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FMGT 7910 - The Business Environment

Financial Management Part-time Studies Course

School of Business

Course Details

This course provides an overview of the contemporary Canadian business environment. The political, legal, regulatory and trading environment in which firms operate will be examined. Students will explore the operation of industries in the global economy and assess challenges and opportunities presented by environmental factors.


FMGT 4110





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 31711

Thu Sep 12 - Thu Dec 05 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Dec 05 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 BBY SE06 Rm. 203


Hans Retterath

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. THIS IS A DEGREE LEVEL COURSE FOR THE BACHELOR OF ACCOUNTING. Please note the following registration guidelines: 1. Acceptance into the Btech in Accounting Program OR 2. Approval from the Department. For approval, please send an email with your BCIT student ID number and a brief explanation of why you wish to register to

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate potential sources of competitive intelligence.
  • Select ethical approaches to gathering and using competitive intelligence.
  • Interpret data and information relating to an organization and its business activities.
  • Assess impact of various components of the Canadian and global business environments using PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) analysis.
  • Evaluate the level of competition in an industry.
  • Conclude whether an organization’s corporate social responsibility programs are appropriate and effective.
  • Assess the business climate and culture of Canada’s major trading partners.
  • Assess the impact of international trade agreements on an industry.
  • Plan a response to the opportunities and threats presented by the business environment.
  • Propose implementation plans for strategic and operational initiatives.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

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