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Overview

The Business Ontario College Diploma Program builds on the skills students have learned in the Business Studies Seneca College Certificate and the General Business Seneca College Certificate. Introductory courses will provide students with an overview of the Canadian business environment, including generally accepted accounting principles, fundamentals of math for business and finance, marketing approaches and concepts used by and appropriate for profit and non-profit organizations, and new technologies and strategies to further develop proficiency in computer applications for business.

Students will have opportunities to further refine their professional business skills, focusing on appropriate business communication and channels. Students will also be introduced to specialized areas of business including a focus on organizational behavior, business law, leadership processes, economic principles and Canada's mixed market economy, the diverse components of human resource functions in current business environments, and financial and management accounting skills needed to effect plans, controls and decisions.

Students will further advance their business skills in the areas of management, focusing on principles of ethical decision making, customer service, business finance principles and advanced business software used to analyze, present and project data, and current responsibilities and tools of operations managers in various business organizations.

This Diploma prepares students with job-ready essential employability skills required to work in a wide range of positions within financial, marketing, sales and service industries, and it provides a pathway for students interested in building upon these skills through pursuing related Degree Programs.

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Curriculum

Business Studies Certificate Courses

EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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BAM101
Introduction to Business Administration
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.




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MRK106
Marketing I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently.

Marketing is an approach to business that puts the customer at the centre of its activities and focuses on satisfying customer needs and wants. While marketing is used by both profit and not-for-profit organizations to meet the demands of the market place, this course introduces students to the fundamental marketing concepts used by profit oriented business organizations.




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QNM106
Mathematics of Finance
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but a strong foundation in mathematics at the Grade XII level is recommended

For business personnel, this course covers fundamentals of mathematics for business and finance: ratios, proportions, percentages, break-even analysis, commissions, trade and cash discounts, simple interest and discount, compound interest and discount, equation of values, and ordinary annuities.




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ACC120
Accounting Basics I
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

This course introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles, the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.




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SMS210
Microcomputer Applications for Business
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Prerequisite(s):

A fundamental working knowledge of Windows Operating Systems and Excel Software.

Building on the skills they have previously acquired in Excel and Windows operating systems, students will further develop their proficiency in these areas and add Access to their skill set. Throughout the course, they will apply these software skills to solve business problems.




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General Business Certificate Courses

Above 6 Courses Plus
ECN550
Economics: An Overview
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This one semester course introduces economic principles relating to Canada's mixed market economy and uses these principles to examine current economic issues including the nature of markets, employment, the level of economic activity, the structure of industry, international trade, and the appropriate role of government in the Canadian economy.




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EAC894
Business Writing
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent

The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. In order to succeed in today's information overload world, writers must be able to effectively articulate ideas quickly, clearly and concisely in proposals, emails, reports, memos, project plans and through social media. This course focuses on creating professional-quality documents for realistic business situations, with an emphasis on audience analysis, appropriateness and editing. Other topics include formal and informal outlining techniques, how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy and jargon, and e-correspondence in an "organizational" setting.




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HRM701
Introduction to Human Resources Management
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This course is a comprehensive overview of modern day personnel and human resource management. This course will introduce the diverse components of human resource functions and its role in the current business environment. Case study analysis will be used to link the theory to the practical situations that occur in Human Resources. Topics to be covered are: the business environment, recruitment and selection, employee development and evaluation, compensation and benefits, employee rights, safety and representations and strategic issues and challenges in Human Resources Management, in both domestic and global environments.




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HRM732
Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and a working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers. The fundamental principles of finance and accounting will be combined with practical applications relating to various forms of organization. Using accounting information to help effect plans, controls, and decisions will be emphasized.




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HRM742
Business Management & Organizational Behaviour
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

This course is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment, organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for better and more effective leadership. This course provides a better understanding of this process.




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ALW380
Business Law for Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150

This course will provide an introduction to Canadian Business Law with an emphasis on legal issues relevant to accounting. Topics will include: the Canadian legal system, tort law and professional liability, contract law, specific commercial contracts (including sale, insurance and employment), negotiable instruments and security interests and partnerships and corporations. Students will develop an ability to recognize and respond appropriately to legal situations that occur in an accounting environment.




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Business Diploma Courses

Above 12 Courses Plus
ETH400
Contemporary Ethics Issues
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150

Every day of our personal and business lives we are confronted with numerous choices about what is right and what is wrong and, therefore, how to conduct ourselves. This course introduces the student to the basic principles of decision making, with a focus on ethical considerations. While the major emphasis of the course is business decisions, an examination of personal values and ethics form a foundation of the course. The course will focus on four primary areas: personal values and ethics; business ethics; ethics issues related directly to accounting and ethically managing workplace relationships. While the course contains theories and concepts, the student will concentrate on applying ethical concepts and principles to everyday, real-life issues and problems.




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MRK645
Building and Maintaining Customer Relationships
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This course is intended to develop your understanding of customer service and the skills associated with understanding the needs of customers, meeting those needs and fostering an environment that encourage customers to return. It will be of interest to anyone who works with customers, either internal or external, on a daily basis.




