Overview

Learning Methods
This course utilizes lectures, group work, journal writing, presentations and handouts throughout. Students will write a group business plan and do an individual presentation.

Major Focus
This course teaches students how to analyze major choices and negotiate deals in starting a business, involving people, assigning roles, compensating performance and financing.

The AC Difference
Much of business involves understanding people and building an organizational culture. This requires we understand the history of people and where they came from; each being unique.

Career Outlook
Students who complete this course will have opportunities to better understand what managers, small business owners and entrepreneurs do to achieve success in their paths.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

COMM 100 Introduction to Business (3)

This course provides an understanding of different business types, structures, functions and activities within the Canadian context, and an understanding of the forces (both internal and external to a company) that impact businesses and their performance. The course material will be applicable to all the main types of business ownership, i.e. sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 100 (3)
SFU BUS 1XX (3)
UVIC COM 100 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 100 (3)
TRU MNGT 1710 (3)

COMM 237 Information Systems in Business (4)

This course provides an introduction to, and the application of, computer-based technology for the business student. Particular focus is on understanding the role of Management Information Systems (MIS), and the development of technology skills relevant to the workforce.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, MATH 12 (c) or MATH 100

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 205 (3)
SFU BUS 237 (3)
UVic CSC 1XX (1.5)
UNBC CPSC 351 (3), Precludes credit for UNBC COMM 351 (3)
TRU MIST 2610 (3)

COMM 280 Small Business and Entrepreneurship (3)

This course provides an introduction to the mechanics and choices associated with establishing and running a small business. It focuses particularly on an examination of the implications of growing the business, both for the enterprise itself and for the entrepreneur.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, COMM 100 recommended for students with no previous work experience

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 280 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (3) & SFU BUS 238 (0), Exemption
UVic COM 2XX (1.5)
UNBC COMM 302 (3)

COMM 281 Human Resources Management (3)

An introduction to the field of human resources management and its contribution to the effectiveness of organizations and their employees.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 203 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (3) & BUS 381 (0), Exemption
UVic COM 2XX (1.5)
UNBC COMM 2XX (3)
TRU HRMN 2820 (3)

COMM 290 Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making (3)

This course introduces the student to the tools and value of using spreadsheet models in the solution of business problems. Students will learn to formulate, revise and solve models, as well as interpret computer output for communicating useful information to management. Likewise, students will be introduced to the quantitative methods of business using statistics, particularly probability and probability distributions.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, MATH 104

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 290 (3)
SFU BUS 1XX (3)
UVic MATH 1XX (1.5)
TRU MATH 1070 (3)

COMM 291 Applications of Statistics in Business (3)

This course deals with the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data in the business setting. It covers the two aspects of statistics namely: Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Statistics. Specifically, it covers the following: Steps in statistical investigation, the frequency distribution, measures of central location, measures of dispersion, concepts of probability, probability distribution, concept of hypothesis, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation analysis.

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of how statistics operates in business. Statistics is pervasive and its basic concepts have become essential to modern business practices. Students in this course will learn the basics of data analysis and the fundamental notion of statistical inference. The skills and learning in statistics in this course will also provide a foundation for the application of the basic techniques in a wide variety of domestic and global business circumstances and scenarios. Actual business cases and models will be used in the course so that students will learn and develop the skills which are very similar and being practiced in the business world.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 097

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 291 (3)
SFU BUEC 232 (3)
UVic STAT 252 (1.5)
UNBC STAT 240 (3)
TRU ECON 2320 (3)

COMM 292 Management and Organizational Behaviour (3)

Behaviour in organizations as it affects people as individuals, their relationships with others, their performance in groups, and their effectiveness at work.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 292 (3)
SFU BUS 272 (3)
UVic COM 220 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 230 (3)
TRU ORGB 2810 (3)

COMM 293 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)

Financial Accounting is principally concerned with the construction and interpretation of financial reports prepared for external parties to the issuing firm or entity. The major objectives of this course are to develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and conventions upon which financial accounting is based, and more importantly to provide an analytical basis upon which to intelligently interpret financial statements. Consideration will be given to accounting techniques and the formulation of financial reports; however, the course will focus on understanding accounting policies, their rationale and the implications for users of the financial accounting information.

