- May 02, 2019
- August 29, 2019
- January 07, 2020
- Any-time Online
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $30,161
A full course load is 5 courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however, it will take longer to complete the program.
As a financial professional, this program prepares you in the areas of financial planning, principles and industry standards, financial products and services, tax and legal implications, managing risks, and building customer service expertise. Graduates typically find employment in financial institutions, entering positions such as customer service representative; banking, credit or other investment management positions; finance and insurance clerks; insurance and real estate clerks; supervisors in sales and services; or investment professionals.
FPSC Level 1® Certification
Successfully complete the following four courses in this major to meet the educational requirements to write the FPSC Level 1 Examination:
- FNSR2301 Financial Markets and Products
- FNSR2303 Investment Funds in Canada
- FNSR2302 Personal Financial Planning l
- FNSR2304 Personal Financial Planning ll
Obtaining FPSC Level 1 Certification from the Financial Planning Standards Council is a significant advantage to students as it establishes the technical competence required in the industry, builds professional competencies, and is recommended by employers.
These courses are also available through Open Studies.
This is a two-year (four term) diploma program. A full course load is five courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however, it will take longer to complete the program.
The Business Administration diploma program consists of core business courses and major specific courses. Core courses are available both in class and online. All major courses are available in class with only some courses available online.
Course SchedulePlan the sequence of your courses! These course planners are for prospective students only. If you are a current student, please refer to your D2L program page from program planners.
Co-operative Education Program (Optional)Co-op provides eligible Business Administration Diploma students with an opportunity to gain work-related experience for one term through an assisted job search. Co-op offers students relevant experience to boost employment opportunities, develop professional skills and experience, network with employers, and earn money.
The Co-op Work Term process aligns with the competitive nature of job search. To be accepted into the Co-op Program, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process. Candidates are responsible for demonstrating a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all students accepted into the Co-op Program are guaranteed a Co-op Work Term position.
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- Credit in English Language Arts 30-1 or minimum 65% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
- Credit in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalent
Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:
- Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
- Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
- Math Test: 520 minimum score
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
- Completion of 30 credits from a recognized business program (departmental approval required)
Successful completion (65% or C grade) in each of the four designated Career Program Pathway - Business courses offered by the School of Foundational Learning and a passing grade in one designated business course offered by the Chiu School of Business.
English language proficiency requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.
"Completing the Financial Services courses at Bow Valley College allowed me to receive my mutual fund license (IFIC), secure a position at a major bank, receive acceptance into the Bachelor of Management (Finance) program at the University of Lethbridge, and write the FPSC Level 1 licensing exam offered through a partnership between Bow Valley College and the Financial Planning Standards Council.”"
Business Administration Diploma, Financial Services
Curriculum subject to change.
In the business environment, accounting and financial information are essential for internal and external decision-making. Therefore, understanding the basics of accounting and financial statements are important for every business graduate. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting with an emphasis on decision-makers' objectives and use of financial information. Key concepts explored include accounting principles and standards, the complete accounting cycle, recording and reporting business transactions, and preparing and analyzing financial statements.
Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.
Note: Learners with prior credit in ACCT1101 and ACCT1102 cannot take ACCT1103.
The central theme of the course focuses on the relationship between thinking, human behaviour, and organizational effectiveness. Opportunity is provided for learners to experience incidental learning as they evaluate their own behaviour. Learners explore how concepts and ideas pertaining to human behaviour can transform self, relationships, and the workplace.
The focus of this course is on the importance of aligning human resources practices with organizational strategies and employment acts. Learners identify and discuss trends in workplace health and safety. Additionally, the role that the human resources functional processes, practices and programs have in creating an engaged workforce is developed and reflected on.
This course introduces learners to the multifaceted roles of managers within an organization through theory and practical application. While analyzing and critically reflecting on the functions of management, learners have the opportunity to connect key concepts with their own professional practice. Topics such as strategic planning, organizational structure and design, leadership, motivation, controls, and team dynamics are examined.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) articulates an organization's purpose, values, and concerns for society. This course examines concepts and practical approaches successful companies use to integrate CSR strategies with the needs of business and how they evolve their strategies as business needs change.
