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Student Course Credits

High performing 3rd/4th year students from all majors (B.Comm. and beyond) who are ready and willing to challenge the status quo. Students must have a minimum GPA of 70 and at least 10 credits. Although B.Comm. students represent the majority of enrolment, we welcome students from all fields of study at the University of Guelph.

MGMT*4050/4060 is a live and fluid project-based course that engages students with challenges facing community organizations. Project requirements will vary based on the needs of the assigned business. Course activities include group work, meetings with your community partner, research, progress meetings, reports and presentations. This course relies heavily on commitment and participation by students and expects students treat the course like they would a business environment in the “real world”. The weekly allotted class time is used for weekly 15 minute updates and we meet as a class four times for collaborative sessions.

Students work as consultants in interdisciplinary teams of 2-­4 to investigate and propose sustainable solutions to live cases put forth by real world clients. This is not a lecture-based course and there is no textbook. There is a midterm presentation and report and a final presentation and report. There are no exams.

There are no exams, but don't take this course simply for that reason. This course is a rich and rewarding experience to gain practical experience, but it also requires a considerable amount of time and effort.

Projects can entail anything that falls into the realm of the nine CME majors. Whether it be designing a sustainable business model, conducting a live case study that ties in industry research, or developing a social media marketing strategy.

Being an unconventional course, we do things a bit differently. You must apply using our online application. We hand pick the students who are accepted into this course. It is a privilege to take this course and we work hard to select students who will make the most of this opportunity and provide high-quality work to our clients. Once you submit an application, we will review and contact you. If you are accepted into the course, we will provide further instructions in your acceptance email.

Due to the volume of applicants, not everyone can be accepted into the course so apply as soon as possible.

While preference is given to students who meet the requirements, we are willing to make exceptions if you are able to provide evidence to showcase your skills and knowledge (i.e., extra-curricular activities, work experience, entrepreneurial experience, etc).

Courselink acts as the main source of course information. An online resource library is also made available on Courselink for students to access during the semester. There is no textbook for this course though students are encouraged to refer to texts from previous courses as needed.

Expect to gain valuable “real-world” experience through the generation of feasible solutions to real problems facing real organizations
Expect to apply your business knowledge foundation.
Expect to work with a team of driven students.
Expect to gain hands on experience that will be invaluable when you head out into the “real world.”
Expect to meet like minded individuals.
Expect to be creative and problem solve.
Expect to develop your teamwork, project management and leadership skills.
Expect to help your community.
Expect to learn valuable skills from working in a practical setting.
Expect to make a measurable contribution to a business in your community while earning credit for it.

An updated course outline will be available soon!

The course runs for a semester.

Yes, a 0.5 credit.

The MCS major accepts MGMT*4050 and MGMT*4060 as a restricted elective that can count towards the E7 capstone credit. If you are from another major, please check in with your faculty advisor.

Upon acceptance, you will be assigned a Client and placed on a given project team. Leading up to the semester you will be introduced to your client and team, provided background information on the client’s organization and a course outline. A first class meeting will be scheduled in the first two weeks of the semester followed by a first meeting with your client.

Companies are not involved in the student selection process. Students are assigned to clients by the CBaSE team on the basis of their compatibility for a given project. Compatibility is based on your application, resume, interests and experience.

You can expect to devote 7-10 hours a week to this course, which is equivalent to that of any other 0.5 credit course. Allocation of tasks and group meetings will be up to your individual group to determine.

This is not a formal lecture course. That said, there is an allotted class time, which will be used for 3 collaborative class meetings throughout the semester bringing together ALL project teams. These meetings are informal and conducted as open-dialogue roundtables. Meetings are not mandatory, as we understand that scheduling conflicts do exist. The expectation is that at least one member of your group is able to attend each of the three class meetings.

The Business Consulting course allows students to step outside of academia and put their knowledge to use. You will gain practical real-world experience to put on your resume. In job interviews you can speak to your completed community project which will certainly impress prospective employers. Heck, you might even land a job with the client you are paired with during the course. It has happened before.

Different people/groups will take away different skills based on their project, but here are a few you will definitely gain: conceptualization, organization, time management, teamwork, leadership, creativity, problem solving, client management, communication, critical thinking and presentation skills. Ultimately, the more you put into the course, the more you will receive back.

You certainly can. View our clients from our Fall 2013 semester or view success stories of previous students, clients and faculty members.

We try to release the client list prior to the beginning of the semester, but it isn't always possible. Once the client lineup is finalized, it will be emailed to all enrolled students upon its release and added to website. Following the release, enrolled students will have the opportunity to select their top 3 projects.

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Student Funding

At this time, only students from one of the 9 majors in the College of Management and Economics (CME) may apply: Accounting, Agricultural Business, Hotel and Food Administration, Human Resource Management, Management Economics and Finance, Marketing Management, Public Management, Real Estate and Housing and Tourism Management. Students from ALL years may apply.

Yes, as long as you are a student from College of Management and Economics (CME).

Yes. Students attending any given competition or conference must apply as a team. Applicants may only request funding for ONE competition or conference per application. Please note that only ONE application per competition or conference will be accepted however the number of attendees to be listed on the application is unlimited. This is in place to ensure equality in grants across the board.

Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis throughout the academic year. If your application is received by the 10th day of the month, it will be reviewed that month.If not, it will be reviewed the following month. For example, applications received by October 10 will be reviewed by October 15 and you could expect to hear back by October 17.

Funding approval is communicated by the 17th day of each month to the primary contact of attendees. The committee holds the right to determine the amount to be funded.

1) Is the competition based on a topic of interest to a CME degree (MEIF, ACCT, HRM, MKMN, HAFA, HTM, REH, FAB, PMGT), environmental sustainability or community engagement?

2) Does the opportunity apply to academia while providing an experiential learning opportunity?

3) Has funding support been requested from other funding bodies on campus?

4) Funding support requested from other funding bodies on campus.

1) Registration fees (including any accommodation costs and meals that are included with the fee).

2) Accommodations (expected to be the least expensive).

3) Transportation to and from the competition (bus, train, air, car). Mileage at the provincial rate (0.43cents/km, May, 2010) *Note: Provide the estimated cost of each method of transportation. CBaSE will only cover the most cost effective mode of transportation.

1) Meals.

2) Transportation by taxi or subway.

3) Rental car or parking passes.

4) Printing costs for competition or conference materials (e.g. business plans).

Funding requests must be over $250.

Yes, you are required to submit a 250 word reflection paper and receipts for all costs incurred. If you applied as a team, each member must submit an individual reflection paper.

Yes. You will not receive funding without them.

No. We do this for two reasons. 1) We want to ensure you spend the money on the agreed upon costs which requires receipts as proof of payment. 2) This proves your commitment to attending the event.

Reflection papers should include experience and knowledge gained from the competition or conference that could benefit future CME attendees. The reflection paper could be used as testimonials with your permission under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Using our online claim form, the primary contact must submit one claim with all receipts and reflections pieces within 14 days of attending the conference or event. The claim form will be cross referenced with the original grant. A cheque will be granted within 3-4 weeks.

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A standard administrative fee of $1,200 applies to all for-profit community partners, which allows for the sustainable operation of CBaSE. A sliding scale is in place for those in need. Not-for-profits, charitable organizations, and early stage start-ups are asked to contribute what is financially possible given their circumstances.

All projects must be completed within a 12-week semester.

Throughout the semester, community partners will be in direct contact the student team. Partners can anticipate regular communications and updates from members of the CBaSE team, who will remain a point of contact should any questions or concerns arise.

Simply fill out our online application to apply for our program. Once your application has been received, a member of the CBaSE team will be in touch to discuss project specifics and project deliverables.

We strive to work with all community partners who apply. But as the Centre continues to grow and demand for our program increases, we must evaluate and select projects that are best aligned with our student expertise and the Centre’s capacities, core competencies and values.

Community partners can anticipate three visits to the University of Guelph campus organized by CBaSE: first for an initial “discovery” meeting to discuss project objectives at the start of the semester, second for a midterm update presentation provided by the students and last for a final presentation that will tie together the semester’s findings.

The initial meeting will take 45 minutes to an hour, and it is an opportunity for you to connect with your student team as well as the CBaSE team, which includes graduate teaching assistants for the course. For the first meeting, it would be great if you could provide an introduction to the company and the vision of the project your team will be completing for you. It is also an opportunity for the students to pose questions so that they have enough information to get started. Ideally, the students should come out of the meeting with enough information so that they may proceed with the project. The next time you will connect with them is likely the midterm presentation.

Note: If for any reason you are unable to travel to Guelph for a meeting, arrangements can be made to meet over Skype or conference call. It is expected that necessary background information required to carry out the project objectives be provided to students prior to the initial “discovery” meeting.

Our Business Consulting course is designed to provide senior undergraduate students with an opportunity to earn a course credit while engaging with the local community. CBaSE strives to align expectations of the students with those of the community partner to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.

Eligible students apply and are interviewed for the CBaSE Business Consulting Course. Accepted students are assigned to projects based on their areas of interest and experience. Students earn academic credit for their work and dedicate 7-10 hours per week over the course of a 12-week semester.

Students work in interdisciplinary teams with 2-4 members to complete the agreed upon objectives. Three collaborative class meetings are held throughout the semester bringing together all students enrolled in the CBaSE Business Consulting Course. These meetings along with themed workshops and regular check-ins with Graduate Teaching Assistants are designed to better support students in the course. Students are also expected to meet a number of deliverable deadlines throughout the semester.

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Faculty members across all colleges are welcome to apply. Whether you are looking for a case study to embed into your course or you are looking an organization to partner with, we can help.

We offer faculty three resources: 1) case studies with local organizations to embed in your course, 2) mentoring opportunities with UofG students and 3) research/consulting opportunities with local organizations.

We use the online application to learn more information about your requirements and needs. This will allow us to begin a conversation about how we can provide you with the appropriate support and resources. Once we receive your submission, we will review and get in touch shortly.

There are a lot of benefits from working with CBaSE. Embedding a case study into your course is an excellent way to engage students with real world material. Partnering with a community organization provides an opportunity to work with the local community to make a positive impact. Lastly, mentoring students allows for a rich and rewarding experience that provides invaluable support to students requiring guidance and expertise.

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