Business Administration - Retail Program (with work experience) (B163)

PROGRAM
Business Administration – Retail
CODE
B163
SCHOOL
School of Management
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
3 years (6 semesters in class, 2 semesters work experience)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Graduates of the Business Administration – Retail (with work experience) program will develop the skills and knowledge to work in areas of retail such as store design, merchandising initiatives, logistics, inventory, security planning and plan-o-gramming. They will be able to work in diverse team settings and lead projects with relevant and practical skills. They will also be well prepared to seek further education.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Business Administration – Retail (with work experience) program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work in areas such as store design, merchandising initiatives, logistics, inventory, security planning and plan-o-gramming. 

Graduates may choose to work for a large multinational company, national store chain, small chain or individual store outlet; take over a family operation; or open their own location or virtual storefront. This three-year program provides the student with the tools to grow within their chosen company to a number of positions related to retail functions.

This learning experience will enable graduates to demonstrate:

  • Plans and strategies to support a retail environment (physical and online) including retail marketing, logistics and store design
  • Development of a business plan
  • Assessment of marketing and sales concepts and strategies and the application of them to the needs of the organization
  • Application of human resource practices to support management objectives and the organizations
  • Performance of work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices

 B123 - Photo of students

This program (B163) is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Retail without work experience should apply to B123.

Field Education 

Work Experience Required

Your Field Study Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Work Term

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work experience to graduate.  This work experience is either Co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid).  Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities.  Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience to provide valuable learning experiences that meet the learning outcomes of the program.  This work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide field education opportunities with real world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business. 

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B123/ 163 program, you need to complete 36 courses29 Mandatory courses, 4 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives.  For the B163 program you need to take an additional course, the Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience (Coop or Internship) Terms.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007.  Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1138. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 36 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Three, Four, Five, and Six):  You must complete 4 General Education courses.  1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate.  You can make up these classes during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education.  Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program.  Please note that some courses may not be offered in every semester.  Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017pdf file

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of Human Resources NONE
MARK 1020 Principles of  Marketing I NONE
MATH 1008 Math for Business &  Management NONE

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1036 Principles of Accounting NONE
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communication I COMM 1007
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
MATH 1138 Retail Math MATH 1008
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MARK 1002 Professional Selling MARK 1020
MGMT 2037 Retail Management MARK 1020
MGMT 2036 Customer Service MARK 1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1138
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1138
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course* COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA

* This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B163).

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT 1036
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
BUS 1044 Business Law NONE
MGMT 1034 Retail Marketing MARK 1020
STS 1037 Career Planning and Development NONE
MGMT 1034 Retail Marketing MARK 1020
Select One General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
MGMT 1020 Management Decision Making MGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
MGMT 2040 Retail Logistics MGMT 1034
MGMT 3013 Shopper Research MGMT 2040
Select One Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 3020 E-Commerce MGMT 1034
MGMT 3021 Retail Computer Simulation Successful Completion of Semester 5
MGMT 3012 Store Design MGMT 2040
Select Two Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

List of General Education Electives

Electives 

Business Electives

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business I COMP 1010
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills MARK 1020
MARK 3007 Services Marketing MARK 2049
BUS 1067 Field Education For Non-Coop Students,   by interview only
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008
MGMT 2034 Field-Based Consulting - Theory Successful Completion of  Semester 3,  by interview only
MGMT 2035 Field-Based Consulting – Field Work Successful Completion of Semester 3, by interview only
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or    ECON 1034, ECON 1034
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning MARK 1020, ACCT 2031, MATH  1008 & HRM 1008

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

You will be prepared for a variety of administrative and management positions in the retail industry including store environment, online environment or corporate office. Positions may include:

  • Buying Assistant
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Plan-o-grammer
  • Retail Web Designer
  • Store Designer
  • Retail Logistics Specialist

Future Study Options 

For information on future study options, see www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

There are many pathways into the Business Administration – Retail Advanced Diploma B163 program including high school, work, the Business Diploma, and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate, or a college or university degree.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$3,445.00 * †

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

†This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business Administration – Retail (B123/163)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the Coordinator:

Mario Pascucci, Program Coordinator
Email: 
mpascucc@georgebrown.ca

Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business
Email: 
espeers@georgebrown.ca

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