Location
Start Dates

  • January 10, 2023
  • September 05, 2023
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $13,012
International: CAD $33,073
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $2,400

We are no longer accepting applications for International learners for the January 2023 intake.

Not all courses may be offered in each delivery modality each semester.

The maximum course load for Fall or Winter semester is five (5) courses. Taking less than five courses for Fall or Winter term will take longer to complete the program. If taking condensed courses in the Spring/Summer term, the recommended maximum course load is two (2) condensed courses plus one (1) full-term (Spring/Summer) course. Students may elect to register in any combination as long as no more than two (2) condensed spring or summer courses are taken at the same time.

Note: Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses. 

Program Description

The focus of the Human Resource Major is on aligning the workforce with the strategic direction of the organization. The program includes an introduction to the function of human resources, an in-depth learning on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, occupational health and safety, employment law, and labour relations.

To learn about working in human resources, Watch Video Here

 
Accredited by Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Alberta.

Graduates from this program are eligible to receive exemption for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) as part of the process in receiving a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Graduates, who achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, proceed directly to building the required work experience requirements before receiving their designation. The CPHR designation is highly regarded and provides you with a strong competitive advantage. 

Time commitment

This is a two-year (four term) diploma program. A standard course load is five courses per term. Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses. Taking less than five courses per term will take longer to complete the program.

Learning options

The Business Administration diploma program consists of core business courses and major specific courses. Core courses and major courses are available both in class and online. 

 
Co-operative Education Program (Optional)

Bow Valley College will be suspending the Co-op portion of the Business Administration Program. This will be effective for students beginning their studies Fall 2021.

The program will provide other opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and develop skills that will benefit them in the workplace. Information about new opportunities will be shared after you begin your program.

Course Listings Request More Information

Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402


International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476


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) 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

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

Or

  • Completion of 30 credits from a recognized business program (departmental approval required)  
 
English language proficiency requirements

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

 

Transferability

Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. See our most current transfer agreements here

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Course Listings Request More Information

Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402


International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476


Employment Rate

86%


Training Related Employment Rate

77%


Based on 2019-2020 domestic and international students who self-reported finding employment or training-related employment within 6-12 months after graduating.


"The Chiu School of Business offers endless opportunities, such as building leadership skills and participating in an international exchange. Because of the small classroom size, you get an opportunity to stand out and be recognized by local organizations."

Pavan Sangha

Business Administration Diploma, Human Resources Graduate 2017

Course Listing


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Core Courses

Required Courses

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.
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to organizations and sustainability articulates a management approach to integrating economic, ethical, and environmental responsibilities into all aspects of organizations working to benefit society. Learners examine ethics of business and constructs of morally appropriate behavior concerning decision-making and businesses' relationship with the community. Concepts and practical approaches are used to discuss and integrate sustainability criteria with business requirements, including performance management and evolving 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.

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.

Human Resources Major Courses

Required Courses

This course identifies the role of human resource professionals within the context of change management theories. Learners analyze and apply change management theories and strategies to different business scenarios. Focus is directed toward the change process which includes initiation, through to maintaining the change. Trends within change management are identified and discussed.

This course examines how to create and sustain a valid, reliable, and legally defensible talent acquisition process in a Canadian context. Learners formulate and recommend effective talent acquisition processes that are aligned with organizational strategy and informed by current Human Resources trends, including the impact of social media. Learners assess and recommend techniques to integrate technology and people analytics in the evaluation and implementation of the talent acquisition process.

This course focusses on the total rewards package that includes compensation, benefits, and monetary or non-monetary rewards. The importance of aligning the organizational strategy with the total rewards package forms the foundation for this human resource functional area. Learners will get practical experience with the process of job evaluation and connecting performance standards to the compensation plan.
Learners will research Canada and Alberta legislative acts and compensation trends.

Employment Law plays a critical role in human resources management. This course equips learners with the knowledge and skills to apply employment and common law to the workplace. By using employment scenarios, learners strategize how they could help employers reduce risk and resolve human resource issues.
The importance of ethical human resource policies and procedures and ways to address the emerging risks of the digital workplace will also be explored.

This course examines the role of Human Resources and/or Labour Relations Practitioner to guide the management of a unionized workforce. Learners will assess the impact that unionization has on a workplace through relationships between employees, unions, employers and government. Learners will be introduced to the structure of Canadian unions and labour organizations, and various labour relations processes including:
forming and dissolving a union, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts, fair labour practices, the grievance procedure, and changes to unions and organizations. The course will also examine the future of Labour Relations with changes in workplace demographics, and the digitization of the workplace.

This course examines legislative acts and delves into hazards that exist in the workplace while building engagement on the importance of health and safety within the workforce. Various human resources programs are explored, including wellness, disability, return to work, and training. The use of relevant people analytics to assess a workplace's emergency response and readiness are also discussed. At the core of this course are emerging trends in the workplace, including mental health, bullying and remote workforce.

This course provides opportunity for an applied, practical approach to designing training programs that support employee learning and development. Learners explore adult learning principles, components of program planning, and facilitation strategies that foster adult learning in workplace contexts.

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

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.

Required Course Elective

Students can choose one course from this list. 

 

 

Optional Courses

Co-op Courses

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 career advisors maintain open communication throughout the work-term.

Program FAQs

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.

All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.  

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 Career Services. 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 and prerequisite ADMN9998 are non-credit courses and therefore not covered by student loans; students are encouraged to budget accordingly.

Find out more! 

Graduates typically find employment in entry-level human resource or administrative positions within public or private industries, client service organizations, or entrepreneurial opportunities. Career development and advanced post-secondary opportunities will be driven by the individual. 

 

 

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

 

Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration.

Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our Academic Advising Team 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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