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Fundamentals of Business

Course Code: BUSN 1200
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides a broad overview of the Canadian business system -- how it functions, and how it relates to specific areas such as marketing, production and finance. The course provides a specific insight into actual business operations and some of the major areas of concern regarding the role of business in society.

Course Content


  • The Canadian Business System
  • The Environment of Business
  • Entrepreneurship, Small Business, and Business Ownership
  • Business Conduct including Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • International Business


  • The Role of Managers
  • Managing Human Resources and Labour Relations
  • Motivating and Leading Employees
  • Producing Goods and Services
  • Marketing Processes and Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Mix: Product, Price, Place and Promotion


  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Money, Banking, and Securities Markets
  • Financial Management

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, seminars and/or case discussions.

Means of Assessment

Written assignments 5-15%
Test(s) and/or quizzes 30-45%
Written research report 10-20%
Participation 0-10%
Final examination 30%
  100 %

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student through the use of the "Means of Assessment" as identified in Section Q will demonstrate:

1. a basic understanding of the Canadian business system, and its environment, including forms of business ownership and existing and emerging societal issues

2. an understanding of the role of managers in the four functional areas of business: production, marketing, finance and personnel

3. an enhanced knowledge of the vocabulary of business

4. the ability to produce written and oral business communications

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.