Administration (ADMN) 405

Capstone II: Application and Integration of Contemporary Business Topics (Revision 1)

ADMN 405

ADMN 405 may be offered in September 2020. Contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre for information regarding when the course may be available

Delivery Mode: Paced Online Cohort

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: Completion of required courses in the respective business bachelor degree program. ADMN 404 is recommended, but not required.

Precluded Course: ADMN 401. ADMN 405 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit in ADMN 401.

Centre: Faculty of Business

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Unlike most AU undergraduate courses, ADMN 405 is a paced, 16-week course. The ADMN 405 learning content is organized under seven topic headings: strategy, strategic foresight, value creation, business models, innovation and entrepreneurship, promotion of the firm, and performance measurement and management. From these topics, students will be introduced to recently-developed, influential management frameworks including the Balanced Scorecard, the Lean Startup method, the Business Model Canvas, and the Value Proposition Canvas.

Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in previous courses to class discussions and business simulations that apply strategy, strategic foresight, and soft skills. They will increase their knowledge and skills to think and act strategically by reading articles, viewing videos, sharing with other students, writing individual and group reports, and participating in two multi-week business simulations.

The first simulation uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help students develop people or “soft” skills in strategic leadership, ethics, and communication. This simulation puts students in the role of an executive management trainee tasked with leading a major acquisition for Monet Bank. Students will progress through a series of projects that challenge skills such as decision making, negotiations, ethics, online etiquette, and written communication. Each project will be completed individually through a series of emails with the fictitious co-workers and others in the simulation, as well as debriefs with an AI mentor. These interactions form the basis of the Soft Skills (individual) paper.

The second simulation challenges hard skills in areas such as accounting, financial management, and marketing. Students work with other classmates as part of a senior management team required to create and enact strategies for their firm's production, marketing, research and development, human resources, and financial operations. As companies, each team will compete with other teams as they learn through direct experience how strategic decisions impact business outcomes within a competitive market.

We believe that participation in this senior-level course will help students to become better decision-makers and work more effectively with others. We encourage this by introducing insights regarding online etiquette, ethics, emotional intelligence, and decision criteria into the course.


The course comprises an orientation module and seven main topics.

  • Orientation Module
  • Topic 1: Strategy
  • Topic 2: Strategic Foresight
  • Topic 3: Value Creation
  • Topic 4: Business Models
  • Topic 5: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Topic 6: Promoting the Firm
  • Topic 7: Measuring and Managing Performance


Your final grade in ADMN 405 will be based on a series of individual and group deliverables.

To receive credit for ADMN 405, you must complete all assignments, achieve a grade of 60 percent or better on the Individual Paper, and achieve an overall course grade of “D” (50 percent) or better.

Assignment Weighting
Discussion participation 20%
Monet Bank simulation 15%
Soft skills (individual) paper 15%
Individual Total 50%
Capstone simulation team performance 20%
Team written report 12.5%
Team oral presentation 12.5%
Peer feedback provided 5%
Peer feedback received 5%
Group Total 50%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

ADMN 405 does not include a textbook. Instead, each of the course topics includes brief course notes as well as required readings and videos. Links to the readings and videos are available in the ADMN 405 Digital Reading Room (DRR).

As part of the weekly topic discussions, students may be asked to conduct individual research by sourcing articles and readings of good quality from legitimate and relevant sources such as scholarly/peer-reviewed journals and business periodicals.

Other Resources

Monet Bank (Ametros) Simulation

In this AI (artificial intelligence) simulation, students will progress through a series of projects that challenge their skills as they manage an acquisition for this fictitious bank.

Capstone Simulation

In the Capstone simulation, student teams will run a company and compete against other teams in a simulated competitive industry.

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 20, 2018.