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Business Administration

This course introduces you to the nature and scope of decision making in business, and provides an overview of the functional areas of management, finance, marketing, and organizational behaviour. Using a business case approach, you will develop a personal framework for defining and analyzing business problems and developing solutions and plans of action.

It is strongly recommended you take this course first in the Certificate in Business Administration Program.

Business Writing

Those wishing to assess and add to their business writing skills will find this course a confidence builder. Developing the self-assurance to communicate effectively in the workplace will be the main objective, and students will benefit from the practical approach to building these skills. They will identify the characteristics of effective communication and learn how to successfully critique business documents.

A repeatable writing process and strategic planning guides for specific applications will be introduced and practised through learning activities. Peer support and feedback will be emphasized.

Business communication formats covered will include letters, memos, business proposals and email.

Communicating effectively in the workplace requires specific skills and the self-confidence to apply them effectively. Accordingly, the course is designed to improve communication skills by providing practical processes and easily applied strategies for achieving success. Class discussions—as well as individual and group exercises—will be designed to encourage active participation; emphasis will be placed on peer support and feedback.

Finance

This course is designed to follow the introduction to finance and continues using material presented in Financial Accounting. You will be introduced to:

  • basic financial management theory
  • financial and operating leverage
  • project planning
  • financial statement analysis
  • capital structure
  • capital investment decisions
  • forecasting
  • sources of financing
Financial Accounting

This course is an introduction to financial accounting. You will be introduced to the accounting cycle as well as the preparation of journal entries and financial statements. Other topics covered include the accounting for:

  • cash
  • accounts receivable
  • inventory
  • capital assets
  • current liabilities
  • owner’s equity

A strong knowledge of the principles of accounting gives you the power to make sound business decisions.

International Business

This course examines the global environment in which firms operate and how that environment affects the strategies and choices the companies make. We will examine how businesses are managed across different countries, considering factors both external and internal to the company. For example, while considering international expansion, a firm needs to take into account exchange rates, international taxation, free trade agreements, market conditions, culture, language, politics and many other factors which will affect its operations, but over which it has little control. In the context of these external factors, a firm must then make internal decisions to devise a strategy effective for operations in the global environment. Does the firm choose to export its products or invest in production facilities in a new country? Should the company buy production facilities or businesses already present or build its own? What about a joint venture with a local entrepreneur? How do local culture and language influence domestic and international operations of the firm?  

This course will investigate these and other questions as part of an exploration into how international corporate strategy is shaped and what are the economic factors that influence it. More broadly, the course will offer insights into major topics as well as emerging themes in international business.

Marketing

This course has been designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of marketing. The modules are intended to provide an introductory level of understanding of each topic, how that topic relates to the marketing function, and to encourage further studies in each specific area. The course outline will define the specific areas to be covered.

Strategic Management

This course uses a strategic management approach to provide you with a systematic framework for evaluating the strategies, policies, design, productivity and performance of organizations.


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