Global Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins, Distance
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Codes
B303 (2 Year College Diploma – 4 semesters)
B313 (1 Year Graduate Certificate – 2 semesters)

A modern skillset for the leading edge of business

Offered as a one-year graduate certificate or two-year diploma, Northern’s Global Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology program will allow you to claim your place in the boardroom—and beyond.

To excel in the era of digital transformation, you’ll enjoy carefully curated courses that provide a solid foundation for your career in management and venture creation.

You’ll master corporate strategy and business planning. You’ll learn how geopolitical forces impact global markets. And you’ll be challenged to find creative out-of-the-box solutions for complex real-world business problems.

What’s more—as technology continues to reshape our world—you’ll graduate knowing how to leverage artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and cryptocurrency in the business landscape of the future.

 

The acceleration of technology will continue to transform how organizations operate and how individuals in the economy interact to create value. The skill set needed by business professionals in the age of digital transformation is the focus of the two-year Diploma program on Global Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (GBET). Knowledge and skills from these three specialty areas will enable graduates to assume key roles in business management and new venture creations. The first year of the two-year diploma program begins with the Business Fundamentals certificate courses, which form the common core of all Northern College’s Business programs. In the second year of the program students will begin their specialty studies in the programs three specialty areas. Student having completed the business fundamentals program may complete the second year of the GBET program to earn their diploma.

Graduates of the Global Business Entrepreneurship Technology (GBET) program are employed in both the private and public sectors as agents of digital transformation. They also succeed as entrepreneurs, leaders and planners of startups and technology ventures.

 

Contact Information

Joy Gibson, Learning Officer
Tel: 705.567.9291 ext. 3670
deaconr@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 11 Math (C, U)
Grade 12 English (C, U)

Or equivalent

Mature students (those who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program) must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@northern.on.ca or 705-235-7222 for more details.

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

International Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma: 2 Years/4 Semesters (B303)

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

 

Graduate Certificate: 1 Year/2 Semester (B313)

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 80+
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 60+

 

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Semester 1
AC1034 Introduction to Financial Accounting

In this course, Students are introduced to a computerized accounting application as utilized by employees and managers in daily operations and decision-making processes. Using SAGE 50 Accounting Software Students will gain practical experience recording business transactions in the General Ledger, Receivables, Payables, Payroll, Inventory and Banking Modules using “real-world” companies and industries. Practical Experience is further obtained by the design, set-up, and implementation an accounting system for a Small Business.

BU1103 Introduction to Human Resources

In this course, students will learn how proper recruitment/selection strategies, and training and development methods, maintain an organization’s competitive advantage. The integral role of job design and analysis in affecting compensation management and performance appraisal decisions will be examined. Students will investigate a variety of employment and health and safety laws as they relate to managing a diverse workforce. In addition, the fundamental principles of the union-management framework will be explored.

BU1363 Introduction to Business Concepts

In this course, students will be introduced to business in Canada, focusing on introductory topics for those interested in employment in a business management role. Topics of study will include the relationships between the areas of finance, human resources, marketing, and operations within an organization, business ethics and social responsibility, management concepts and practices, and an exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit.

CM1903 Communications I – Model A

Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen essential oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone, and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork, and presentation skills. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents, practice proper business etiquette and learn the importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism in the classroom and workplace. Attention to detail and the development of critical thinking skills are emphasized.  Students will learn to apply MLA format to assignments as applicable.

IN1173 Computer Applications for Business I

In this course, students will gain practical experience with Microsoft Excel for Windows. Excel will be used to prepare various reports, presentations and applications which directly correlate to the critical-thinking requirements of the workplace. Students will gain practical experience working with formulas and functions, developing, and enhancing financial reports, organizing data with charts, data lists, and tables, managing multiple work sheets, workbooks, and external data sources, developing macros, using conditional functions, working with financial tools and functions, and performing what-if analysis.

