Bachelor of Commerce

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Possibility of requesting Post Graduation Work Permit (3 years)

  • Start dates: January, April, July, October

  • Duration: 4 years

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 17,400 CAD / year

  • Scholarships available

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The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will provide you with a broad basic understanding of contemporary business and its practices. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this ACBSP-accredited degree prepares you for a successful career in business or management, where you will contribute constructively to a global economy.

Program results

  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary business practices in all areas of business management.

  • Know how to do business in a multicultural environment, crossing international borders and working cross-culturally.

  • Have the ability to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems and create new business opportunities.

  • Be able to use critical thinking to analyze and interpret information to make informed decisions

Learning methods

The BCom follows a four-level course framework, allowing you to progress efficiently. Team activities are an intrinsic part of many courses and develop skills vital to professional success. You will learn through a combination of the following methods:

  • Lectures and class discussions

  • Study academic literature

  • Take a closer look at the case studies

  • Team activities

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) provides you with a broad base of contemporary business knowledge and practices. Its courses are designed to provide you with a broad perspective and business skills, developing your basic skills in writing, research, and team performance.

Level 1 courses are your entry into the BCom program. They establish basic college research and writing skills while introducing you to the knowledge required for each program. The instructors of these courses know that they are your entry point and they work hard on all the basics to ensure that you successfully complete your degree.

ACCT 101 – Accounting principles
Accounting is the “language of business.” This course will explore the accounting processes and formulas to evaluate the economic health of a company. Students will learn to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Canadian International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). They will be introduced to the accounting cycle, accrual accounting concepts, and the asset side of the balance sheet, including cash, accounts receivable, inventory, and long-lived assets. Students cannot receive credit for more than two from ACCT 101, ACCT 103, and ACCT 140.

BUSI 100 – Introduction to business
Students will study subjects that include the different forms of business organizations, operating divisions, business processes, and corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employees. They will also examine typical business functions and the role of managers in production, marketing, and human resources. Move on to study accounting and finance in a Canadian context, including a consideration of Canadian business law and ethics.

COMM 102 – Media and society
Contemporary culture is developed and transmitted through mass communication. This course is an overview of the vital role of mass communication in society, with a discussion of media institutions, theories, practices, professional fields, and effects on society, groups, and individuals. Students will learn to observe and critique the impact of mass communications on society.

Elective Science

ECON 102 – Principles of microeconomics
Introduction to microeconomic concepts: the market system; determination of prices; demand and utility; competitive offer; cost analysis; market structures; balance of the company; price of factor inputs; land rents; salary; interest and principal. ECON 104 – Principles of macroeconomics Introduction to macroeconomic concepts: circular flow of income and products; national income; equilibrium level of domestic income; fiscal policy; money and banking; international trade; inflation and unemployment.

PHIL 102 – Moral philosophy
Every decision has an ethical and moral component. This course explores outstanding theoretical approaches to ethics that attempt to answer questions about the morality of human behavior. Students will develop critical analytical skills that will allow them to identify different applications of ethics and cultural sources of morality.

ENGL 100 – Academic writing
To be successful in an academic setting, students must be able to communicate effectively in writing. Students will learn to apply principles of rhetoric and critical thinking to readings drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. They will learn to read carefully and analyze different types of essays (eg, narrative, expository, cause and effect, compare and contrast, persuasive) in terms of how each best engages different types of audiences and contexts. They will develop strong writing skills through a recursive approach that employs pre-writing, writing, proofreading, editing, and proofreading. Practice with essential research strategies will complete the course. This is an intensive writing course and must be taken within the student’s first 24 credit hours of study.

ENGL 105 – Contemporary literature: drama and narrative
Literature is a window to human reality through imagination. This course is an introduction to contemporary drama and novels, including scripts and works by Canadian authors. Students will learn to interpret a variety of plays in terms of theme, plot, character, and context. This is an intensive writing course.

MATH 101 – Fundamental Mathematics
Students will learn methods, procedures, and applications of business mathematics, including the mathematics of marketing, simple interest, and compound interest. Applications include discounts and surcharges, cost-volume-benefit, short- and long-term loans, credit card debt, savings and payment plan annuities, mortgages, bonds, and investment decisions. It should be taken within the first 24 hours of student’s study income.

Bachelor of Commerce Level 1 students are required to take an elective.

Our Level 2 courses are more advanced than the level of study during Level 1. Expect the most rigorous standards and the most intense work. These courses are taken at the same time as your Level 3 courses.

BUSI 201 – Business environment
This course introduces students to the ins and outs of the international marketplace and the many forces and interest groups that influence business decisions. These include government policies, globalization, and ecological issues. Students will learn to assess stakeholder interests and identify ethical issues.

CMPT 201 – Information systems for managers
Key management functions are carried out through computer-assisted processes. Understanding how computers work in the workplace and how they integrate with organizational strategy and human constraints is an essential managerial knowledge set. Students will learn the variety of computer-based process tools and their appropriate job applications.

COMM 200 – Communications theory
There are many perspectives on the nature of communication and how it works in human groups and organizations. This course is a study of contemporary social, scientific, and humanistic theories of mediated communication. Students will learn various theories of communication and its relationship to society.

MRKT 201 – Marketing Management
Students will learn the fundamentals of marketing and explore the relationships between businesses, their customers, and their competition. They will examine concepts that are integral to the field of marketing, including customer behavior, market research, product analysis, pricing, and promotional strategies.

