Experiential Learning (EL) for Undergraduate Students

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NEW Experiential Learning Course for BCom Students

Earn academic credit for part-time activities such as internships, work or volunteer experience, or extracurriculars. Applications for the fall term open on August 1.

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.

If you would like to know if one of these courses satisfies your programs requirements, please consult the eCalendar.

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

INSY 333 Systems Analysis and Modeling

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.

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

ORGB 330 People Analytics

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.

Industry or community collaboration

MGPO 438 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Description: Explores key concepts associated with social entrepreneurship and social innovation – the application of principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to solve social problems through social ventures, enterprises and not-for-profit organizations. Focuses on the social economy, including how the market system can be leveraged to create social value.

ACCT 451 Data Analytics in Capital Market

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.

ACCT 452 Financial Reporting Valuation

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.

BUSA 465 Technological Entrepreneurship

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.

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

INSY 432 Digital Business Models

Description: Discusses the role of the information systems in enabling new digital business models within and across organizations. Focuses on platforms and models of the sharing economy in different industries as well as new forms of business activities enabled by technologies. Discusses economic, strategic and organizational issues of these models.

MSUS 400 Independent Studies in 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.

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 497 Internship in Sustainability

Description: Internship of a minimum of 150 hours of work over a period of 8 to 12 weeks, at an approved host institution, with a focus on sustainability.

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

ACCT 385 Principles of Taxation

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.

INSY 446 Data Mining for Business Analytics

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.

INSY 442 Data Analysis and Visualization

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

Industry or community collaboration

ACCT 455 Development of Accounting Thought

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.

MGPO 402 Hot Cities of the World Tour

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Travel StudyTravel study

MSUS 401 Sustainability Consulting

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.

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

ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

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.

MGSC 416 Data-Driven Models for Operations Analytics 

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.

RETL 407 Retail Management Project

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.

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

MSUS 434 Topics in Sustainability

Description: Core component 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.

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

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

INSY 339 IT Consulting 

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.

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

MGCR 331 Information Systems

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

MGCR 341 Introduction to 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.

FINE 464 Pension Funds and Retirement Systems

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 440 Honours Investment Management Research Project 1

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 450 Honours Investment Management Research Project 2

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunity - Research-basedResearch based

FINE 456 Hedge Fund Strategies and Trading

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).

541N2 & 541N1 Applied Investments 

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.

FINE 448 Financial Derivatives

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

FINE 477 Fintech for Business and 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.

MRKT 355 Services 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.

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

MRKT 438 Brand Management

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.

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

MRKT 451 Marketing Research

Description: Theoretical techniques and procedures common in marketing research. Topics include: research design, sampling, questionnaire design, coding, tabulating, data analysis (including statistical techniques). Specialized topics may encompass advertising, motivation and product research; forecasting and location theory.

MRKT 453 Advertising and Media

Description: Group project consisting of two phases corresponding to a strategic audit (Phase 1) and a proposed advertising campaign (creative strategy, media planning and execution, (Phase 2) for a real firm in need of a new advertising strategy and campaign. In both phases, each group completes a report and provides a briefing.

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

INSY 440 E-Business

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

INDR 294 Introduction to Labour-Management Relations

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.

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

MGSC 401 Statistical Foundations of Data Analytics

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.

MGPO 475 Strategies for Developing Countries

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.

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

MSUS 402 Systems Thinking and 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.

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

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

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.

Travel study

Industry or community collaboration

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