Business Writing

BUSC
Online Award of Recognition

Overview

Take your writing skills to the next level as you develop content aimed at specific mediums and audiences.

The Business Writing award of recognition program concentrates on teaching students to become productive, confident, and effective communicators in today's computerized business world.

This certificate is ideal for anyone thinking of starting a small business or launching a career within an established company. The program of study builds from a solid foundation in English writing skills and introduces students to the major styles of business writing. The latter part of the program allows students to choose areas of interest such as web development, business manuals and sales material.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Applications for this program are not accepted through ontariocolleges.ca.


Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact counselling@lambtoncollege.ca. Review the Mature Student Admission process.

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Prior Learning Assessment

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit through Prior Learning Assessment, please contact online@lambtoncollege.ca or call 519-479-1023 at least two weeks before classes begin.

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Credential Eligibility

If you are taking courses with the intention of completing this program and earning a credential, you must meet the Admission Requirements. It is your responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before completing three courses in this program.

If you complete the program but fail to provide proof of admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your credential.

Costs

Course Fees

  • Exact costs can be obtained during the registration process. Visit the Course List and select an individual course for associated course fees.

Graduation Fees

  • Students who successfully complete all the academic requirements for this program should submit their intent to graduate in order to receive their credential. The graduate module can be completed on myLambton via Self Service.

    A graduation fee of about $75 is added to your account upon verification that admission requirements have been met. For exact fees contact your Enrolment Services Professional.

Textbooks

  • Textbook costs may be applicable to each course. Most textbooks can be purchased through textnet.ca, but some exceptions do apply. Some courses may have software or equipment requirements that are not included in the cost of the course and are the responsibility of the student. Please see individual course pages for course-specific textbook information.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Courses

Mandatory Courses

Credit

Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Starting with a review of sentence parts, students move to an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminate in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Credit

Using Word, you will learn to combine basic design principles and techniques to produce a variety of printed matter, such as stationery, business cards, posters, newsletters, resumes, and more. This is a practical, hands-on course that will place emphasis on producing real-life, professional materials using specific desktop publishing terminology and document-handling techniques.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Electives (select 2)

14 Weeks $409.18 Online Credit

Effective and practical writing skills are important for successful communication in business. Students develop practical writing skills using basic word processing technology. They learn how to compose business correspondence including emails, memoranda, letters, and reports, with a focus on routine and persuasive messages. A review of basic grammar is also included.

Textbooks

The required text for this course can be found by going to textnet.ca, clicking on the "Browse by course" drop-down list and scrolling to Business Writing Strategies.

Please Note: Students are not required to purchase textbooks from textnet.ca. However, if students are purchasing textbooks from another source, they must ensure purchased textbooks are the correct edition and include any applicable software or add-ons.

Host Course Code: AL-ENL5012
Host Course Name: Business Writing Strategies

Start Date

14 Weeks $409.18 Online Credit

A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is vital to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions, debates, and other collaborative activities offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives, and use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles, and other resources online) allows for in-depth reflection on the history and current state of a range of social and political topics.

Students can select a General Education Elective from the Course List to fullfill this requirement.

Textbooks

The required text for this course can be found by going to textnet.ca, clicking on the "Browse by course" drop-down list and scrolling to Contemporary Canadian Issues (formerly Critical Thinking).

Please Note: Students are not required to purchase textbooks from textnet.ca. However, if students are purchasing textbooks from another source, they must ensure purchased textbooks are the correct edition and include any applicable software or add-ons.

Host Course Code: AL-ENL1798
Host Course Name: Contemporary Canadian Issues (formerly Critical Thinking)

Start Date

Credit

This course enhances students' communication skills including research, documentation, essay writing, and presentations. Students read, examine, and respond to selected essays and articles. Using research provides students with the opportunity for development of ideas in writing through critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These skills are necessary for success in current and future college courses, the workplace, and students' personal lives.

Elective(s):

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Credit

This course includes various technical writing problems that challenge the student to generate practical solutions that are clear, focused, and expressed in appropriate language and style. The course assists students to develop sound thinking and planning skills that are fundamental to communicating successfully in technical fields. In addition, the computer is used for online research, collaboration with other students, and formatting technical information to industry standards using text and graphics.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Electives (select 3)

8 Weeks $427.84 Online Credit

Learners develop a social media strategy. The focus is on skills-building and on creating and implementing a social media strategy including identifying and working with social media tools, assessing how tools support overall branding, advertising, marketing and/or communication strategies. Learners explore, identify and engage online communities that support internal and external social media strategies. In addition, learners are introduced to resources that aid in the development and implementation of effective social media strategies. Through case studies, learners explore both best practices and cautions when designing social media strategies.

Prerequisite(s):

Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this course.

Host Course Code: AL-COM0012
Host Course Name: Developing a Social Media Strategy (8 Weeks)

Start Date

8 Weeks $427.84 Online Credit

Learners explore the fundamentals of social media. Topics covered include an introduction to social media and other emerging technologies and tools, current trends and future directions, benefits, values and risks. Learners analyze case studies to assess how social media impacts and influences fields, such as communication and marketing, and how it informs future trends and developments.

Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this course.

Host Course Code: AL-COM0011
Host Course Name: Introduction to Social Media (8 Weeks)

Start Date

Credit

This course will cover the creation of a comprehensive business plan. The course will capture the entrepreneurial spirit, and students will get first-hand exposure to the benefits and drawbacks of starting a new business and being your own boss. Through the steps in creating the business plan, students will have the opportunity to practice start-up skills through defining markets, targeting customers, and addressing financial planning such as cash management, budgeting, and financing. At the conclusion of the course, students will each have the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their plan to a potential investor.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Credit

This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Credit

Using a practical, hands on approach, Writing for the Web takes students inside the fast moving world of writing on the internet, looking at a range of the work assignments and working environments they can expect to encounter. The lectures and assignments examine specific issues and skills like writing for emphasis and visual impact, the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimized) writing, sourcing images and video and simple techniques for incorporating them with text.

Students will examine the various styles and requirements involved in writing for blogs, online magazines, commercial websites and other text-based models, including social media. The curriculum has a real world focus at all times, and students will both participate in and create their own blogs, putting what they've learned to practice. Each type of writing assignment studied will include a look at work opportunities in terms of what is typically available and how to find those opportunities.

On successful completion of the course, students will have a good grounding in the basics of writing for the web as it is currently practiced.

Please contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about our online programs, the courses offered, the registration process, or any other Online Education related questions, reach out to us.

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Online Education

519-479-2320

Room B2-280

More Information

Prepare for Success

Remember to review the important dates associated with this program - some deadlines may be different depending on how your program is delivered and what section you're enrolled in.

Technology Requirements

It is required that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.