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Courses - May 2025

Level 1

Course details

Finance and Accounting for Non-Accountants
ACCT8221

Description: All managers need financial management skills to make decisions and manage projects within an organization. This introductory course for non-accounting students covers aspects of both financial accounting and management accounting. Students will be able to apply concepts of finance and financial management for organizations operating in a variety of environments. Students will develop an appreciation for the techniques used to control financial risk in management situations. Students will be able to apply concepts of financial accounting to both personal and business situations, including the preparation and use of basic financial statements. Management accounting topics will allow the students to understand cost behaviour and its use in decision-making, evaluate capital investments, and prepare operating budgets.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Food Safety and Traceability
AGRI8000

Description:

Students will learn about food industry best practices that are designed to ensure safety for consumers as food products transition from the field to consumer. Topics include record keeping, coding, tracking and labeling for traceability; harvest, storage, transport and processing practices; and security, packaging, and product labeling.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Business Communications
COMM8800

Description:

This industry-driven course focuses on IT business deliverables. It grounds students in the best practices for professional writing and presentation. Further, it provides strategies for engaging business audiences through the lenses of cultural and generational differences, conflict resolution, and team dynamics. Students will develop their skills in producing key business deliverables, including email, formal and informal reports, and sales presentations. Students will learn to build and curate a professional social media brand.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

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: 0
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Agile Principles
MGMT8895

Description:

In this course, students will be introduced to the Agile principles and how these principles aim at continuous delivery and improvement, collaboration, and openness to change. Students will delve into values and principles covered in the agile manifesto and how to enhance communication with user stories and cross-functional teams. This course will also explore how to respond to change the agile way, introduce popular agile frameworks, and learn about the common roles of an agile team.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Management and Leadership Essentials
MGMT8905

Description:

In this course, students will enhance their understanding of leadership and management approaches in Canadian organizations. Emphasis on developing effective management strategies including, professional communication, planning, decision making, conflict resolution, effective team building and navigating change. Key concepts include professionalism, adaptability, boundaries and resourcefulness.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Canadian Occupational Health and Safety
OHS8370

Description:

This course explores creating a healthy and safe workplace in the agri-business environment through the interpretation and application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and related legislation, including WHMIS/GHS. Students will identify common workplace hazards, assess risks, and select appropriate control measures. Additional prevention programs will be explored including incident investigations, worker training and emergency planning.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course details

Pest Control Management
AGRI8010

Description:

This course will provide students with an introductory understanding of pests in relation to agricultural practices. Principles of prevention, cultural, physical, biological, and chemical control will be outlined. Laboratories will include pest identification and pest control methods for various crops. Students will study concepts and principles from the Grower Pesticide Safety Course and will be aptly prepared to write the Grower Pesticide Safety Exam upon completion of this course.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Agri Technology
AGRI8020

Description:

AgTech is any innovation used across the value chain to improve efficiency, profitability, and/or sustainability. It includes hardware, software, business models, new technologies and new applications i.e. data analysis, data analytics, robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, GPS technology. These reduce or eliminate the negative global environment impact of agriculture by reducing the fossil fuel, fertilizer, water, and land requirements for food production. Top 5 trends from 2021 Digital Farming with Smart technology such as precision sprayers; Data Integration and collection; Weather forecast; Field Management; Sensors and Robots

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Agri-Food Industry Trends
AGRI8030

Description:

The Canadian agri-food sector is a dynamic and evolving with diverse challenges and opportunities. This course will examine trends in the agri-food sector with a focus on production practices, economics and the environment.

Students will have an opportunity to evaluate emerging technologies for agri-businesses in relation to efficiency and economic viability.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Career Management
CDEV8132

Description: This course focuses on career management skills needed to navigate the evolving workplace. Students will evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations within their chosen careers and explore emerging trends in the workplace. Students will refine their networking strategies and create marketing documents to position them for success. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback, and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will explore communication strategies that support workplace success and advancement. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized career management plan.
  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Employee Relations
MGMT8315

Description:

Operations Managers need to work effectively with employees at all levels across the organization. In this course, students are introduced to human resources management principles and practices; the legal context of human resources; attracting and selecting new hires; employee development and retention; and employee relations with specific emphasis on the operations management function within organization

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Capstone Agri-Business Management
MGMT8325

Description:

In this course, students will apply learning from the program to further hone their competencies in preparation for managing the technologies, raw materials, suppliers, work force and other resources involved in agriculture. This course incorporates skills to create and produce effective client communications/presentations through the use of proven tools, templates, planning checklists, and a blend of interactive techniques. Students receive coaching to improve their communication effectiveness, project management, and consulting skills in preparation for the workplace.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Agri-Business Marketing
MKT8490

Description:

Students will examine a variety of marketing models for agri-business enterprises that engage consumers directly, or through a (Business-To-Business (B2B) model using traditional and digital frameworks.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Manage key operations such as marketing, recruitment, finance, legal/regulatory and public policy of a small to medium-sized Canadian agricultural enterprise to ensure profitability and long-term viability.
  2. Facilitate business-related communications with all stakeholders to ensure the success and sustainability of a Canadian agri-business.
  3. Manage employees in compliance with relevant government legislation, regulations and policies to ensure occupational safety, preventing workplace accidents and increasing productivity.
  4. Assess and implement new and emerging technologies available for use in the Canadian agri-business environment to enhance business operations.
  5. Promote Canadian agri-businesses and its products through new media and other platforms to build and maintain customers and increase sales and market value.
  6. Develop innovative solutions to business problems by using research of trends and opportunities related to a Canadian agri-business enterprise to ensure efficiency and economic viability.
  7. Develop and use personal and professional strategies for professional growth and improved job performance in a Canadian agri-business enterprise.
  8. Evaluate Canadian agricultural methods based on physical environmental conditions and agricultural practices to promote efficiency, profitability and quality of production.
  9. Identify business opportunities through engagement with existing and prospective customers to build partnerships with community and industry.
  10. Collaborate with interprofessional teams in a Canadian agri-business setting to provide service excellence.