Introduction to Business Essentials

Under­stand the essen­tials of busi­ness the­o­ry and prac­tices as you explore con­cepts and tools use­ful in var­i­ous orga­ni­za­tion­al set­tings. Gain an appre­ci­a­tion for deci­sion-mak­ing com­plex­i­ty with­in orga­ni­za­tions and orga­ni­za­tion­al net­works and apply these skills in busi­ness case devel­op­ment. Build crit­i­cal think­ing skills in finan­cial lit­er­a­cy, qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis, and cost-ben­e­fit analy­ses of health and safe­ty initiatives.
Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - synchronous format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Summarize competing pressures of various organizational stakeholders
  • Explain the importance of financial literacy for health and safety practitioners
  • Calculate three (3) financial statement ratios
  • Complete a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) with a given case study
  • Develop a business case for implementing a health and safety initiative
  • Describe how external risks (e.g. changing legislation, market pressure) affects organizational decisions

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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