MA1024 Business Math I

In this course, students will begin with a review of basic arithmetic and algebraic manipulations, continuing topics that include ratios, proportions and percentages, math of merchandising that include mark-ups and mark-downs, various payroll scenarios, and the evaluation and calculations using simple interest.

MR1073 Introduction to Marketing

This course is an informative introduction into marketing. Students will become acquainted with current Canadian marketing concepts, terminology and practices, examine strategies to apply them to contemporary marketing situations, and gain an understanding of how they affect an organization’s profitability. Students will also explore consumer and business marketing, product planning, building customer relationships and creating customer value. This course provides a basic understanding of Canadian marketing structures and techniques including defining and segmenting target markets and interpreting market research data.

Semester 2
AC2034 Financial Accounting II

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. Assets examined include cash, accounts receivable, notes receivable, plant, property, and equipment and intangibles. Liabilities studied will include short and long term notes payable, warranty liabilities and payroll& liabilities.

BU3113 Organizational Behaviour

In this course, students will be introduced to managing and navigating organizational behaviour in a professional Canadian business environment, at the same time keeping in mind the increasingly interdependent nature of globalization. This course examines management and group dynamics from the manager as well as employee point of view, both in an professional setting. There is significant emphasis on how OB research into the area of workplace experience of managers and employees contributes to the productivity of the organization. The course brings in numerous examples of practical applications with the involvement of the learners from real-life situations and personal experiences to analyze the concepts discussed. There is also key emphasis on developing awareness towards corporate social responsibility and the relation between ethical practices and organizational behaviour.

BU4033 Microeconomics

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of economics, beginning with the field of microeconomics. The course will use scientific theory in order to better understand the relationship and consequence of economic and business decisions. Additionally, this course will use mathematical procedures in order to predict and practically use economic models in real world settings. As oppose to Macroeconomics, Microeconomics will focus on the effects of business decisions on an industry or a single business specifically. Topics include: supply and demand, elasticity, consumer choice, and production costs in the short and long run.

MA2024 Business Math II

In this course, students will develop their business mathematics skills expanding them to compound interest scenarios that include single cash flows of future value and present value, ordinary simple annuities, ordinary general annuities, simple and general annuities due, deferred annuities, perpetuities and perpetuities due. Throughout the course, students will not only evaluate the requirements but also use their critical thinking skills to evaluate appropriate investments to make and aspects of a variety of loans to consider all in a business environment whether that be in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors of industries.

MR2003 Marketing II

In this course, students will follow the accepted concepts of marketing, current marketing principles/practices, and their applications as functional decision-making management tools. Topics will include all aspects of product/service marketing and management, price determination and pricing strategies, distribution-related strategies, marketing communications strategies (including advertising, personal selling, sales promotions, event marketing and sponsorship, public relations and direct marketing) and non-profit marketing and global marketing. This course builds on the foundation of MR1073 Introduction to Marketing I. Students will continue to examine current Canadian material on marketing and determine strategies for developing new products and services that are consistent with evolving marketing needs and principles of sustainability. Students will apply their knowledge in producing a marketing plan where they will set marketing objectives, develop a marketing mix, along with developing marketing strategies. Budgetary considerations will be taken into account, and evaluation criteria identified. Students will also contribute to the development of pricing strategies and participate in conducting market research to provide information needed to make marketing decisions.

General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

Semester 3
BU3103 Macroeconomics

In this course, students will discuss large-scale, economic phenomena to gain an understanding of the role and relevance of economics in business studies. Students will examine the behaviours of individual nations in a global economics context. This course will present the Economic Problem and discuss such concepts as scarcity, choice, opportunity cost as well as efficiency & unemployment. You will examine demand & supply and understand how and why economists measure the economy, while learning about GDP, national income and inflation. Further, students will explore business cycles and the aggregate expenditures model. They will review explanations for such things as prices and output in aggregate demand and supply from a macroeconomics perspective. And finally, students will consider federal government’s fiscal policy, examine technological change, global trade and the effect of tariffs.

