Business Administration – Fast Track Courses

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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.

Business Writing

This course prepares you to become a better workplace communicator. You will focus on ways to strategically plan, format, and send business messages — presentations, letters, e-mails, proposals, and more — leading to better efficiency and efficacy on the job.

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 goal, and you will benefit from the practical approach to building these skills. You will identify the characteristics of effective communication and learn how to successfully critique business documents.

You will also have at least one other goal, and that is to improve your confidence in your ability to communicate effectively. In a business environment, egos and professional reputations are on the line, and people often feel threatened. The result is either poor communication, or no communication at all.  Being an effective business communicator has many advantages and rewards. Some are financial, and others relate to your emotional well being. It is important to recognize that communicating in your job is key to not only your success, but also to your enjoyment and your perception of acceptable self-worth in the workplace.

Delivering messages effectively allows you to share ideas and contribute, and to lead and inspire others.

This course will focus on seven key topics:

  • Today's Successful Business Communicator
  • Presentations
  • Characteristics of Effective Business Writing
  • Direct Messages
  • Unwelcome Messages
  • Persuasive Messages
  • Career Messages
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.

Organizational Behaviour

This course will look at the impact that individuals, groups and structures have on human behaviour within any modern organization, from nonprofit to public sector to private sector. Organizations are made up of people who behave and act within certain constructs, and learning about these processes is important to understanding how to make organizations effective and productive.

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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