Overview

The Business Studies Seneca College Certificate Program consists of six courses providing the foundational skill-sets required for a career in any industry or business, domestic or international. Courses will provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. Students will learn foundational concepts including generally accepted accounting principles, fundamentals of math for business and finance, and marketing approaches and concepts used by and appropriate for profit and non-profit organizations. A strong focus will be on new technologies and strategies, and students will further develop their proficiency in computer applications for business to be able to apply these software skills to solving business problems.

This certificate prepares students with job-ready essential employability skills required to work in a wide range of entry-level positions within financial, marketing, sales and service industries, and it provides a pathway for students interested in building upon these skills through pursuing the General Business Seneca College Certificate Program, Marketing Seneca College Certificate Program and/or the Business Ontario College Diploma Program.

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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

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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BAM101
Introduction to Business Administration
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Prerequisite(s):

COM101 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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COM101
Communicating Across Contexts
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Prerequisite(s):

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

COM101 replaces EAC150.
Students who have successfully completed EAC150 are not required to complete COM101.

This course introduces students to the core concepts of communication. Students will cultivate an awareness of these concepts by analyzing how they are used in a variety of texts and contexts, and they will apply these concepts strategically in their own writing. Through a variety of writing tasks centred on these core concepts of communication, students will develop the transferrable reading and writing skills essential for success in their post-secondary studies, workplaces, and communities.




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MRK106
Marketing I
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Prerequisite(s):

COM101 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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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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MBF101
Mathematics of Business and Finance
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade XII English and Mathematics.

This course provides students with the fundamentals of mathematics of business and finance. Following the introduction of concepts of present and percent change, simple and compound interest rates will be discussed. Compound interest rates will be applied to the study of annuities. Students will also learn important models of business mathematics, such as currency conversion, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, break-even and cost-volume-profit analysis.




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As of September 2018, MBF101 will replace QNM 106. If students have taken QNM 106 already, they do not need to take MBF101.

Note: BUS106 + BUS203/BUS206 are equivalent to BAM101

Other Courses of Interest

FCA102
Anti-Money Laundering Administration
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The international financial services community is working closely with the government and police force at all levels to contain efforts by organized crime and terrorist groups to launder money and use the financial services system as a conduit for the illicit transfer of funds from the proceeds of crime. The Canadian government has put legislative mechanisms in place and established a financial intelligence unit, FINTRAC, to monitor compliance. This course will teach students about Anti-Money Laundering management programs that are in conformance with Canadian and international regulatory requirements.




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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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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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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.

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/Convocation

When 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 graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

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.

Pathways

Business pathways

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Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
Belinda.Becker@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22797


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.