BU3153 Business Planning

Entrepreneurs starting new enterprises or entrepreneurs working to establish new projects within larger organizations require the essential skill of business planning to create effective strategic and operational plans, for both internal and external stakeholders. In this course the learner will be instructed in the business planning process in detail, with the goal of creating business professionals who can rapidly produce high quality plans.

BU3163 Emerging and Exponential Technologies

The world of the next decade will be shaped irreparably by the invention and democratization of emerging and exponential technologies. The business professional of the future will require a high level of understanding about the trends of technological development in order to help their organization act and re-act to fundamental changes. The theory of accelerating returns to technology and the nature of exponential change will form the guiding principles for an understanding of the following topics: artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, genetic manipulation, robotics, nanotechnology, block chains, cryptocurrency, and quantum computation.

BU3183 Design and User Experience

In the evolving business world of today design thinking is of special importance. This course explores the principles of design as it applies to the creation of new products, services and technologies. It explores design as both a conceptual framework and in terms of practical implementation. The process and importance of crafting user experiences will be discussed in detail.

BU3193 Cross Cultural Competency and International Business

Societies worldwide have never before been so interdependent or interconnected. Further, our societies are becoming increasingly multicultural. This course provides the learner with essential knowledge about a variety of world cultures and their business practices so that the learners can develop fluency in the conduct of business across national borders in both meet space and online.

BU3213 Global Politics, International Law and Markets

With the context of business becoming increasingly global and multinational the modern business professional needs an understanding of the broader political forces, the operation of law on an international basis, and the impact of world markets. This course will survey global political systems and their impact on business. Legal considerations for doing business across boarders will also be considered. Finally, the function of markets with global importance will be discussed.

BU3233 Technical Entrepreneurship

Technical entrepreneurship is the form of entrepreneurship practiced by those leading technology focused companies. These companies are often involved in developing new technologies but they may also be selling a technology product or service. Due to the highly technical nature of such ventures the skillset required of these individuals is distinct from traditional entrepreneurship. This course will cover some traditional entrepreneurial skills but will focus on the key skills needed for those wanting to found and lead companies of a technical nature. The skills taught can also be applied as an intrapreneur inside an existing organization, for the purpose of digital transformation.

Semester 4
BU3173 Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Solving business problems in the next decade will require a range of thinking skills including: the ability generate and apply creative solutions, think laterally about problems, and applying engineering thinking to complex business situations. This course teaches the fundamental creative and critical thinking skills while emphasizing the discovery of novel approaches to real world business problems.

BU3203 Organizational Strategy and Adaptive Execution

The ability of companies to implement effective corporate strategies on ever shrinking time-scales differentiates wining companies of all sizes. This course provides the learner with both a theoretical overview of corporate strategy formulation and a practical skill set to execute strategy quickly while adapting to changing circumstances.

BU3223 Global Digital Collaboration and Decentral Organizations

The way in which modern organizations conduct business is becoming increasingly mediated by advanced telecommunications technology and online tools. Further, the very nature of organizations is dematerializing and being replaced at least partially by networked individuals and teams operating as decentralize organizations. This course provides the learner with the skills to utilize advanced tools for collaborating in teams large or small.

BU3243 Innovation and Disruption

Business history of the last half-century has revolved around fundamental changes to society caused by innovation in technology and the disruption of old business models and markets. This trend is sure to continue well into the next decades. The course provides the learner with an understanding of the process of innovation and knowledge to apply innovative thinking to new problems. Further, the context of industry disruption will be discussed in detail with a look through the historical data and trends for the future.

BU3253 Management of Technology

Modern business professionals are often required to manage projects with some form of technological implementation or technological development effort. This course provides the framework by which projects of a technological nature can be managed effectively. The course will discuss systems thinking, technology readiness level, technology forecasting, technology scouting, and engineering management.

BU3263 Introduction to Computer Science for Technology Managers

The importance of understanding the basics of computer science and programming is today as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. This course is split into two parts: The first is a focus on computers and information technology from a systems perspective; The second is a practicum whereby learners will be exposed to the basics of the python programming language and run their code on a Raspberry Pi.

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