OLP200 - Business Skills for Land Care Professionals

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:41:54.643
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Subject Title
Business Skills for Land Care Professionals

Subject Description
The reality of being self-employed can be daunting. Certainly there is great satisfaction and freedom in being one?s own boss, but there are also many obligations and pitfalls. Most small businesses fail in their first year of operation because the owners are unaware of legislative requirements and do not have the skills to properly plan and manage the business.

Drawing on 40 years of small business experience, this course goes well beyond information found in textbooks and on the web by providing a practical interpretation of common business problems and guidance for solutions.

While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is equally applicable to all other types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans.

Topics discussed are:

  • Choosing the appropriate legal entity for your business
  • Being aware of and working within legal parameters governing your business
  • Evaluating the pros and cons of different business financing options
  • Developing strategies to increase sales, profitability and cash flow
  • Using information presented in financial reports and financial ratios to make informed business management decisions
  • Managing risk
  • Preparing estimates and budgets
  • Hiring and retaining a competent workforce
  • Developing a business strategy, business plan and operational plan for your startup or current business

Who should take this course?
  • Anyone contemplating going into business for themselves
  • Small business owners feeling overwhelmed by rules and regulations they knew nothing about
  • Small business owners without a formal marketing and business plan.

Credit Status
One credit (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Professional – Level 2 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Choose the appropriate legal entity for your business
  2. Work within legal parameters governing your business
  3. Evaluate the pros and cons of different business financing options
  4. Develop strategies to increase sales, profitability and cash flow
  5. Use the information presented in financial reports and financial ratios to make informed business management decisions
  6. Prepare estimates and budgets
  7. Hire and retain a competent workforce
  8. Develop a business strategy, business plan and operational plan for your startup of current business.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None

Topic Outline
Module 1:  Business Ownership
Module 2:  Licences, Permits, & Taxes
Module 3:  Marketing
Module 4:  Contracts
Module 5:  Getting Paid
Module 6:  Estimating
Module 7:  Accounting Concepts
Module 8:  Financing
Module 9:  Insurance
Module 10:  Business Planning
Module 11:  Employment Standards
Module 12:  Workers’ Compensation
Module 13:  Working With Employees

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials, group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working online, assigned readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Reference Material
None

Required Supplies
None

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
Assignments

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams/Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Online
Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.

Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (9)  18%
Practical Assignments (5)  80%
Post Assessment (1)  2%
   
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests (multiple attempts are encouraged) and a minimum of 75% for the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

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Approved by: Denis Gravelle