Business - International Business

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About the Program

International trade and investment are critical to the Canadian economy. If you are interested in how Canadian businesses are increasingly getting involved in integrative trade initiatives that take place across time zones, languages, cultures and currencies, this might be the right program for you. As a graduate, you will earn an Ontario College Diploma and will have acquired specialized knowledge and skills in international business, which will allow you to carry out international business functions in today's global marketplace. In this program, you will demonstrate achievement of vocational learning outcomes which relate to both business in general and international business in particular. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to carry out a variety of business functions in the global marketplace, assume entry-level positions in sales, risk management, marketing, business planning, compliance and research. You will be able to apply communication, networking, and teamwork skills to support integrative trade initiatives. This program will provide you with an opportunity to become comfortable with new technologies and understand the importance of integrating them with an organization's overall mission and objectives. You will be able to prepare documents and follow procedures to support the movement of products and services across international borders and select and implement strategies to deal with cultural differences. One of the goals of this program is to help you understand how business success at the international level is linked to strong corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2019 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Kitchener (Downtown)
Start: January, May
First-Year Capacity: 240

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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a broad range of private and public international business environments, including private organizations, government departments and agencies, regulatory bodies, professional organizations and international non-government organizations (NGOs). They can be employed in many areas including customs brokerage, manufacturing, goods and service exporting and importing, distribution and logistics, supply chain management, compliance, purchasing and procurement, freight forwarding, international trade development, international research, international sales and marketing and international finance administration. There are opportunities for graduates to pursue further educational or professional qualifications and degree completion. They may also complete an additional year of study to achieve the Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Business Administration.

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.

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Program Courses

Course Details (1479)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1285 Integrated Language Skills for Business

Description: This course introduces students to the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills required within the international business field. The course will introduce students to a series of real-world business tasks that will develop business language and intercultural communication skills. The course prepares students to communicate effectively for both personal and professional success.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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:
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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 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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MKT1040 Marketing I

Description: Marketing is about knowing the customers and the creative and strategic processes to meet their needs, wants and desires. This highly interactive course introduces you to the world of marketing from both a societal and organizational perspective. You will participate in a variety of hands-on practical activities and projects to immerse yourself in the fundamentals of marketing.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030
CoRequisites:

BUS1055 Feasibility of International Trade

Description: This course examines the critical steps and decisions needed to determine the feasibility of international trade initiatives. Market research, cost- benefit analysis, and risk mitigation are all required in order to decide if international trade initiatives fit with a company's strategic direction and improve the bottom line of an organization. Risk analysis then leads to the development of strategies to mitigate identified risks.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MKT1040
CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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COMP1003 Data Analysis and Advanced Functions

Description: During this course the student will learn and apply more advanced features of spreadsheet applications in order to develop comprehensive solutions to business problems; and utilize advanced database functions and business intelligence tools of a spreadsheet to enable an executive to make comprehensive and informed decisions.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1156, COMP1056 or COMP1923
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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, exchange rates, balance of payments; and the impact of domestic and international influences and of government fiscal and monetary policies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1020 Business Mathematics II

Description: The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions. Topics include: simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, annuities and their many applications including amortization, sinking funds, Canadian mortgages and refinancing of loans.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1010
CoRequisites:

MKT1540 Products and Services for a Global Market

Description: In order to have long-term success in any international market you need to adapt and conform your products and services to the differences in regulatory, legal, cultural, and consumer/client requirements. In this course students will learn how these differences impact the cost, product design, packaging, labeling, product testing, and services delivery, and then develop strategies around these custom aspects.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MKT1040
CoRequisites:

Level 3
BUS1021 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
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CDEV1830 Career Success

Description: This course focuses on the skills needed to conduct a successful job search. Students will explore the labour market and identify trends that may impact their future careers. They will develop skills for an effective job search including networking, self-marketing documents and tools as well as interview skills. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will develop a personalized job search plan to support their future careers.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085
CoRequisites:

MATH2250 Statistics

Description: This is an introductory course in Business Statistics. The course covers simple descriptive statistics, probability and the binomial and normal probability distributions, statistical inference, introduction to sampling distributions, simple regression and correlation analysis.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1010
CoRequisites:

MKT2350 International Market Entry Strategies

Description: Market research is vital to ensure success of a new international venture. Students will learn how to assess international market entry options, prepare a business plan, and develop strategic partnerships through research, evaluation, negotiation, and continued communication. The chosen strategy must be successfully implemented and managed through intercultural competence, following an organizational code of ethics and complying with the applicable local and international laws. Implementation of the selected market entry strategy will require management of both direct and indirect exports. It may also require development and management of business arrangements such as foreign mergers or acquisitions, or foreign franchising or licensing.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MKT1540
CoRequisites:

OPER2000 Global Value Chain

Description: This course examines aspects of the primary activities of Distribution and Inventory Management, and the supporting activities of Document Management and Procurement, which are integral to international trade logistics. Doing business in/with foreign markets requires consideration of different regulatory, financial, geographical, cultural, and consumer requirements. This course examines how organizations obtain resources and what they need to know to control and manage logistical systems within the global value chain in order to implement strategic business management decisions that minimize costs and risks, and maximize international business potential.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1010
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BUS2180 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Description: Modern corporations can no longer operate as autonomous, single-minded organizations. This course provides students with an introduction to the concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in a business context. It examines issues in CSR, emphasizing accountability for, and reporting of, the social and environmental effects of an organization's economic actions to stakeholders. Without exception, the external environments are complex, dynamic, and unpredictable. Companies today are caught in a crossfire of external (and sometimes internal) demands related to how they manage their responsibilities to a wide range of stakeholders, including employees, investors, suppliers, customers, communities, and national governments where they operate, particularly where long supply chains exist in developing nations. As a result of these conditions, corporations can be seen creating dialogue, relationships, and formal inter-organizational ties to a broad number of other parties and constituencies. In addition, those other parties and constituencies are exerting considerable influence on the formulation and execution of strategies. In large measure, the strategic management of these relationships is a keystone to business success in the new millennium.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIN2170 International Trade Finance

Description: In this course students will learn how to keep their business on a strong financial foundation by selecting the best options for negotiation terms and non-payment dispute resolution. Selecting appropriate transaction methods and tools for international trade can mitigate financial risk.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1020
CoRequisites:

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: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MGMT2060 Project Management

Description: This course will explore the fundamentals of project management in order to provide the student with a solid foundation in this discipline. Through discussion and application of all aspects of project management knowledge areas, students will learn the tools and techniques used to successfully manage projects.
This course meets the project management education requirements toward completion of the Project Management Institute's PMP and CAPM designations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MKT2360 International Marketing and Sales

Description: Market and sell your goods or services effectively anywhere in the world by developing a strong international brand and building deeper relationships with customers through an effective marketing plan. This course details the considerations an organization must make when promoting and selling products and/or services with an effective sales plan and increasing reach with an e-commerce operation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MKT2350
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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