Administration (ADMN) 405

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

ADMN 405

ADMN 405 may be offered in September 2019, subject to a minimum enrolment. 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

ADMN 405 is not available for challenge.

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In ADMN 405, students participate in lively discussions and critical analysis. Learning content is organized under six topic headings: strategy, 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 be expected to apply technical competencies developed throughout their undergraduate program and further develop higher-level generic competencies such as critical and analytical thinking, self and time management, leadership communication skills, and teamwork. Through analysis and discussion of readings and articles, as well as participation in online discussion forums and a team-based business simulation, students will develop skills related to decision making, ethics, online etiquette, collaboration, and preparing formal oral and written reports.

ADMN 405 students will explore different strategy-oriented approaches to management. By participating in a robust management simulation, students gain hands-on experience running a business as a member of a senior management team. The simulation demonstrates how a firm's production, marketing, R&D, HR, and financial operations interact. Student teams compete simultaneously, learning through direct experience how key decisions impact business performance within a competitive market. Ultimately, ADMN 405 is a course based on discovery, questioning, discussion, and friendly competition.


The course comprises an orientation module and six main topics.

  • Orientation Module
  • Topic 1: Strategy
  • Topic 2: Value Creation
  • Topic 3: Business Models
  • Topic 4: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Topic 5: Promoting the Firm
  • Topic 6: 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 a minimum overall course grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent).

Assignment Weighting
Discussion participation 20%
Discussion facilitation 15%
Individual paper 15%
Individual Total 50%
CAPSTONE team performance 15%
Group written report 12.5%
Group 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 six 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

CAPSTONE Simulation

In the CAPSTONE Simulation environment, student teams will run a company and compete against other teams in a simulated competitive industry. Students must devise and implement a strategy by making decisions that impact all the functional business areas.

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.

Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services