About the program
Graduates have the knowledge, practical skills, and proficiency to organize business assets and motivate employees toward greater productivity.
*This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training
British Columbia Secondary School Diploma where English is the primary language of instruction (80 credits) or equivalent including:
- Grade 12 English
- Grade 11 Mathematics
- Recommended: computer competency in word processing, excel and web-browser software
Proof of Language Proficiency
All applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to be successful at the college level. English language proficiency can be demonstrated through:
- Obtaining a grade of 60% or higher on the Hanson English Placement Test; or
- Submitting records showing that the student meets Hanson College’s Language Proficiency Alternatives.
- Options for showing English Language Proficiency criteria have been met include:
- Providing proof of successfully completing (passing mark of 50% or above) EN 12, COM12, TPC 12, or a provincial equivalent in a recognized Canadian Secondary School where English is the primary language of instruction.
- Providing proof of successfully completing (passing mark of 50% or above in all courses) a semester in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
- Options for showing English Language Proficiency criteria have been met include:
- Or, successfully completing the Hanson EAP program with a minimum grade of 60%
- IELTS Overall 6 and no band less than 5.5 issued in the past 24 months
- TOEFL (paper) score of 550
- TOEFL (computer) score of 80
- PTE score of 58
- English 12/ENG4U score of C- or passing grade
- IB English 12 score of C- or passing grade
- One full post-secondary semester (Non-EAP program)- passing grades in all courses
Valid Study Permit
- All applicants must provide a valid study permit prior to commencing studies
Introduction to Accounting (ACC1045, 3 credits)
In this course, students will be introduced to the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements. Topics include recording entries, preparing financial statements and accounting for merchandising activities. This course will be essential for further study in financial accounting.
Business Professionalism (BUS1125, 3 credits)
In this course, students will develop strategies to think critically, engage in meaningful self-evaluation, build leadership skills, and work effectively as part of a team to become well-rounded professionals in the trade of business. To remain current in the face of changing workforce demands, students will create a strategy for personal and professional development and identify training programs to enhance employment opportunities.
Intro to Business Management (BUS1146, 3 credits)
In this course, students will be introduced to business in Canada and will focus on the areas and practices of the basics of business management. Through a combination of lecture and application-based exercises, students will study the relationships between the business areas of finance, human resources, marketing and operations, discuss legal issues, business ethics and social responsibility, and apply management concepts and practices all while running their own virtual business in a simulated environment.
Business Mathematics (BUS1211, 3 credits)
In this course, students will begin with a review of basic arithmetic and algebraic manipulations, continuing with the following topics: ratios and proportions, percentages and the percentage formula, discounts, mark-ups and mark-downs, payroll scenarios and break-even analysis.
Microeconomics (ECN1101, 3 credits)
In this course, students will discuss small-scale economic phenomena. Students will examine the behaviours of individuals, households, firms, industries, and resource owners. Further, they will review the explanations for such things as prices and output of firms, and the choices of consumers in buying goods and services. Finally, they will examine technological change, costs, competitions and adjustments of markets to new conditions.
College Communications (ENG1002, 3 credits)
In this course, students will receive practical training in writing, researching, and editing to develop communication skills required for academic and workplace success.
Spreadsheets for Business (ISP3026, 3 credits)
In this course, students will familiarize themselves with the use of spreadsheets in the business world. Students will gain hands-on experience working with and creating worksheets, graphs, lists, and macros using Microsoft Excel 2016 to develop proficiency with spreadsheet functions and applications.
Financial Accounting (ACC1050, 3 credits)
In this course, students will examine, in more depth, select assets and liabilities found on the balance sheet as well as learn to account for equity transactions involving partnerships and corporations. Assets examined include cash, accounts receivable, notes receivable, plant, property, and equipment and intangibles. Liabilities studied will include short and long term notes payable along with warranty liabilities.
Business Research Methods (BUS1111, 3 credits)
In this course, students will apply basic research skills to identify and collect accurate and authentic data from a variety of primary and secondary sources. Students will gain hands-on experience using tools and software such as Microsoft Excel to process data and present research findings that can be used to make business decisions.
CSR and Ethics (BUS1153, 3 credits)
In this course, students will study the impact which corporations have on the environment, employees, communities, and stakeholders and will examine related ethical issues and concerns in these areas. Students will define “good corporate citizenship” and will look at government and private legislation/regulations which aim to make corporations socially accountable. Various approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and CSR policies will be reviewed and assessed.
Financial Mathematics (BUS1212, 3 credits)
In this course, students will develop their skills and understanding of business mathematics involving compound interest, annuities and decision making, loan financing, and bonds
Macroeconomics (ECN1202, 3 credits)
In this course, students will discuss large-scale economic phenomena. Students will examine the behaviours of individual nations in a global economics context. Further, they will review the explanations for such things as prices and output in aggregate for an entire economy. Finally, they will examine technological change, money and banking, and international trade.
Foundations of Marketing (MKT1204, 3 credits)
In this course, students will begin to identify and apply concepts and strategies relating to contemporary marketing practices. In this introductory course, students will describe and apply marketing concepts in private and public organizations.
Students will illustrate the value of the marketing roles to other aspects of an organization including the
interdependence of tools, and methods of analysis.
