Program Information

The three-year Business Administration program prepares graduates for a world of business and educational opportunities combining theoretical knowledge with practical application. For those looking to work for an existing corporation, to start their own business, or continue their education with one of Lambton's university pathways, this is the right program for you!

This program has been developed specifically for students to personalize their program of study to suit their abilities and interested and put them on the best possible path for employment. During the first year, students will participate in an active learning environment and be exposed to a curriculum that builds a solid knowledge base of the major areas of business. This lays a foundation for the areas of concentration and for the development of teamwork, leadership, and research skills.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Because practical work experiences are vital, students are given the option to participate in a co-op work experience in term 5. This provides exposure to a business environment and could provide valuable work experience. In the final year of the program, students will take the entrepreneurship capstone courses which combine assessments and curriculum to challenge the students to utilize all of their knowledge, skills and abilities gained over the course of their program, in a series of culminating reports and presentations that showcase a capstone project. Real world corporate partners are engaged to provide students with even greater experiential learning opportunities.

Areas of Concentration

After a foundational year of essential business courses, students may choose one or two areas of concentration in Marketing or Entrepreneurship or Human Resources. There are 12 business option courses and by selecting four courses from one category, an area of concentration will be achieved.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be fully remote. Students in first year will not be expected to attend classes on campus between September 2021 and December 2021. 

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on mylambton.ca.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Any Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English and Math. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Course List

MTH-1223: Business Mathematics I

This is a course in the mathematical concepts needed for success in the modern business world. We will study percentages, ratios and proportions, exponents; algebraic manipulation and solution of equations and equation systems; plotting, graphing and reading descriptive charts; deriving and presenting descriptive statistics.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

BUS-1234: Computer Applications for Business

Strong computer skills are essential to finding employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office applications. While the focus will be spent learning and applying document processing, presentation and extra time on spreadsheet management tools, students will also develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and attention to detail. Students will also have an opportunity to improve their ability to read and follow written instructions. Computer Applications for Business is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications and comprises additional online skills assessment and training tools purposefully designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course further prepares students to apply these professional business application skills, with enhanced emphasis on spreadsheet management as they continue and expand in their program areas of study.

MAN-1103: Human Resource Management

Effective Human Resources Management (HRM) is critical to the success of organizations today. This course will provide an overview of the key concepts of HR management and will include some history and theory of the HR function and important terminology. It will introduce students to the core competencies of effective HR practitioners and allow for self-assessment against these competencies. We will be discussing core HR practice areas such as Strategic Planning, HR Planning, HR Administration, Talent Management, Training Learning and Development, Performance Assessment, Total Rewards (including Compensation and Benefits) Employee and Labour Relations and Health and Safety in the workplace. In addition, the course looks at the legal environment for effective HR management, and the role of HRM in mergers and acquisitions and organizational change management.

MKT-1143: Marketing Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the foundations of successful marketing and prepares them for advanced marketing courses. The emphasis is on learning and applying marketing concepts in an ever-changing environment that is becoming more global in nature. Topics covered include the following: understanding the marketing environment, consumer and business behaviour, marketing intelligence, and the design and implementation of effective marketing strategies and marketing mix elements.

ACC-1004: Accounting Theory and Practice I

This course is an introduction to the theory of accounting and the standard methods of record-keeping. Accounting principles and concepts are emphasized in the preparation of financial statements for both service and merchandising organizations. Topics covered, take the student through the entire accounting cycle and include preparing and posting journal entries for business transactions, adjusting and closing entries, inventory costing and valuation, merchandising transactions, payroll, and bank reconciliations. This course is designed to provide the accounting skills required in business and for those students who intend to pursue a professional accounting designation.

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ACC-1093: Accounting Concepts I

This course is an introduction to the theory of accounting and the standard methods of recordkeeping for non-accounting major students. Generally accepted accounting principles and concepts are emphasized in the preparation of financial statements.

MTH-2223: Business Mathematics II

This course applies mathematical principles to problems of finance and probability. We will study simple and compound interest, annuities, bonds, project evaluation, laws of probability, and probability distributions.

