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Business Diploma

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Credential
Diploma
Duration

2 years

Location
Main Campus
The Program

The two-year diploma program provides a broad background into the functional areas of business. It provides a deeper dive compared to the certificate, for those who have a bit more time to gain further expertise. The program is designed for individuals wanting to quickly progress into management positions, manage their own location, or gain the skills, insight, and confidence to run a successful business. The business diploma enhances other existing credentials. 

Students in the diploma will participate in a 90-hour work practicum, research project, or service learning opportunity. Students will survey the functional areas of business, develop an entrepreneurial mindset through creative and critical thinking, and choose from a selection of project based courses in human resources, marketing, accounting, financial services, entrepreneurship and small business, and corporate finance and economics. 
 
The diploma provides credit towards the (proposed) Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The diploma consists of 20 courses or 60 credits. Business Certificate holders may receive transfer credit for up to 10 courses or 30 credits. The diploma can be completed face-to-face and/or online. Please note that all business options courses may not be available online. Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time schedule.

Admission is normally available for the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Collaboration: Collaborate in and with diverse teams employing interpersonal communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

2. Communication: Communicate effectively utilizing oral, written, nonverbal, and media communication skills.

3. Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving: Integrate creative, critical, and reflective skills and practices to analyze organizational challenges.

4. Globalization: Recognize the impact of globalization across cultures and markets.

5. Social and Cross-Cultural Awareness: Examine different ideas, perspectives, and worldviews in response to dynamic changing global, economic, political, social, and technological business environment.

6. Information, Research, Technology, and Financial Fluency: Apply information literacy, technology, research skills, and numerical and financial fluency to solve problems and analyze business decisions.

7. Ethics: Employ ethical decision making and demonstrate professionalism.

8. Business Acumen - Tools: Apply qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze business decisions.

9. Business Acumen - Analysis: Apply specific knowledge from the functional areas of business including terminology, business analytical tools, and techniques.

10. Business Acumen - Holistic: Apply holistic and entrepreneurial approaches when working in, and managing, socially responsible organizations.

11. Lifelong Learning: Recognize the value of lifelong-learning and community engagement.

12. Indigenous: Contribute to the advancement of reconciliation and apply principles of Indigenous knowledge including identifying and describing Indigenous cultural protocols, worldviews, and learning approaches in both a business and societal context.

Program Content

Year one:

  •  BUS 1010 Business Topics and Skills
  •  ECON 1100 Business Microeconomics
  •  ACCT 1001 Introductory Financial Accounting I
  •  BUS 1210 Data and Information Management
  •  MKT 1132 Marketing Principles
  •  BUS 1100 Cross Cultural Awareness
  •  FINS 1150 Personal Finance
  •  HRM 1281 Human Resource Management
  •  ECON 1101 Business Macroeconomics
  •  COMM 250 Business and Workplace Writing

Year two:

  •  BUS 2110 Management Principles
  •  ACCT 2010 Introductory Management Accounting 
  •  BUS 2306 Business Statistics I
  •  CREA 2001 Creative Think Tank
  •  BUS 2311 Business Law 
  •  FNCE 2310 Corporate Finance
  •  ESB 2251 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  •  BUS 2290 Directed Experiential Learning I

Two of:

  •  HRM 2510 Workforce Planning
  •  HRM 2530 Organizational Culture
  •  MKT 2242 Marketing Research 
  •  MKT 2240 Professional Selling and Persuasion
  •  MKT 3234 Digital and Social Media Marketing
  •  ACCT 2001 Introductory Financial Accounting II
  •  ACCT 2305 Tax I
  •  ACCT 2204 Intermediate Management Accounting I
  •  FINS 2100 Consumer Credit
  •  FINS 3100 Mutual Funds / Investing
  •  ESB 2204 Interpersonal Skills and Leadership
  •  ESB 2253 Project and Events Management
  •  ESB 3410 Global Trade
  •  ECON 3327 International Money and Finance
  •  ECON 331 Labour Economics
  •  ECON 373 Industrial Organization
  •  ECON 337 Development Economics
  •  BUS 3420 Operations Management
  •  BUS 3211 Management Information Systems
Transfer Features

RDP Business Certificate courses provide credit towards the Business Diploma.

RDP Business Diploma courses provide credit towards the (proposed) RDP Bachelor of Business Administration.

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