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Course Outline
RSM100Y1 - Introduction to Management
Sections L0201 and L0301
Fall and Winter 2014 - 2015
Instructor: John Oesch, RT6030 Rotman School (105 St. George Street)
Phone: 416 978 1913
Office Hours: by appointment
Instructor: Michael Khan, RT503 Rotman Building (105 St. George Street)
Email: Please email via BlackBoard to avoid spam filters
Phone: 416-978-7583
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1pm-2pm (on class days) and by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Sadaf Sheikh
Office Hours: TBA
Note: due to the number of students in this course, the TA should be your first point of contact
for academic matters. TA office hours and location will be posted on the course site (Portal).
Lecture times and locations:
Section 2 Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00noon
All lectures take place in the Bader Theatre at Victoria College. The room is coded BT101 and
is at 93 Charles Street West, just east of the Museum subway stop.
Section 3 Wednesdays 2:00 4:00pm
All lectures take place in the Auditorium at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
The room is coded OIG162 and located on the ground floor of OISE just above the St. George
subway stop.
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Course Scope and Mission
This course is designed to introduce you to the principal functional disciplines of management. It
will develop your understanding of what organizations do, and how they are managed across a
broad range of functions. The course provides a landscape view of the academic field of
commerce, consisting of: 1. an introduction to the role of business in Canadian society; 2. an
introduction to the role and tasks of managers and leaders in business; and, 3. an introduction
to the management disciplines (strategy, marketing, human resources, operations, accounting,
and finance).
The mission of the course is to expose beginning students to Canadian business and to provide
students with a context in which they can pursue their education in the field of commerce. Class
sessions will consist of lectures, case studies, and/or exercises.
Course Prerequisites
Co-requisite: ECO100Y1, MAT133Y1 - If you drop course either of these courses during the
academic term, you must also drop this course. Contact Rotman Commerce Academic Program
Services for academic advising if needed.
Required Readings
Contemporary Business (1st Canadian Edition) Boone, Kurtz, Khan & Canzer, ISBN:
Practice Midterm
December Term Test
Communications MyWritingLab
Communications Writing Assignment
Research Requirement (one per term)
Final Examination
Business Communications (MyWritingLab and Writing Assignment)
Communications skills are an important component of every successful career in management.
Developing these skills will add to the value of your experience and to the value you will provide
to society as a leader in business. During the fall term, you will work with a writing software that
has been specifically designed to help you improve the baseline of your business writing and
critical reading skills. The writing portion counts for a total of 10% of the course (4% for
completion of MyWritingLab work, 6% for the writing assignment).
Information and instructions regarding the MyWritingLab and Writing Assignment will be posted
on the course website (via Portal).
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Midterm Tests and Final Examination
The midterm tests and the final exam will consist of a series of multiple choice and/or short
answer questions that test your knowledge of the material that is discussed in class sessions
and that is found in the textbook. In class we will complement the material in the textbook with
examples and case studies. We assume that you have read and are familiar with the assigned
readings prior to class as we will not cover all the material in the textbook though you are
responsible for all of it. The December and the final examinations will test text material not
covered in class as class time is limited. The ability to self-study material will be a critical skill
during your university experience. The December exam date and final exam date will not be
known until the applicable exam schedule is released by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Do
not book any travel before December 20, 2014 or before April 30, 2015.
Aids Allowed
No study aids are allowed. You may use a non-programmable hand-held calculator.
Research Requirement
Marketing and Organizational Behaviour researchers develop hypotheses and run experimental
studies to test these hypotheses against actual behaviour. The research requirement in this
course is intended to supplement the material on marketing and organizational behaviour by
giving you more direct exposure to research in marketing and organizational behaviour. Once
you complete this research requirement, you will be given 2 points toward your grade in this
course. In order that you might better understand the research process, you may fulfill this
requirement by:
1. Participation in two research studies (one per semester) OR
2. Writing two papers (one per semester). Each paper should provide an analysis of an
article that reports empirical research.
Participation: to participate in a research study, sign-up for an account online at http://rotman- When you request an account, make sure you fill out all of the
information accurately, including your student number, selecting the correct course and section,
to ensure that you receive credit. If your student number is not accurately filled out, you
risk not receiving a credit. Once you have an account, you may read over the descriptions of
research studies that are posted online. When you identify a study in which you would like to
participate, you may view available timeslots for that study and sign-up online to participate.
Participation in the actual research study will take between 45 and 60 minutes. You will be
debriefed at the end of the study, and you will be asked to answer a question about some
aspect of the study. Once you correctly answer the question you will be given credit for
completing one study. You will need to complete two studies to fulfill your research
participation requirement in this course. Because this is a full-year course, you should
complete one study during the fall semester and one study during the winter semester. OR
Analysis of Article: to analyze an article, go to the Robarts library and find a copy of one of the
approved journals. If you are interested in marketing studies, you may use the Journal of
Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing, or Marketing Science. If you are interested in
management studies, you may use the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of