Management (MGMT)

Course Descriptions

1281 Introduction to Business Management
3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the various aspects of business in the Canadian environment. Emphasis will be placed on the functional areas of marketing, production, finance, and the individual in the organization. In addition, the process of management will be outlined and evolving changes in management practices discussed. Current issues such as social responsibility, business ethics and the role of business in the community will be examined. Teaching methods will include lectures, group presentations and discussions of cases as well as other exercises.


2383 Micro Organizational Behavior
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MGMT 1281.

This course focuses on the micro aspects of organizational behavior. Topics covered include human needs and motivation, learning, perception, and attribution, as these relate to individuals and groups in organizations. Teaching methodology includes lectures, discussions and case analysis.


2384 Macro Organizational Behavior
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MGMT 1281.

This course focuses on macro aspects of organizational behavior. Topics covered include group processes and their relationship to effectiveness, inter-group cooperation and conflict, organizational character, structure, environment and culture, leadership, communication, decision making and organizational change and development.


3380 Family Business
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours.

Topics include: income versus. inheritance, management and promotion, bringing non-family resources to the firm, harvest and sell out strategies, succession, deciding to join the family firm, establishing credibility as a daughter or son, stages of family business growth, organizational creativity, innovation and the innovation drivers and barriers.  The course also explores organizational creativity and how innovation is developed and carried out in family business, and the innovation drivers and barriers in family business.


3385 Human Resource Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MGMT 2383 and 2384 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

A study of the conceptual and practical aspects of the human resource management function in organizations, with a special emphasis on business organizations. The course focuses on the major issues, procedures and problems involved in human resource planning, recruitment and selection, compensation, training and development, and maintenance of human resources.


3386 Industrial Relations
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MGMT 2383 and 2384 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

An introduction to the field of industrial relations. It focuses on the impact of collective bargaining in management/labour relations. Topics covered include the historical development, structure, and operation of labour unions, the process and contents of negotiations and the settlement of union/management disputes.


3389 Structuring the Start-Up
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACCT 2242 and MKTG 2270.

This course introduces students to the challenges in starting and running a new venture.  Through lectures and cases, students are introduced to the personal qualities that define an entrepreneurial mindset. The concepts necessary to finance and develop innovative ideas are discussed.  Each student will create and run a business for the term, concluding with a trade fair of all student businesses. 

Classes and case study 3 hrs. a week. 


3392 Occupational Health and Safety
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours.

This course examines current issues in occupational health and safety including employee/union involvement, government regulation, inspections and compliance auditing.


3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours. 

The purpose of the course is to help students bring ethics into their decision making. Ethics will be defined in a broad, contextual, and practical sense. The course focuses on the individual decision maker, the organization as a context and culture that sets the stage for ethical action, and the broader societal, economic, political, and ecological systems that influence moral decision making.


4481 Organization Theory: Structure, Process, Analysis and Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 2383 and 2384 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

In a systems context, the first phase of the course will expose the student to different concepts of formal organization. The second phase will involve the application of concepts using various design approaches and configurations.


4482 Staffing and Selection
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 3385 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

This course examines the issues involved in recruiting applicants for job vacancies and the procedures for assessing the match between candidates and the requirements of the position.  The examination of the topic will include consideration of statistical and scientific issues and the practical implications.

Note:  Students cannot receive credit for both MGMT 4482 and PSYC 4428.


4483 Management Skills
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 2383 and 2384 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

This course presents the key skills/behaviors considered critical in achieving managerial success. Though there is a theoretical component in the course, much of its development is dependent on each participant’s strengths and weaknesses.  Individual skill development through activities such as class discussions, role-plays, experimental exercises and feedback on interactions are central to the learning experience within the course.


4485 Wage and Salary Administration
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 3385 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

This course is designed to integrate compensation systems with employment planning, career development, and organizational planning concepts.


4486 Training and Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 3385 or PSYC 3327 and 4427.

This course examines the organizational procedures for analyzing training needs and the subsequent phases of developing and evaluating training program effectiveness.  The course will also address organizational activities associated with preparing and developing employees as part of their careers in an organization.

Note:  Students cannot receive credit for both MGMT 4486 and PSYC 4426.


4487 New Venture Opportunities
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 3389

Students are led through the development of the major elements of a business plan for a new venture.  As a planning and financing tool, the business plan outlines in detail and specifically quantifies market potential, competition, production and operational requirements, finance, management and the overall feasibility of a possible new venture.


4488 International Business Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours and COMM 2293.

An introduction to the nature of the environment of international business management including the study of multinational corporations, intercultural differences and their effects on management style and policy and execution. The focus of discussion and presentation will be on management systems in North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South-East Asia, China, and Japan.


4489 Strategic Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293, FINA 3361, MKTG 2270, MGMT 2383, MGMT 2384, and six (6) additional credit hours at the 3000-level from ACCT, ECON, MGMT, FINA, MKTG, or MGSC.

This is a “capstone” course that attempts to utilize all the business disciplines (management, marketing, finance, accounting, etc.) in an effort to identify, diagnose, and recommend appropriate action for real managerial problems. It is hoped that through this course, students will gain a better understanding of the complexity and interrelationship of modern managerial decision making. It is also hoped that this exposure will facilitate the students’ ability to analyze complex problem situations.


4494 Entrepreneurship: Theories and Concepts
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours.

Through lectures and seminars, this course covers the nature of entrepreneurship, theories of entrepreneurship, characteristics and behaviors of entrepreneurs, the entrepreneur as catalyst for economic activity, application of the concepts of entrepreneurship to public and non-profit enterprises both large and small, entrepreneurship in developing and developed economies.


4495 Small Business Performance Improvement
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours.

This course requires students to work with a small business owner/manager to identify a small business problem, to develop a workable solution to the problem, and to implement that solution.


4496 Collective Bargaining
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and MGMT 3386.

An examination of the process of collective bargaining and its role in management-union relations. The course examines the nature of negotiation, its characteristics, the roles of power, persuasion, communication, social structure, negotiating strategies and tactics, and negotiators’ personalities. Grievance handling as a form of negotiation is also examined.


4498 Small Business Consultancy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and permission of instructor.

This course allows students to gain hands-on business experience by working with clients of the Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre.  Student groups receive a project proposal outlining the requirements, information needs and services they will provide the client during the semester.  Projects generally take the form of a business plan, market study, or other business-related function and often involve financial projections.  Each project provides students an opportunity to use skills learned in business courses and to understand the interrelationship between marketing, accounting, finance, and management in a practical business setting.  Under supervision, students prepare a professional report and final presentation that communicate the project’s results for the client.

Work groups often include students from different business disciplines and are assigned based upon the needs of the project.  Groups schedule their preferred meeting times but are required to meet a minimum of three hours each week.  For more information see http://www.smu.ca/smubdc.

Internship. 1 semester.


4826 – 4849 Special Topics/Seminars in Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and completion of at least sixty (60) credit hours and permission of instructor.

These courses deal with selected topics in the management area. The topics to be covered will vary depending on the interests of the students and instructors.

Seminar 3 hrs. a week. 1 semester.

4876 – 4899 Directed Study
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and permission of Chairperson and instructor.

Intended to supplement or provide an alternative to the regular management courses in order to meet the special needs and interests of students, the course provides an opportunity to study a particular subject in detail and requires from the student some measure of independence and initiative.