequisites: BU601

BU667 Accounting Theory & Advanced Financial Reporting This section studies advanced accounting topics including mergers and acquisitions, accounting for foreign currencies and accounting for government and not for profit entities. It also reviews accounting theory literature with particular emphasis upon contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: BU617, BU627

Exclusions: BU697p

BU683 Investment Ethics and Professional Standards This course covers the code of ethics and professional standards. Details of ethical issues in the financial analyst profession as well as the responsibilities of the analyst to the employer, the investing public and clients will be covered. Case discussions will be used to illustrate specific topics dealing with insider trading, fiduciary duty and soft dollar standards. These topics should be expanded to cover corporate disclosure requirements and ethical issues in personal investing.

Prerequisites: BU673; registration in the MBA with CFA® Option

BU691v Contemporary Issues Seminar in Policy
BU693w CFA Review (Restricted to CFA’s in their 3rd year of studies) Seminar in Finance
BU697u Intermediate Management Accounting Seminar in Accounting

 
 
If you require additional information about Laurier’s Toronto campus electives, please contact Maria Tamblyn, MBA Program Coordinator & Toronto at 519-884-0710 ext. 2575.