COM-2013: Communications for Business

This course provides students with the skills required for professional, written, and oral communications essential to business success and subsequent courses. Students will develop database and internet research skills; prepare professional written business communication; and create, practice and deliver professional oral presentations. Students will research and document borrowed information in a business report and will demonstrate critical reading and thinking skills.

PHL-1253: Ethical Leadership and Critical Decision Making

This interdisciplinary course combines insights from the field of business with social psychology and applied ethics to challenge students with an introspective look at some of today's most important ethical dilemmas. Students in PHL-1253 learn that the ethical standards employed by businesses and corporations ultimately concern the quality of human behaviours in those organizations. Human behaviour evolves from many influences: our past relationships, the ways we think and feel, how we respond to pressures in various social contexts, and how we deliberate in our daily thoughts and actions. Each of these influences is intimately involved with the quality of our ethical decision making.

BUS-1103: Global Business Principles

This course introduces students to the study of business and builds a necessary foundation for subsequent courses in Business programs. Areas covered include the following: the free enterprise system, business environments, ownership, organizational culture and structure, and the functional areas of business including accounting, human resources, production, and marketing. The examination of core business functions within the context of global business, entrepreneurship, ethics, and social responsibility enables students to obtain a holistic view of the world of business. This, in turn, leads to an understanding of the critical success factors of a domestic or international business venture.

ACC-2004: Accounting Theory and Practice II

This course is a continuation of ACC-1004, and it introduces additional and more advanced concepts. Topics covered include accounting for property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets as well as short- and long-term liabilities and the different forms of equity. Students will also learn how to report cash flows. This course is designed to provide accounting skills required in Business Administration and for those students who intend to proceed towards a professional accounting designation.

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ACC-2104: Accounting Concepts II

This course builds on ACC-1093 by taking a closer look at specific balance sheet accounts. Topics include accounting for cash, receivables, long-lived assets, liabilities and equity. Cash Flow Statements are also introduced. The course is suitable for non-accounting major students.

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

Academic Break

STA-1103: Business Statistics

This course provides an overview of the techniques of statistical inference. We will review descriptive statistics and probability distributions. Then we will study estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. The focus of this course is on problem solving.

ECO-1123: Microeconomics

This course provides an understanding of how society chooses what goods and services to produce through an examination of the laws of supply and demand as well as how and for whom they are produced by examining the behaviour of firms, market structures and the distribution of income.

MKT-1103: Social Media Marketing

This course explores online marketing tools and tactics, such as social media, email, digital advertising and content marketing, that businesses can use to build a profitable relationship with their customers. Students engage in simulated social media, email and digital advertising campaigns to gain a better understanding of how to use these tools in their marketing efforts. Along with learning about digital and social media marketing, students learn general principles of marketing that are key for every business, regardless of industry or size: identifying who your customers are; understanding what needs they have that you are uniquely able to serve; creating a brand voice that speaks to them; identifying who your competitors are; deciding how to differentiate your offering from theirs; and creating a plan for engaging customers across social media and digital advertising platforms.

MAN-1163: Organizational Behaviour

This subject is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment including the organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for improved and more effective leadership. This subject provides a better understanding of this process.

MKT-3213: Business Intelligence I

Business Intelligence I introduces students to the constantly expanding world of secondary data research. This is the first of two research courses designed to develop research techniques and skills that meet the needs of today's business. In Business Intelligence I, students develop their research technology skills by learning how to locate, evaluate, and qualify high-quality data. Students will develop skills to critically interpret and evaluate the data collected and suggest potential trends and implications. An important focus is of the course is learning to create appropriate tables and charts that aid in understanding the data. By tackling four business reports, students will learn to craft high-quality written reports with accurate references and citations. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to a wide variety of government and business information that will help them expand their knowledge of the dynamic business environment.

BUS OPT: Business Option - Select 1*

LAW-1003: Business Law

In this course, 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, sale of goods, and marketing law.

