The Business Marketing Ontario College Diploma Program builds on the topics covered in the Business Studies Seneca College Certificate and the Marketing Seneca College Certificate to further emphasize the core knowledge and skills necessary for any industry or business, domestic or international, with a specialized focus on fundamental marketing skills. 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.
In addition, specialized focus will be placed on teaching students in-depth skills required in the marketing profession. Emphasis is placed on fundamental marketing approaches and concepts appropriate for profit and non-profit organizations, including effective selling, e-marketing, integrated marketing, professional selling, etc. Students will apply marketing strategies to changing business environments to make sound business decisions. Students are provided with a solid foundation in the discipline of marketing, focusing on problem-based learning, real world projects and case studies.
New students are invited to attend an information session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MRK106 - Introductory Marketing I
This course continues from MARKETING I (MRK106) and relates marketing theory and concepts to the creation of effective marketing strategies and strategic marketing management. This course furthers the study of marketing planning, buyer behaviour and physical distribution. Students will also learn to identify marketing problems and to improve business performance through the application of marketing principles and practices. Using financial metrics, students will evaluate the attractiveness of marketing opportunities and the impact of marketing decision-making in a computer simulated environment.
A career in selling can focus on either industrial or retail sales. This course deals primarily with industrial selling using ethical and logical techniques that many successful salespeople use in their careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College English (EAC150) is not a general education course.
Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) involves coordinating the various marketing communication activities to develop a unified communication plan to maximize the impact on the intended target audience. Students study various components of IMC (advertising, public relations, direct response, etc.) within the context of the Canadian communications environment. Students apply what they have learned through the preparation of an Integrated Marketing Communication Plan.
Students are introduced to e-marketing through on-line activities and web-based projects. The focus is on research and analysis of Internet business and marketing strategies. Students analyze and prepare e-marketing plans, proposal presentations and development of business website prototypes.
This course introduces a variety of web-based and digital marketing approaches. Students will examine the new and fast-changing opportunities for marketers resulting from the changing use of digital media, including search engine strategies, websites, social media, and mobile communication. The course provides students with the opportunity to observe, evaluate and recommend online marketing strategies with an emphasis on measurement of online marketing activity.
The emphasis of this course is on marketing research as an integral part of management decision making. Through applied research in a field situation, students gain an understanding of the required steps in designing a research study to yield relevant, timely; applicable, and accurate information. Students also gain experience in applying research concepts and methods to current management problems. The course will be user oriented. Students learn to determine the marketing information needs of management, to obtain and to communicate that information.
Behavioural science concepts, as the basis of effective marketing strategies, are examined in detail. Topics include perception and learning theory, forming and changing attitudes, the buying behaviour of various groups, the role of personal influence on buying behaviour, social and cultural impacts on the buying behaviour, a model of buying behaviour, up-to-date analysis of the effects of consumerism and consumer law on marketing strategies.
It is recommended that students complete MRK317 prior to enrolling in this course.
In this course students will build on and expand their knowledge in the areas of: sales promotion, public relations, direct marketing, internet and interactive media. The course will focus on showing students how to utilize these tactics to capture the attention of the intended target market and communicate the planned message to generate a reaction.
The effective development and management of marketing channels is a critical factor in gaining and maintaining competitive success. Through lectures, case studies and projects, students learn to design and manage effective distribution channels. The focus is on current practices outsourcing, retailing, electronic retailing, wholesaling, and logistics. Students learn how to develop effective marketing programs for retailers and wholesalers as well as how to manage conflict and power in channel relationships.
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.
This course looks at advanced strategies for selling environments based on selling "value" instead of "price". Price discounting happens when the customer no longer sees the unique value of a product. As a result, the customer will end up price shopping between a range of products they believe deliver a relatively similar end result. The primary objective of this course is to help the sales person identify the value of their product or service; to recognize the critical elements of the customer "buying cycle"; and to develop a strategy to link the value of that buying cycle.
The primary focus of this course is to introduce students to the international marketing concept and internationalism. Many companies come to the point where, having established the domestic market, to continue growing and building profits they find it necessary to move into international markets, but it must be based on clearly thought out quantified marketing justification. This course introduces the student to those aspects of basic marketing that are applicable to the international environment including reference to the controllable and uncontrollable elements. These elements relate to product, promotion, physical distribution, pricing, as well as to organization and staffing, import and export barriers, legal systems and jurisdictions, cultures, societies and political structures, financial requirements, risks and human resources.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
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.
If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.
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).
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.
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.
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New students are invited to attend an information session.