- Career and Employment Strategies
In addition to learning career-oriented skills, students learn how to get a job in their chosen profession. Our Employment Services department will assist the graduate in resume writing, as well as preparing for job interviews. Our staff is sensitive to current job market trends and the needs of employers in each local market. Our graduates receive guidance and training to use career tools that help job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online. Students will have the use of a computer lab which has unlimited Internet access, as well as job search resources. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques and to carry out mock interviews. This course also 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 and the hidden job market; Transferrable skills; Thank you letters; Effective telemarketing; Handling objections, self-confidence, and self-esteem; Individual counselling and coaching.
- Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
- Emerging Global Issues
As global trade barriers come down, Canadian companies must learn to compete internationally. This course introduces the fundamentals of international trade. Students will learn to apply the skills and knowledge needed to perform export/import readiness diagnostics and initiate a variety of export/import planning process for companies involved in international trade.
- Strategic Management
This course will explore strategic leadership skills and practices. You will learn to define an organization’s mission, formulate strategies, implement guiding principles and establish clear direction and purpose. By the end of the course, you will develop enhanced strategic thinking, analysis and judgment abilities. This leadership course is worth 3 credits towards your bachelor degree.
- Project Management
Project Management is of paramount importance to all organizations to improve effectiveness and efficiency. This course utilizes the popular Microsoft Project applications program with realistic case studies and step-by-step guidance.
- Business Environment
A business plan is critical to a new business venture. Students will examine the step-by-step process of logical analysis of every aspect of the proposed business, and develop strategies to combat the principal risks that will face the business owner-manager.
- Human Resources
Employees are the most valuable asset of a business and all aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.
- Organizational Behaviour
This course investigates the dynamics of human behavior within the context of organizations. Three levels of analysis are focused upon: individual, group and organization. The goal is to develop analytical skill to decrease the number of unintended consequences occurring because of the interface between human nature and organization rules and structures.
This subject provides the student with a basic knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts that can be applied in the subjects that follow.
This course highlights the growing business model of electronic commerce. Study the changing relationship between business and the online community by examining issues of website design, Internet security, data exchange, Internet marketing, and electronic financial transactions. Legal and intellectual property issues are also discussed.
Students are provided an introduction to marketing practices focusing on problem definition and solution. Topics will include marketing concepts, marketing strategies, and buyer behaviour. The product promotion, distribution, pricing and public relations model are emphasized.
Major economic variables affecting a business including interest rates, GDP growth, and forces of supply and demand are examined.
- Business Law
An introduction to Canadian business law is provided by using the case study approach that leads to a grasp of the key elements. The emphasis is on the application of the law to practical business situations.
- Business Essentials
Business Essentials provides an overview of business management today, including forms of ownership and the ways managers carry out their basic management functions in a skillful and inventive way.
- Communications 3: Public Speaking and Presentations
Students will explore both basic and more advanced features of presentation software, while creating visually attractive and effective presentations. The key elements of public speaking are learned and practised within this course and applied in future courses in the program.
- Communications 2: Academic Writing
The course is designed to reinforce essay composition skills and introduce students to the practice of writing for academic purposes. It will prepare students for work in high level English courses in which research writing is a requirement. It introduces basic research writing skills including: conducting research, note taking, paraphrase, summary, direct quotation, positioning, and MLA or APA style citation. The course will place equal or greater emphasis on macro-level composition skills such as: essay structure, paragraph structure, coherence, unity; and micro-level skills such as: sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and mechanics. The course is delivered in conjunction with Communications 1: Effective Business Writing, some writing skills meet the objectives of both courses.
- Communications 1: 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.
- Foundation Mathematics
An introduction to basic university-level mathematics in the context of business and social science applications. Problem-solving skills are taught in the areas of linear algebra, exponential growth, basic statistics, and time series analysis. Students will apply these concepts to a variety of problems such as compound interest, annuities, present value, data analysis, and Markov Matrices. Prerequisite: At least a grade of C in BC Mathematics 11 (Principles of Mathematics) or the equivalent.
Management of the financial transactions of a business firm are absolutely critical to its survival. This introduction to finance will examine financial statements, profit planning, budgeting, the cost of capital, and forms of financing.
- Computerized Accounting with Sage 50
Students will learn accounting procedures in a computerized environment using the General, Payables, Receivables, modules of Sage 50.
- Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting I - Level 1
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. Students will have a clear grasp on the introduction to accounting; financial statements and accounting transactions; analyzing and recording transactions; adjusting accounts for financial statements; and completing the accounting cycle and classifying accounts.
- Business Computer Applications
The first component of this course is designed to introduce students to basic computer literacy through familiarization with the components that make up a computer. Students will also look at the Windows operating system to learn how to manage a computer on a regular basis. The second component of this course will teach the basic skills required to work with a variety of business documents including the following MS Office Products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third and final component is designed to introduce students to considerations for living online. Students will look at what the Internet is and how e-mail has made a huge impact on communicating with others as well as look at how to find information on the Internet and avoid risk to personal security while online.
- Student Success Strategies
The purpose of this course is to optimize learning through equipping students with effective study techniques. This course also provides an introduction to personality styles that will be encountered in the workplace and allows students to practise appropriate and productive interaction between the various styles. Emphasis is placed on the types of communication that work best with each style in order to achieve a good working relationship and to manage and resolve conflicts that arise. Students are also introduced to strategies for setting personal goals, managing time, and managing the stress that results from study or work and builds on positive group dynamics and setting expectations for student success