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Business Administration Diploma

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Credential
Diploma
Duration

2 years

Location
Main Campus
The Program

This two-year program provides a broad background in accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology, marketing, economics, statistics, management, law, and policy. Five majors are offered: Accounting, Financial Services, General, Human Resources, and Marketing.

The Business Administration Diploma may be completed in two years if a student proceeds through their program of study by completing five (5) courses per semester, as set out under "Program Content" below. Alternatively, students may choose to take fewer (from one to four-courses per semester) in order to accommodate other obligations. The Business Administration Diploma requires the completion of 60 credits.

Program Content

All Business Administration Students

  • ACCT 102 Introductory Accounting I*
  • ACCT 103 Introductory Accounting II*
  • BADM 110 Introduction to Management
  • BADM 132 Introduction to Marketing
  • BADM 210 Business Technology I
  • BUS 303 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • COMM 250 Business and Workplace Writing
  • ECON 100 Introduction to Business Microeconomics
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Business Macroeconomics
  • FINS 150  Personal Finance

*Students have the option of replacing ACCT 102 and ACCT 103 with ACCT 202, a 5-hour course that covers similar material at an accelerated pace. Taking ACCT 202 allows students to have an extra Open Option which will increase flexibility and be beneficial in acquiring all required prerequisites for an accounting, financial services, or other professional program.

Accounting Major - Year 2

  • ACCT 104 Managerial Accounting (or ACCT 204 - strongly recommended)
  • ACCT 209 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 210 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • BADM 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • BADM 260 Introduction to Corporate Finance (or BUS 310 - strongly recommended)
  • BADM 270 Business Integration
  • BADM 281 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 311 Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy
  • Business option - Choose from Business Options (as listed below)**
  • Open Option ***

**Students pursuing an accounting designation are encouraged to take ACCT 205 and BADM 211 as their business/open options to maximize the number of credits toward an accounting designation.

Financial Services Major - Year 2

  • ACCT 104 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • BADM 260 Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • BADM 270 Business Integration
  • BADM 281 Human Resource Management
  • BADM 285 Introduction to Tax Planning
  • FINS 250 Mutual Funds
  • FINS 251 Managing Personal Credit
  • FINS 287 Advanced Financial Planning
  • BUS 311 Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy

General Management Diploma - Year 2

  • ACCT 104 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • BADM 260 Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • BADM 270 Business Integration
  • BADM 281 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 311 Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy
  • 3 Business options - Choose from Business Options (as listed below)
  • Open Option ***

Human Resources Major - Year 2

  • ACCT 104 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • BADM 260 Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • BADM 270 Business Integration
  • BADM 281 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 311 Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy
  • BADM 280 Labour Relations
  • BADM 254 Organizational Learning and Development
  • BADM 256 Compensation and Benefits
  • BADM 258 Recruitment and Selection
     

Marketing Major - Year 2

  • ACCT 104 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • BADM 241 Marketing Communications
  • BADM 242 Marketing Research
  • BADM 260 Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • BADM 270 Business Integration
  • BADM 281 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 311 Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy
  • Business option - Choose from Business Options (as listed below)
  • Open Option ***

Business Options:

  • ACCT 205 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 209 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 210 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • BADM 211 Management Information Systems
  • BADM 285 Introduction to Tax Planning
  • BADM 204 Interpersonal Skills
  • BADM 232 Business Technology II
  • BADM 233 Programming for the Web
  • BADM 234 Web Design
  • BADM 235 Applied Database Development
  • BADM 238 Electronic Commerce
  • BADM 240 Personal Selling
  • BADM 241 Marketing Communications
  • BADM 242 Marketing Research
  • BADM 243 Marketing Surveys
  • BADM 247 Retail Management
  • BADM 249 Sales Event/Sponsorship Marketing
  • BADM 251 Entrepreneurship
  • BADM 253 Project Management
  • BADM 254 Organizational Learning and Development
  • BADM 256 Compensation and Benefits
  • BADM 258 Recruitment and Selection
  • BADM 261 Financial Management
  • BADM 262 Investments
  • BADM 280 Labour Relations
  • BADM 290 Work Practicum
  • BADM 320 Selected Topics in Management
  • BADM 321 Selected Topics in Management
  • BUS 305 Organization Theory and Design
  • BUS 307 Intro to Business Statistics II
  • COMM 250 Business and Workplace Writing
  • FINS 180 Financial Products and Services
  • FINS 250 Mutual Funds
  • FINS 251 Managing Personal Credit
  • FINS 286 Insurance in Canada
  • FINS 320 Selected Topics in Financial Services
  • FINS 321 Selected Topics in Financial Services

*** The open option may be a 3-credit College Level Business or a Non-Business course approved by the department.

Notes: Notes 1-7 refer to equivalent courses that may be taken in lieu of various specified courses. Students may receive credit for only one of each equivalency. Students considering university transfer or an accounting designation should consult with an Academic Advisor or their Chairperson regarding these courses.

  1. ACCT 202 is equivalent to ACCT 102 plus ACCT 103
  2. ACCT 204 is equivalent to ACCT 104
  3. ECON 201 is equivalent to ECON 100
  4. ECON 202 is equivalent to ECON 101
  5. BUS 306 is equivalent to BADM 111
  6. BUS 310 is equivalent to BADM 260 and is acceptable as a prerequisite for BADM 270.
  7. BADM 170, BADM 107, BUS 358, CMPT 261 and CMPT 170 are not accepted for credit towards the Business Administration Diploma.

Visit RDC’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Delivery Options

This program is available on-campus as well as through online delivery. Distance students will require regular access to a computer with Internet service.

Transfer Features

RDC has agreements with the following groups regarding course credits toward these programs:

  • Purchasing Management Association of Canada
  • Mount Royal University - Graduates of RDC's Business Administration diploma with a major in Accounting, Financial Services, General Management, Human Resources, or Marketing  and with a minimum of 20 courses and 60 credits can transfer into the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in General Management. Years three and four of the BBA degree are completed at RDC.
  • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma): Graduates of RDC Business Administration Diploma Program receive up to 50 credits towards the degree program. Students may complete the program in one year of full-time study or may progress at their own pace on a part-time basis.
  • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma): Students with approved two-year college diplomas in business or a closely related field will receive a block transfer award of 60 credits towards the first two years of the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General Degree.
  • University of Lethbridge - Business Administration Diploma graduates may complete the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management Degree which is offered in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. A 3.0 GPA is required for admission.
  • Okanagan College - Business Administration Diploma graduates will receive 2 years of credit toward the 4- year Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
  • NAIT, SAIT, Grant MacEwan University, Mount Royal University - Business Administration graduates may receive up to two years credit towards the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration degree.
Computing Skills

Students entering the program should have a working knowledge of file management and word processing. It is recommended that students without this prerequisite knowledge complete CMPT 071 and CMPT 083, or a course that includes these modules prior to taking BADM 210.

Communications Course Placement Testing

Students will be required to take a Communications and Skills Assessment Test before registering in a 200-level written communications course.  A minimum score of 530 on the Combined Reading and Writing and 7 on the WritePlacer Test is required. 

NOTE:  COMM 150 and 250 are course requirements for the Business Administration, Diploma.  However, if students achieve a satisfactory mark on their Communications Skills Assessment, they will be exempt from COMM 150 and will only need to take COMM 250.

NOTE:  If a student achieves 60%  or greater in ELA 30-1 or equivalent, they are exempt from having to take the Communications Skills Assessment, their registration will be cancelled in COMM 150 and they will only need to take COMM 250.