Experiential Learning (EL) for Undergraduate Students

Course-based Experiential Learning opportunities for Undergraduates

All of these opportunities are for-credit activities done within the context of a course. For extracurricular activities, see list of non-course-based activities section.

Note: There may be additional opportunities. Check with instructors if a course not listed here has an experiential component.

ACCT 385 Principles of Taxation

Area: Accounting

Description: Students are given a set of taxpayer facts and tasked with completing a federal T1 tax return along with providing a memo addressed to the taxpayer discussing relevant tax planning strategies.

Instructor: Brian Wenzel

Term: Winter

ACCT 451 Data Analytics in Capital Market

Area: Accounting

Description: Students work in groups to process data, working with both structured and unstructured data. Introduction to SAS software and financial accounting databases such as CRSP, Compustat, and I/B/E/S, and alternative data sources such as SEC Edgar.

Instructor: Tan Hongping

Term: Winter

ACCT 452 Financial Reporting Valuation

Area: Accounting

Description: Students compare reports from three large financial institutions and use those reports to form the template for their own report on a different company, using real data for their reports.

Instructor: Hongping Tan

Term: Winter

ACCT 455 Development of Accounting Thought

Area: Accounting

Description: Students work in groups on an applied research project to help understand the “why” around accounting theory. They research the policies around a current topic, such as bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, and propose a new set of rules for that topic.

Instructor: Guang Ma

Term: Winter

BUSA 434 / MSUS 434 Managing for Impact

Area: Agnostic

Description: BUSA 434 and MSUS 434 are core components of the Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF), an experiential leadership development program at Desautels. The Fellowship spans both Fall and Winter semesters and is composed of a faculty research project, a community impact initiative project, that students complete while enrolled in BUSA 434 and MSUS434. Faculty research projects are an opportunity to experience academic research and partnership development in a participatory manner under the guidance of an accomplished academic. The community impact initiative projects entail working in small groups to research a challenge within the framework of the UN 17 SDGs, design a solution to this challenge, and implement the solution within the boundaries of the program's assigned hours. Both BUSA 434 and MSUS 434 integrate and support the previous two components by providing structure, tools, and resources to guide Fellows' development.

Instructor: Sabine K Dhir

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

BUSA 465 Technological Entrepreneurship

Area agnostic

Description: Students complete an individual field study where they interview a tech startup, map and evaluate their strategy, and then propose an alternative viable strategy. Students also complete a project in teams where they develop their own tech startup from scratch.

Instructor: Amir Taherizadeh

Term: Fall & Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

FINE 440 Honours Investment Management Research Project 1

Area: Finance

Description: Restricted to students in the Honors Investment Management program. Students work as equity analysts at Desautels Capital Management. Students are exposed to all areas of the investment management business, including thesis development, valuation, economic analysis, sustainability, risk management, compliance, marketing, client communications, and fundraising.

Instructor: Vadim di Pietro

Term: Fall & Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 448 Financial Derivatives

Area: Finance

Description: This course includes trading simulations based on the RIT software, assignments using real data and discussions of current market events.

Instructor: Daniel Andrei

Term: Winter 2023

FINE 450 Honours Investment Management Research Project 2

Area: Finance

Description: Restricted to students in the Honors Investment Management program. Students work as equity analysts at Desautels Capital Management. Continuation of research work on company, industry, risk management, strategy and macro research reports, contemporary issues in finance presented by market practitioners.

Instructor: Vadim di Pietro

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 456 Hedge Fund Strategies and Trading

Area: Finance

Description: This course runs an 8-week group and individual project where students operate as portfolio managers and traders in hedge funds and use top rated real-life platforms (Bloomberg, Interactive Brokers, TD Ameritrade).

Instructor: Matey Gerov

Term: Fall, Winter

FINE 464 Pension Funds and Retirement Systems

Area: Finance

Description: Students spend the semester working towards writing a case that will be used in a case competition the following Fall. Students spend time researching topics around pension funds, presenting ideas, and receiving feedback from peers as the class decides what to focus the case on. Students then work in groups doing research and writing parts of the case.

Instructor: Sebastien Betermier

Term: Winter 2023

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 477 Fintech for Business and Finance 

Area: Finance

Description: The course includes interactive cases where students work independently in small teams to present solutions. The course also includes an individual optional project where students are given basic details of a firm and are asked to find information from public sources and prepare a report.

Instructor: Katrin Tinn

Term: Winter

541N2 & 541N1 Applied Investments 

Area: Finance

Description: Students work in teams to manage real money. They receive “clients” who are real people who have been anonymized, and work in teams to create portfolios for their clients. The teams then develop an active portfolio strategy and have nine months to make trades on behalf of their “client”. The class also collaborates with Desautels Capital Management, where the students in FINE 541 act as the “clients” for DCM.

