Course Descriptions

The Master of Management, Co-operative and Credit Unions program is a 42 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 3 years. The Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management is a 21 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 20 months. The Certificate in Co-operative Management is a 7.5 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 10 months.

Our students appreciate the flexibility of our programs. In terms of workload,the Master's and Diploma program students can expect to dedicate 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies when courses are active (30 weeks out of the year). Over the school year, there are breaks mid-term, between semesters, and during the summer months. For the Certificate program students, they can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week on their studies when in courses. View the Certificate in Co-operative Management for more details as the courses, application details, etc. varies from the Master's and Diploma program.

Course Descriptions for the Master's and Diploma Programs:

First Year

August
Five-day face-to-face orientation (Halifax, NS) – non-credit requirement

September – December (12 weeks of class)

January – April (12 weeks of class)

May-June (6 weeks of class)

Second Year

September – December (12 weeks of class)

  • MMCC 5200: Strategic Analysis I
  • MMCC 5201: Leading and Managing People I
  • MMCC 5205: Diploma Research Project (not applicable to Master’s students)
  • MMCC 5270: Field Research and Study Tour (Master's students only)

Note: During this term, Graduate Diploma students complete 5200 and 5201 during the first 6 weeks, followed by the Research Project (5205). Graduate Diploma students do not take 5270 or any other courses beyond this point.

January – April (12 weeks of class)

May-June (6 weeks of class)

Third Year

September – December (12 weeks of class)

January – September


Orientation

Both the Graduate Diploma and Master’s programs begin with a five-day face to face orientation followed by online courses completed over 20 months or 3 years respectively.

The orientation is designed to establish strong bonds within a cohort. Highlights of this intense orientation experience includes: meeting some faculty and graduates; introductory lectures and discussion of co-operative history; presentations from Executive Leaders in the co-op sector; primers on research methods; and training for the online learning technology.


2016 Cohort

2016 Cohort: Back Row l to r: Mike Pontinen, Stefanie Van Valkenburg, Kristen Olsen, Mollie Moisan, Adam Trott, Eric Gosselin
Front Row l to r: Kirsten Holt, Mathias Gonedre, Reah Pabellano, Sheena Foster, Lea Vogl-Jensen, Christina Fai, missing Kwanele Mkwanazi
 

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MMCC 5100: History and Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Course Description: Students consider the historical evolution of co-operatives since the mid-19th century, with particular emphasis on the diversity of co-operative action and the continuing relevance of the co-operative principles and values.

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MMCC 5110: Global Economy and Society I (3 credit hours)

Course Description: Students examine the prevailing economic theory and the development of global institutions. The role of growth for economic development is explored, with a reflection on the co-operative model and its transformative potential.

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MMCC 5120: Comparative Practice I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Students examine the diversity of co-operatives around the globe, the relative strengths and weaknesses for co-operatives of federations versus networks, and the relationship between co-operatives and poverty reduction and co-operatives and the state.

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MMCC 5130: Financial Management I (3 credit hours)

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base to interpret financial statements, understand the importance of nonfinancial performance reporting, determine the financial health of a co-operative and be aware of good governance and risk management practices.

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MMCC 5140: Marketing the Advantage I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Following an introduction to the marketing concept, students debate the benefits and challenges of implementing Marketing the Co-operative Advantage (MOCA) approach. Discussion of target audiences and image communication informs understanding of the influence of values in creating organizational commitment to MOCA.

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MMCC 5150: Innovations (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Students enhance their understanding of innovation, learn to leverage the co-operative difference to enhance innovations, and analyze examples of innovative management practice.

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MMCC 5160: IT and Communications (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Students examine communications technology, the Web, the Internet and impact and barriers to e-business including privacy, security and payment systems.

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MMCC 5200: Strategic Analysis I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Students are introduced to a co-operative equilibrium model based on the dual nature and structure of this distinct organization. It presents the identity crisis most co-operatives are facing due to isomorphism. Strategies to avoid such crises are explored.

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MMCC 5201: Leading and Managing People I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: Students analyze leading models of people management in the context of co-operative identity. The personnel functional cycle is reviewed (needs, planning, recruitment, selection, motivation, appraisal, compensation, development, discipline, conflict resolution, industrial relations and change management).

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MMCC 5205: Diploma Research Project (3 credit hours) - not applicable to Master’s students

Prerequisite: Completion of all other required Diploma program courses.

Course Description: Based on Year One courses, students propose changes to their organization to improve its operations and enhance its value.

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MMCC 5210: Global Economy and Society II (3 credit hours) - Master's students only

Course Description: Students explore the impact of globalization on the generation of goods and services to meet human need, the ecology of the planet, the distribution of wealth and the role of the state and the location and nature of decision making in the global economy. The potential of co-operatives to play a constructive role is examined.

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MMCC 5220: Governance and Participation (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Students examine the nature and potential of stakeholder co-operatives, various models of board-management relations, and theories of member participation within co-operatives.

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MMCC 5230: Financial Management II (3 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Students examine the nature of co-operative capital with an emphasis on equity, bylaw requirements, sources of equity, alternative measurements of effectiveness (e.g. balanced scorecard and social audit) and approaches for measuring the cost of equity.

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MMCC 5240: Marketing the Advantage II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Students explore a range of marketing principles and theories, and apply them in the context of co-operatives. This strategic approach emphasizes the internal communication challenges of developing and benchmarking. MOCA competencies and culture based on co-operative values.

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MMCC 5270: Field Research and Study Tour (3 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course includes an intensive study tour to a co-operative or credit union network that demonstrates excellence in management and performance and will expose you to the possibiliites for integrated, co-operative networks.

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MMCC 5350: Co-operative Developments (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Students explore specific organizational issues at different stages of the co-operative lifecycle – from inception through growth and maturity, to reinvention. Risk and factors leading to demutualization are analysed through case studies.

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MMCC 5370: Community and Environment (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: The seventh co-operative principle is "Concern for Community" including the environment. Students will examine how the co-operative difference relates to community and the environment, such as working in the social economy, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Students explore how the co-operative model is ideally suited for community and environment leadership coupled with economic strength.

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MMCC 5300: Strategic Analysis II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Building on MMCC 5200, student are introduced to the new co-operative paradigm and its application through shared surplus, patronage dividend and loyalty programs as a source of competitive advantage for co-operatives.

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MMCC 5301: Leading and Managing People II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: Student analyze leadership/followership models, styles, formation and applications in the contexts of understanding globalization and environmental crisis. Students examine the challenges posed for co-operative leadership and vision, relating to stakeholder engagement, governance and change management.

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MMCC 6000: Master's Research Project (6 credit hours) Master's students only

Prerequisite: Completion of all other required Master program courses.

Course Description: Student propose changes to their organization to improve its operations and enhance its value.

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