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  • Objectives
    Business Foundations provides students with a fundamental competency in business through a curriculum that is specifically tailored for students who require or desire academic upgrading. The program will cover basic principles of business organization, business communications, business mathematics, accounting, and marketing.
  • Academic Title
    Business Foundations Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BUSI-1082    College Orientation & Success     3.00
    • BUSI-1066    Customer Service     3.00
    • BUSI-1084    Talking Business     3.00
    • COMP-1332    Information Management     3.00
    • MATH-1168    Mathematics Fundamentals     3.00
    • WRIT-1035    Reason & Writing-Business Foundations     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ACCT-1004    Principles of Accounting 1     4.00
    • BUSI-1005    Introduction to Business Processes     3.00
    • MATH-1052    Business Math     3.00
    • MKTG-1012    Principles of Marketing I     3.00
    • WRIT-1032    Reason & Writing - Business 1     3.00

    ACCT-1004 -  Principles of Accounting 1
    This course introduces the student to the subject of Accounting and is designed to teach the student an essential life skill. The course focuses on the concept of accounting and its connection to students’ financial well being. The student will learn a basic understanding of accounting and its importance to business success.

    BUSI-1005 -  Introduction to Business Processes
    The purpose of this course is to explore the various functional areas of business in Canada and to demonstrate the interrelationship among these areas. Students are introduced to many concepts, including major business trends, the role of government in business, marketing, operations, employee-management issues, financial resources management, business ethics, social responsibility and community-related philanthropy.

    BUSI-1066 -  Customer Service
    This course covers the concepts and skills needed for success in today's business environment including verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, and time management. Emphasis is placed on dealing with customer service problems, how to handle conflicts, stress and service expectations in a diverse culture.

    BUSI-1082 -  College Orientation & Success

    This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve college and career success. Areas of focus include: goal-setting, time management, note-taking from texts and lectures, studying for tests and exams, test-taking, social intelligence, teamwork, and managing college life.

    BUSI-1084 -  Talking Business
    This course will provide students with the oral communication skills necessary for entry-level positions in the retail and service sectors. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of oral communication techniques for a variety of business contexts and audiences: conversation (both face-to-face and telephone), interviews, customer service interactions, meetings, and presentation. The curriculum will also address communication within a diverse workplace, ethical communications and non-verbal communication. This course will complement the curriculum in BUSI-1066, Customer Service.

    COMP-1332 -  Information Management

    An introduction to computer applications is undertaken in its relation to general business practices. Topics include an overview of information technology using computers and printers, file management, utilizing the Internet for research, business, and leisure. Specific applications include Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The contents of lessons and projects simulate situations encountered in general business processes.

    MATH-1052 -  Business Math
    This course provides a review of basic arithmetic and algebra as well as providing students with mathematical tools and concepts needed for other college courses and in future employment. This course is to prepare students for later courses in Marketing, Business, Financial Planning, Accounting, Purchasing and Insurance.

    MATH-1168 -  Mathematics Fundamentals

    This course is a preparatory mathematics course. It is designed to help students acquire the skill and understanding of fundamental mathematics and introductory algebra necessary for success in the subsequent course - Math 1052. The course includes basic arithmetic operations, the number system, fundamental operations and equations, and is intended to strengthen basic arithmetic skills within problem-solving contexts. Additional topics covered are: fractions and decimals, exponents, ratio, proportion and percent, and an introduction to algebra. Use of the calculator is integrated into the course content.

    MKTG-1012 -  Principles of Marketing I
    This course is designed to provide an overview of the decisions that face Marketers in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. Students will learn that marketing is not only advertising but a broad set of activities designed to satisfy consumer needs and wants. Students begin by examining the information Marketers require for effective decision-makingin order to develop effective marketing strategies. Students will then study product planning, channel system management, integrated communications and pricing policies.

    WRIT-1032 -  Reason & Writing - Business 1

    This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected business terms.

    WRIT-1035 -  Reason & Writing-Business Foundations
    This course will introduce business foundations students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the introductory postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. Particular attention will be paid to basic sentence and paragraph structure. This course will also introduce students to selected topics and concepts in business.

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