In the first year of Business Administration, apply theoretical concepts to real world business situations, master computer applications using Microsoft Office Suite software, and develop time management and interpersonal skills. You will build a strong foundation of the fundamental principles of business before continuing into the second year of study.
Grade 12 or equivalent with:
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Choose employment in business, industry and government in entry-level positions, or continue into the second year of Business Administration to complete your diploma. You may also decide to transfer into degree programs to further your education.
Portage College offers full credit for your first year of the Business Administration program.
Other post-secondary institutions offering full credit for first year:
Some transfer credit is also available through:
The Business Administration Certificate program is offered at the Cold Lake and Lac La Biche campuses.
Course ID: ACCT106
Name: ACCOUNTING I
Within the conceptual framework of accounting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, students are introduced to the accounting equation and the effect various transactions have on it. An introduction to ledgers, journalizing transactions, trial balance, income statement and balance sheet are presented. The accounting cycle, accounting for merchandise operations, internal control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash control, and the valuation of inventories are examined.
Course ID: ACCT107
Name: ACCOUNTING II
Capital assets are discussed with reference to recording acquisition cost, amortization, exchanges and disposal. Short-term and long-term liabilities, partnerships, corporations, share capital, and the statement of cash flows/cash flow analysis are introduced and examined individually. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are examined through-out the course, as they relate to the specific subject areas. As a final integration, the student will study the analysis of financial statements.Prerequisite – ACCT 106
Course ID: BUSL261
Name: BUSINESS LAW
This course presents legal topics relevant to business, including ways to manage common legal risks. An introduction to the Canadian legal system presents sources of law, the court system, the litigation process, and alternatives to litigation. Tort law includes a study of intentional torts, business torts, negligence, and professional liability. Insurance law covers basic concepts of the insurance industry, and how to manage common risks in business. Basic forms of business organizations are delineated, with a focus on the rights and responsibilities of individuals involved in sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Contract law details how contracts are created, elements of a binding contract, common contractual issues and defects, how contracts are discharged, and contractual remedies. An overview of the Sale of Goods Act will complete the study of contracts. Employment law describes the employer/employee relationship, the rights and duties of the parties involved, and common issues that may arise in the employment relationship.
Course ID: COMM121
Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I
This course introduces the communications model and the complexity of the communication process. Students learn to apply effective business writing strategies and techniques in memos, e-mails, and letters, to express good news, bad news, and persuasive messages. Letters and memos will be assigned in class, and completed within prescribed time limits. Students will use word processing software to compose, edit, and revise assignments. As well, students will learn and practice fundamental presentation skills, including the effective use of visuals and presentation software. Creating and maintaining goodwill with audiences is emphasized throughout the course.
Course ID: COMM131
Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II
Students will add to their knowledge of the communication process and its typical business applications by applying the techniques learned in COMM 121, with a focus on business reports. Emphasis will be placed on research skills, problem determination, critical thinking, and source documentation. Word processing and other computer software will be used to compose, edit, revise, and enhance assignments with visual elements. Presentation skills learned in COMM 121 will be expanded upon and applied to a longer business presentation. Job search skills will detail competitive strategies for finding work, with a focus on how to produce a targeted resume and cover letter, and how to prepare for a job interview.
Course ID: ECON186
The question of how individuals and firms use their resources to attain certain economic goals is examined. The central problem of scarcity is introduced. A brief study of how different economic systems try to solve this problem is undertaken. The market system is investigated as to how supply, demand and price determine what and how much is produced. Effective decision-making in the marketplace is also examined. This course includes a tutorial. Prerequisite – None.
Course ID: ECON187
The overall health of the economy is the prime focus of this course. Gross domestic product, unemployment rates, inflation rates, interest rates, the balance of payments, and exchange rates, and the money supply as measure of economic health are studied. This knowledge provides a framework for analyzing government monetary and fiscal policies. International economic issues including free trade and foreign investment are also examined. Whenever appropriate, applications to current events are introduced. This course includes a tutorial.Prerequisite – ECON 186 is strongly recommended.
Course ID: MARK166
This is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined as they relate to the achievement of company objectives.
Course ID: MATH117
Name: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS
MATH 117 is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental principles and concepts of business mathematics, and to develop their abilities to apply these principles and concepts to solve practical business problems. This course includes a lab component.
Course ID: ORGB193
Name: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Organizational Behaviour is the study of what people think, feel and do in and around organizations. Organizational Behaviour is not just for managers; the concepts explored in this course are useful to anyone who works. This course builds student knowledge starting at an individual level, moving on to a team level, and finally finishing at the organizational level. Students will develop an understanding of how Organizational Behaviour concepts affect themselves and others, and how those impact the organization's bottom line.