Business Administration, Finance and Information Technology (BIT)

Computing Science

Computer programming is all about developing and modifying computer programs that many of us rely upon for both work and leisure time activity. Computing Science is a sequence of courses designed to help students develop programming skills.

Do you want to know how the Internet and computer apps worked? Whether it’s a beautiful website, an immersive video game or application that solves a particular problem, in these courses you will learn how to design and build it!

Through a combination of in-class lessons and challenges, online learning environments, and integration with your core curricular areas, you will learn:

  • Secrets of how the Internet and World Wide Web work 
  • Professional HTML5 and CSS3 techniques for beautiful and interactive web design 
  • Interactive game or story design by developing coding and problem solving skills 
  • How to use the web intelligently and safely to find information 
  • How to document and manage a programming project from conception to delivery 
  • These courses are extremely beneficial for students interested in the fields of computer science, engineering, math or science.

Computing Science-Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Students are introduced to basic programming concepts using Alice interactive 3D graphics. They will create simple algorithms, programs that input, process, and output data, create and use basic data types, control program flow and use basic looping structures. Student will also be introduced to basic web design using HTML and CSS. Upon completing the course they will have an interactive program.

Computing Science – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite:  Computing Science Introductory
This is an intermediate programming course where students extend their knowledge of computer programming. Students will use Java to construct algorithms to solve more complex problems. They will be introduced to derived data structures, classes and methods, creating and managing external files. Students will have exposure to other computer languages as time permits. Students need to be able to work independently, in teams and act as both leaders and followers.

Computing Science - Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite:  Computing Science - Intermediate
Qualifies as university science course if the 5 specific courses are completed.  This  is  an  advanced  programming  course  where  students  extend  and  enhance competencies developed in previous courses.  Students will be introduced to object- oriented programming, standard iterative algorithms, and recursion.  Students will have exposure to other computer languages as time permits. Students need to be able to work independently, in teams and act as both leaders and followers.

Enterprise & Innovation

Starting A Business – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

This course prevents students, wanting to start their own business, from making the most common serious mistake and that is not picking the right business from the beginning. Students will be provided with the tools necessary to evaluate the challenges and identify the opportunities available to start a business of their own. Students will learn the principles of  analyzing a venture, explore tools used in accounting, and develop a better understanding of the management of, and marketing the new venture.

Starting A Business–Intermediate/Advanced (Specialized Courses) 

Prerequisite: Starting your own Business – Introductory
This course builds on the foundation laid out in the introductory course. Students will learn how to procure the capital necessary for the sustainability of the new venture. In addition, they will go through the process of creating a specific marketing plan to promote the business. They will also be provided with the tools necessary to effectively manage the business.

Financial Management

We offer Financial Management at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Students earn 5 credits per course by completing modules which are worth 1 credit each. Some courses may offer extra modules, depending on time and the previous academic history of the students. Students will explore concepts that affect the finances of an individual, including a code of conduct, the economic environment, acquiring and using financial resources and the effects of government legislation.

They are introduced to accounting and terminology unique to financial accounting. They become familiar with financial statements, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and how to prepare for the process of starting up a business. Students are introduced to and complete the accounting cycle for a service business. They will analyze and record business transactions up to trial balance for the fiscal period of a business using terminology unique to financial accounting. They learn to prepare financial statements and closing accounts.

Students apply specialized accounting procedures associated with buying and selling goods in a retail system with a credit system and a partnership. Possible career paths for students who pursue these courses include (but are not limited to) becoming an accountant, bookkeeper, auditor, clerk, payroll clerk, budget analyst, chief financial officer, entrepreneur etc. Students can work in national and international fields.

Throughout the course students will learn to keep their own personal records, become aware of current financial conditions and the actual cost of things that we all take for granted in order to make good financial decisions.

Accounting – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

This course includes three distinct components. Students will learn to keep records for a small service business including the preparation of financial statements. Learn the “secret” of debit and credit. Students work in small groups under team leaders and prepare records for different businesses.

Throughout the course students will learn to keep their own personal records, become aware of current financial conditions and the actual cost of things that we all take for granted in order to make good financial decisions.

Accounting – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Bookkeeping/Accounting – Introductory
This course takes students through the entire accounting cycles for a merchandising business for a partnership. Record transactions, make adjustments for depreciation and bad debts and prepare more comprehensive financial statements. Students will learn to prepare a simple payroll. They will also learn to prepare simple personal income tax returns.

