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  • Objectives
    The two-year General Business diploma provides students with a broad and integrated education in the field of business, with particular emphasis on small business applications. Program areas of study include business communications, accounting, law, finance, marketing, economics, operations and human resource management as well as computer applications in business such as word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management and computerized accounting. The program prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in business, industry and government. The small business emphasis will also help prepare students who plan to return to a family business or pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Academic Title
    General Business Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    ACCT1030     Introductory Financial Accounting I

    Description: This course introduces accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping, the accrual basis of accounting, financial statements, and the ledgers and journals making up a basic accounting system. Equivalent Course: OLRN1320 Financial Accounting 1 (Internet)
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1500     Introduction to Professional Writing and Presentation Skills

    Description: Introducing the communication skills necessary for success, this course analyzes cases that reflect real life situations. Students will attain the skills in problem solving and decision making required in professional communications. Emphasis will be placed on producing effective letters and memoranda. The course also helps students develop presentation skills.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1056     Business Computing Applications I

    Description: Introducing word processing and spreadsheet applications on a microcomputer, this course will teach: entering text, developing solutions to business problems, describing the processing cycle of a computer and how data is stored, the function and type of storage used in computers, input and output operations and the impact of computers on society.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1010     Business Mathematics I
    Description: The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions through four instructional models. The course stresses business application using arithmetic, algebra, ratio-proportion and graphing. Applications include payroll, cost-volume-profit analysis and merchandising mathematics. This course stresses logical reasoning and problem solving skills. A Texas Instrument BAII 'Plus' calculator is required for the course.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MKT1040     Introductory Marketing I
    Description: This introductory course covers the broad concepts of marketing and its place in Canadian business. Students will examine industrial and consumer behaviour, the various environmental forces on marketing and the subject of market segmentation. They will also be introduced to target markets, product life cycles and product positioning.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OPER1160     Introduction to Operations Management
    Description: Operations management in an organization is more than simply scheduling parts through a production line. Learning how the concepts in this discipline relate to a variety of diverse organizations, this course teaches the tools and tasks of Operations Management from the perspectives of manufacturing and service industries.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    ACCT1040     Introductory Financial Accounting II

    Description: This course teaches introductory information on principles and methods used in accounting for current assets, long-term assets, long-term liabilities and equity accounts for both partnership and corporate business structures. Equivalent Course: OLRN1330 Financial Accounting 2 (Internet)
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030

    COMM1140     Interpersonal Communications Skills

    Description: This course will help students develop skills needed to interrelate with others in a variety of workplace situations and social settings. With the assistance of self-assessment and feedback instruments, students will be able to build on individual strengths and overcome weakness in their ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and in group settings. Although the course will incorporate relevant communication theories, the focus will be on developing the ability to present oneself effectively in the majority of managerial roles (e.g. managing conflict, instructing, seminar leader, counselor, team member). The course will also focus on managing ones image to maximize career potential.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1490     Professional Report Writing and Presentation Skills

    Description: This level two course is designed to enable students to reinforce and enhance the skills acquired in Introduction to Professional Writing and Presentation Skills by applying them to longer, more advanced projects. It also helps students to develop skills in research, informal and formal report writing, and professional oral presentation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1500
    CoRequisites:
    COMP1003     Business Computing Applications II
    Description: Recommended: Students should have some background in Accounting prior to taking this course. Introducing intermediate level features of Microsoft Excel, this course emphasizes specific requirements of electronic spreadsheets from an accounting point of view.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMP1056

    ECON1020     Microeconomics
    Description: This course is a study of how people in society deal with the problem of scarcity. It introduces students to principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary microeconomic issues facing Canadian society. Economic models are utilized to analyze decisions made by individual economic units in an economy, such as households, firms, the interaction of these units under varying market structures, and the impact of various government policies. Topics of study include: principles of economics, supply and demand theory, consumer theory, production and cost theory, and the determination of equilibrium price and output under different market structures. Course Equivalent: OLRN1650 Introductions to Microeconomics (Internet).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1020     Business Mathematics II
    Description: This course provides the student a mathematical basis for financial decisions. Topics range from simple interest to sinking funds and Canadian mortgages and refinancing of loans. A Texas Instrument BAII 'Plus' financial calculator is required.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1010

