Business Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2021

See curriculum for: January 2021 January 2022
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 07, 2021
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,106.70 per semester*
$8,169.14 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Outline and assess the components of a business plan.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

BUSN 188
Units/ Hours: 60

This course explores the nature of business and the skills required of a business professional in an academic and industry context. Through lectures, seminars, assignments and guest speakers, the course will prepare students for a career in the business world by developing their understanding of the major functional areas of business. There will also be a focus on a number of important business trends and topics including Globalization and Corporate & Social Responsibility. Learners will have the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills required for success in their academic and professional careers including effective time management, reading, study and presentation skills.

Units/ Hours: 45

This purpose of this course is to introduce students to the preparation and use of accounting information. Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) will be used to record and report the financial transactions and operating results of a business.

COMP 578
Units/ Hours: 45

Restricted to Business students.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is a one semester study of the mathematics applicable to the business and financial community. Emphasis is placed on the significance of mathematics as a problem solving and decision making tool. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within their program and enable students to acquire foundational skills required for competence in their field.

Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn the continuum of conventional to sustainable organizational behaviour. Past and proven theories for individual, team, and organizational success meet at the crossroads of creativity and innovation; the critical elements of high-performance organizations. Students discover their own inner workings and how they can complement others and overcome challenges when working in teams. While exploring concepts of organizational behaviour that include conflict, power, politics, negotiation, culture, management, leadership and risk taking, students are armed with the tools of the OB trade. Students apply the approaches they learn to develop their skills in creativity and innovation which will support their ability to drive organizational change for any future career.

Semester 2

MGMT 159
Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers business students a basic understanding of how the activities of an organization are reflected in its financial statements. The student is then required to apply that basic understanding of concepts along with analytical techniques to reach financial decisions in an organization. Practical applications of financial concepts to the operation of an organization are emphasized. Topics covered include cash flows and the cash flow statement, working capital management, financial statement analysis, and the capital budgeting process. Project costing and evaluation and the concept of quality earnings will also be included in the topics covered.

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to provide an overview of key human resources activities and the related legislation affecting today's workplaces. Topics of study include the strategic role of HRM, legal compliance and valuing diversity, designing and analyzing jobs, human resources planning, recruitment, selection, orientation and training, performance appraisal, compensation, employee benefits & services, labour relations, and occupational health & safety. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss legal compliance in the areas of human rights, pay/employment equity, employment standards, labour relations, and health & safety. Applied learning opportunities include case study analyses, identification of Human Rights Code violations in the recruitment process, completion of an environmental scan for the purpose of HR planning, development of a job description/specification, evaluation of employer branding techniques through a review of online job boards, critique of a performance appraisal scenario, web-based research pertaining to functional areas of HR, recommending best practices for employee onboarding and development of a wellness program proposal for an industry specific employer. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Prior to enrollment in this course, it is recommended that learners have attained the learning outcomes of Communications I (COMM201).

Units/ Hours: 45

This is an introductory course in Marketing designed to provide an awareness and understanding of the role and function of marketing within an individual firm and throughout the total economy. The student is introduced to the principles and techniques of marketing and its various functional areas. The various marketing strategies utilized in product or service planning and development, pricing, distribution and promotion in response to the needs and wants identified in various markets are explored.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides an introduction to the economic behaviour of consumers and firms in the marketplace. Microeconomics studies the way that individual markets work and how regulations and taxes affect trade, consumers, and producers.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the functions of business operations. Students develop an understanding of the important factors and some of the analytical tools that can be used to improve productivity and customer service. Emphasis is placed on the cost benefit relationship.

Semester 3

Units/ Hours: 45

Business people and consumers in Ontario are affected by a broad spectrum of federal, provincial and municipal laws and a variety of court-created legal principles. This course serves as an introduction to business and consumer law.

