A310: Business Foundations for Insurance Professionals

This course is not available for registration at this time. Please see the Key Dates on the Program Courses page for further information.

In this course you will gain an understanding of the p&c insurance industry in the larger context of business, including:

• An overview of business in Canada, looking at the political, economic, social and technological environment
• Effective leadership
• Management of business functions (such as human resources, marketing, and financial management) to achieve business goals

TOPICS COVERED
• Politics
• Economics
• Society, Ethics, and the Law
• Technology
• Business Success Factors
• Management and Leadership in Organizations
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing
• Financial Performance
• Introduction to Finance and Financial Management

COURSE MATERIALS
Course materials include industry-specific course content and an undergraduate-level business textbook.

EVALUATIONS
Evaluation for this course is based on the following:

• Weekly participation in online discussions
• Assignments
• A final assessment (a written assignment)

All evaluated work is delivered and submitted through the course web page on our e-learning website.

COURSE SCHEDULE
Length: One term (13 weeks).

Delivery: Facilitated online learning. There is no weekly live class, but all students follow the same weekly schedule for readings, assignments, and graded online discussions. Students should plan to log in to the course website at least twice a week to participate in the graded discussions. The course facilitator provides guidance and grades student work.

Time commitment: About 8–10 hours per week to complete readings, assignments, discussion and other activities.

SUGGESTED PRIOR LEARNING
This course has been developed at an introductory undergraduate level and is designed to build on knowledge acquired in completing the CIP program. Students wishing to take this course who do not have a CIP should have industry experience and may need to make additional efforts in order to get the most from the course. While not required prior learning, students are encouraged to complete A300: Critical Thinking for Insurance Professionals before taking A310.