    Level Three
    ACCT2460     Applied Managerial Accounting

    Description: An introductory course in Managerial Accounting for non-accounting students, this course provides the student with an understanding of the types of costs used by managers in the planning and budgeting processes. Concepts are applied in several computer lab assignments using a computerized spreadsheet.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030

    BUS1020     Organizational Behaviour
    Description: Studying people and organizations, this course examines the behaviour of individuals working alone or in teams. Using actual examples, this course examines how behavioural factors affect organizational effectiveness. Note: This course is an approved HRPAO credit. Equivalent: Introduction to Business Management & Organizational Behaviour. OLRN1470 (Internet).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CDEV2070     Career Development

    Description: This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and activities required in order to identify appropriate and rewarding employment opportunities and to participate in the typical job search process for entry-level roles. Students will learn to evaluate their skills in order to develop self-marketing techniques such as cover letters, resumes, and outlining achievements. Mock interviews will provide the student with interview experience as well as feedback on their strengths and areas to be improved.
    Hours: 12
    Credits: 1

    ECON1030     Macroeconomics

    Description: This course is a study of the Canadian economy as a whole. It introduces students to principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary macroeconomic issues facing Canadian society. It examines the structure and performance of the Canadian economy utilizing economic models and aggregate economic indicators such as gross domestic product, employment, unemployment, income and productivity growth, inflation, interest rates, and the impact of domestic and international influences and of government fiscal and monetary policies. Equivalent: OLRN1600 Introduction to Macroeconomics (Internet).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MKT1050     Introductory Marketing II

    Description: Continuing the introduction to marketing this course covers the subjects of product selection, pricing strategies, wholesale and retail distribution methods. This course also covers advertising, the various types of advertising and common promotion strategies.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MKT1040

    MKT2080     Sales

    Description: This course deals with the buying/selling of a product, service or idea. Management students will compare personal, retail, and industrial selling and develop selling skills based on practical techniques and scenarios. Other topics include international selling, sales management and ethical behaviour.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MKT1040

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Four
    ACCT2180     Financial Applications In Business

    Description: Exposing students to a variety of accounting packages, this course emphasizes practical hands-on experience. Input transactions, processing techniques, and output formats are examined.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030

    BUS2010     Business Law

    Description: Introducing the legal system which governs personal and commercial relationships in Canada, this course provides knowledge of the basic legal concepts in order to gain insight into judicial reasoning. Areas covered range from contract law to real property and protection of creativity. Equivalent Course: OLRN1440 Business Law 1 (Internet)
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    FIN2020     Finance I

    Description: This is an introductory course in managerial finance. Its purpose is to introduce the student to the theory and principles of managerial finance.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030 or ACCT8170

    HRM2040     Human Resources Management
    Description: The primary focus of this introductory course is to offer the student an overview of the Human Resource (HR) Management function and each of its disciplines. The course emphasis is on the application of the skills and techniques commonly used today by HR professionals in each discipline area, and on understanding how they are related to the organization's overall strategy and objectives. Pertinent legislation is studied in detail. A section of the course is devoted to developing effective job search skills and to presenting oneself effectively in interviews.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MGMT2010     Small Business Operations
    Description: This practical course provides the student with an introduction to the requirements of operating a small business. Topics covered include control systems, marketing, production, inventory, regulations, and the formulation of a business plan.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MKT1040, ACCT1030

    MGMT2060     Project Management
    Description: Providing an overview of the structure, functions and operations of projects, this course introduces the particular discipline imposed by project management practices. More specifically, students may be on a project team or leading a team as the project manager. A significant amount of time will be spent in the lab using Microsoft Project 2003.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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