The program fosters student skills in communications, decision making, problem solving, and teamwork.
If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the best degree for you.
The CIRA College Business Management Diploma program prepares students to make strategic business decisions and manage the direction of operation of a company. In addition, the student will gain a clear grasp of all business functions including: accounting, economics, finance, human resources, operations, and marketing. Graduates analyze business problems, lead effective teams, and discover ways to improve overall business profitability and efficiency.
This course will introduce the student to the theory and processes used in recording financial events and preparing financial statements. Topics include: accounting principles; the accounting cycle; financial statements; current assets including inventories and receivables; property, plant and equipment; intangible assets and goodwill; current and long-term liabilities; shareholders’ equity; the statement of cash flows; income measurement and financial statement analysis.
Students are introduced to mathematics of management, which includes such concepts as simple interest, discounts, present value, time value of money, compound interest, annuities, sinking funds, capitalized cost, and bonds and stocks. This course assumes no prior knowledge of the mathematics of finance, as each of the topics is presented in a step-by-step manner, with examples provided.
Presents a practical study of Canadian business law, including the legal and administrative systems, torts, contracts, sale of goods and consumer protection, secured transactions, employment, agency and business organizations. Participation in this course, taught by lawyers, prepares you to recognize and feel comfortable with the legal aspects of doing business.
This course will provide students with an introduction to statistics. Students will learn to solve problems using computer spreadsheets. Topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling, normal and binomial distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing and regression analysis.
Students examine the interaction between individuals and firms in various types of markets. Topics include the fundamental principles of microeconomics; supply and demand; markets and welfare; government intervention; behaviour of the firm; market organization; and income distribution.
This is an overview course with primary focus on marketing products and services to the ultimate consumer. Emphasis is placed on the basic marketing premise that customer needs must be satisfied in order to achieve company objectives. The student gains insight into the complex and interdependent variables involved in developing successful marketing strategies. The strategic marketing planning process is introduced, along with the specific concepts and principals involved in the four key components of the marketing plan – Product, Price, Distribution, and Promotion Strategies.
Students develop the ability to collect, analyze, and communicate quantitative and non-quantitative information to assist management in making more effective planning and control decisions. Topics include the changing role of management accounting and basic concepts; product costing and cost accumulation; process costing and hybrid product costing systems; activity-based costing and activity-based management; activity analysis, cost behaviour and cost estimation; cost-volume profit analysis; absorption and variable costing; profit planning and activity-based budgets; standard costing and flexible budgeting; cost management tools; and decision making.
This communication course teaches practical business communication techniques for planning, organizing, selecting, writing, and presenting information in business or industry. It covers routine memos, letters, request and reply letters, and oral presentations.
Students examine the behaviour of individuals and how they interact with each other in different workplace organizations. Topics include an orientation to organizational behaviour; individual behaviour; individual and behavioural processes; team processes; organizational dynamics; and organizational processes.
Students develop a basic understanding of business finance which deals with how organizations effectively manage their operating and fixed assets and fund them with an optimal mix of debt and equity financing. Topics include financial statement analysis; financial forecasting; working capital management and short-term borrowing; valuing financial assets; cost of capital; capital budgeting and risk; capital markets and sources of long-term financing; dividend policy; and foreign exchange.
Students focus on the application of economic models and rationale choice to business decision making. Topics include an overview of managerial economics; demand and supply; costs of production and the organization of the firm; market structure and pricing and output decisions; game theory and pricing strategies; and the economics of information and the role of government in the marketplace.
This course is designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about themselves, their decisions, and their goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives. Students will also be introduced to entrepreneurship from an economic perspective and the concepts of environmentally sustainable practices and social entrepreneurship.
This course will develop an appreciation for the challenge of operations, and an understanding of the impact of operations on corporate strategy. Demand for quality, time-based competition, and international production has demonstrated the importance of operations management to the survival of the firm.
Students focus on the development, implementation, and utilization of business models for making informed managerial decisions. Topics include an introduction to decision making; problem definition and opportunity delineation; compiling relevant information; generating ideas; evaluating and prioritizing potential solutions; financial forecasting; and developing the implementation plan.
Students are provided with the essential knowledge, skills, and competencies to lead a project to a successful completion. They learn to combine the operational aspects of managing a project with the leadership qualities required to inspire the project team and to interact with project stakeholders. Topics include defining a project; scoping a project; planning a project; engaging the team; developing a work plan; managing the project; and project conclusion.
This course examines the technical and managerial challenges presented by emerging and evolving technologies. Particular consideration is given to the forces affecting the nature and rate of technological innovation and the managerial options available to both established and entrepreneurial organizations. The course entails both internal and external sources of innovation as well as the appropriate strategies and processes for capitalizing on them.