MATH 200 – Statistics
Students will learn statistical concepts, methods, and procedures used in business, including descriptive statistics: graphical and numerical presentations, probability theory, and linear regression. The use of statistical software applications will be part of the course. Students are expected to know the basic skills of Excel.

ORGB 201 – Organizational behavior
Organizations have distinctive characteristics based on their culture, composition, and history. Students will learn how the behavior of individuals and groups in work settings affects organizational performance and the dynamics of organizational relationships. Topics will include individual attributes, motivational theories and strategies, group dynamics, teamwork, organizational structure, job design, leadership, organizational culture and politics, communication, conflict, stress, and change management. Diversity, cross-cultural issues and ethical conduct in organizations will also be examined. One of the following 2 courses:

COMM 201 – Writing for specific audiences
This course explores the variety of audiences found in the contemporary world: public, private, and organizational. Students will learn to evaluate audiences and design writing directed at a particular group.

MRKT 302 – Advertising
Marketing communication is a key part of business and society. The course examines how various forms of marketing communications are used to help meet the overall business strategy. The role of integrated marketing communications in marketing is explored in a practical way and the relationship between the planning process, creative strategies and media selection is examined. Students will analyze the social and economic functions of integrated marketing communications in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: MRKT 201

BCom Level 2 students must also take THREE electives from the Level 2 elective group.

Level 3 courses develop your basic skills and understanding of business. Taught by instructors who are both experts in their fields and seasoned professionals, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to become an excellent practitioner in the world of commerce.

ACCT 301 – Managerial Accounting
Management decisions are often based on internal accounting information. Students will explore the systems used by organizations to measure the cost and profitability of products and services. Financial reports are evaluated in the context of their effects on managerial judgment. Students will learn how to budget, profit planning, variance analysis, and ethically responsible accounting.

BUSI 325 – Commercial Law
All businesses operate in legal contexts. This course examines the essential role the law plays in business decisions, how it facilitates personal and business transactions, and how its knowledge creates a competitive advantage. The course will provide a practical analysis of various areas of law, such as contracts, torts, environment, property, employment, sale of goods and services, import / export, financing, and insurance. In addition, the selection and use of various forms of business organization will be examined.

COMM 312 – Professional communications: written and oral
Communication is a leadership skill. With an emphasis on interpersonal relationships, team building, and leadership, students will learn to develop, manage, and deliver complex communication products designed for diverse audiences and contexts. They will become familiar with the theories, principles, and practices for designing, developing, and delivering individual and collaborative projects. Course work will include researching and writing correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social media communications, and technical descriptions, as well as preparing and delivering oral presentations.

FNCE 303 – Finance
This course will introduce concepts of financial techniques necessary to help the organization raise capital and manage it effectively. The evaluation models of various returns will be based on accounting data. Underlying most analyzes is the theory of net present value. Students will develop their decision-making skills in relation to the cost and availability of funds and maximizing economic returns.

RSCH 300 – Research methodology
An examination of research methodologies, including the attributes of a good research topic, critical reviews of the literature, formulation of the research design, primary versus secondary data, research ethics, and writing and presentation of results.

HRMT 301 – Human Resources Management
Human resources are a strategic function in companies and organizations. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the various human resource functions, including recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, health and safety; and labor and employee relations. Students will explore how external influences, such as the legal system and demographics, impact the practice of human resource management.

OPMT 301 – Operations Management
This course investigates the development and management of activities that are involved in transforming financial, human, physical, and natural resources into products and services. Quality and productivity are critical outcomes of logistics operating systems. Students will learn system-wide methods for integrating efficient processes, both technical and human.

BCom Level 3 students must also take THREE electives from the Level 3 and Level 4 group of electives.

Level 4 courses are the final step of your program. They provide the opportunity to integrate and refine your knowledge. You will complete your program together with the GRES 400/401 research project. This final six-credit course allows you to put your energies into a project of your choice that highlights the depth of your education.

BUSI 401 – Strategy and decision making
Decision making takes place in the context of organizational strategy. In this course, students will apply their knowledge to develop an organizational strategy that integrates contextual factors, ethics, and core organizational components. Based on this knowledge, they will outline a decision-making strategy.

BUSI 497 – Capstone Business 1
Research is a fundamental business skill. Students will delineate and investigate the strategic and contextual components of a meaningful project or program related to an organizational strategy. This will be a team-based exercise and will produce a comprehensive report on the current status of business matters relevant to the project or program. The teams will produce and present a professional quality investigation report. This course is normally completed in a student’s penultimate trimester.

BUSI 498 – Business Capstone 2 Proposals are the basis of organizational development, from business plans to operational and sales plans. Students will develop a proposal for a meaningful project or program in a business-related area. This will be a team exercise where students will produce a complete business proposal that includes a financial forecast or budget. This course is normally completed in a student’s last trimester.

BCom Level 4 students must also take SEVEN electives from the Level 3 and Level 4 group of electives, TWO of which must be 400 level management courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Canadian High School Diploma (Grade 12) or equivalent with a GPA of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale). For international students, a Bachelor’s degree taken in the country of origin will be necessary. The degree and grades must be officially translated into English.
  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
  • Documented success through academic, professional, or volunteer activities. And
  • Academic IELTS – 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent (for students whose first language is not English).

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