Business Fundamentals

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Program Title: Business Fundamentals
Credential Earned: Certificate
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Program Status: Open

Program Codes & Methods of Delivery by Campus
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

Fall Intake
B287 (PC) Timmins Campus – on site
B288 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus – through hybrid on-site and distance education
B289 (HL) Haileybury Campus – through hybrid on-site and distance education
B294 (JB) Moosonee Campus – through distance education
B291 (OL) Open Learning – distance learning/correspondence
B292 (CK) Distance education – Contact North /other sites

Winter Intake
B287W (PC) – Timmins Campus on site
B292W (CK) – Through hybrid on-site & Distance Learning

B291S Summer Intake (OL) – Distance Learning/correspondence; continuous monthly intakes available

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  • Note: This program is part of a collaboration between Ontario’s six publicly-funded colleges, which provides increased student access and flexibility through common curriculum and course outlines. The program shares faculty among the colleges and students may be instructed through a combination of classroom delivery on location, online and/or through a virtual classroom.

Program Description
Business Fundamentals 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. This program offers a choice of start dates. Regular intakes occur in September and January. Students starting in January take 2 semesters of study ending in early July, and then continue with second year studies in the fall. In addition, a correspondence-based self-study is available with intakes each month. Delivery of courses differs based on the intake. The January intake first semester (January to April) has one extra course from the second semester (BU1074 Principles of Human Resource Management), helping to balance workload during the shortened second semester (May to early July). The second semester of the January intake provides you with the same total hours per course, but with higher weekly hours given the shorter 12-week time frame.

Application process for Business Fundamentals
Fall intake – If your goal is to earn only the 1-year certificate apply directly to this program using the program codes below. If your goal is a 2- or 3-year business program, apply to the Northern College program of your choice on OCAS. When studies commence, you are automatically registered in first year Business Fundamentals. January intake – After 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.

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
deaconr@northern.on.ca

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

Distance Learning Officer
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext.3673
kldisted@northern.on.ca

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.

Semester 1
AC1004 Accounting I
BU1073 Introduction to Business Management and Organizational Behaviour
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
GN1033 Health and Safety (PC)
MA1004 Mathematics of Finance I
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
MR1033 Introduction to Marketing I
EV7003 Issues in Environmental Sustainability (CK/KL/HL)

Semester 2
AC2004 Accounting II
CM2903 Communications II – Model A
IN2013 Computer Applications II
MA2033 Mathematics of Finance II
MR2014 Introduction to Marketing II
BU1074 Principles of Human Resource Management
BU4013 Microeconomics
IN2042 E-Business and Web Research (CK/KL/HL)

Semester 1
AC1004 Accounting I
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. This course will provide the foundation for general accounting principles with an understanding of a general and a trust account. The students will also understand the LSUC’s books and record keeping requirements and the obligations related to trust accounts, preservation of client property and withdrawal of trust monies. The student will have an understanding of financial statements and bank reconciliations.

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 of Finance 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.

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.

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.

IN2042 E-Business and Web Research (CK/KL/HL)
This course is an introduction to such business tools as the Internet, E-Mail, Forums and the advancements of technology in business today. Throughout this semester we will witness various demonstrations allowing us to experience how valuable technology is in business today. Students will learn the various ways business use the Internet today for communications, sales, and organisation. This semester will also have students learning various methods of securing themselves on the Internet as well as against attacks and viruses; protection such as antivirus software, malware protections, spyware protections and firewalls. You will also learn and explore the creation of websites and blogs.

Download the complete Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB).

Articulation Agreements – Universities

Program Degree at Receiving University
Algoma (Ontario)
Business Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
Business Administration
Athabasca (Alberta)
Business-Accounting Bachelor of Management
Business-Marketing or Honours Bachelor of Management
Business Administration-Accounting or Honours Bachelor of Management with Major
Business Administration-Information Systems or Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce with Major
or Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour
Griffith (Australia)
Business Bachelor of Business
Business-Accounting Bachelor of Commerce
Business-Marketing Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Business Administration
Business Administration-Accounting
Guelph (Ontario)
Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)
Fredericton (New Brunswick)
Business Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)
Business-Accounting
Business Administration
Business Administration-Accounting
Business Administration-Information Systems
Business Marketing
Community Economic and Social Development
Public Administration
Husson (Maine, USA)
Business Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)
Business-Accounting
Business Administration
Business Administration-Accounting
Business Administration-Information Systems
Business Marketing
Community Economic and Social Development
Public Administration
IOTI (Ireland)
Business Bachelor of Business (Mulitple Majors)
Business Administration Bachelor of Arts
Business Administration-Accounting
Business Administration-Human Resources
Business-Marketing
Lakehead (Ontario)
Business Administration Bachelor of Administration
Business Administration-Accounting Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Business Administration-Human Resources
Business Administration-Information Systems
Business Administration
Nipissing (Ontario)
Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Business-Accounting Bachelor of Commerce (Multiple Majors)
Business Administration-Accounting
Business Administration-Human Resources
Business-Marketing
Ryerson (Ontario)
Business Administration Bachelor of Commerce (Business Technology Management)
or Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management)
Bachelor of Business Management
Windsor (Ontario)
Business Bachelor of Arts (General Labour Studies)
Business Administration Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Business Administration)
Algoma (Ontario)
Community Economic and Social Development Worker Bachelor of Arts (Community Economic and Social Development)
Community Economic and Social Development Administration
Law Clerk Laurentian (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice (Honours)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Legal Studies
Athabasca (Alberta)
Office Administration-Executive Bachelor of Professional Arts-Communications
Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.

Articulation Agreements – Colleges

Program Credential from Receiving College
Cambrian (Ontario)
All one and two year Business programs All one and two year Business programs
All three year Business Administration programs All three year Business Administration programs
Conestoga (Ontario)
All two and three year Businss programs Bachelor of Administration
Confederation (Ontario)
All one and two year Business programs All one and two year Business programs
All three year Business Administration programs All three year Business Administration programs
Humber (Ontario)
Business Business Administration-Professional Golf Management
Humber (Ontario)
Business Bachelor of Commerce (Multiple Majors)
Business-Accounting
Business-Marketing
Business Administration
Business Administration-Accounting
Seneca (Ontario)
All two and three year Business programs Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy & Technology
Note: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.