Location
Start Dates

  • January 07, 2019
  • May 02, 2019
  • August 29, 2019
Duration

2Terms

Course Delivery

  • Any-time Online
  • In Class
  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $5,068
International: CAD $15,094

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.

Program Description

The Business Administration Certificate examines general business concepts and focuses on developing introductory skills in accounting principles, management, organizational behaviour, and marketing. With a well-rounded business education, learners can apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of industries. Graduates are qualified for entry level positions in the areas of accounting, office administration, retail services, marketing, and sales. 

Time commitment

This is a one-year (two terms/30 weeks total) certificate 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.

Online option

The Business Administration Certificate program is also available online. This gives you the flexibility to study at home. Your instructor is available to provide support and feedback through email.

Course Schedule

Plan the sequence of your courses!

Work Experience (Optional)

Work Experience (practicum) offers you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience, and enjoy networking opportunities. Work Experience is offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled immediately following the successful completion of all required courses (Calgary placement only).

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process to be accepted into Work Experience. The application process aligns with the competitive nature of a job search and candidates are responsible for demonstrating a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all applicants are guaranteed a Work Experience placement.

Find out more!   Work Experience

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
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Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • 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

Or

Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) testthat 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

Or

Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

Or

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.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants should also be aware that many employers require completion of a high school diploma for consideration for employment.

English language proficiency requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Thelma Ogolo

 

"I loved that my instructors were not only knowledgeable, but they were also passionate about the courses they taught. It made for very interesting and insightful classes."

Thelma Ogolo

Business Administration Certificate Graduate 2016

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change.  

Business Administration

Required CoursesCredit

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.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses. Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email.

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.
Prerequisite: None

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email.

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.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses. Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email.

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.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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.
This course is only available online.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email. In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

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.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses. Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email.

Work Experience Courses

Optional Coursesnon-credit

This course prepares learners for employment opportunities by developing marketing tools and skills for interviews.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 program credits

Course Delivery
Any-time Online Use the provided course materials and progress at your own pace at home. Support is available via telephone and email.

This course will bridge classroom study with the Calgary workplace through experiential learning. Representing Bow Valley College, students will have opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe/integrate into office culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to their resumes; possibly gain employment or referral; and receive evaluation from Host. Regular attendance in placement is key to success. Open communication is maintained throughout placement among Students, Hosts and Student Engagement Officers. Students are required to complete and submit a Student's Evaluation at the conclusion of placement.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of the work experience application process
- Completion and passing grades in all required program courses
- Completion of ADMN9998 Employment Preparation (non-credit)
- Completion of TOWES
- Minimum B- in MGMT1201, ADMN1701, HUCL1701
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.60
- Commitment (attendance, punctuality, professionalism), as determined jointly by Program Coordinator, Instructors, and Student Engagement Officer
- Student has been successfully placed with an approved host

Course Delivery

Program FAQs

If you enjoy math and like working with numbers, the Business Administration Certificate may be for you.

With job opportunities in small business, accounting and bookkeeping firms, this certificate will give you the background to calculate, prepare and issue bills; develop inventory reports; reconcile transactions such as accounts receivables/payables; and work in payroll.

Upon graduation, some of the positions that you will be qualified for include accounting technician, accounting assistant, accounts payable/clerk and receivable clerk, administrative clerk, and payroll/benefits assistant.

The accounting and financial management profession requires you to be highly analytical and very detail oriented, with the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. You must also have good communication skills and be able to work independently.
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. Alberta Learning Information Services: Occupational Profile

Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards the following:

  • Bow Valley College – Business Administration Diploma

Note: Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution you are applying to. 

Though optional and not a requirement to graduate, learners are encouraged to apply for Work Experience (practicum), as Work Experience directly bridges classroom study with the skills needed in the workplace.  Learners have an opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe and integrate into the workplace culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to your resume; possibly gain extended employment or referral; and receive evaluation from the host. 

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process to be accepted into Work Experience. The application process aligns with the competitive nature of a job search. Candidates are responsible and demonstrate a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all applicants are guaranteed a Work Experience position.

Applications for Work Experience (4 to 6 week unpaid practicum) are accepted by the Student Engagement Officer with Work Experience scheduled to commence immediately following the successful completion of all required courses in the final term.  Interviews and placements are arranged during final term through the Student Engagement Officer (Calgary placement only).   

It is important to note that both ADMN9999 ($200) and prerequisite ADMN9998 ($150) are non-credit courses and therefore not covered by student loans; students are encouraged to budget accordingly.

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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