This course is fully compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Since January, 2011, all publicly accountable enterprises (PAE’s) in Canada have been required to prepare financial statements that comply with IFRS. Private enterprises (PE’s) in Canada are permitted to use either IFRS or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP’s) for PE’s, as detailed in a new section of the revised CICA handbook.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 293 (3)
SFU BUS 251 (3)
UVic COM 1XX (1.5)
UNBC COMM 210 (3)
TRU ACCT 2210 (3)

COMM 294 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of managerial accounting, focusing on the use of accounting information in the efficient operation of organizations.

The concepts are sufficiently general to be applicable in both profit and not-for-profit organizations, but most discussion will deal with profit-oriented firms. Throughout the study, students will advance in critical, independent thinking and develop problem solving skills. Unlike financial reporting, which focuses on presenting information to outside financial reports users, managerial accounting is mainly focusing on providing information to internal management to make better production/manufacturing decisions. The course covers basic concepts and ideas on cost system design, cost behavior, cost-volume profit relationships, budgeting, variance analysis and decision making.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, COMM 293

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 294 (3)
SFU BUS 254 (3)
UVic COM 2XX (1.5)
UNBC COMM 211 (3)
TRU BBUS 2540 (3)

COMM 296 Introduction to Marketing (3)

Basic considerations affecting the domestic and international marketing of goods and services.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, ECON 103

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 296 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (3)
UVic COM 250 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 240 (3)
TRU MKTG 2430 (3)

COMM 298 Introduction to Financial Management (3)

The objective of this course is to provide a general understanding of financial valuation and quantitative analysis of corporate and individual financing and savings decisions. We will seek to develop an understanding of what any asset is ‘worth’, and how a variety of conceptual tools can help managers and investors make investment decisions. In the first section of the course, we will explore the time value of money, and learn how investors value streams of cash flows that arrive at different times. Next, we will consider capital budgeting decisions and evaluation of those decisions. Finally, we will explore what may be the most fundamental and perplexing questions facing investors and financial economists alike when we study risk. We will consider what it means for an investment to be risky, and we will examine methods of valuing risky assets.

The course emphasizes understanding, analyzing, and integrating financial information as an aid to making financial decisions. The course discusses the impact of interest rates, taxation, dividends, cash flow, and other business considerations on financial decision making. It also examines the role of financial institutions and regulations in corporate financial management. Building on the conceptual foundations of financial management, the course also introduces some interesting but complex topics in corporate finance.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, MATH 104, COMM 293, (ECON 295 and COMM 290 strongly recommended)

Transfers to:
UBC COMM 298 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (3) & SFU BUS 312 (0)
UVic COM 240 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 220 (3)
TRU FNCE 2120 (3)

Kurt Loescher

Sessional Instructor

Kurt Loescher

Sessional Instructor

Kurt Loescher has spent most his adult life studying, teaching, and working with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Kurt has competed three degrees and a professional designation: Bachelor of Science (mathematics), Bachelor of Commerce (general business) and Masters of Business Administration degrees, and the Certified Investment Manager designation.

Kurt has over 15 years teaching experience having taught over 2,000 adult students business concepts and applications. Ten of these teaching years were with the University of Saskatchewan with the last eight as an Assistant Professor of Finance teaching MBAs and undergrads courses in finance, accounting and statistics.

Kurt has experience starting new ventures, working in small-business entrepreneurial partnerships, engaging in self-directed and real estate investing, building new homes for resale, and helping others do the same. Kurt has been helping small business owners and individuals complete financial statements and reports, and prepare tax returns for over 25 years.

Greg Leach

Instructor

Greg Leach

Instructor

I hold an MBA from the University of Toronto. As an instructor, I hold a PID Diploma and a Certificate of Online Learning from VCC. I enjoy working closely with students, and helping them learn how to succeed.

