- May 02, 2019
- August 29, 2019
- January 07, 2020
- May 04, 2020
- In Class
- Any-time Online
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $29,657
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.
Every business exports and imports goods and services. Supply chain management professionals determine the best combinations of outsourcing and procurement. In this major, you'll learn the various aspects of business operations including procurement, logistics and transportation, supplier relations, and inventory management. With this knowledge, you can contribute to the operational efficiency of a company.
This is a two-year (four terms) 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 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.
Plan 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.
University Transfer (Supply Chain Specific)
Transferability is available towards SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Supply Chain Management major (upon acceptance by SAIT).
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.
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"The Chiu School of Business is truly engaged in helping students succeed in their professional paths. The instructors have vast experience, making the learning process very enriched. I’m starting a full-time position and Bow Valley College helped me enhance my management skills and abilities to be more attractive to companies that were hiring."
Octavio Gonzalez Lopez
Graduate, June 2018
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
Supply Chain Management Major Courses
Project management is an essential skill contributing to an organization's competitive advantage. This course incorporates the global standards from the Project Management Institute. The essential elements of project management include principles of project management, proposal stages, project scheduling, controlling, reporting, and the use of technologies to manage projects.
Supply chain management (SCM) is the movement of material and information through integrated processes in a supply chain to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The key building blocks of a supply chain, logistics, procurement, and operations execution, will be covered. Learners will explore the scope of SCM and its impact on organizations.
The design and management of products, processes, services, and supply chains is accomplished by an organization's operations management function. This course examines the integration of critical business processes from planning to short-term scheduling. Topics include operations planning and productivity, capacity and strategy design, process and product design using industry standards, facility layout and location models, job and staff scheduling, and queuing theory.
Procurement and contract management are central to a company's sustainable development efforts. Purchasing managers need to think strategically about the purchases they make and critically evaluate their purchases in light of the risks and uncertainties of the marketplace. This course addresses procurement from a strategic perspective. Learners will explore the relationship between supply chain management and procurement at the operational level.
Logistics and transportation supports the complete cycle of material flow, from purchase to internal control, planning and control of work-in-process, purchasing, shipping, and distribution of the finished product. The mode of transportation should lead to efficient and effective transportation of material through the supply chain. This course introduces the basic concepts of transportation and logistics. Learners examine the holistic concept of how logistics and transportation supports supply chain management, forecasting, inventory management, the planning process, and the physical flow of goods and services in the supply chain.
For many organizations, inventory is one of the largest assets on the balance sheet. Minimizing inventory frees up money for use elsewhere in the organization. Materials management addresses techniques to manage inventory to allow processes or entities in the supply chain to operate interdependently and efficiently. This course addresses inventory from a financial, physical, forecasting, and operational standpoint.
Supply Chain Elective CoursesChoose two of the following 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 focuses on management information systems (MIS) and the roles, impacts, and risks of information technology infrastructure. Learners have the opportunity to understand how MIS is applied to address organizational challenges. The course explores how organizations use interconnected technology and systems to enable decision-making and achieve goals. Learners also analyze the effect of technology innovation on strategic planning.
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.
The impacts that differences in culture, politics, law, ethics, and economics have on business decisions are closely examined. Learners consider decisions in international expansion strategies and entry modes. Application of theory is focused on operations in human resource management, supply chain, marketing, and communications, all within the context of globalization and the global money system.
Prerequisite: MGMT2401 Macroeconomics
Quality management is a vital part of an organization's strategy as well as its supply chain function. This course explores concepts of total quality management (TQM), just-in-time (JIT) management, and lean management with a focus on quality in procurement, logistics, and transportation. Learners gain an appreciation of quality management concepts and an ability to correlate between theory and practical application.
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.
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.
The Supply Chain Management Major helps you develop job-ready skills and other related business abilities. Supply chain is experiencing growth across Canada and needs a qualified and competent workforce to fill positions. Graduates can work across many business industries as supply chain skills are cross-functional. Graduates typically find employment in roles such as supply chain manager, transportation manager, logistics coordinator, sourcing analyst, inventory analyst, supply chain business analyst, buyer, contract analyst, warehouse associate, or expeditor.
Click here to find more information on wage and salary averages in Canada.
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.