NB: No credit will be given for this course unless both FINE 541NI and FINE 541N2 are successfully completed in a twelve-month period.

Instructor: Sebastien Betermier

Term: Fall 2022 & Winter 2023

MGCR 341 Introduction to Finance

Area: Finance

Description: The students in groups – perform an evaluation with the most minimal amount of information. They need to make assumptions and discuss and debate the “real world” complexities.

Instructor: Sujata Madan

Term: Winter

INSY 333 Systems Analysis and Modeling

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students work with a small organization to analyze the business processes and information systems of the "client" organizations. The project involves interviewing key persons, examining business documents, analyzing the current information systems, and making recommendations for new business processes and systems design.

Instructor: Kunsoo Han

Term: Fall & Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

INSY 339 IT Consulting 

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students go through the various steps of consulting (scoping, contracting, collecting, and analyzing data, presenting, etc.) using business cases, which they then adapt and apply to a real company or project.

Instructor: Sol Tanguay

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

INSY 440 E-Business

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students gather real data about an active website to create a strategic analysis and recommendation plan.

Instructor: Sol Tanguay

Term: Fall, Winter

INSY 442 Data Analysis and Visualization

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students work on a project with an organization to apply data visualization and analytics techniques seen in class.

Instructor: Genevieve Bassellier

Term: Winter

Industry or community collaboration

INSY 446 Data Mining for Business Analytics

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students have access to a real-world dataset and develop a data-driven business project as a part of the team project in this course.

Instructor: Warut Khern-am-nuai

Term: Fall

MGCR 331 Information Systems

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students work in pairs to solve an Excel project. They are tasked with finding the most efficient function(s) to solve the problem. The project applies data science and data analysis to business problems.

Instructor: Amir Taherizadeh

Term: Fall

MGCR 331 Information Systems

Area: Information Systems

Description: Students develop a simple Decision Support System (DSS) in Excel.

Instructor: Sol Tanguay

Term: Fall and Winter

INDR 294 Introduction to Labour-Management Relations

Area: Labour Management Relations & Human Resources

Description: Students are involved in a 6.5 simulation. Prior to the simulation the students are coached by industry leaders, they subsequently prepare a bargaining book and re-negotiate a collective agreement.

Instructor: Chantal Westgate

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MRKT 355 Services Marketing

Area: Marketing

Description: Student teams identify and critique the services marketing strategies of an organization of their own choosing against concepts, models and frameworks covered in the course. Each team is required to develop and deliver a presentation structured to communicate its key findings and recommendations.

Instructor: Mary Dellar

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MRKT 438 Brand Management

Area: Marketing

Description: Student teams must select a brand and conduct a brand audit. Each team conducts a deep dive examination of the brand to assess its underlying sources of brand equity and recommend ways to improve and leverage it.

Instructor: Mary Dellar

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MGSC 401 Statistical Foundations of Data Analytics

Area: Operations Management

Description: Students will participate in two prediction games using data analytics. In the first one, students will have to predict the rating of 15 upcoming movies and see how their predictions benchmark with those of professional websites. In the second game, students will develop a model to predict the election results of the US. midterm elections. The teams will compete against true polls.

Instructor: Juan Serpa

Term: Fall

MGSC 416 Data-Driven Models for Operations Analytics 

Area: Operations Management

Description: Students work in teams of two to find and choose their dataset(s), use appropriate descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive modelling techniques learned in class to derive relevant managerial insights. The goal is for the students to learn how to develop a data-driven decision-making strategy from data to model to decision. This is a very flexible experiential learning framework, where students choose freely subjects/data they are passionate about and are strongly encouraged to showcase their interdisciplinary training in other business areas.

Instructor: Rim Harris

Term: Winter

ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 

Area: Organizational Behavior

Description: Every week, students prepare and participate in a negotiation simulation in which they play a given role. They also participate in real-life negotiations outside of class, as part of the Master Negotiators Contest.

Instructor: Jean-Nicolas Reyt

Term: Fall

ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Area: Organizational Behavior

Description: Students are required to make records of their real-world negotiations. These can be negotiations over anything: salary, work hours, starting times, cleaning responsibilities at home, where to go for dinner, what movie to watch, purchases, etc. Students must complete a preparation worksheet where they anticipate issues in the negotiation and create a strategy. Students are put in groups and pool their negotiations to create a database. This database is then analyzed to answer questions about their negotiation.

Instructor: Lisa Cohen

Term: Winter

ORGB 330 People Analytics

Area: Organizational Behavior

Description: Students conduct interviews with HR representatives to understand the organizational context and a current challenge they are facing. They are then required to create a proposal for an analytics project that would address the identified challenge.