Accounting – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Bookkeeping/Accounting – Intermediate
This senior course takes students through the entire accounting cycle for a corporation. Further concepts such as inventory control, cost of goods sold, share values and some taxes are studied. Management Accounting will include a computer simulation for running a convenience store.

Information Processing

Students are introduced to the proper use of word processing software, including document creation, editing and printing of properly formatted documents. In addition they will develop the skills necessary to use appropriately, a spreadsheet software for calculation and a presentation software for present their ideas to a larger audience. The impact of technology on the business world means that rapid changes are occurring every day in offices. Our students who will be the employees of tomorrow, will face the challenge of adapting to frequently changing technology in their work environments.

To meet this challenge, students must develop skills to interpret information, follow instructions, communicate orally and in written form, make use of electronic media and solve problems. Information Processing gives students the opportunity to learn the power of the software and use it to solve problems and make decisions. Students will use Microsoft Office 2010 software, the Internet, and a variety of graphics programs to prepare documents in real world simulations.

Computer Applications – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Basic computer skills are required in most areas of study and in virtually every career field in a constantly changing workplace. In computer applications, students will learn basic web design, photo editing, word processing, spread sheets, and database using Microsoft Office and Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. This course is strongly recommended for grade 10 students and is a prerequisite for Computer Applications Intermediate.

Computer Applications – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Computer Applications - Introductory
This program consists of advanced modules in web design, photo editing, word processing, keyboarding, spread sheets, and data base applications. There is a much stronger emphasis on skill building and production work in this course. Students completing this course would be able to function in an entry level office assistant job in the business world. At the end of this course, students will be very comfortable with a wide array of software and have skills that will enhance work quality in other classes. Students will be expected to work independently in order to meet deadlines.

Computer Applications – Advanced (Specialized Courses) 

Prerequisite: Computer Applications - Intermediate

This course incorporates integrated applications using Microsoft Office and other software where appropriate. Students mastering this course will have the knowledge and skills for an intermediate to senior level administrative office assistant job and/or entry level graphic designers. Students will have exposure to using other desktop packages as well as doing more advanced hypermedia as time permits. Students need to be able to work independently, in teams and act as both leaders and followers. At the end of this program, students will be able to pursue postsecondary opportunities such as web designers, desktop publishers, and office assistants.

ELL Introduction to Computer Skills

This course is intended for Level 1 and Level 2 English language learners. Through this course, students will focus on developing both language skills required for future studies while studying basic computer literacy and skills. As each language learner will acquire such skills and content at different rates, some students will complete the requirements within one semester while other learners will require two semesters to do so. Students have the opportunity to work toward the completion of the Word Processing and keyboarding modules. Upon completion of this course, students are recommended for placement in further Computer Applications Introductory modules.

Management & Marketing

We offer Management and Marketing at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Students earn 5 credits per course by completing modules which are worth 1 credit each. Some courses may offer extra modules, depending on time and the previous academic history of the students. 

Topics include basic management and marketing concepts, e-commerce as a marketing strategy, and different types of visual merchandising. 

Students will identify and demonstrate retail operations that are typically performed off the selling floor and/or away from customers. The will learn about different organizational structures, management theories and organizations as working units.

Other topics include the investigation of economics to how business decisions are made within the community, provincially, nationally and internationally. They will examine the opportunities and challenges that confront business persons in establishing a global business operation.

Students are introduced to broadcast communication channels, print media, delivery strategies and advertising media that can be used to inform potential customers about products and services available in the marketplace.

Business Management – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Introduction to Business Management offers students a foundation for exploring careers in the world of business. At this level, the focus is on basic accounting and marketing. In the classroom, students learn the basic theory of accounting and market research, advertising promotion, visual merchandising, and retail management, with an emphasis on real-world case studies of local, national and international businesses.

Business Management – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Business Management - Introductory
Business Management – Intermediate provides additional hands-on learning with an emphasis on the business process. Students learn about the retail accounting cycles as well as getting a better understanding of operations in the retail industry.

Business Management – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Business Management – Intermediate
Business Management – Advanced introduces students to the strategic management of national and international corporations. Students learn about the structure of the Canadian economy, business cycles, globalization and international trade. Within that context, the course also covers the organization of businesses and various management theories of why businesses succeed or fail. This course emphasizes case studies in which students analyze the management strategies of local, national and international companies.

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