Administration (ADMN) 201

Introduction to Business Studies (Revision 1)

ADMN 201 Writing in Organizations

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ADMN 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


ADMN 201 is targeted toward people who want an overview of formal business studies at the university level. ADMN 201 introduces students to the fundamental business topics (or functions) that comprise the typical majors found in Faculties of Business at universities around the world, including accounting, finance, management, and marketing. ADMN 201 also covers a variety of business-related topics, including the business environments (economic, cultural, political, and legal, all from an international perspective), ethics and social responsibility, business types, and entrepreneurship. ADMN 201 consequently covers much material and introduces students not only to business ideas and concepts, but also to the many new terms and concepts that are so important for understanding modern business. You should find much that interests you in ADMN 201, and the course may encourage you to continue your business studies.


Part 1: Conducting Business in the Global Economy

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the Fundamentals of Business and Economics
  • Lesson 2: Competing in the Global Economy
  • Lesson 3: Practicing Ethical Behaviour and Social Responsibility

Part 2: Starting and Organizing a Small Business

  • Lesson 4: Starting and Financing a Small Business
  • Lesson 5: Selecting the Proper Form of Business Ownership and Exploring Business Combinations

Part 3: Managing a Business

  • Lesson 6: Understanding the Functions and Roles of Management
  • Lesson 7: Organizing and Working in Teams
  • Lesson 8: Producing Quality Goods and Services

Part 4: Managing Employees

  • Lesson 9: Managing Human Resources
  • Lesson 10: Motivating Today's Workforce and Handling Employee-Management Relations

Part 5: Developing Marketing Strategies to Satisfy Customers

  • Lesson 11: Developing Product and Pricing Strategies
  • Lesson 12: Developing Distribution and Promotional Strategies

Part 6: Managing Financial Information and Resources

  • Lesson 13: Analyzing and Using Financial Information
  • Lesson 14: Understanding Banking and Securities


To receive credit for ADMN 201, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50%) on the final examination and an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 per cent). Any assignment that is not submitted for marking will receive a grade of 0%. If you do not take the midterm examination then you will receive a grade of 0% on this examination. The weighting of each assessment activity is indicated in the table below:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
10% 15% 15% 20% 40% 100%

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

Note: The final examination for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Bovee, Courtland L, John V. Thill, and George Dracopoulos (2009). Business in Action, Second Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 78-0-13-206691-4

Other Materials

Students will access all other course materials online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ADMN 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D"(50 per cent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 6, 2010.