The course takes a practical approach to manage the marketing process. Students will discover steps in the marketing process including:
- Creating and capturing customer value,
- Partnering to build customer relationships,
- Analyzing the marketing environment,
- Understanding consumer behaviour,
- Segmenting, differentiation, targeting, and positioning
- Developing and managing products,
- Pricing strategies and
- The marketing mix (product, place, price, promotion)
Positive Psychology (PSY1125, 3 credits)
In this course, students will examine what makes our lives meaningful, pleasant, productive and healthy. The course will focus on positive psychological research and include discussions about resilience, positive emotions, mindsets, self-acceptance, mindfulness, relationships, finding meaning and goal achievement. There will be opportunities to learn strategies to understand and develop personal strengths, improve personal relationships and deal with everyday adversity.
Managerial Accounting (ACC2312, 3 credits)
In this course, students will be introduced to management accounting, a form of accounting used by managers to plan, control, and make decisions regarding operations. Topics include Analysis of different types of costs, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, job-order & process costing, budgeting, financial statements and ratios, and relevant costs in decision making for add/drop, Make/Buy, etc… decisions.
Statistics (BUS1233, 3 credits)
In this course, students will develop the necessary mathematical skills for conducting descriptive and inferential statistical analyses with business applications. Topics will include data description and presentation, probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
Human Resources Management (BUS2041, 3 credits)
In this course, students will explore the requirements and best practices of effective Human Resources Management. Students will be exposed to theoretical knowledge in a variety of HR subject areas such as job analysis, recruitment, training, performance management, compensation, legislation, health and safety, among many others. Students will apply this theoretical knowledge to realistic scenarios relevant to the businesses of today.
Business Reports/Presentations (ENG2205, 3 credits)
In this course, students will apply business communication strategies and techniques to specific workplace cases and scenarios. This course will prepare students to create the type of effective workplace correspondences, reports, and presentations required in their professions. A case-based approach will be used for some of the assignments and tests.
Corporate Finance (FIN1101, 3 credits)
In this course, students will examine the goals and objectives of financial management with an emphasis on decision making. Students will evaluate data to prepare estimates, apply working capital management techniques, evaluate sources of short-term financing, calculate value and rate of return, and calculate the cost of capital.
Applied Marketing (MKT1200, 3 credits)
In this course, students will continue to further develop and apply knowledge and skills relating to marketing strategy development. Begin to identify and apply concepts and strategies relating to the contemporary marketing process.
Topics include, but not limited to, Sustainable Marketing Social Responsibility and Ethics; Managing Marketing Information to Gain Customer Insights; Pricing, Marketing Channels; Communicating Customer Value; Personal Selling and Sale Promotion; and Direct and Online Marketing.
The development of analytical marketing skills will be emphasized using problems, case studies and a marketing simulation.
Media and Current Events (SSC1000, 3 credits)
In this course, students will examine the scope and impact of the mass media – the news press, advertising, television, music, the internet and social media – on individuals and on society. Students will discuss and analyze the news and current events reflected within these various mediums.
Project Management (BUS1037, 3 credits)
In this course, students will develop managerial skills to propose, plan, secure resources, budget, and lead project teams to successful completions of projects. Students will also learn why organizations have developed a formal project management process supported by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and its Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to gain a competitive advantage. The case study approach will be used along with an investigation of software and collaboration tools that aid in carrying out activities of project planning and project execution.
Strategic Business Decisions (BUS1217, 3 credits)
In this course, students will apply the business knowledge gained in the previous three semesters to develop and execute a winning strategy competing in n a computerized business simulation competing in a national, regional or global market.
Students will apply the knowledge gained in the previous gaining an understanding of the interdependence of the functional areas of a business and, how they fit together to run a successful business.
In this capstone course for the 2-year business program, students will review concepts in each area of a business and be challenged to solve real-world business problems.
Organizational Behaviour (BUS2040, 3 credits)
In this course, students will assess the impacts of human behaviour on organizational performance through the study of personal values and perceptions, motivational techniques, effective utilization of teamwork, conflict resolution options, negotiation processes, leadership styles, approaches to decision making, options for organizational structure, and change management. Students will learn to predict potential impacts of human resources policies and practices on employee behaviour as well as recommend management practices to effectively address specific employee behaviours.
Business Law (BUS2320, 3 credits)
In this course, students will undertake a practical study of Canadian business law, including the legal and administrative systems, torts, contracts, employment laws, and general legal considerations that arise for a business. In addition, students will assess intellectual and real property, patent, trademark, copyright, and franchising laws and apply them to business cases.
Operations Management (BUS3501, 3 credits)
In this course, students will examine issues concerned with the conversion of inputs into goods and services by business and industry. Students will gain insights into how goods and services are provided and will learn how to solve some of the problems that are involved in the field of operations management.
Professional Selling (MKT3680, 3 credits)
In this course, students will learn to appreciate that, with the world of business (nationally and globally) changing as quickly as it is, selling is becoming an increasingly more complex and challenging field.
This course deals with a hands-on approach to developing the tools to be successful in most selling situations. Emphasis is placed on building a relationship based on rapport and trust. Students learn and practice the fundamentals of the sales process including, needs analysis, preparing sales presentations, handling objectives, confirming and closing the sale and the strategic importance of follow-up and providing exceptional customer service.
Throughout the course role playing and case studies will be utilized to allow students to apply sound reasoning skills to solve sales challenges.
Health & Wellness (FIT1115, 3 credits)
In this course, students will learn how their lives can be enhanced by an active and healthy lifestyle. This course will motivate students to make healthy choices and provide them with the necessary knowledge to make positive behavioral changes. To feel our best, to protect ourselves from degenerative diseases, and to enjoy the highest quality of life, we need to place health and wellness among our top priorities. Topics such as nutrition, principles of physical fitness, stress, and prevention of specific diseases will be discussed.
* Includes $400 non-refundable application fee. (This is only for international students. All programs exclusively enroll international students.)
** Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.