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Overview

Learning MethodsMajor FocusThe AC DifferenceCareer Outlook

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), B-Soc & SFU BUS 238 (0), Exemption
UVIC COM 2XX (1.5)
UNBC COMM 302 (3)
TRU ENTR 2XXX (3), May not take TRU ENTR 4751 for additional credit.

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 or EASL 089

Transfers to:

UBC COMM 291 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (0), & SFU BUS 232 (3), Q
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), Q
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), Q
UVIC COM 317 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 211 (3)
TRU ACCT 2250 (3)

COMM 296 Introduction to Marketing (3)

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

Prerequisite(s):

ENGL 099

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

Transfers to:

UBC COMM 298 (3)
SFU BUS 2XX (3) & SFU BUS 312 (0), Exemption
UVIC COM 240 (1.5)
UNBC COMM 220 (3)
TRU FNCE 2120 (3)

Faculty

Aurora Faundo (EdD, MBA, BA, PIDP)

Instructor

Aurora Faundo (EdD, MBA, BA, PIDP)

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.

Thomas Leung (MBA, BBA, CPA, GGA)

Instructor

Thomas Leung (MBA, BBA, CPA, GGA)

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 (MBA, BA, BSc Education, PIDP)

Instructor

Enrico Tanafranca (MBA, BA, BSc Education, PIDP)

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 (MBA, Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, Higher National Certificate in Business Studies)

Instructor

David Crawford (MBA, Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, Higher National Certificate in Business Studies)

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.

Kojo Ammissah-Sey (MA, BA)

Instructor

Kojo Ammissah-Sey (MA, BA)

Instructor

I joined Alexander College in 2016 after graduating with a master’s degree from Simon Fraser University. I have particular interest in teaching introductory level Commerce and Economics courses . I believe these courses are important in developing critical skills, as well as interest in these noble subject areas. I therefore like to explore varying teaching methods both online and in-person to sustain student interest and engagement.

At Alexander College and other institutions in the lower mainland, I have taught and continue to teach: Introduction to Business, Application of Statistics in Business, Introduction to Economics and Principles of Microeconomics.

Musarrat Khan (MBA)

Instructor

Musarrat Khan (MBA)

Instructor

I have a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas, USA.

In my teaching career, I have been involved in the redesigning of the MBA and the BBA programs and curriculum, and in the supervision of the Business School Quality Assurance Program for the MBA and the BBA accreditation process.

For almost thirteen years, as an Assistant Professor and as an Associate Professor, I have taught a wide range of courses in the areas of Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, Training, and Leadership. I also have 12 years of mid-management level experience in a marketing organization.

From 2016 to 2019, I have been an instructor of Business courses at several Colleges in Vancouver. I have been teaching at Alexander College since January 2020. At Alexander College I am an instructor of Introduction to Business, Introduction to Marketing, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Management and Organizational Behavior courses.

My teaching philosophy revolves around three aspects: establish student-teacher relationship based on mutual respect, develop an inspiring learning environment through ‘Reflexive Teaching’ approach, and create an engaging environment to develop industry desired skills.

Pomponia Martinez (BSc., MAM(HR), CPHR)

Instructor

Pomponia Martinez (BSc., MAM(HR), CPHR)

Instructor

Pomponia Martinez has taught in the Commerce department at Alexander College for over 5 years and holds the CPHR designation. Ms. Martinez teaches a variety of Human Resources and Management courses at various institutions, including Managerial Skills, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Recruitment and Selection, Organizational Change, Compensation, Training and Development, and HR Strategy. She enjoys teaching in both the in-class and online environments.

Ms. Martinez is also a private sector practitioner in staffing and HR consulting. Ms. Martinez brings over 25 years of experience in the private sector in information systems, strategic planning, port operations management and human resources.

An amateur astronomer, Ms. Martinez is past-President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Vancouver).

Resources

“The Founder’s Dilemmas” by Noam Wasserman

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