Interdisciplinary Business Studies

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1918X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This online Interdisciplinary Business Studies College Certificate provides students with the transferable business skills and competencies required in an increasingly global and competitive business environment. The curriculum is designed to broaden the business background of students and to expand their core business competencies, professional skills and knowledge of accounting, finance, marketing, sales, communication, technology, leadership, management and entrepreneurship.

The program is unique in that it offers students the flexibility to select courses from several business themes and enables them to integrate those areas into a certificate that has interdisciplinary breadth and practical significance. Students explore issues and challenges that impact the world of business from multiple perspectives and apply this knowledge to the business planning process. To attain this certificate, students must successfully complete one core introductory course that provides the framework for interdisciplinary business studies, six electives selected from an array of program offerings in each of the business streams, and a core capstone course that consolidates and applies knowledge and skills learned in the program.

The flexibility within the Interdisciplinary Business Studies certificate offers graduates several career paths and opportunities. Graduates may combine the skills and knowledge acquired to start-up a small business or entrepreneurial venture, work in business environments that are increasingly becoming more global and cross disciplinary boundaries, seek employment in their particular area of business interest, advance into new business positions within their existing workplace, or combine credits to enter into another college certificate or diploma program.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within four years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess an aptitude for business skills and management.
  • Enjoy working with others in a business context.
  • Have good organizational and leadership capacities.
  • Enjoy critical-thinking and problem-solving.
  • Seek variety and opportunity in their career.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of business environments, such as project management, accounting and financial aid, marketing and communications, management and administration, non-profit and private sector organizations and client service operations.

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).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


  • Students require the approval of the program coordinator to register in BUS1002.
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.

Additional Information

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


Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameFallWinter
BUS100145.0Interdisciplinary Business StudiesOnline Learning
BUS100245.0Independent Business ProjectOnline Learning
Accounting & Finance - Choose 1
ACC231045.0Accounting Concepts IOnline Learning Online Learning
FIN230445.0Business FinanceBlank Icon Online Learning
Marketing & Sales - Choose 1
MKT220560.0Marketing FoundationsOnline Learning Online Learning On Campus
MKT232060.0Developing Winning New ProductsBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
MKT221460.0Global MarketingBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
MKT232260.0Selling for SuccessBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
Entrepreneurship & Sustainability - Choose 1
PSI000345.0Globalization and SustainabilityBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
ENV000245.0Environmental CitizenshipBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
BAI230045.0Global Business EnvironmentOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
MGT731145.0Entrepreneurship and Small BusinessBlank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
Business Communications & Technologies - Choose 1
ENL501245.0Business Writing StrategiesOnline Learning Online Learning On Campus
COM001445.0Digital CommunicationOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
BUS230245.0Information Technology and the Business StudentOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
BUS230145.0Business Computer ApplicationsOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
Leadership & Management - Choose 1
MGT238145.0Human Resources ManagementOnline Learning Online Learning On Campus
MGT232845.0Introduction to Management FundamentalsOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
LFS550245.0Leading and Managing Relationships in Organizations

LFS5502 Leading and Managing Relationships in Organizations

A leader's ability to form and sustain meaningful relationships with key stakeholders may mean the difference between success and failure for the organization. Focus is placed on an exploration of the complexities of relationships both within and beyond organizational contexts. This includes leading and managing relationships with governing bodies, employees, customers and cultivating diversity and gender equity within high-performance teams.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Business Law & Economics - Choose 1
LAW170245.0Business LawOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
ECO230545.0MicroeconomicsOnline Learning Online Learning On Campus
ECO220045.0Economic IssuesOnline Learning Online Learning On Campus


BUS1001 Interdisciplinary Business Studies

Students develop core skills to succeed in business studies and prepare for the business world. Working individually and in teams, students identify and analyze the interrelationships between the disciplines of business in local and global contexts. Students explore and analyze emerging issues in a variety of business areas and consider how culture, technology, and international trade impacts business organizations. Communication strategies, personal business interests, and career goals are considered when developing entrepreneurial projects.

BUS1002 Independent Business Project

Students have the opportunity to apply business skills and knowledge learned in the program to a real-world challenge or business enterprise. Working individually and in teams, students conduct market research and create a business proposal of strategic importance to an organization that includes a formal business plan, marketing strategy, resource utilization, and financial report. Requirements: Students are required to complete the six required electives prior to taking this course.

ACC2310 Accounting Concepts I

Students are provided with the basics of financial accounting whether they are interested in becoming a practitioner or are looking to broaden their knowledge of how to properly interpret financial information. Emphasis is on what accounting information is, understanding the accounting cycle, recording transactions, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements. Students who are taking this course as part of the Business Administration Advanced Diploma program need a minimum grade of C in this course in order to choose Accounting as a Major.

FIN2304 Business Finance

The language, concepts and techniques for analyzing and solving financial problems faced by businesses in Canada are examined. The skills students need to interact and work in the industry include; business organization, tax and cash flow analysis, financial statement analysis, corporate growth and planning, a quick overview of time value of money, valuation of bonds and stocks, principles of capital budgeting, risk return analysis, knowledge of efficient markets and raising capital in the primary and secondary markets.

Pre-requisites: FIN2303

MKT2205 Marketing Foundations

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of marketing, including the assessment of business environments to determine market potential. Students analyze the market to determine how to establish a competitive advantage and assess buyer behaviour. The four P's of marketing (product, price, promotion and place) are examined to determine the ideal set of marketing strategies and tactics to enhance an organization's competitive positioning.

