In this course, students will explore the essential attributes of business research and analysis in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field to make appropriate business decisions. Students will individually and in teams explore the economic principles that drive the ICT industry. This course sets the foundation for research, analysis, and critical thinking that will be encountered and required throughout the ICT program. As such, a major component of this course is writing research papers on various ICT topics including economic and technical drivers and challenges, ICT economic principles, and the ICT regulator framework. Additionally, students will participate in collaborative teams as they consider industry trends and customer/user needs during the development process to create a product or service proposal and business case. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to evaluate and utilize management and process tools which will guide class discussions as well as critical thinking and analyses in a structured format. The applicability of these tools extends beyond this course and into the operation and management of an ICT organization.