Confident business communication requires learners to explore the changing landscape of digital media, while developing writing skills and techniques to compose competent, professional communications. In this course, learners explore research tools to aid in effective oral presentations and strengthen interpersonal skills to be an effective communicator in the Canadian workplace.
The allocation of scarce resources in the face of unlimited wants and needs is at the core of economics. This course introduces the fundamentals of microeconomics and creates the foundation for economic analysis and thinking. The course starts with the study of individual choice and opportunity cost, then proceeds to introduce supply and demand and the market adjustments leading to equilibrium, and addresses the use of market price and the sources of market failure. It transitions to consumer behaviour focusing on how consumers make decisions, while creating a framework to understand how firms optimize production under different market structures. The course concludes with the application of microeconomic theory to more advanced topics such as international trade, marginal analysis and the trade-off between equity and efficiency.
Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.
A basic understanding of key elements of the law is an essential factor in successful business management. Learners apply legal fundamentals useful in today's fast-paced, rapidly changing business environment.
Learners critically evaluate day-to-day economic subjects in a personal and business context. Throughout the course the economy is examined at the aggregate level with an emphasis on the determination and measurement of national income in the short and long run. The role of households, businesses, government, financial intermediaries and the international sector in influencing national income is examined. Learners analyze business cycles, money and banking, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policies.
Prerequisite: MGMT1401 Microeconomics
Learners are introduced to concepts aimed at providing a solid foundation of marketing principles and the role marketing plays in business. Emphasizing a holistic approach, learners have the opportunity to analyze and apply the marketing mix. Key concepts include product, price, placement, and promotion (4Ps), the Integrated Marketing Communications Mix (IMC), market research, and consumer behaviour.
This course covers the fundamentals of business strategy theory and application of the frameworks. Learners integrate the knowledge gained in previous business courses and demonstrate how the various pieces of the business puzzle fit together. Learners explore why the different parts of an organization need to be managed in strategic harmony to meet its goals within its competitive environment. A pragmatic approach to developing a strategic analysis skill set is followed. Learners work in multi-disciplinary teams from across the business majors to focus on building long-term strategies for organizations.
Prerequisites: MGMT1101, MKTG1101 and either ACCT1101 or ACCT1103
Note: Learners who have previously taken MGMT2999 cannot take MGMT2998.
Financial Services Major Courses
The goal of finance is to increase the value of a firm as measured by the market value of the share price. Focusing on the framework of working capital management, capital budgeting process, long-term financing and external growth through mergers, learners explore the major financial decisions faced by the business. This course provides opportunities for learners to apply the skills and knowledge of finance to contemporary business situations.
Prerequisites: ACCT1101 or ACCT1103
This course introduces the concept of money, the Canadian financial industry, the impact of the regulatory environment, and the analysis of products and services available to customers, including the adjudication of credit. These concepts provide the basis for the financial planning process. The course is eligible towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Core Curriculum program.
This course prepares learners with fundamental financial planning knowledge and introduces the personal financial planning process. Concepts include elements that affect an individual's and family's financial well-being. Collecting and analyzing required information to begin the financial planning process is examined. The course is eligible towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Core Curriculum program. It is recommended learners enroll in FNSR2301 Financial Markets and Products in the same term.
This course covers the financial and mutual fund industries. Topics include mutual fund and investment products, the regulatory system governing the mutual fund industry, and acceptable selling practices and processes. To complete this course, learners must write the Canadian Investment Funds Course (CIFC) final exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, learners will meet the proficiency requirements of the provincial securities commission for mutual fund licensing.
Using the technical information provided in FNSR2301 Financial Markets and Products and FNSR2302 Personal Financial Planning I, learners engage in practical application of personal financial planning. Focus of the course is on evaluating customer needs and applying the financial planning process and practices to provide appropriate recommendations. This course is eligible towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Core Curriculum program.