MKT2320 Developing Winning New Products

Students develop, introduce and manage the launch of a new consumer product. Students work through the new product development (NPD) process, including idea generation and selection, concept development and testing, marketing strategy, business analysis, product development and market launch with their own new product idea. Students acquire the knowledge and tools to develop appropriate pricing strategies for their new product, taking into consideration customer price perception and price sensitivity factors, competitive pricing strategies and their own costs, while respecting their intended market positioning and target market. Students present their new product to "sell" its business value.

Pre-requisites: MKT2307

MKT2214 Global Marketing

Students learn about the issues and the decisions required for businesses to succeed in the global marketplace. The course makes extensive use of electronic methods to characterize and exploit international marketing opportunities. By researching foreign markets, students understand how to evaluate suitable products for international target markets, establish efficient international distribution channels, conduct effective international promotion programs, establish profitable international pricing and develop approaches to international financing. A key component is a group term project which involves preparing a country profile, a market audit and a competitive analysis in preparation for the decision on how to grow the business in that country.

Pre-requisites: MKT2205

Co-requisites: MKT2206

MKT2322 Selling for Success

Students develop the selling skills they require during a business career. Major topics studied include the importance of the selling function to all types of organizations, ethical issues in selling and steps in the selling process. Students are introduced to an industry Standard Customer Relationship Management system where they gain a basic knowledge of the system from a salesperson's perspective. Students also learn how to develop enduring customer relationships and the important role of customer service in relationship building. Focus is on the student preparing and delivering a sales presentation and written proposal.

Pre-requisites: MKT2307 and MKT2324

PSI0003 Globalization and Sustainability

The rapid growth of the global economy raises fundamental questions: How do trade and politics affect development and the environment? What are the effects of free trade and the rise of multi-national corporations on local cultures? What are the effects of the "clash of cultures" produced by international travel, migration, and new social, collaborative technologies that send film, books, television, music and other "proprietary" content spinning around the world instantly? Is globalization environmentally sustainable? Students examine these and other questions and analyze the day-to-day choices raised by globalization in an increasingly interconnected world.

ENV0002 Environmental Citizenship

Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities. Focus is on both conservation and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as well as on the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Being an environmentally-aware citizen involves personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Students are encouraged to adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

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.

MGT7311 Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Students prepare for a world of rapid and significant change by reviewing the role, characteristics and practices of entrepreneurship and the skills it demands. Students learn and appreciate the importance of entrepreneurship in the establishment and successful operation of businesses, and identify useful entrepreneurship skills to develop new business opportunities.

ENL5012 Business Writing Strategies

Effective and practical writing skills are important for successful communication in business. Students develop practical writing skills using basic word processing technology. They learn how to compose business correspondence including emails, memoranda, letters, and reports, with a focus on routine and persuasive messages. A review of basic grammar is also included.

COM0014 Digital Communication

Social media requires a different approach to communication and writing in terms of how you write, who you are communicating with and how your message is received. Using social media tools, learners practise and assess their social media writing capacity. Topics, such as generational preferences, integrating informal writing and communication for corporate purposes, personal branding and communicating appropriately to different target groups using different digital communication tools are explored.

Pre-requisites: COM0011

BUS2302 Information Technology and the Business Student

Rapid changes in Information Technology (IT) affect all Business students, in their personal and professional life. Students understand the most relevant technologies, explore consequences of implementation, both positive and negative and plan to maximize benefits while minimizing problems. Students review computer history, examine current information technology and explore future trends. They then apply this knowledge to identifying and exploring the many issues (both benefits and risks) raised by the use of IT, such as data security, environmental impact, effects on health and quality of life, computer crime, personal privacy, changing business models and globalization.

BUS2301 Business Computer Applications

Students learn a variety of business software applications. They produce assignments using Microsoft Office 2013 for PC. Blackboard and other computer-based training products are tools used to support and enrich the learning experience. It is strongly recommended that students use a PC (not a Mac).

MGT2381 Human Resources Management

Human capital is a critical organizational resource contributing to organizational agility, goal attainment and ultimate viability through progressive human resources management. Students are introduced to human resources management specializations, including the role of human resources within organizational and strategic contexts, human resources planning, employee recruitment and selection, training and development, performance assessment, compensation and benefits, employee relations and labour relations. Furthermore, students are introduced to occupational health and safety, international human resources and relevant legislative framework.

MGT2328 Introduction to Management Fundamentals

Management principles, including planning, leading, organizing, and controlling in today's organization within the context of ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability are explored. The role of the manager and the skills and techniques required to achieve organizational outcomes through the management of people, money and time are also examined.

LFS5502 Leading and Managing Relationships in Organizations

A leader's ability to form and sustain meaningful relationships with key stakeholders may mean the difference between success and failure for the organization. Focus is placed on an exploration of the complexities of relationships both within and beyond organizational contexts. This includes leading and managing relationships with governing bodies, employees, customers and cultivating diversity and gender equity within high-performance teams.

LAW1702 Business Law

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.

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.

ECO2200 Economic Issues

Students are introduced to the principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary economic issues. Emphasis is placed on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Students examine economic problems society faces and policy alternatives that governments may use to deal with these problems. The impact of economics on students' civic, working, and personal lives is explored through lectures, discussions and monitoring of current economic events.