Learning Goals and Objectives

About Haskayne School of Business

Key learning goals and objectives for each of our major programs

In accordance with AACSB Assurance of Learning standards, the Haskayne School of Business has identified key learning goals and objectives for each of our major programs. The goals specify the traits and competencies that students will demonstrate upon completion of the program. By focusing on key learning goals, we are working to ensure that students have the necessary preparation to be successful in their future careers.

1. Each student will communicate effectively

  • Students will create well-written documents on a business topic
  • Students will deliver an effective oral presentation on a business topic

2. Each student will be skilled in critical thinking and decision-making

  • Students will weigh the significance of key assumptions used in business decision-making scenarios and develop and defend reasoned solutions
  • Students will analyze business practices and evaluate integrated business solutions
  • Students will solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques

3. Each student will incorporate ethical, social and environmental principles in making business decisions

  • Students will evaluate business decisions on the basis of ethical, social and environmental considerations
  • Students will evaluate business decisions based on ethical frameworks

4. Each student will have a breadth of understanding of key business functional area concepts and apply theories appropriately

  • Students will understand the need to identify and assess strategies to create value
  • Students will understand how to evaluate and communicate the financial status of an organization to internal and external decision makers
  • Students will understand how to make effective financial decisions, namely how to manage and use funds to achieve organizational objectives
  • Students will understand how to use information systems to support business decisions
  • Students will understand how customer relationships benefit the organization and its stakeholders
  • Students will understand how to manage processes effectively to produce and distribute products and services.
  • Students will understand how to manage an organization’s human capital effectively
  • Students will understand the legal environment of business
  • Students will understand the international environment of business

5. Each student will understand group dynamics and be able to lead others to achieve organizational goals

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate group skills to support team performance
  • Students will demonstrate effective leadership skills that foster the achievement of organizational goals

Vision: Graduates are prepared for business careers with a critical thinking approach to problem solving

1. Each student will communicate effectively

  • Students will communicate key issues effectively to appropriate stakeholders

2. Each student will demonstrate appropriate self-leadership

  • Students will apply interpersonal and personal leadership skills to support team performance

3. Each student will operate in a technology-driven environment

  • Students will utilize a variety of technologies to effectively achieve objective

4. Each student will be skilled in critical thinking and analytical decision-making

  • Students will weigh the significance of key assumptions used in business decision-making scenarios and develop and defend reasoned solutions
  • Students will solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques
  • Students will analyze business practices and evaluate integrated business solutions

5. Each student applies entrepreneurial thinking in the planning and execution of innovative solutions

  • Students will identify and apply creative solutions to challenges in the business environment

6. Each student will incorporate ethical, social, and environmental principles in making business decisions

  • Students will evaluate business decisions on the basis of ethical, social, and environmental considerations

1. Each student will communicate effectively

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills that support and enhance managerial effectiveness
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills that support and enhance managerial effectiveness

2. Each student will be skilled in critical thinking and decision-making

  • Students will apply appropriate analytic frameworks in a systematic approach to solving business problems
  • Students will analyze business practices and develop integrated business solutions
  • Students will solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques
  • Students will find and develop unique opportunities to create value by thinking strategically

3. Each student will incorporate ethical, social and environmental principles in making business decisions

  • Students will evaluate business decisions on the basis of ethical, social and environmental considerations
  • Students will evaluate business decisions based on ethical frameworks

4. Each student will understand the implications of developments in the external business environment

  • Students will analyze the impact of "local to global" issues on business opportunities and threats

5. Each student will understand group dynamics and be able to lead others to achieve organizational goals

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate group skills to support team performance
  • Students will demonstrate effective leadership skills that foster the achievement of organizational goals

HSB’s doctoral program is aligned with the Assurance of Learning Standards, as reflected in the PhD Program Learning Goals. Having explicitly defined learning goals that are directly measured helps in the evaluation of how well the school accomplishes the educational aims at the core of its activities, assesses learning accomplishments, and assists faculty members with program and course improvement.

1. Each student will master academic knowledge in their chosen specialization

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of their area of specialization in written and oral form

2. Each student will have an appropriate general background in business research methods and topics

  • Students will be skilled in business research methods
  • Students will demonstrate competence in research methods appropriate to their primary area of research

3. Each student will be able to produce original, rigorous and high quality research

  • Students will be skilled in the design of original research in their area of specialization
  • Students will demonstrate competence at preparing scholarly work for publication
  • Students will  demonstrate competence at presenting scholarly work in written form

4. Each student will be able to effectively communicate research to academic and professional audiences

  • Students will  demonstrate competence at presenting scholarly work in oral form

5. Students should be able to design and deliver effective courses for business programs in higher education

  • Students will understand principles of effective pedagogy
  • Students will demonstrate effectiveness in the classroom (may not be possible due to FOIP and other considerations)

6. Students will understand ethical standards and practice ethical behaviour in academic scholarship and professional management

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of professional ethical standards
  • Students will demonstrate ability to conduct research in accordance with professional ethical standards

1. Each student will communicate effectively

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills that support and enhance managerial effectiveness
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills that support and enhance managerial effectiveness

2. Each student will be skilled in critical thinking and decision-making

  • Students will apply appropriate analytic frameworks in a systematic approach to solving business problems
  • Students will analyze business practices and develop integrated business solutions
  • Students will use appropriate technologies in gathering and analyzing data relevant to managerial decision-making
  • Students will find and develop unique opportunities to create value by thinking strategically

3. Each student will incorporate ethical, social and environmental principles in making business decisions

  • Students will evaluate business decisions on the basis of ethical, social and environmental considerations
  • Students will evaluate business decisions based on ethical frameworks

4. Each student will understand the implications of developments in the external business environment

  • Students will analyze the impact of "local to global" issues on business opportunities and threats

5. Each student will understand group dynamics and be able to lead others to achieve organizational goals

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate group skills to support team performance
  • Students will demonstrate effective leadership skills that foster the achievement of organizational goals