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QNM222
Business Statistics
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Prerequisite(s):

Successful completion of QNM106 (Mathematics of Finance).

The statistical methods of collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of quantitative data used for making generalizations, projections and decisions under uncertain conditions are introduced. Emphasis will be on the use of both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques within the workplace. Students will utilize spreadsheet software to present and analyse data.




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MSC312
Advanced Business Software Applications
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Prerequisite(s):

SMS210 - Microcomputer Applications For Business

Students expand their knowledge of relational database management systems as tools for business decision making. (Design and create micro computer database systems which incorporate more advanced features and then use the data structures to achieve advanced queries, custom forms and reports and integration with other software systems.)




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OPM455
Operations Management
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This course examines topics in one of the three business core course areas, mainly operations (the two others being finance and marketing). Students completing this course will have an in-depth knowledge of the responsibilities and current tools of operations managers in manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations. Coverage includes inventory management, JIT, MRP, ERP, Intro to SAP, Quality Management, Process Improvement and Project Management.




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3 General Education Options 3 General Education Options

Effective January 2017, EAC394 will be replaced by EAC894

Students studying online may complete ECN502 in lieu of ECN550

In order to meet Seneca's breadth requirements for diploma or advanced diploma programs, students must successfully complete at least 3 general education courses toward their program. There are two categories of General Education courses:  Arts and Humanities and Sciences & Social Sciences. All GenEd courses have been identified by category.

  • Completion of 1 course from Arts & Humanities;
  • Completion of 1 course from Sciences & Social Sciences; and
  • Completion of 1 course chosen from either category above.

College English (EAC150) is not a general education course.

Student may not use ECN501 or ECN502 as a general education course in the Business Diploma.
We recommend that all students complete the six (6) required courses in the Business Studies Certificate before progressing to advanced courses.

Other Courses of Interest (Not General Education Options)

MGS600
Management Studies: Supervision
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Present or beginning line or staff supervisor, first-line managers and junior administrators will be interested in current management concepts as they are applied to the day-to-day supervisory function. A variety of practical exercises, case studies, simulations and presentations are utilized. Students learn how to assess and develop their capabilities as supervisors, as team members interacting with others, and as communicators.




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RET500
Understanding the Retail Business
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This course is designed to give 4th semester students a broad understanding of current Canadian retail business trends. The operational aspects as well as the nature of various retail formats will be examined and discussed including buying, selling, customer service, advertising, store layout and design, technology and results measurement and evaluation.




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FIS405
Financial Analysis
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Prerequisite(s):

ACC120

This course provides an overview of financial management and covers financial statement analysis, valuation of cash flows, risk and return, as well as an introduction to capital budgeting.




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IBM600
International Business Management
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Around the world, company managers are creating a new business order by internationalizing corporate activity. This course focuses on concepts that should be known by students intending to be involved in global commerce.




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SAP100
SAP Sales and Distribution
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This course teaches students to use SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) and related modules functioning as part of the Order-To-Cash business process. It further prepares students for the SAP project methodology for new or upgrade projects as significant resources towards a maximum implementation Return on Investment as a system implementation's primary subject-matter expert, the Super-User.
Combining hand's on system exercises with critical business-application scenarios, this course's unique design and delivery ensures a measurable positive impact on a participant's personal career and the bottom-line of their employer - suitable for graduates, full-time SAP Project Managers/Users and anyone returning into the workforce requiring high-demand knowledge and skills.




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Program Outcomes

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate business-related information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and graphic formats.
  • Work in a manner consistent with law and professional standards, practices, and protocols.
  • Develop customer-service strategies to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Apply knowledge of the human resources function to the operation of an organization.
  • Apply knowledge of the marketing function to the operation of an organization.
  • Apply accounting and financial knowledge to the operation of an organization.
  • Apply knowledge of operations management to the operation of an organization.
  • Apply computer skills and knowledge of information technology to support the management of an organization.
  • Take into account the interrelationship among the functional areas of a business.
  • Work effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  • Apply research skills to gather and interpret available information.
  • Apply creative problem-solving skills to address business problems and opportunities.
  • Develop strategies for personal and professional development to manage job stress, enhance work performance, and maximize career opportunities.
  • Apply time management and organizational skills to facilitate the completion of tasks and to meet deadlines in a business environment.
  • Recognize the economic, social, political, and cultural variables which impact on a business.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Note: Graduates from this diploma may qualify for possible credit transfer to University programs. See www.senecacollege.ca/universitytransfer and look under General Business (2 years).

Pathways

Business pathways

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Diploma to Degree

Congratulations on finishing your diploma. Now you can turn it into a degree. We offer the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree through part-time studies here at Seneca. Please go to the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree link for more information about this program and how to apply your diploma through credit transfer.

Here are some degree options that may also be of interest to you.

Program Contacts

FCE Business
fce.business@senecacollege.ca


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca


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