Business Administration – General

Program Title: Business Administration – General

Program Codes
NORT – B001 (PC) Timmins Campus
NORT – B283 (CK) Contact North Kirkland Lake Campus
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

Winter Intake
B001W (PC) Timmins Campus

Program Description
Business students who decide to continue their studies in the three-year Business Administration Diploma program, can choose a combination of courses to suit their interests and needs. They will be able to select courses from the other Business program options offered – Accounting, Marketing, Community Economic and Social Development or Human Resource Management. In the business world, solid accounting skills combined with marketing strategy and creativity are in high demand. By selecting a combination of electives from the marketing and accounting areas, students can actually customize a business program to fit their interests and strengths.

This program is offered through Northern Colleges Collaboration Program (NCCP)

For the January 2017 intake, your classes include professors and students from other partner colleges, brought together in a virtual classroom. All students will join classes through web-conferencing software using a computer, laptop or mobile device with a headset or earbuds with a microphone. Classes will be delivered at scheduled times (synchronous delivery) and will be recorded for later review. To allow for flexibility, students may join classes at the college or anywhere you have connectivity. Students will have access to all college services at the college where they register.

Learn more about Northern Colleges Collaboration Program (NCCP).

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the program may choose to continue in any of the other Business diploma programs offered or enter the work force with a foundation in basic business skills.

Contact Information
Timmins Campus
Rose-Marie Deacon, Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext.  2243

Haileybury Campus, Kirkland Lake Campus, and Contact North
Roseanne Clyburn, Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-672-3376 Ext. 8822

Distance Learning Officer
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext.3673

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Application Process
Apply to this program on OCAS. When studies commence, you are automatically registered in the first year Business Fundamentals which is a common first year business program for Northern College’s two* and three year business programs in accounting, human resources management, marketing, and business general studies. (*The two year Office Administration – Executive program has a unique first year Office Administration-General)

January Intake
Apply directly to the January intake program codes for the common first year Business Fundamentals program and upon completing this first year, you can register for the fall into the second year of the 2- or 3-year business program of your choice.

Semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4 are same as 2-year Business program

Semester 5
MA4004 Business Statistics I
BU5003 Operations Management
EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II
EL1133 Business Elective III

Semester 6
BU6021 Business Placement
IN6334 Information Systems
EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II
EL1133 Business Elective III

Semester 1
AC1004 Accounting l
This course gives hands-on training in fundamental accounting concepts as applied in service and merchandising firms. Students will be taken through a complete cycle and will record and report financial transactions. At every point in the course, students will examine the accounting decisions based on financial transactions taken from real work situations.

BU1073 Introduction to Business Management and Organizational Behaviour
This course consists of an examination of the Canadian business environment and the management decision making process as an integral component of organizational behaviour.

CM1903 Communications I – Model A
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

GN1033 Health and Safety (PC)
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

MA1004 Mathematics I
This course is divided into several building blocks. The primary focus is to start with fundamental arithmetic and algebra and apply the learned techniques to common business problem solving. In tandem, students will also learn several business mathematics techniques and their application.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

MR1033 Introduction to Marketing I
Modern marketing involves much more than selling and promoting – marketing is the process of determining and satisfying the needs of customers. This means that students’ everyday lives are touched by one or more aspects of marketing. Students will learn how to be better consumers and then apply their understanding of marketing to analyze different marketing approaches used by actual businesses.

EV7003 Issues in Environmental Sustainability (CK/KL/HL)
Our human society is at a crossroads in terms of our management of the environment. Population growth, and the demands it continues to place on our available resources, has resulted in a situation in which the judicious management of those resources is no longer an option. This multidisciplinary, general education course is of interest to students of all walks of life and all intended professions, as a guide to how they can learn to live more sustainably in their personal and professional lives, and, in so doing, preserve the environment for the needs and enjoyment of future generations.

Semester 2

AC2004 Accounting II
This fundamental accounting concepts course deals with the basics of analysis and recording of transactions involving assets and liabilities. Because efficient management of cash flow is essential for the survival of any business, students will focus on this asset first. Consequently, the course begins with an introduction to cash management and control procedures used by different types of businesses. In the remainder of the course, students learn the fundamental/basic accounting concepts and techniques for recording other assets and liabilities. Students will apply these fundamental accounting concepts by completing a project for a “virtual business.”

BU1074 Principles of Human Resources Management
This course will teach students how to forecast the human resource needs of an organization within ambient socio-political situations.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies.

IN2013 Computer Applications II
This course covers advanced computer applications including advanced Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel, intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint and introduction to Microsoft Access. Topics include creating a web page from a Word document, form letters, merging to form letters, labels and envelopes, financial functions, amortization schedules, data tables, creating and querying a worksheet database, spreadsheet templates, linking worksheets, advanced animation, transitions and sound files for slide show presentations, and structuring databases. The lectures will be supplemented with in-class assignments and tests. This course is common in many programs therefore students should expect minor variations from the description presented here.

