COMM 101

Business Fundamentals

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2Hard
2Boring
1Useless

Prof: Ann and Elicia / Winter 2020

Dec 27, 2020

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I came into this course excited about learning more about the specializations offered in business. Needless to say this course does not really teach you anything that you didn’t know before. The only things that they were actually able to provide some more info on were accounting/finance and marketing. The real estate section was the worst. We were taught nothing and had to listen to a podcast from another prof. It just went over some Vancouver housing information and many real estate terminology were not explained. The participation grading was extremely unfair. It was mentioned that even if you just participate once but leave something meaningful you’ll gain more points. I’m not sure if my inputs were meaningful but I know for a fact I at least spoke up more than 5 times overall in tutor...read more

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Participate every time as it’ll never be enough. Get on the TAs good side. If you have the choice to not take this course, don’t.

Grade: B-Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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2.3Bad Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Ann and Elicia / Winter 2020

Jan 2, 2021

Comments on the course

Mildly interesting at times but lacks depth with the topics.

Advice

Participate a lot and put in work on the big assignments. Quizzes and breakout room activities are easy marks.

Grade: A-Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Dec 27, 2020

Comments on the course

Overall, I felt like this class was a good introduction to business and to Sauder. It got a bit boring at times, but I believe that the skills they taught us (case analysis, essay writing, participating in class) are essential first steps to success in business. Approach this class with an open mind.

Advice

Be prepared to put in a lot of work for this class if you want a high grade. Start assignments as soon as possible and do a little each day so it’s not overwhelming. Lecture participation and group business plans are extremely difficult to score high in, but don’t let those low marks discourage you. Just try your best and instead focus on other important assignments like the final reflection paper (weighted 20%) and Individual Assignment 2 (weighted 15%). It isn’t impossible to get high marks here if you go to office hours and continuously think of creative ideas that stand out from everyone else’s work.

Grade: AAttendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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2.3Bad Class
4Easy
1Very Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Conor Topley and Zorana Zvedic / Winter 2020

Dec 27, 2020

Comments on the course

Very dry class, a number of different topics are explored but none are actually looked at in depth so you kind of learn nothing about everything. Profs were great but there’s only so much they can do to make a course like this enjoyable. Assignment criteria are vague and assignments are generally time consuming but not difficult. Concepts are easy to understand but generally not actually practical outside of this course with some exceptions such as income statements.

Advice

Participation is a pretty good chunk of the grade, be sure to submit breakout exercises and speak in class. Put effort into things like formatting and making assignments presentable (this will impact your grade). Don’t put too much effort into this course at the expense of your other ones since there is very little you can do to improve your grade beyond a certain point, and the majority of time it’s unclear how anyways.

Grade: B+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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2Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Ann and Elicia / Fall 2020

Dec 26, 2020

Comments on the course

Not my favourite class, there's no structure to the course. It's more like a Mish mosh of information and you learn very little abt business. Furthermore, you can work many many hours on an assignment for an average mark not because you didn't out enough effort but because they purposely hand out low marks. A teaching assistant has literally told people that the profs tell them to give you lower marks. Lastly, participation is garbage because there's 120 students but you need to participate every week so it's impossible to get picked.

Advice

If you participate in tutorials, that will bring you mark up alot. It's quite possible to do it every tutorial and I definitely reccomend it. Lastly, you should also do their bonus marketing study for a 1% boost.

Grade: B
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Ann & Elicia / Fall 2020

Dec 20, 2020

Comments on the course

Very passionate instructors that definitely know their stuff! There's a lot of prep (reading) for most classes and pre-class quizzes. You're marked on a couple of individual assignments, a big group business plan (5 parts), quizzes, participation, polls (or clickers in person), and a reflection at the very end. Don't feel intimidated if you have 0 business knowledge going into this course, they teach you allll the basics!

Advice

Participation matters! Talk as much as you can in class, even if you don't feel confident with your answers – it took me a while to figure out that everyone feels the same way, so just step out of your comfort zone and participate, literally no one is judging you. Would also recommend making the effort to form a good relationship with your TA (connect with them on LinkedIn, talk in your tutorials, ask questions etc) – this is super important because he/she will be the one marking almost all of your assignments. Don't be too hard on yourself with grades – it's so subjective and it's honestly not a good reflection of your actual abilities most times. Just try your best and don't compare yourself to others – it's not worth it.

Grade: Not sure yetAttendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

3.3OK Class
2Hard
4Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Ann Stone & Elicia Salzberg / Fall 2020

Dec 19, 2020

Comments on the course

Participation marks are out of whack, and assignments are graded very harshly. Other than that engaging material and passionate instructors.

Advice

Participation is graded /3 each week. 1 time participating can be worth more than one point, but make a point of saying something insightful each class if possible, and saying multiple things in tutorial. These are easy grades I missed out on because I didn’t know any better.

Grade: C+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Conor Topley and Zorana Svedic / Winter 2020

Dec 20, 2020

Comments on the course

Frustrating course because there is no feedback and a low average on assignments. Participate a lot as many people get less than 30% for their participation grade. Don’t get too frustrated about marks, just focus on learning the material.

Grade: Not sure yetAttendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No

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