GDBA Program Structure
The course-based graduate diploma in business administration is only available part-time and requires the completion of five courses for a total of 15 credit hours.
Students must complete three core (required) courses and two elective courses.
Core (required) courses:
Elective courses may include (but are not limited to):
Note: Other electives may be approved by the Faculty of Business Administration.
Both micro- and macro-levels of organizational analysis are considered in this course. It moves from individual and group processes within organizations, through discussions of organizational structure and design, culture, power and change, to considerations of organizational effectiveness and the role of external environments. Readings, cases and experiential exercises are used to develop students’ understanding and applied skills in several broad areas: understanding yourself and other people at work, developing and managing effective work groups, leadership and management, contemporary organization design and organizations in the future.
An introduction to the fundamentals of marketing is provided with specific emphasis on such topics as analyzing the market, examining the four key areas of marketing decision-making: product, price, channels of distribution and promotion, and planning and controlling the marketing effort.
This course provides a framework for the analysis of major influences and policies that affect business conditions and decisions. Emphasis is placed on understanding and interpreting the indicators of economic performance and the dynamics of forecasting in a national and international environment.
This course provides a framework for the analysis of financial and managerial accounting information. Emphasis is on the uses and limitations of such information by both internal and external users, and the role of management in interpreting and presenting necessary information.
This course aims to improve general management competency in the effective use of human resources within any organization. It emphasizes an applied orientation and content includes the examination of topics such as traditional and contemporary approaches to employee empowerment; the development of reward systems; managing the movement of employees into, through and out of organizations; and the development and maintenance of human resource networking and support systems that are responsive to task complexity and competition.
A survey of topics in information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) from a managerial perspective is provided. Topic areas include: IS roles in decision making, IS/IT-enabled competitive advantage, approaches to data management, software for end-user productivity, telecommunications, information processing technology, systems and applications software, systems design techniques and systems development methodologies.
This course is intended to help students develop and refine their managerial skills. Key skills that are covered include: problem solving and decision-making, negotiation, communication, and team building. As skill building is essentially practice-driven, this course provides opportunities for supervised practice. Students are required to work in small groups. Since the material in this course crosses disciplines, it may be taught by a team of faculty members. Prerequisite: 8104
The origins of the Canadian labour movement, labour legislation and the major substantive elements of collective bargaining are studied in this course.