MA2033 Mathematics of Finance II
This course begins with an introduction to common arithmetical techniques used in the world of finance. As the course progresses, students will progress to the more advanced techniques followed in financial problem solving. Students will also become proficient in the use of various financial calculators. Prerequisite: MA1004 Math of Finance I

MR2014 Introduction to Marketing II
This practical, student-oriented course follows the accepted concepts of marketing, current marketing principles/practices, and their applications as functional decision-making management tools.
Topics will include all aspects of product development, marketing and management, price determination and pricing strategies, distribution-related strategies, marketing communications strategies (including advertising, personal selling, sales promotions, event marketing and sponsorship, public relations and direct marketing) and non-profit marketing and global marketing. Prerequisite: MR1033 Introduction to Marketing I

BU1074 Principles of Human Resource Management
This course addresses the most important asset in Canadian organizations – people – from a personal employee perspective and then from a manager’s view. Students will investigate the skills necessary to find and hold long-term employment. These “soft” skills include establishing effective interpersonal relationships that enable employees to use their technical skills. The students will also be introduced to human resource management techniques within a company. Drawing on students’ work experience, discussions will focus on ways of dealing with organizational problems they have encountered.

EL1103 General Education Elective I (PC)

Semester 3

BU3013 Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics presents an overview of the Canadian economy focusing on national trends such as unemployment, inflation and monetary/fiscal policies. The course will provide students with a basis to analyze current activities for predicting future trends as a basis for business decision-making. Discussions will focus on helping students apply theory about macroeconomics to current events.

CM3103 Report Writing I
This course is an extension of Communications I and II, and concentrates on the writing of business reports. The course introduces students to the methodology of researching, organizing, compiling, analyzing and interpreting information to solve business problems. Students learn the theory and apply it to writing short, informal reports, proposals and a long formal report. Prerequisite: CM2173 Communications II or CM2113 Communications II.

IN4143 Database
This course will introduce the student to the many features and applications of Access. Access terminology and characteristics of a database will be covered. Students will learn to create,worksheet to an Access table and merging a Word form letter with an Access database. Prerequisite: IN1013 Computer Applications I, or IN1313 Software Applications I, or OF1136 Word Processing/Keyboarding Iquery, maintain, and present a database. Instructions will be provided on converting an Excel.

EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II

GN2133 Law and Ethics
This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

PH2103 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CK/KL/HL)
Critical Thinking/Problem solving will enable the learner to assess the arguments of others by equipping them with the skills to asses the truth claims put forward in support of a conclusion and to assess the structure and consistency of the argument itself. The learner will discover how to effectively construct arguments to advocate for their own positions. As a result, the learner will hone their ability to critique the claims of others, to understand and articulate their own opinions, and to make the best decision in a given set of circumstances.

Semester 4

AC4053 Financial Management I
This course introduces the main concept of financial management and its increasing importance in a business organization. Areas examined include, working capital management, capital structuring, capital budgeting, financial analysis and planning, business securities and taxes, financial markets, interest rates and project evaluation. Prerequisites: MA2033 Math of Finance II, AC2004 Accounting II.

BU4013 Microeconomics
Microeconomics focuses on individual products and their prices. By studying the laws of supply and demand, students can see how prices are determined and be able to make wiser business decisions. The Canadian economy and individual commodities form the backdrop for the teaching of the laws of supply and demand, cost curve analysis, production and pricing. Students will track actual product prices and determine reasons for fluctuations.

CM4102 Report Writing II
This course is an extension of Report Writing I. As part of formal report preparation, students will study both primary and secondary research including the preparation of questionnaires, interviews and telephone surveys. In addition, this course introduces students to the dynamics of planning and participating in meetings. This course also includes an intensive treatment of job search techniques designed to help students prepare for the job market, participate in employment interviews and evaluate potential employees. Prerequisite: CM3103 Report Writing I.

EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II

AC6023 Taxation I
This course develops the concept of a business-decision approach to taxation from a management prospective. It outlines the fundamentals of tax planning by stating the techniques and skills required to apply tax knowledge. It provides an overview of the fundamentals of income determination for Individuals.

Semester V

MA4004 Business Statistics I
This course begins with descriptive statistics including frequencies distributions, histograms, percentiles, measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode), measures of dispersion (range, variance, standard deviation). Following descriptive statistics is an introduction to the theory of probability, probability distributions including the binomial distribution and the normal distribution. Finally, sampling distributions and interval estimation are covered.

BU5003 Operations Management
This course comprises of a study of techniques to optimize the operations of a business. Topics include: financial analysis of net present value, minimization of transportation costs, aggregate production, planning, locational theory, CPM and PERT scheduling and graphical linear programming.

EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II
EL1133 Business Elective III

Semester VI

BU6021 Business Placement
This course consists of a six-week work placement that provides students with valuable practical experience and employment opportunities.

IN6334 Information Systems
People in every line of work and in every type of organization make use of information systems. Chances are, regardless of their future role, students will need to understand what information systems can and cannot do, and be able to use them to help them accomplish their work. Students will be expected to discover opportunities to use information systems and to participate in the design solutions to business problems employing information systems. Students will be challenged to identify and evaluate IS options. To be successful, students must be able to view information systems from the perspective of business and address their impact on fellow workers, customers, suppliers, and other key business partners. For these reasons, a course in information systems is essential for students in today’s high-tech world.

EL1113 Business Elective I
EL1123 Business Elective II
EL1133 Business Elective III

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