Administration (ADMN) 405

Capstone II: Application and Integration of Contemporary Business Topics (Revision 3)

ADMN 405

ADMN 405 will be offered in May 2021.

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.


Note: This is a paced, cohort course that is delivered over 16 weeks.

Topics and Frameworks

In ADMN 405, students participate in lively discussions and critical analysis. The learning content is organized under seven topic headings: strategy, strategic foresight, value creation, business strategy and ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship, promotion of the firm, and performance measurement and management. From these topics, students will be introduced to influential management frameworks including Michael Porter’s Creating Shared Value and Oxford University’s Business Planning Approach.

Participation in this senior-level course will help students to become better decision-makers and to work more effectively with others. In addition to the course topics, the course will introduce insights regarding online etiquette, ethics, emotional intelligence, and decision-making criteria.

Discussions and Simulations

Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in previous courses to class discussions and business simulations that require 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 a multi-week business simulation.

The simulation uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help students develop “soft” skills (people 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 a bank. Students progress through a series of projects that challenge skills such as decision making, ethics, online etiquette, and written communication. Each project is 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.

Business Case

The business case 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 an acquisition strategy. This strategy will involve the firm’s production, marketing, research and development, human resources, and financial operations divisions. Each team will learn through direct experience how strategic decisions impact business outcomes within a competitive market.


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 Strategy and Ethics
  • 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
Strategy Discussion participation 20%
Virtual Co-op (this includes participation in the weekly Debriefing Forum and completion of the pre- and post-surveys) 25%
Soft skills (individual) paper 20%
Individual Total 65%
Team written report 20%
Team presentation 10%
Peer feedback provided 5%
Group Total 35%
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. All learning resources will be available online. 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.

The Virtual Co-op in the Monet Bank 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.

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.

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Opened in Revision 3, October 7, 2020.