General Arts and Science - Pre-Business

Ontario College Certificate (14 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1438Q07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Full-time Online
Full-time On Campus

Our Program

One-Year Certificate Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the business field. Exposure to areas of study, such as marketing, microeconomics and business law enable students to explore their interests and aptitudes, assessing their career choices and experiencing college delivery of course material. Students who successfully complete the certificate are eligible to be admitted to Algonquin's Business Administration program and receive credit for nine courses.

Graduates are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - One Year, with concentration in Pre-Business Studies.

Graduates can apply to other programs in the College or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs.

Two-Year Diploma Program (on campus only)

The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. General Arts and Science Year II provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. On successful completion of Year II, students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program may apply for advanced standing at either Carleton University or the University of Ottawa if they achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better. Articulation Agreements also exist with other postsecondary institutions.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have strong organizational and leadership abilities.
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic environment.
  • Have a collaborative style and good communication skills.
  • Like to problem solve.

Your Career

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent).

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Applicants who have been out of school for a period of time are encouraged to take a refresher course in arithmetic and algebra prior to starting class. Refresher/upgrading courses are available through Academic Upgrading, the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning and through local school boards.

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent).

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band, OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Applicants who have been out of school for a period of time are encouraged to take a refresher course in arithmetic and algebra prior to starting class. Refresher/upgrading courses are available through Academic Upgrading, the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning and through local school boards.

Notes

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Substitutes and equivalencies for Winter 2017

  • The course MKT0013 is not available this semester, COM0014 is the equivalent.
  • The course DAT5758 is not available this semester, BUS2301 is the equivalent.
  • The course ENL5000G is not available this semester, ENL1813 is the equivalent.
  • The course ENV0010 is not available this semester, ENV0002 is the equivalent.
  • The course ENL1823G is not available this semester, ENL1823 is the equivalent substitute.
  • The course MAT0015 is not available this semester, MAT8325 is the equivalent substitute.
  • The course SSC0073 is not available this semester, MGT2318 is the equivalent substitute.
  • The course ENL6000A, B or C is not available this semester, ENL1823 is the equivalent substitute.

If you started the program before the 2016/2017 academic year please consult the Program Coordinator or the Academic Planner for course equivalencies.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Erin Whyte, Program Coordinator at 613-727-4723 ext. 2638 or whytee1@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
Series: 01
DAT575845.0Computer FoundationsComputer Foundations

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

ENL5000G45.0Communication SkillsCommunication Skills

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

ENV001045.0Environmental CitizenshipEnvironmental Citizenship

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MAT001460.0Mathematics for Technology IOnline Learning
MKT231745.0MarketingOnline Learning Online Learning
SSC007345.0Essential Skills for SuccessEssential Skills for Success

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Series: 02
BAI230045.0Global Business EnvironmentOnline Learning Online Learning
BUS230345.0Project and Database ManagementOnline Learning Online Learning
ECO230545.0MicroeconomicsOnline Learning Online Learning
MAT001560.0Mathematics for Technology IIMathematics for Technology II

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MKT001345.0Social Media for the EntrepreneurSocial Media for the Entrepreneur

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English Elective (1 Course)
ENL6000A45.0Communication Studies - Academic FocusCommunication Studies - Academic Focus

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ENL6000B45.0Communication Studies - Collaborative FocusCommunication Studies - Collaborative Focus

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ENL6000C45.0Communication Studies - Entrepreneurial FocusCommunication Studies - Entrepreneurial Focus

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Elective Group A
GAS001945.0Level I Substitute XixLevel I Substitute Xix

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GAS002045.0Level I Substitute XxLevel I Substitute Xx

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MAT0014 Mathematics for Technology I

A firm foundation in mathematics is crucial to studying and working in technology and business fields. Students solidify their understanding of key math concepts. Arithmetic and basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry and functions are reviewed. Students manipulate equations to solve problems which include surface, area, volume and angles. Through individual study and online study, students hone essential math skills.

MKT2317 Marketing

Students are provided an overview of the marketing functions used in an organization, which serves to support them in their chosen business career. Students learn the strategic market planning process in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business market areas. Elements of their learning include environmental scanning, the ability to identify and segment markets, understanding buyer behaviours and the importance of marketing research. This results in the understanding of a coordinated marketing program (product, price, promotion and distribution channels). The relationship marketing has with other business functions and environments in which organizations' marketing professionals operate is also examined. These concepts are viewed within the context of traditional and e-business consumer and business markets.

BAI2300 Global Business Environment

As the global economy continues to change rapidly and as the number of international trade agreements grows, trade barriers come down and Canadian companies and entrepreneurs must have a clear understanding of the effects of globalization and ensuing opportunities. The forces defining the international economy are examined and the skills that global business professionals require in order to succeed today internationally are introduced. Students learn the major components of international trade of products and services, including marketing, market-entry strategies, supply chain management, trade finance, legal aspects of international business and international management. The subject of foreign investment is also introduced.

BUS2303 Project and Database Management

Students are introduced to project and database management. The basic principles of project management are covered and students learn how to use Microsoft Project 2013. Students also learn how to design a database and extract information from a database using Microsoft Access 2013.

Pre-requisites: DAT5758 or BUS2301

ECO2305 Microeconomics

Knowledge of contemporary microeconomics issues is essential to understanding the world we live in. Students examine fundamental microeconomic principles with an emphasis on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Students examine the role of prices and competitive markets in the allocation of resources, firm behaviour and market structures, as well as evaluate the effects of government intervention in the economic marketplace.