Business Administration Diploma - Management

Show the world you mean business.  

The Business Administration Diploma in Management focuses on the real-world application of core business theories so you have the tools you need to manage people, finances, production and promotion effectively. 

Career Potential
With the Business Administration Diploma in Management, you fast track your career into managerial roles. Graduates find work in the following occupational categories/industries:

  • Aboriginal Government
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Small Business Management
  • Supply Chain Management

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Transferability
You may also "ladder up" to a degree program in Business in institutions across Canada. We have transfer agreements with:

  • Athabasca University
  • MacEwan University
  • NAIT
  • Okanagan College
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Lethbridge

Please note: acceptance at the avove post-secondary institutions is dependent on individual institution entrance requirements.

In other words, your two years at Portage College can account for the first two years of a bachelor degree in the field of Business. You never know how far you'll go.

What makes us different?
Our programs uniquely prepare students by allocating more instructional hours for the application of concepts that the big schools simply don't have time for. Our small class sizes, individual attention, and additional instructional hours, all contribute to student success and employability post-graduation.

Admission Requirements
Year 1 - Certificate Year
Grade 12 or equivalent with:
· English 30, 30-1, 30-2, or 33; and
· Math 30 (Applied or Pure), 30-1, 30-2, or 33; or
· Successful completion of basic skills tests (Nelson Denny and Business Math)

Year 2 - Diploma Year
1st Year Business Administration Certificate, or individual course pre-requisites must be met. Exceptions must be approved by the Program Dean.

Business Administration Diploma - Management

  • ACCOUNTING I

    Course ID: ACCT106

    Name: ACCOUNTING I

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • ACCOUNTING II

    Course ID: ACCT107

    Name: ACCOUNTING II

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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

  • BUSINESS LAW

    Course ID: BUSL261

    Name: BUSINESS LAW

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Course ID: COMM121

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Course ID: COMM131

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

    Course ID: MATH117

    Name: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Course ID: DIAW101

    Name: DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Hours: 3

    Credits: 0

    This introductory course is designed to allow the learner to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity within our culture. A unique combination of video and animation sets the path of exploration through a fictitious company. The interactive learning environment is designed for learner engagement and participation.

  • MACROECONOMICS

    Course ID: ECON187

    Name: MACROECONOMICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • MARKETING

    Course ID: MARK166

    Name: MARKETING

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • MICROECONOMICS

    Course ID: ECON186

    Name: MICROECONOMICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Course ID: ORGB193

    Name: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    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.

  • BUSINESS STATISTICS

    Course ID: MATH118

    Name: BUSINESS STATISTICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Business Statistics is an introductory course designed to give students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include uses and misuses of statistics, methods of sampling, collection and presenting data, measures of average and variation, probability theory and distributions, sampling distributions of means and proportions, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses (large and small sample methods), analysis of variance, contingency tables, correlations and regression analysis, multiple regression, time series analysis, and forecasting techniques. Emphasis is placed on practical business applications. Prerequisite - None.

  • MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

    Course ID: ACCT211

    Name: MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Cost accounting as utilized in manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors is examined. Major topics include the following: job ordering costing and analysis, costing procedures, cost-volume-profit analysis, budget preparation, standard cost systems, variance analysis, and cost analysis for managerial decision making. Prerequisite – ACCT 107, MATH 117

  • COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING

    Course ID: ACCT212

    Name: COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Students will obtain a sound working knowledge of a current computerized accounting package by completing workbook exercises in Simply Accounting. Modules in this package will incorporate accounting simulations which are very similar to real life experiences of entering transactions and preparing various financial reports in an accounting office. Prerequisite – ACCT106 Co-requisite ACCT107

  • INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

    Course ID: BUSI211

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This course is designed to explore the major topics and key concepts of electronic commerce. The fast changing and growing world of e-commerce offers alternative marketing strategies for retailers, wholesalers, and service providers. This world is also fraught with pitfalls and dangers. The demands upon inventory and distribution systems require special understanding and analysis. Students will explore these issues and use existing and emerging technologies to effectively and efficiently carry out business transactions.

  • HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI221

    Name: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Human Resources management is a complex and strategically important factor in all successful business entities. The intent of this course is to provide an overview of the most important aspects in this field: human behaviour in organizations, personnel planning, job analysis and evaluation, staff recruitment and development, performance evaluation, compensation administration and fringe benefits, performance appraisal, and labour relations.

  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI222

    Name: OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Operations management is an ever-changing discipline. New concepts are appearing constantly. Operations management is a key element in improving productivity and creating competitive advantage through productivity growth. This course focuses upon such issues as project management, process analysis and supply chain management. Prerequisite – MATH 118

  • SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI223

    Name: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Almost everyone dreams of starting a business - becoming self-emplyed. To be a successful entrepreneur, one must know that behind every successful business person is a sound business plan. BUSI 223 examines the requirements needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The major focus of the course centres on learning to identify the criteria of a successful business plan and developing a comprehensive business plan. Prerequisite - MARK166, ACCT107

  • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI225

    Name: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Integrating knowledge is always a difficult task.  This capstone course attempts to bring together all of the knowledge acquired to date throughout the program. Through the use of the case approach, and with the development of a strategic management process, students become skilled at planning, evaluating and implementing those plans. Upon completion of BUSI 225, students should be equipped with the skills to strategically develop and evaluate a business. These skills can be applied to enhance a company's overall performance within their respective industries. Prerequisites/Corequisites Completion of all courses in the first three semesters of the Business Administration Certificate and Diploma program.

  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Course ID: BUSI226

    Name: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This course will provide the student with an understanding of the skills generally accepted as necessary and valuable to leaders. The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop essential skills through study, participation, and self-reflection. The course is designed to integrate current leadership theory with practical applications and the student's own leadership journey. Leadership topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics: personal traits and characteristics; mental models; ethics; diversity; organizational culture; mission,, vision, and strategy; and change. Prerequisite - ORGB193

  • BUSINESS FINANCE

    Course ID: FINA211

    Name: BUSINESS FINANCE

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    All managers, self-employed business owners and individual investors require an adequate knowledge of business financing, financial analysis and capital budgeting. Informed decision-making requires a sound understanding and firm grasp of analytical techniques such as the proper use of financial ratios, evaluating interest costs through debt financing, financial statement analysis, cash budgeting, capital budgeting, and break-even analysis. Prerequisites – ACCT 107, MATH 117

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