- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
About the ProgramThis program is intended for students who wish to develop a basic level of competence in business. Students will study the principles of business organization, accounting, marketing, operations management, and business communications. Completion of the program will assist students to confirm their intentions and to define the business discipline they wish to study should they choose to continue with one of Conestoga's business or business administration programs.
Upon completion of the program students will be able to transfer directly into the second semester of Business diploma programs: Business, Business Administration Management, Accounting and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Alternatively, students will receive up to 7 transfer credits towards other Business diploma programs. Students who achieve over 75% in their first semester can apply for an early transfer to Level 1 of Business or a Business Administration program should they choose to.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2019 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Guelph - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September (Doon and Guelph) and January (Doon)
First-Year Capacity: 80 Doon(Kitchener), 40 Doon (January) 25 Guelph
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Mature students must demonstrate their potential to work at the post-secondary level in one of two ways:
- by successfully completing equivalency testing in English; or
- by completing a program of academic upgrading at a level appropriate to the program of choice.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
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 OpportunitiesThis program is designed for entry-level workforce positions and to assist graduates in further academic pursuits by providing students an opportunity to gain a firm grounding in business fundamentals. Upon completion of the program students will be able to transfer directly into the second semester of Business diploma programs: Business, Business Administration Management, Accounting and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Alternatively, students will receive up to 7 transfer credits towards other Business diploma programs. Students who achieve over 75% in their first semester can apply for an early transfer to Level 1 of Business or a Business Administration program should they choose to.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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.
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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|ACCT1170||Foundations of Accounting
Description: This course builds basic skills in accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping and financial statements. Extensive hands on practice with the journals and ledgers making up a basic accounting system will be provided.
|BUS1010||Introduction to Business
Description: This course will introduce students to the foundations of Economics and Business both in Canada and globally. Students will study various business structures as well as topics in economics, accounting, marketing, and operations management.
Description: This course focuses on career exploration and decision making. Students will evaluate their interests, values, skills and abilities through assessment tools and explore the labour market to identify employment trends aligned to their strengths. Effective communication strategies to aid success in the workplace will be covered. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized development plan to support their future career goals.
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|COMP1056||Business Computing Applications I
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use Windows operating system, apply word processing techniques, create basic business presentations, and explore the power of spreadsheets . Students will also learn the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. An emphasis will be placed on the development of solutions to business problems using commonly available microcomputer tools.
|MATH1820||Foundations of Business Math
Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve basic arithmetic skills and to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. It is designed for students to help them bridge any existing gap between their current preparation and college level math.
|ACCT1500||Foundations of Accounting II
Description: This course introduces inventory merchandising transactions and valuation, accounting information systems, cash control, payroll accounting, and financial statement analysis.
|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.
|LIBS1731||Introduction to Personal Finances
Description: This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge required to effectively understand and manage their personal financial situation. It will provide a foundation for students to develop personal financial goals and to avoid many common financial problems. Topics covered will include personal cash flow and budgeting, establishing and maintaining a good credit rating, the effective use of credit, understanding group benefits, RRSPs, TFSAs and pension plans. The course will also address various types of insurance coverage and investment products.
|MATH1450||Mathematics for Business
Description: The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions through four instructional modules. The course stresses business applications 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.
Description: You will be introduced to the fundamental principles and processes of marketing in this highly interactive course. The focus of marketing is always the customer, and you will be challenged to understand consumer behaviour, segment markets, conduct marketing research and manage customer relationships. Working as an individual and on teams, you will manage the elements of the marketing mix – product, price, place and promotion – to address marketing issues using new digital tools and traditional media. You will apply your knowledge through a series of hands-on exercises and by working with a team to develop a comprehensive marketing plan.
|OPER1420||Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations Management
Description: A Supply Chain is a network of organizations that are involved in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of products and services in the hands of the ultimate customer or consumer. Operations Management is one of the three major functions of a business, along with Marketing and Accounting / Finance, and focuses on designing, creating, and improving goods and services. Understanding key Supply Chain and Operations Management foundations is crucial to any company's success and profitability. This introductory course will expose students to topics related to how products and services are created and delivered to the customer.
- Identify factors that have an impact on an organization's business opportunities.
- Explain the impact of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics on an organization's business initiatives.
- Use current technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
- Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
- Perform basic accounting procedures and financial calculations to support the operations of a business.
- Describe marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
- Outline the functional areas of a business and their inter-relationships.
- Apply basic operations management principles and techniques to support the operation of an organization.
Apply NowDomestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
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