I have spent 30 years as a consultant in the Marketing industry, working for high-profile companies in a wide variety of industries such as automotive (e.g. General Motors, Honda), Consumer Packaged Goods (e.g. Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Nestle, R.J.R. Macdonald), Financial Services (Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, Coast Capital, TD Bank Canada, Blue Cross, ING, MONY Life, Sun Life), and various government services such as the BC Lottery Corporation.

This very wide range of experience has given me a deep understanding of the various strategies and tactics used by Marketers in various situations, and how to be successful.

In this fast-paced and exciting course (COMM 296), I take a very practical approach to helping students compare and contrast the various strategies, and assess which tools are most effective in various situations.

Aurora Faundo

Instructor

Aurora Faundo

Instructor

I earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines, my Master in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business and my Doctor of Education from the Far Eastern University. Additionally, I also took the Provincial Instructor's Diploma program from Vancouver Community College.

I worked at the University of the Philippines and at Far Eastern University for over 10 years. For the latter, I worked both as a university lecturer and as a program head of the Commerce department. Additionally, I represented the university and the country in presenting research papers focusing on international education in both local and international conventions.

I teach HR and Organizational Behaviour by mixing principles and theories, reflections from my personal experiences and that of others as well as encouraging students to participate extensively in the thought- learning process.

Tamara Kruglova

Instructor

Tamara Kruglova

Instructor

I hold a Ph.D. degree in economics and both, Canadian and European, professional designation in accounting, audit and financial management. Above all teaching inspires me. Being a professor is a heavy responsibility, because of the impact one has on the young mind and life.

Every day I strive to do my utmost for my students deserving the very best. My greatest thrill comes from students` say, “Now I see how this works”. From this point on they need me no more.

With adopted learning-centered classroom approach, my students learn by doing. My role as a teacher is to get students to a point where they can do something with what they know.

Along the way, students must get intimate with the material, to tear it apart and put it back together again so that in the future they can think and make decisions without my assistance, on their own.

Once they learn to ride the “bicycle of accounting”, they will not need my training wheels anymore and they can travel anywhere they want.

Thomas Leung

Instructor

Thomas Leung

Instructor

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant with nearly 30 years of experience in accounting, audit, taxation and financial management in reputable professional and commercial firms.

I enjoy sharing my experience with young people like you in the classroom.

Enrico Tanafranca

Instructor

Enrico Tanafranca

Instructor

I am a data analytics professional with a double degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Education Major in Mathematics. I have a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Operations Management. I also graduated from the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program of Vancouver Community College.

I am an Internet and Computer Core Certified (IC3) professional and an authorized computer and internet instructor of Certiport. Likewise, I am a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

My professional experiences include operations management, risk and investment analysis, portfolio management, banking and credit, e-commerce, data analytics and database development. I also conducts corporate training on planning and strategic management, and am currently pursuing my specialization in Database Development and Design.

David Crawford

Instructor

David Crawford

Instructor

I have been teaching at Alexander College since 2008. My main subject areas are Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, although I occasionally teach Marketing and Business Strategy.

As well as teaching at the College, I am also the Commerce Program Co-ordinator and an acting member of the Academic Standards Committee. I also teach part-time in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

I completed my studies in England, obtaining a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leeds, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Westminster.

Alfred Kong

Instructor

Alfred Kong

Instructor

Alfred Kong has been teaching at Alexander College since 2007. I mainly teach first-year economic courses at the college.

Besides teaching at Alexander College, he is also a full time (non-tenure track) faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Economics.

He obtained his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Nelida Carryer

Instructor

Nelida Carryer

Instructor

Dr. Nelida Carryer is an educator with a multi-disciplinary background and hands-on experience in the non-profit sector and in workplace training.

She holds a PhD in Marketing from the Universidad de Valencia (Spain), MSc in Information Systems from (UAT-Mexico), a BA in Accounting (ITAM-Mexico), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from the University of British Columbia-Extended learning.

She is also a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) by the Institute for Performance and Learning (Toronto). She teaches in the Commerce department.

“The Founder’s Dilemmas” by Noam Wasserman

The textbook for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (COMM 280) is “The Founder’s Dilemmas” by Noam Wasserman, 2012, Princeton University Press

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