Units/ Hours: 45

Relationship Selling is the sales technique that focuses on the interaction between the buyer and the sales person, rather than the price or details of the product. Businesses have realized the importance of a win-win philosophy and that a long-term successful partnership is good business practice. This course demonstrates the role of sales in today's world of business. Without an integrated sales management effort, businesses will not be successful. Students will examine the power of relationship selling and the steps required to prepare, build and present an effective sales presentation.

COMP 103
Units/ Hours: 45

Through the use of business-related projects, this course builds on the common functions of file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and electronic presentations to enhance skills relevant to a business environment. The integration of these applications through sharing, embedding and linking data is a major component of this course.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introductory course to Management. The course will provide an overview of the functions and roles that managers perform; the current challenges that managers face, and the skills that are required to be a successful manager. Students will complete self assessments in order to become more aware of their managerial competencies. Through the use of facilitation, practical application, and case based problem solving, students will apply management theory to everyday management problems and challenges. This course is a blended learning course. Students will be expected to work independently utilizing the web to prepare for the face to face components of the course. This self-directed learning may include targeted readings, opinion polls, professional development assessments, problem solving situations and application of theory. On line and face-to-face learning is integrated in order to maximize the quality of the student's learning experience.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to develop an understanding of planning the start-up of a business, its ongoing management and strategies for growth. Students learn about the legal forms of business ownership, the importance of financial analysis as a success indicator for the business and appropriate marketing tactics for promoting small business. The student will develop an actual business plan for their own business idea.

Units/ Hours: 45

Macroeconomics is the study of the overall performance of the economy. Fluctuations in the level of national output, incomes, prices and employment are analyzed along with government policies to control these fluctuations.

Semester 4

APST 174
Units/ Hours: 45

Currently being developed

Units/ Hours: 45

The understanding and application of basic statistical analysis to business related problems will be examined. The introduction of statistical measures, data collection and probability distributions will be brought together to perform statistical inference with confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and then simple linear regression. The calculation and interpretation of statistical measures will be learned within a format of class time practice, specific course assignments and use of the Excel computer spreadsheet.

Units/ Hours: 45

We live in the age of globalization. Due to many recent events, corporate business is under fire to manage their activities in a culturally sensitive and ethical manner. Moreover, many corporations are learning that it is good business to do good. In this case-based course we will examine various specific ethical dilemmas in the conduct of domestic and international business. We will discuss the structure of the corporation and the various contemporary ethical issues it presents. Finally we shall discuss the best practices of many leading companies to conduct their business in a socially responsible way.

Units/ Hours: 45

In today's constantly changing world, this course gives students the opportunity to ignite their creativity and innovation, learn creative problem solving methods, their problem solving styles, tools, and strategies. It helps you learn to be more flexible, adaptable, see things from different perspectives and be resourceful. The application of these and change management strategies will assist you to discover new opportunities to solve simple and complex problems in a variety of workplaces and life situations.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course explores the uses of accounting information for decision-making purposes. Students will begin with an understanding of fundamental cost concepts as they relate to a manufacturing environment, as well as an understanding of cost behaviour. They will then apply various techniques to analyze and interpret information as it relates to different decision situations faced by managers. Note: It is recommended that students have completed Math Fundamentals for Business Studies (MATH 11) and Introductory Accounting (ACCT72).

Units/ Hours: 45

Students will learn practical negotiation skills and process theories that can be successfully applied to life and workplace situations such as getting a job, getting a raise, buying and selling a car and resolving disputes.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.


Choose 1 of:

Units/ Hours: 45

In today's constantly changing world, this course gives students the opportunity to ignite their creativity and innovation, learn creative problem solving methods, their problem solving styles, tools, and strategies. It helps you learn to be more flexible, adaptable, see things from different perspectives and be resourceful. The application of these and change management strategies will assist you to discover new opportunities to solve simple and complex problems in a variety of workplaces and life situations.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will study the impact of Internet/Direct on Marketing. Starting from a general strategic framework, we will focus in on how a company's existing marketing mix will be changed or complemented through the use of interactive technology.

A field placement 45 hour course (FLPL252) can be taken in place of the applied project course (APST174) with GBE Program Coordinator approval.