- Student Success Strategies
Emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from day one, and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success.
- Business Computer Applications
This course presents an introductory look at using a Windows environment computer and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). It covers the fundamentals of organizing files and folders, drafting business documents, creating presentations, and reporting data in spreadsheets. Students will have the opportunity to integrate their new skills in office communications tools in assignments related to their program of study. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
- Effective Business Writing
The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communications skills. The focus of this course is on learning writing techniques that ensure effective business communication. Achieve an effective style by using precise verbs, concrete nouns, and vivid adjectives; write memorandums and e-mail messages that deliver information and make requests; write letters and memorandums that request information concisely and promote goodwill; apply skillful writing techniques in refusing requests; compose carefully planned sales letters; write letters of appreciation, congratulation, sympathy, recommendation, and introduction; write effective formal and informal reports; write a formal report including data, using tables, charts, and graphs.
- Accounting Fundamentals I
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity. It provides the student with an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of accounting. The construction of financial statements as they evolve from business transactions and records is emphasized using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements. Introduction to Accounting; Financial Statements and Accounting Transactions; Analyzing and Recording Transactions; Adjusting Accounts for Financial Statements; Completing the Accounting Cycle and Classifying Accounts.
- Accounting Fundamentals II
The focus of the level 2 course is on the Merchandising sales, Inventories and Cost of Sales, Accounting Information Systems, Receivables and Payroll. The use of special journals and subsidiary ledgers in an accounting system coupled with methods of recording and managing retail inventories are examined. Journalizing of payroll entries is included along with recording the purchase and amortization (depreciation) of fixed assets, as well as intangible assets.
- Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 Level I
This course provides a practical introduction to Sage 50 Accounting. Students learn how to set up a computerized accounting environment and record transactions in the General, Payable, and Receivable ledgers by working with a variety of business simulations.
- Computerized Accounting II with Sage 50
This course is a continuation of Computerized Accounting with Sage 50 Level 1. Students learn how to set up for Payroll and Inventory, record payroll and inventory, set up budgets, and reconcile accounts by working with a variety of business simulations.
- Payroll Compliance Legislation
By the end of this course, students will be able to: describe payroll’s objectives and stakeholders; identify an employer/employee relationship; apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including: The Canada Pension Plan, The Employment Insurance Act, The Income Tax Act, Employment Standards legislation, Worker’s Compensation Acts and Quebec-specific legislation; and communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders.
- Payroll Fundamentals I
Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals I, students will be able to: calculate regular individual net pay; calculate non-regular individual pay; calculate termination payments; complete a Record of Employment (ROE); and communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to various stakeholders.
- Payroll Fundamentals II
By the end of Payroll Fundamentals II, students will be able to: calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial, and third party stakeholders; prepare accounting documentation for payroll; complete year-end documentation; and communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting, and year-end requirements to various stakeholders.
- Customer Relations and Interpersonal Skills
In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies and role-playing. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to improve customer relations.
- Introduction to Human Resources
This module will introduce students to the role of the Human Resources officer and assistant, the expectations placed on the Human Resources department, and the ethical and legal issues relevant to Human Resources. In this course, you will learn the aspects of effective management of human resources in today’s business environment. The strategic role and importance of human resources management is explored with emphasis on employment law, job design, planning, recruitment and selection. Employee training is also covered as well as performance management and appraisal.
- Organizational Behaviour
This course explores the basics of organizational life, including the relationship between organizational form, the individuals who work in it, and the structures of performance. Key components will be the understanding of power, ethics, leadership, and management within organizational life. Individual and team performance will be evaluated and aspects of human psychology and values assessed. Theories of motivation and leadership will be identified and the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to organizational control explored.
This module will deal with the role of the Human Resources department in attracting and retaining quality staff. The hiring process will be discussed in detail, and the student will learn how to manage excess or shortage of staff.
- Compensation and Benefits
An organization’s compensation system can have a major impact on its success, but the most effective compensation system may be very different from one organization to the next and may even differ over time for the same organization. However, if there is no single compensation system that fits all organizations, this makes life very complicated for those who manage organizations. This course explores a systematic framework for identifying and designing the compensation system that will add the most value to the organization.
- Training and Development
This module helps students understand the role and importance of training and development within an organization. Skills taught include needs analyses, designing a training program, conducting performance appraisals, and working within an existing training and development framework to maximize staff training potential.
- Employment Legislation
This course deals with common law legal principles and statutes that govern the employment relationship. Students will explore issues relating to employment law and the employment relationship from the perspective of managers, employees and human resource professionals. The course will provide an essential understanding of basic Canadian law: our legal system, contracts and torts as they relate to employment law. There will also be detailed study of those areas of law that relate directly to the employment situation: human rights, privacy, employment standards legislation, occupational health and safety and termination of employment. These topics will be discussed in relation to the hiring process, rights and obligations during the period of employment and termination and postemployment considerations.
- Privacy and Confidentiality
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the contemporary Canadian workplace with regards to organizational obligations around the use, collection and disclosure of personal information. This module will provide the student with an overview of the applicable privacy and confidentiality legislation with a focus on how it applies to a Human Resources department. Students will gain an insight into the various acts and legislation that govern privacy and confidentiality at both a provincial and federal level.
- Career & Employment Strategies
This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview: how people find jobs; employer expectations; presenting an enthusiastic attitude; focusing on the right job; transferable skills; the job interview; effective resume preparation; cover and thank you letters; effective telemarketing; tapping the hidden job market; handling objections; job search management; self-confidence and self-esteem building; mock interviews (video-taped); and individual counselling and coaching.
- HR and Payroll Work Experience
Students will be placed in actual work paces related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.