TERM:2005-06 Winter
COURSE TITLE: Topical Issues
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: George Watts, M. B. A.
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will give attention to the nature and impact of pressing current issues that affect all Canadian firms and which do not have easy solutions. The impact of these on various aspects of the business enterprise relevant to the particular issue will be investigated and possibilities suggested. This course will be offered in alternative years and its content will be informed by the dynamics of business as an ongoing process.

Prerequisites: Twelve credits in business at the 300- or 400-level
REQUIRED TEXTS: There is no required text. Students will, however, be required to have a subscription to the print edition of either the National Post or the Globe and Mail for the duration of the term. Students will also find useful material in either the print or the online versions of such 'mainstream' periodicals and newspapers as: Barron's, Canadian Business, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal. This list is very incomplete - and students are invited to look far beyond it in their reading. Material for discussion can also be gleaned from the wide range of Business books that are available in bookstores or libraries.
Weekly Written Contributions30%
Contribution to Topic Discussions15%
Lead Topic30%
Final Exam25%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course students will have:
  • developed research and critical thinking skills
  • lead a class discussion
  • understood better how issues in business are inter-related
  • further developed analysis, discussion, and reasoning skills
  • worked together as a class to come to collective conclusions on issues

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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