ECO-1113: Macroeconomics

This course provides an understanding of the role of economics in business decision-making through the study of the methodology of economics, the components of the Canadian economy, cycles in the economy, macroeconomic goals, the measuring of economic performance, and government intervention in the economy as government attempts to manage the economy.

MAN-1033: Operations Management

This course introduces business students to operations and supply chain management. Foundational concepts and practical methods used in designing and in operations of manufacturing and service firms. Students explore strategic issues related to how firms compete as well as tactical and operational decision-making. Included in this is the exploration of operations and supply chain strategy, logistics, quality control, project management, process design, capacity planning inventory management, and aggregate planning.

MKT-4213: Business Intelligence II

Business Intelligence II is the second of two research courses designed to develop research techniques and skills that meet the needs of today's business. In Business Intelligence I, students became proficient in secondary research gathering, analysis and reporting. In Business Intelligence II, students will build on these skills and apply them to the development of primary research instruments. Students will learn how to design and conduct exploratory research and use the results to guide the development of survey research. Students will learn how to tabulate, evaluate and analyze the results of a survey and prepare a high-quality research report using the reporting skills they learned in Business Intelligence I.

MKT-3353: Integrated Marketing Communications

In today's marketing world, there are more advertising contact points and specialized media competing for consumer's attention than ever before. To effectively break through the clutter, companies need to use a well-coordinated approach to selecting different promotional methods to differentiate their communication and present a consistent message to target audiences. This course introduces students to the concept of integrated marketing communications (IMC); a strategic planning process that helps companies identify the most appropriate and effective methods for communicating and building relationships with consumers. Students will learn the essential components of an IMC plan, including how to integrate advertising, sales promotions, public relations, direct marketing and digital media to maximize the impact of communications. Students will utilize this knowledge to build their own comprehensive marketing communications plan for a selected product or service.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term (optional)

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

BUS-5503: Entrepreneurship I

This course is designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and utilize problem-solving skills as the first of two capstone courses for graduating Business Administration students. By using the entrepreneurial and project management processes, students are exposed to a variety of team-building, meeting and project-planning activities that improve leadership and communication skills. Students conduct a research analysis study and deliver a feasibility study based on a respective new venture or corporate project. Upon course completion, successful students will have developed a portfolio of work showcasing their business knowledge, skills and talents.

FIN-1013: Financial Analysis and Budgeting

This course is an introduction to the essentials of financial management with a view for wealth maximization of a business enterprise. Topics covered in this course include the following: analysis of financial performance, cost-volume-profit analysis, financing alternatives and costs, management of working capital, budgeting, and capital investment decisions.

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FIN-1203: Financial Management I

This is an introductory course in managerial finance. Topics surveyed include the goals of financial management, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, and working capital management. This course also introduces financial planning and forecasting for business entities. The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the theory and principles of managerial finance.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

BUS OPT: Business Options - Select 3*

BUS-6503: Entrepreneurship II

This course has been designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as the second of two capstone courses for graduating Business Administration students. By using the entrepreneurial and project management processes, students are exposed to a variety of team-building, meeting and project-planning activities that improve their leadership and communication skills. Students complete an operations and human resources strategy as well as a final financial strategy with respect to developing a new venture OR complete a corporate project action and implementation plan. By the end of term, each student will have a portfolio of work showcasing their business knowledge, skills and talents.

FIN-2203: Financial Management II (optional)

This course builds upon the theories and principles of managerial finance learned in Financial Management I. It introduces the student to the theories and principles of long-term financing decisions and capital budgeting decisions. The purpose of this course is to complete the introduction to the theory and principles of managerial finance.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

BUS OPT: Business Options - Select 4*

*To see the specific course options available for Business Options, please visit the More Information tab to view the 12 business option courses.

Program Maps

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

Employment Opportunities

Depending on your unique skills and chosen area of concentration, you can expect to enter a broad range of employment roles, from entry-level management to positions of greater responsibility. Our graduates can be found in marketing management and strategic planning, marketing research, media and promotion, retailing, sales, supply chain management, recruitment, training and development, labour relations, compensation, and pension and benefits. Some graduates have opted to become entrepreneurs and follow their dreams by developing their own businesses.

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