Instructor: Matissa Hollister

Term: Fall and Winter

Industry or community collaboration

ORGB 434 Comparing Startup Ecosystems of Israel and Canada: OB perspectives

Area: Organizational Behavior

Description: In a course run like a start-up, students visit, observe, and interrogate organizations in both Canada and Israel involved in start-up ecosystems, work in collaboration with student partners from an Israeli university to develop and present a proposal to make improvements in one country's (either Canada or Israel) start-up ecosystem based on lessons and experiences from the other. These proposals are presented in a competitive context at the end of the course.

Instructor: Brian Rubineau

Term: Spring/Summer

Travel study

Industry or community collaboration

RETL 407 Retail Management Project

Area: Retail Management

Description: Students undertake a real-life “consulting” project related to retail management. This involves defining actual problems and recommending solutions to global companies. Throughout the project, students are exposed to a variety of real-life strategic and operational issues in retail management. Each project is multidisciplinary or multi-functional in nature and will have significant impact on one or more operational/competitive capabilities of the company. Students are expected to participate fully in developing and delivering core aspects of the project to the client.

Instructor: Saibal Ray

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

 

RETL 410 Business Models in Retail

Area: Retail Management

Description: Throughout weekly workshops, students will work in teams on achieving goals and they will receive mentorship and feedback from industry experts on weekly assignments to ultimately lead to the development of a viable business concept. The EL component culminates in a competition where students teams will pitch their ideas for transforming the retail industry to a panel of external retail business experts.

Instructor: Marie-Josee Lamothe

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MGPO 402 Hot Cities of the World Tour

Area: Strategy 

Description: The course focuses on three key theories of National Competitiveness and includes a visit to a number of different countries. Students draw from material taught in other areas of Management to apply ideas to the different organizations visited.

Instructor: Karl Moore

Term: Winter 2023

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Travel StudyTravel study

MGPO 430 Practicum in Not for Profit Consulting

Area: Strategy

Description: This course is designed around a pro bono consulting experience and is intended for students to develop real-world skills through action-based learning. It connects students to both the NGO community as well as the consulting world. The students go through the entire process of researching potential NGOs, writing and getting a Letter of Proposal Signed off, undertaking firsthand research and analysis, presenting the project results to the Board of the NGO, and finally presenting it to both the professor and the office of the partnering consulting firm.

Instructor: Don Melvillle

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

MGPO 430 Practicum in Not for Profit Consulting

Area: Strategy 

Description: Description: Impact Business Model Design: Groups of 4-5 students (max) will focus on developing an impact business model, addressing a problem of their choice. This Group Project will use design thinking, or creative strategies to identify and develop solutions for a complex problem. The group will identify an opportunity and produce a business model prototype that addresses the selected problem and provides a solution through any of the following: social impact venture, public venture, or not-for-profit venture. Students build on insights gained from individual papers, interviews, observations and group discussions. The goal of this project is to engage students in design in an applied setting of their choice.

Instructor: Paola Perez-Aleman

Term: Fall

MGPO 460 Managing Innovation

Area: Strategy 

Description: The course includes fieldwork and a consultancy project. Students will interview a manager using a survey tool to measure firm-level innovation capability, they will transform qualitative data into quantitative data and visualize it through a radar graph. They will then prepare a professional report and offer managerial recommendations.

Instructor: Amir Taherizadeh

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MGPO 475 Strategies for Developing Countries

Area: Strategy 

Description: Real World Challenge Group Project: Students in teams of four will work on designing a solution to a real-world problem faced by experts in industry and in various sectors that affect developing countries. Each team will participate in one challenge, proposed by a guest expert. Students will incorporate class concepts in their innovative solutions, which they will then present to guest experts.

Instructor: Paola Perez-Aleman

Term: Fall 

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MSUS 400 Independent Studies in Sustainability

Area: Sustainability

Description: Students are required to do research or a field project under the academic supervision of a Desautels professor. Projects are to be arranged individually with professors. A detailed student proposal must be submitted to and approved by the Academic Supervisor, Managing for Sustainability Mentor and the Associate Dean Student Affairs, BCom Program.

Instructor: TBD

Term: Fall and Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Travel StudyTravel study

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

MSUS 401 Sustainability Consulting

Area: Sustainability

Description: Designed around a pro bono consulting engagement, this course provides real-world experience in applying management consulting theories and tools to plan and implement projects that move organizations towards sustainability.

Instructor: TBD

Term: Winter

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

MSUS 402 Systems Thinking and Sustainability

Area: Sustainability

Description: Students complete Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) to analyze a real-life case and propose an intervention to improve the situation towards social and ecological sustainability, and a climate change simulation using the En-ROADS simulation model. For the final group project, students conduct an in-depth analysis of a real-world problem of their choice and design action plans to build sustainable systems.

Instructor: Anna Kim

Term: Fall

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Collaboration with industry/community partner Industry or community collaboration

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