Prerequisites: FNSR2301 and FNSR2302
This course encompasses the principles of delivering an exceptional customer experience to increase customer retention, loyalty, and sales. In addition, there is an emphasis on delivering a consistent sales presentation to close sales and handle customer objections. Learners are provided an opportunity to develop key skills to handle customer problems, while developing relationships and uncovering needs to increase sales opportunities.
Required Major Course ElectivesChoose two of the following courses
This course introduces the fundamental principles, concepts, and applications of Canadian income tax laws affecting individuals. Emphasis is on understanding and applying the rules of the Canadian Income Tax Act pertaining to the determination of personal income tax payable. Learners explore employment income, business income, property income, capital gains and losses, and other income and deductions. Learners compute taxable income and taxes payable for individuals.
Prerequisite: ACCT1102 or ACCT1103
In this course, through the examination of how insurance is used to manage risk, learners explore the laws, concepts, and practices commonly encountered in the insurance industry. Development of insurance worldwide is examined with a focus on Canadian law and practice.
This course explores introductory statistical data analysis and interpretation techniques used in business environments. Learners develop foundational knowledge on key topics including data collection and presentation and measures of descriptive statistics. Random variables, probability and probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression analysis are also covered.
This course prepares learners for employment opportunities by developing marketing tools and skills for interviews.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 program credits
Learners who secure a Co-op position, will be enrolled in this four-month paid work-term course. The course provides an opportunity for hands-on practice in a variety of positions, depending on the qualifications of the learner and the Business Administration major. Learners, Hosts and Student Engagement Officers maintain open communication throughout the work-term.
- Completed TOWES
- Minimum B in Business Communications
- Minimum B in Computer Applications
- Minimum program GPA of 3.00
- Commitment (attendance, punctuality, professionalism), as determined jointly by Program Coordinator, Instructors and Student Engagement Officer
- Formal acceptance into Co-op program
- Passed COOP 9997 Co-op Employment Preparation (non-credit)
- Learner has successfully secured paid Co-op Work Term with an approved employer
Today's companies seek employees with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The evolution of the modern workplace, increasing competition, and rising consumer demands has forced employers to seek out motivated candidates with critical thinking and decision-making capabilities who also possess leadership potential.
If you have prior work experience or have taken courses comparable to those required under this program at another institution, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer credit. For more information, please contact our Registrar's Office at (403) 410-1400, or by email.
All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.
Transfer opportunities are available with a variety of degree granting institutions. Many of these opportunities allow Business Administration Diploma graduates to receive credit for up to two-year equivalency towards a bachelor degree. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution you are applying to.
Some institutions include:
- Mount Royal University
- University of Calgary
- University of Lethbridge
- Griffith University
- Royal Roads University
- Thompson Rivers University
The Business Administration Diploma typically takes two years or four terms to complete. This may take longer if the student takes less than five courses per term.
Though optional and not a requirement to graduate, learners are encouraged to apply for Coop Work Experience, as it directly bridges classroom study with the skills needed in the workplace. Co-op offers students relevant experience to boost employment opportunities, develop professional skills and experience, network with employers, and earn money for one term through an assisted job search.
The Co-op Work Term process aligns with the competitive nature of job search. To be accepted into the Co-op Program, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process. Candidates are responsible and demonstrate a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all students accepted into the Co-op Program are guaranteed a Co-op Work Term position.
Applications for Co-op Work Experience are accepted by the Student Engagement Officer. Students can complete a Coop term (4 months, full-time employment) following the successful completion of 30 or more program credits prior to their first Co-op Work Term.
It is important to note that both COOP9998 ($450) and prerequisite ADMN9998 ($150) are non-credit courses and therefore not covered by student loans; students are encouraged to budget accordingly.
Graduates typically find employment in financial institutions, entering positions such as customer service representatives; banking, credit, or other investment management positions; finance and insurance clerks; insurance and real estate clerks; supervisors in sales and services, or investment professional positions.
The Alberta Government provides up-to-date information on Alberta’s occupational profiles including wage and salary information. Click on the link to find out more.
Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration.
Plan the sequence of your courses with this 2019 schedule.
Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our student engagement officers can also assist you with planning.
If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications:
- Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
- We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
- Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
- We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer.
The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term.
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