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) – Through hybrid on-site & distance learning (Offered for September 2017)

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


Program Description

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).


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
AC1034 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BU1003 Introduction to Business Concepts
BU1103 Introduction to Human Resources
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
IN1003 Computer Applications for Business
MA1024 Business Math
MR1073 Introduction to Marketing

NA2053 Canadian Government
* Note: For January intake Canadian Government NA2053 is in Semester 1

Semester 2
AC2034 Financial Accounting II
BU4033 Microeconomics
CM2903 Communications II – Model A
EL1113 Business Elective I
EV7003 Issues in Environmental Sustainability (Contact North only students CK, KL, HL)
MA2024 Business Math II
MR2003 Marketing II
NA2053 Canadian Government

* Students who apply for Business General or Business Accounting will take Spreadsheet Management (IN2003) as a business elective. Students who apply for Business Marketing or Business Administration Human Resources will take Organizational Behaviour (BU2063)

Semester 1

AC1034 Introduction to Financial Accounting
This course gives hands-on training in fundamental accounting concepts as applied in service and merchandising firms. Students will be taken through a complete accounting cycle and will record and report financial transactions. Topics include recording entries, preparing financial statements and accounting for merchandising activities. This course will be essential for further study in financial accounting.

BU1003 Introduction to Business Concepts
In this course, students will be introduced to business in Canada, focusing on introductory topics for those interested in employment in a business management role. Topics of study will include the relationships between the areas of finance, human resources, marketing, and operations within an organization, business ethics and social responsibility, management concepts and practices, and an exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit. The course brings in numerous examples of practical applications with the involvement of the learners from real-life situations and personal experiences to analyze the concepts discussed. There is also key emphasis on developing awareness towards corporate social responsibility and the relation between ethical practices and management.

BU1103 Introduction to Human Resources
In this course, students will learn how proper recruitment/selection strategies, and training and development methods, maintain an organization’s competitive advantage. The integral role of job design and analysis in affecting compensation management and performance appraisal decisions will be examined. Students will investigate a variety of employment and health and safety laws as they relate to managing a diverse workforce. In addition, the fundamental principles of the union-management framework will be explored.

CM1903 Communications I Model A
Communications is a process that defines how we engage with the world. Writing is essential and represents the most important formal process of communication. Communications 1 is a practical course designed to help students strengthen both oral and written skills as required in industry today. Students learn theory and practical applications of good business/technical planning as well as advanced sentence-writing techniques. Students acquire knowledge of effective communication practices in today’s world of work and apply basic sentence techniques, paragraph strategies, and specialized oral and writing skills including proper usage of MLA format in business and/or technical writing situations. The students will also learn about the informal channels of communication that support the creation of authentic relations with peers, colleagues, family and the community. Instruction in both formal and informal communication processes combine to assist students to become successful members of the workplace and the communities in which they live. Students will be expected to exhibit professionalism in a diverse and inclusive classroom environment.

IN1003 Computer Applications for Business
Students in this course will gain practical hands-on experience using email, word processing, presentation, and accounting software. The Microsoft Office suite is the most prevalent used by business today and components of the Office package will be utilized in this course. Sage 50 accounting software is widely used across Canada by many small and medium sized businesses and will be the accounting software of choice. Students will record business transactions in the General Journal, Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, and Inventory modules. Students will also calculate and account for sales taxes.

MA1024 Business Math
In this course, students will begin with a review of basic arithmetic and algebraic manipulations, continuing with the following topics: ratios and proportions, percentages and the percentage formula, discounts, mark-ups and mark-downs, payroll scenarios, break-even analysis, and simple interest.

MR1073 Introduction to Marketing
This course is an informative introduction into marketing. Students will become acquainted with current Canadian marketing concepts, terminology and practices, examine strategies to apply them to contemporary marketing situations, and gain an understanding of how they affect an organization’s profitability. Students will also explore consumer and business marketing, product planning, building customer relationships and creating customer value. This course provides a basic understanding of Canadian marketing structures and techniques including defining and segmenting target markets and interpreting market research data.

Semester 2

AC2034 Financial Accounting II
In this course, students will examine, in more depth, select assets and liabilities found on the balance sheet as well as learn to account for equity transactions involving partnerships and corporations. Assets examined include cash, accounts receivable, notes receivable, plant, property, and equipment and intangibles. Liabilities studied will include short and long term notes payable, bonds, warranty liabilities and income tax liabilities.

BU4033 Microeconomics
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of economics, beginning with the field of microeconomics. Topics include: supply and demand, elasticity, consumer choice, and production costs in the short and long run.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A
Communications 2 is a one-semester course which applies the oral and written communication tools learned in the first semester to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance writing skills acquired in COMM1 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, memoranda,emails, employment documents as well as reports and problem-solving documents as applicable to their field of study. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the planning and presentation of short informal and formal reports and introduces the dynamics of planning and participating in meeting situations. Students will participate in mock interviews (as applicable), so that they are prepared to sell themselves as they transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class activities and the usage of the customized online grammar tool. As with COMM1, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will find themselves in in the future.

EL1113 Business Elective I *
Business General and Business Accounting Students:
IN2003 Spreadsheet Management
In this course, students will have exposure to a comprehensive windows-based financial spreadsheet package to enhance their problem solving abilities. The package used will be Microsoft Excel 2013 for Windows. The student will use this as a tool to prepare various reports and presentations and applications which can be transferred in work commonly performed in the modern office. Students will gain hands on experience in learning and understanding the software, as well as creating and developing spreadsheet applications. Students will develop and enhance spreadsheets, charts, data lists, tables, macros and perform what-if analysis.

BU2063 Organizational Behaviour
In this course, students will be introduced to managing organizational behaviour in a Canadian business environment, at the same time keeping in mind the increasingly interdependent nature of the world economies. We examine management from the managerial as well as employee point of view, both in an individual and group context. There is significant emphasis on how OB research into the area of workplace experience of managers and employees contributes to the productivity of the organization. The course brings in numerous examples of practical applications with the involvement of the learners from real-life situations and personal experiences to analyze the concepts discussed. There is also key emphasis on developing awareness towards corporate social responsibility and the relation between ethical practices and organizational behaviour.

MA2024 Business Mathematics II
In this course, students will develop their skills and understanding of business mathematics involving interest calculations, compound interest, annuities, loan financing, bonds and investment decision making.

MR2003 Marketing II
In this course, students will follow 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/service 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.
This course builds on the foundation of MR1073 Introduction to Marketing I. Students will continue to examine current Canadian material on marketing and determine strategies for developing new products and services that are consistent with evolving marketing needs and principles of sustainability. Students will apply their knowledge in producing a marketing plan where they will set marketing objectives, develop a marketing mix, along with developing marketing strategies. Budgetary considerations will be taken into account, and evaluation criteria identified. Students will also contribute to the development of pricing strategies and participate in conducting market research to provide information needed to make marketing decisions. The development of analytical marketing skills will be emphasized through the use of problems and case studies.

NA2053 Canadian Government
This course is designed to enable the student to understand the operation, structure, and function of Canadian government. In addition students will watch and examine government action it its impact upon Canadians, the interaction between of the three levels of government. In addition, the historic, economic, social and political environments in which the government exists will be discussed.

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