Administrative Business Management

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About the Program

Senior management require strong administrative and analytical support, relying on assistants, business, and office managers with technical competency, superior organizational skills, the ability to manage conflicting demands and a variety of responsibilities. Graduates will be able to coordinate activities on the executive's behalf and ensure the executive successfully navigates through a multitude of functions and responsibilities. Students will complete courses designed to develop proficiency in the use of integrated software and financial processes, apply managerial principles and processes, strengthen verbal and written communication, and develop expertise in administrative procedures and processes. Graduates of this program will be ready to become integral parts of the leadership team in any business by providing support for the activity of the senior executive group.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Brantford - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Brantford
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 50 - Doon, 35 - Brantford

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for Administrative Business Management - Program # 1422

Brantford - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2407.50 $2407.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
eText Fee $513.00 $379.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Brantford U-pass $50.28 $50.28
Recreation/Athletics Fee - Brantford $70.50 $70.50
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $3670.28 $3213.28
Year Total   $6883.56
Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2407.50 $2407.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
eText Fee $513.00 $379.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $3694.83 $3237.83
Year Total   $6932.66

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
Administrative Business Management - Program # 1422


Brantford - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $0.00 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
eText Fee $513.00 $379.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Brantford U-pass $50.28 $50.28
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee - Brantford $70.50 $70.50
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $8637.78 $7680.78
Year Total   $16318.56

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $0.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
eText Fee $513.00 $379.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $8662.33 $7705.33
Year Total   $16367.66

Financial Assistance

The 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 Opportunities

Combined with 2-3 years experience in an administrative role, graduates of this program will be in a position to work as Executive Assistants to senior management such as CEOs, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Deans and other senior management members in a wide variety of domestic or international companies, public and private businesses, government offices, colleges and universities, etc. Executive Assistants at this level are an integral part of the strategic planning and management team, providing administrative and analytical support to the executive in a variety of areas.

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 Transfer

Conestoga 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.

Program Courses

Course Details (1422)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ADMN8011 Administrative Management I

Description: The central focus of this course is an office simulation designed for advanced office administrative management. Students will utilize various skills to manage typical office-related documents and activities. They will develop their time management and organizational skills by working independently in the context of a fictitious company around which the simulation is designed. The course tests the students` ability to take ownership and responsibility for the administrative work that is required in an office setting while managing and providing leadership within an administrative team.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ADMN8040 Executive Office Communications

Description: This course introduces the students to various forms of communications in an executive office setting. Students will apply industry standards creating and producing a wide range of documents including resumes and cover letters, business letters, memos, emails, summaries, speaking points, and reports. The students will learn how communications enhance the strategic goals of the executive and the organization.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BUS8381 Leadership and Decision Making

Description: Today more than ever, leaders need to be critical and creative thinkers in order to deal with all aspects of organizational administration. Students will learn how to think creatively and critically in order to apply those skills to their role in the organization. This course will also examine the leader's role in the development and success of teams in the workplace. Students will apply leadership skills by leading and participating in formal business meetings.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMP8170 Computer Applications and Analytics

Description: This course introduces students to current uses of information technology in a business setting. Students will explore computer hardware and software, computer networks, client management systems, electronic records management systems, and relevant global information resources that can be accessed to enhance decision-making. Issues relating to information management will also be addressed including privacy, confidentiality and security of information. Information technology costs and methods of evaluation and deployment will also be explored.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MGMT8300 Introduction to Project Management

Description: This course provides the practical knowledge to prepare for starting and completing a project successfully. It will cover the components and tasks related to complex projects that often involve multiple functional teams and departments. You will explore how the knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle as well as the processes related to successful project management. An overview of status reporting and the use of MS Project will be covered. This knowledge will help establish priorities and effectively manage your projects. It will be of particular interest to those students who have a long-term goal of attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation certified by the Project Management Institute.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MGMT8500 Accounting and Financial Management

Description: This course is designed to provide business managers with knowledge of Financial and Managerial Accounting required to support decision making. This course introduces business managers to quantitative and qualitative techniques and to communication strategies that enable reporting findings in an engaging and professional manner. Additionally, they are introduced to the essential functions including budgeting, the interpretation of financial information and the effective communication of operational and financial strategies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ADMN8020 Administrative Management II

Description: Students in this course will spend 30-40 hours in a workplace observing the administrative processes of an executive or departmental office and complete a comprehensive analysis project. Students will analyze several key administrative areas and prepare a report and presentation outlining efficiencies or potential streamlining of administrative processes.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ADMN8010 or ADMN8011
CoRequisites:

ADMN8030 Records Management

Description: This course introduces the records lifecycle and establishes a solid basis in records management concepts and techniques. Records inventorying, retention, and destruction scheduling, inactive and vital records management are covered in-depth. Application of records management practices to electronic records are covered.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
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COMP8180 Database Management

Description: Students will gain experience with a variety of database management software systems that may be used in a business setting. Software features will be explored to create and maintain; tables, queries, forms and reports.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HRM8130 Human Resources Management

Description: The primary focus in this introductory course is to offer the student an in depth view into the world of the Human Resource (HR) Management functions and each of its specialties. The course emphasis is on the skills and techniques utilized by HR professionals in each of their specialty areas, and how they are related to the organization's overall strategy and objectives.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

INFO8180 Business Analytics and Information Systems

Description: Businesses rely on data. It connects all departments from employees to customers, and it drives decisions. This course gives students a practical, software driven approach to business analytics. Using analysis tools like MS-Excel with other data visualization and mining tools, students will learn the landscape of data: the information systems where it is created, how data are verified, governed, analyzed, and made actionable.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MGMT8280 Business Management

Description: This course introduces students to the study and practice of managing with the view to preparing prospective executive and administrative assistants and office managers, to support their middle and senior managers and board members as part of the executive team in a variety of organizations. Managerial functions and roles are explored in many contexts through case studies and simulations as students apply managerial principles and best practices across a wide spectrum of situations. The importance of confidentiality and the adherence to high ethical standards and practices is emphasized to ensure that their managers can meet their unit and organizational goals in accordance with their values and mission.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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PRLN8090 Public Relations Theories and Applications

Description: Whether working in a small start-up or large multinational company, Executive Assistants (EAs) play a pivotal role in managing an organization's image and brand across multiple internal and external stakeholders. In this course, students will be introduced to the foundational principles of Public Relations (PR) including media relations, crisis communications, reputation management, community relations, social media and employee communications. Students will develop PR plans based on the R.A.C.E. framework. Additionally, students will demonstrate how their own personal PR plays a significant role in reflecting an organization's brand. Through case studies based on current situations, experiential learning activities and practical assignments, students will deepen their ability to work strategically and broadly while developing critical thinking skills.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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Program Outcomes

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