- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, GU, BR
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramThe Business program provides a broad but integrated education in the field of business with particular emphasis on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Areas of study include business communications, accounting, finance, marketing, sales, operations and human resource management, as well as computer applications in business such as word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management and computerized accounting. The Business program has the flexibility of multiple start dates and is available in different formats, some allowing you to complete your program in a shorter period of time than the typical two years.
Applicants holding the McDonald's Management Development Program designation may apply for credit toward this program.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program for the September intake dates. The January and May intakes are delivered in four consecutive semesters or 16 months. The program is also available part-time.
Brantford - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Guelph - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener), Guelph and Brantford
Start: September (Doon, Guelph and Brantford) and January and May (Doon only)
First-Year Capacity: 20 (Brantford-Sept), 100 (Doon-Sept), 30 (Guelph-Sept), 30 (Doon-Jan), 25 (Doon-May)
- 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 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/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.
- Strong mathematical skills and familiarity with computers is recommended.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 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 OpportunitiesGraduates are prepared for careers in small business, as well as general administration careers in business, industry and government. The small business emphasis will help potential entrepreneurs evaluate business opportunities.
On average, 82% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.
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. 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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.
|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.
|COMP1917||Word Processing for Business
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system and develop the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. Students will apply word processing techniques to create business-related documents and create a basic business presentation. An emphasis will be placed on the creation of documents commonly found in an office environment.
|COMP1923||Spreadsheets for Business
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system and develop the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. Students will explore the power of spreadsheets to produce an assortment of formatted business worksheets. An emphasis will be placed on the creation of functions and formulas to produce data for analyses and to display the results graphically with charts.
|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.
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.
|OPER1160||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.
|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||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.
Description: This course will function as a study of how people in society deal with the problem of scarcity. It will introduce students to principles that are essential to understanding contemporary microeconomic issues facing Canadian society. Economic models will be utilized to analyze decisions made by individual economic units in an economy such as households and firms, the interaction of these units under varying market structures, and the impact of various government policies. Topics of study will include principles of economics, supply and demand theory, consumer theory, production and cost theory, and the determination of equilibrium price and output under different market structures.
|MATH1020||Business Mathematics II
Description: This course provides the student a mathematical basis for financial decisions. Topics range from simple interest to sinking funds and Canadian mortgages and refinancing of loans. A Texas Instrument BAII 'Plus' financial calculator is required.
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.
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
Description: Globalization is one of the key issues facing businesses. This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of why all countries and companies have a vested interest in ensuring they are ready and able to understand and manage global, cultural, and transnational issues. Managers must be able to ensure that their organizations are able to compete in an increasingly complex global arena. Areas of study include international trade agreements, trade organizations, and their impacts on countries, environment and culture.
Description: This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and activities required in order to identify appropriate, career-related employment opportunities. The focus of the course is a typical job search process for entry-level roles. Students will learn to evaluate their skills through self-assessment, complete research about job opportunities, and develop self-marketing techniques. The development and effective use of cover letters, resumes, and outlining achievements will aid career decision making. Mock interviews will provide the student with interview experience as well as feedback on their strengths and areas to be improved.
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.
Description: This course focuses on the buying/selling of a product, service or idea. Students will develop professional selling skills based on practical techniques and scenarios to implement Relationship Selling. The focus is on Business to Business (B2B) selling with the student acquiring the ability to utilize the structured selling process. This course is also designed to develop and refine the student's presentation and networking skills.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
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.
|ENTR2010||Small Business Operations
Description: This practical course provides the student with an introduction to the requirements of operating a small business. Topics covered include control systems, marketing, production, inventory, regulations, and the formulation of a business plan.
Description: This is an introductory course in financial management. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the theory and principles of managerial finance. The course covers cash budgeting, pro-forma statements, leverage (breakeven), short and long term financing, financial statement analysis, management of working capital and lease vs. buy decision.
|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.
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.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Identify and discuss 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.
- Use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
- Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
- Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.
- Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
- Explain the role of the human resource function and its impact on an organization.
- Use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization.
- Describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
- Outline principles of supply chain* management and operations management.
- Participate in the development of a business plan.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.
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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