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 entrepreneurship, project management, 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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New students are invited to attend an information session.

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Due to COVID-19, all Part-time Studies courses are being offered online until further notice, in one of the following two formats: online virtual classroom and online self-directed. Click Availability below to see current offerings.

Curriculum

Business Studies Certificate Courses

COM101 OR COM111
 
COM101
Communicating Across Contexts
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934.

COM101 replaces EAC 150.
Students who have successfully completed EAC 150 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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COM111
Communicating Across Contexts (Enriched)
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment

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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BAM101
Introduction to Business Administration
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Prerequisite(s):

COM101/COM111 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):

COM101/COM111 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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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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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 percent 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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Above 6 Courses Plus
ACC212
Financial Analysis
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This subject develops your understanding of the basic financial tools used by managers in planning and controlling their areas. This subject will be approached from the non-accounting students' perspective.




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ALW382
Business Law
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC 150 or COM101/COM111

Students are prepared for a business environment increasingly affected by laws. They learn how laws must be understood and applied by management in the conduct of business. They also learn how to analyze a business situation from a general legal perspective. Emphasis is placed on methods of dispute resolution, contracts, torts, employment law, methods of carrying on business, creditors' rights, sale of goods and marketing law.




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CRM400
CRM and Selling
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Prerequisite(s):

MRK106 - Introduction to Marketing
BAM101 - Introduction to Business Administration

This course is designed to provide students with the essential skills required to be a sales professional in a Business-to-Business (B2B) environment. The course will explore computer and communication technologies as they apply to business-to-business selling and will provide an introduction to the use of customer relationship management (CRM) and web selling. Students will develop their skills by creating a detailed step-by-step sale simulation of a product or service using a consultative approach and creating a win-win environment for both the prospect and the seller delivered via YouTube.




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CAP500
Career Planning
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This subject is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and transferable skills required to assist in a successful career launch in the global business sector. In addition to exploring the skills and qualities essential to obtain a position in their chosen career, students will prepare a career development campaign which will consist of resumes and cover letters, practise interviews and follow-up techniques. The importance of ethics and etiquette in the workplace will also be discussed. Both traditional and on-line methodologies will be integrated throughout the course.




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CSS300
Customer Service Solutions
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This course introduces students to the methods and best practices that enhance excellent customer service solutions. The course discussion will focus on how these methods and best practices enable managers, frontline associates and service staff to support, build, maintain, and increase a loyal customer base, and secure overall competitive advantage for the organization.




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EAC894
Business Writing
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Prerequisite(s):

COM101/COM111 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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ECN550
Economics: An Overview
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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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HRA701
Introduction to Human Resources Management
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This subject is a comprehensive overview of modern day human resources management (HRM). This course will introduce the diverse components of human resource (HR) 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 HR. Topics to be covered include the business environment, recruitment and selection, employee development and evaluation, compensation and benefits, employee rights, safety and representations and strategic issues and challenges in HRM, in both domestic and global environments.




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MAN200
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly relevant in our 21st century economy and society. This course will challenge students to think creatively and inspire entrepreneurship when working in an organization or starting your own business. Students will also gain an understanding of how to maximize Canada's world-class innovation and entrepreneurship support ecosystem.




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OBR250
Organizational Behaviour
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Prerequisite(s):

BAM101

This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts and theories concerning the behaviour of people in workplace organizations. The emphasis is on identifying questions and problems typically encountered by new employees and developing practical strategies and solutions. Contemporary issues and challenges in society are analyzed in terms of their impact on the workplace, on relations between individuals, and on the individual. The course draws on a variety of structured experiential exercises and case studies to apply the concepts of organizational behaviour to practical business issues and situations.




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OPM400
Production and Operations Management - Manufacturing and Services
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This subject is an introduction to the study of operations management. Students will study the general principles and techniques used in providing goods and services to satisfy customer demand. On completion of this subject, the student will understand the generalized and technical principles involved in operations management, and be able to apply the various problem solving techniques in the analysis of practical operations management situations. The student will demonstrate these decision making and analytical techniques in written form. This subject is a basic grounding in the field of operations. This field is an intricate part of all organizations, manufacturing and service, as well as both the profit and not-for-profit sectors.




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PMP200
Project Management Tools and Techniques
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In today's competitive business environment project management skills must include the ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the satisfaction of the customer. The purpose of this introductory course is to examine the general principals, practices, tools and resources associated with managing a diversity of workplace projects.




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PPS100
Professional Presentation Skills
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Many people fear or avoid public speaking. However, effective oral communication is an essential skill required by employers. This subject provides a step-by-step approach to presenting your professional self and ideas. With regular practice and constructive feedback, the student will be able to clarify ideas and organize thoughts effectively, whether speaking on a prepared or impromptu basis, and in both small and large group settings. Regardless of current skillsets, students will acquire the techniques of presenting more confidently and persuasively, both in person and in the digital environment.




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SMS310
Data Analysis Tools for Business
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Further developing the knowledge gained in SMS202 - Microcomputer Business Applications II, the student will use spreadsheet functionality to perform metrics and analysis using real business examples. Use of database software for data mining and analysis purposes will add knowledge, skills and abilities related to business intelligence and meeting organizational objectives in a cross-disciplinary environment.




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3 General Education Options 3 General Education Options

Please note the Business Ontario College Diploma Program curriculum has changed for Fall 2020. For students who started the program prior to Fall 2020, please contact John.Wong1@senecacollege.ca to confirm program requirements.

General Education Requirements

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, satisfying the following criteria:

Students studying online may complete ECN502 in lieu of ECN550

Communicating Across Contexts (COM101) 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)

QNM223
Business Statistics
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Prerequisite(s):

QNM 106, MBF 100 or MBF101

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 techniques within the workplace.




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ETH400
Contemporary Ethics Issues
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Prerequisite(s):

COM101/COM111

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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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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Please note: Effective September 2020, QNM 222 will be replaced by QNM223.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Identify and discuss the impact of global issues on an organization's business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives.
  • Use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
  • Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
  • Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.
  • Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  • Explain the role of the human resource function and its impact on an organization.
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization.
  • Describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
  • Outline principles of supply chain management and operations management.
  • Outline and assess the components of a business plan.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.

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

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 Office of the Registrar.

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.

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).

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.

Faculty Profiles

Sharron Hyman

As an instructor at Seneca Part-time Studies and life skills coach/trainer, Sharron Hyman is a multi-faceted entrepreneur who delivers a wide-array of informative workshops and courses.

Through her life skills coaching experience, Sharron's practical, genuine approach to teaching encourages her students to be actively involved in their lives rather than passive observers of their own thoughts and actions.

For over 20 years, Sharron has owned and operated four retail stores, a fine-dining restaurant, as well as managed and redeveloped shopping centres.

 

Rick Andrew

With extensive experience in the marketing, human resources, and sales industries, Rick Andrew has held various positions throughout his career, including national sales manager, group brand manager, and managing director.

For the past 18 years, he has owned & operated Andrew & Co -- a marketing and sales services company -- with past and present clients that include Lazzaroni Biscuits, Walkers Shortbread, Guylian Chocolates, Tartine Tarts, and Advertising Standards Canada.

As a part-time academic for over 30 years, Rick teaches marketing, psychology, consumer behaviour, presentation techniques, career development, and selling skills at Ryerson University, Toronto Film School, and Seneca College.

Program Contacts

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


John Wong
Academic Program Manager
John.Wong1@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.26630


For more information about this program, fill out the following form.





Information Session

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