Administration (ADMN) 499

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: Permission of the professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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ADMN 499 is an independent study course. This means that:

  • the pattern of assessment for this course is broadly outlined in this document, but it can also be negotiated between the appropriate faculty member and the student.
  • there are no tutorial arrangements automatically made for you. You are required to negotiate support arrangements with faculty on an “as needed” basis.

You will notice that the emphasis is placed on your responsibilities. An independent study course requires you to take responsibility for designing your own learning and to ensure that your own learning objectives are met. You will also notice the emphasis on collaboration between you and the faculty.

Steps You Need to Take

The course coordinator for ADMN 499 is Dr. Aris Solomon ( His task is to receive an initial proposal of approximately two pages and to represent the interests of the Faculty of Business. Admission to this course requires the agreement of both the appropriate faculty member and the course coordinator. Your first step, then, is to send your proposal to Dr. Solomon.

Once Dr. Solomon is satisfied that your basic proposal has merit and the adequate faculty resources are available to support your study, you will be registered in the course and matched with an appropriate faculty member.

Some of the reasons for rejecting your proposal are the following:

  • No one is available to supervise your study.
  • Your proposal is not deemed to be equivalent to a 400-level study.
  • Your proposal is seen to be inadequate in terms of scope, depth, or focus.
  • Your assignment structure does not seek to test knowledge and skills.

If you are rejected, you may appeal this decision to the Director, Faculty of Business.


Your first assignment (worth 15% of the available marks) will be to outline in detail your study plan. This plan needs to cover these topics:

  • the aim of the study program
  • specific objectives for the study program
  • assignments for the study program
  • support required from the faculty member
  • support required from the Athabasca University Library
  • other sources of support for your study program

This is a very important assignment. It sets out your learning agenda and builds a contract for learning between you and the professor.

Once you have completed this assignment and have discussed it with the appropriate faculty member, you can continue with your studies in accordance with the agenda and contract you have agreed upon.


Normally there will be four assignments:

Assignment 1 (15%):
You will develop a complete agenda for your independent study containing a succinct description of the aims, objectives, supports, and assessments (see above).

Assignment 2 (25%):
This will be an essay/project set and required of you by the professor.

Assignment 3 (25%):
This will be an essay/project set by yourself and agreed to by the professor.

Assignment 4 (35%):
This will be a major project set and agreed upon between the professor and yourself.

This assessment structure can be varied by the professor with the agreement of the course coordinator and the student.

There are no formal examinations for this course. You complete the course by submitting all the agreed assignments and obtaining a grade of a C- (60 percent) or higher overall.

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

Course Materials

There are no formal course materials for this course. The student is responsible for negotiating with an appropriate faculty member a program of study valued at three credits.

Course materials are the student's responsibility. The student will have full access to the Athabasca University Library.

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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