Business Administration - Management
- Ontario College Advanced Diploma
- College Code:
- Business and Hospitality
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, GU
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
About the ProgramThe Business Administration - Management (BAM) program is designed for students whose goals include business management, self-employment, entrepreneurial ventures, or a variety of different careers. This program helps develop skills as a management generalist, offering maximum flexibility in career choices.
Students gain an understanding of the theory and skills needed for the practical applications of modern management techniques used in a variety of sectors such as government, training and consulting, human resources, and small business ventures as well as multi-national organizations.
Students in the BAM program gain exposure to real-life working environments through a variety of innovative structured activities. These may include: research assignments, guest speakers, consulting projects with local industry, mentoring opportunities, plant tours, competitive analyses, business planning, computer simulations, and reflective exercises and role playing.
Business Administration - Management is one of five business administration programs at Conestoga. The other programs specialize in accounting, financial planning, marketing and supply chain and operations management. All Conestoga two- and three-year business administration programs share a similar first-year curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in business and management, and also gives students the opportunity to transfer. This program is also a popular choice for students aiming to move on to a graduate program and degree. For instance, students who graduate from this program with an overall average of 70% are eligible for entry into Year 3 of the four-year International Business Management degree.
Applicants holding the McDonald's Management Development Program designation may apply for credit toward this program.
Program InformationLength: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2017 (Closed) - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2017 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Guelph - September/2016 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Guelph
Start: Doon - September, January and May; Guelph - September
First-Year Capacity: 80 September Doon, 30 September Guelph, 15 January Doon
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1375)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.Domestic Fees
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates find employment in management-related areas or as entrepreneurs/small business owners. Courses are fully accredited toward professional designations such as Certificate in Management (CIM) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
83% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $40,768.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
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|COMP1056||Business Computing Applications I
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|MATH1010||Business Mathematics I
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|OPER1160||Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations Management
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|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.
|COMM1380||Professional Writing Skills for Business
Description: In this second-level communications course, students learn the professional writing skills required for effective communication in business. Students apply their learning to business case studies to produce documents for various purposes and audiences using a range of current business formats. They will also learn to write proposals and reports using research and documentation skills to further prepare them for higher learning and career success.
|COMP1003||Business Computing Applications II
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|MATH1020||Business Mathematics II
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|ACCT2460||Applied Managerial Accounting
Description: This is an introductory course in Managerial Accounting for non-accounting students. The course provides the student with an understanding of the types and behaviours of costs used by managers in the planning, decision-making and budgeting processes.
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
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|HRM2040||Human Resources Management
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|BUS3010||Financial Services and Personal Finance
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|BUS3070||Managing Social Media
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|ENTR3020||Small Business Management
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|MGMT3030||Strategic Business Planning
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Description: Applied Ethics will allow the student to grapple with some of the important ethical issues facing business leaders today; issues which typically arise in the area of human rights, health and safety, employment practices, advertising, and activities which affect the environment, to name only a few. Students will be introduced to the concepts that are relevant for resolving ethical problems and given an opportunity to develop the necessary reasoning and analytical skills for doing so.
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|HRM1010||Supervisory and Leadership Practices
Description: Preparing students to take up supervisory positions in a variety of work place settings, this course emphasizes the unique challenges facing the supervisor as the first level of management in most organizations. Case studies, projects and in-class exercises will be used in this course.
|HRM2030||Canadian Labour Relations
Description: This overview course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the development of labour unions in Canada, and the practical skills needed to manage effectively in unionized workplaces. Historical, political and legal issues affecting the industrial relations environment will be reviewed in detail. Through primary research, the student will have an opportunity to discuss organized labour from the viewpoints of both labour and management. Through simulations and experiential exercises, students will develop practical skills in collective agreement negotiation, contract administration and preparation for arbitration. Students will also have an opportunity to explore contemporary issues facing unions and to identify future trends which will impact on the industrial relations climate.
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
View Program Option Electives
Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
|MGMT3130||Sustainable Development for Managers
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the historical timeline of the Sustainable Development. Students learn communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills required to utilize green and sustainability language, to be agents of change in not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, business entrepreneurs, industry, and government. Students analyze change management issues facing organizations transitioning to sustainable business practices. Students learn to communicate and advocate personal and corporate advantages of reducing one's ecological footprint in all sectors.
|MGMT3150||Project Risk and Issues Management
Description: This course builds on the knowledge acquired in the introductory Project Management course. Students will learn a structured multi-tiered approach that can be used to identify the different types of risks associated with projects such as technical, time, costs, quality and others. Students will learn to communicate risks effectively and share the responsibility of managing risks with team members, customers and management. Students will develop creative thinking skills and problem solving skills in the context of dealing with issues encountered while managing a project.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Evaluate the impact of global issues on an organization's business opportunities by using an environmental scan*.
- Apply principles of corporate sustainability*, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives.
- Assess and use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
- Conduct and present research to support business decision making.
- Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying project management principles .
- Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
- Apply human resource practices to support management objectives and the organization's goals.
- Use accounting and financial principles to support the management and operations of an organization.
- Assess marketing and sales concepts and strategies and apply them to the needs of an organization.
- Outline principles of supply chain* management and operations management and assess their impact on the operations of an organization.
- Participate in the development of a business plan.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.
- Outline strategies used to manage risks in an organization's business activities.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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