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Course Outlines

BUSA 7810

Introduction to Business Management Strategies in Energy

School School of Business + Media
Program BBA
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 08, 2021
End Date December 08, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 14
Hours/Weeks 3.21
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites Acceptance into the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
CRN 42476

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Steve Yallouz
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SE6 323
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Over the past three decades the impact of the energy industry on the North American economy has dramatically increased as North American governments have implemented various levels of deregulation. This has resulted in extreme price volatility for both the individual consumers and business. The purpose of this course is to provide business students with a broad introductory overview of the economic impact of the energy industry on consumers and business in Canada as it has evolved since its deregulation in the 1980's.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe traditional sources of energy in Canada including: where it is found and how it is transported to consumers (Natural Gas/Oil/Electricity/Coal).
  • Discuss the role of energy utilities in relation to the energy industry.
  • Analyze and describe how energy is priced before and after deregulation, recent consumer choice options which have resulted in price fluctuations, the evolution of the NYMEX commodity paper markets and physical commodity pricing.
  • Analyze supply/demand forces including: the finite nature of energy, energy storage options, the impacts of weather on North American energy, impacts of the economy, impacts of international events and the growing impacts of demand side management strategies.
  • Analyse and strategically apply, using Case Study Examples, the impacts of energy costs on Business including household heating costs, manufacturing costs (production costs, fuel costs, operating costs (eg. airlines) and the impacts of the energy industry as a whole on the Canadian economy.

Learning Resources

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Case Studies40
Final Exam35

Course Schedule and Assignments

(Sept 8) In the Beginning….Resource Ownership…Regulatory Bodies

(Sept 15) Upstream Exploration - How is it found? What are they looking for?

(Sept 22) Drilling

Hand out Case Study # 1

(Sept 29) - Transportation Pipelines

(Oct 6) Case #1 DUE and Case Review

(Oct 13) Oil Sands

Hand out Case #2.

(Oct 20) Commodity Pricing Part 1

(Oct 27) Commodity Part 2

(Nov 3) Case #2 DUE and Case Review

(Nov 10) Industry Strategies Part 1

(Nov 17) Industry Strategies Part 2

(Nov 24) Course Review

(Dec 1) Final Exam

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at


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Steve Yallouz, Program Head
August 31, 2021

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Denise Calvert, Part Time Studies Coordinator
August 31, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Kevin Wainwright, Interim Dean
September 03, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.