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General Business Diploma

Program Start: 5 September 2023 - In Session
Location: Tisdale
Credit Granting Institution: Lakeland
Length: 2 years (4 semesters)


Out of country international applications are now CLOSED for the September 2023 intake.
If you are an in-country applicant with a current study permit, please contact to apply. 

This General Business program over 2 years will provide you with a solid business foundation and prepare you for various employment opportunities. Your skills will be based around accounting, finance, computers, marketing, economics, human resources, and more.

Students that take all classes in the Cumberland College/Lakeland College Business Diploma program will be eligible for a 2-year full block transfer to the Edwards School of Business. Students with transfer credits from other institutions will be assessed on a course-by-course basis.



  • Grade 12 with a minimum 50% in ELA 30A or 30B and Foundations 30 or Pre-Calculus 30.
  • English Language Requirement
  • Computer experience is recommended
Tuition: $11,000*
Books & Supplies: $1,500*
Student Fees: $200
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


  • Tuition:  Year 1 - $5,500   Year 2 - $5,500 (subject to change)
  • International Tuition:  Year 1 - $17,500    Year 2 - $17,500
  • Student Fees are $95 per academic year  (subject to change)
  • Student Health Plan fees are $252 per academic year.  (subject to change)

General Business Diploma includes the following courses

Accounting 1 (AC130)

AC 130 introduces the concepts and applications of financial accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles, the recording process, preparing financial statements, internal control, cash and receivables.  Prerequisites: Grade XII Math or equivalent. 

Accounting II (AC230)

AC 230 is a continuation of AC 130. Topics included are: inventories; capital assets; current liabilities; owner’s equity in partnerships and corporations; analyzing financial statements; the statement of cash flows, and accounting information systems. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and application of financial accounting to real life situations. It also provides students with experience in maintaining a manual accounting system.


AC130 - Accounting 1

Business Case Studies (BA470)

The goal of this course is to prepare students to be managers. A number of currently emphasized management topics are presented and integrated within the traditional framework of functions and systems.  Lectures and case discussions are employed to explore topics in planning, organizing, influencing, controlling and managing in the future.  Prerequisite: AC130.

Business Computer Applications (CU248)

This course will cover a combination of the following computer applications: file management (Windows), word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), presentations (PowerPoint) and desktop publishing (MS Publisher). More depth and application of topics will follow overviews of each individual application. Business topics will be stressed in examples used.

Business Law (LA180)

Sources of law and the judicial system. Emphasis on the law of contracts, contract of sale, consumer protection, restrictive trade practices, agency, negotiable instruments, unincorporated business and corporations, insurance, and the law of torts.

Business Mathematics (MA101)

The solution of practical financial and mathematical problems encountered in the business world is the focus of this course. It reviews the mathematics of ratios, percentage and basic algebra, and their applications to business problems. The principle of the time value of money is covered in depth with its important applications to finance, investments and capital budgeting. Use of financial calculators is emphasized throughout.

Communications 1 (CO131)

This course offers an opportunity for business students to improve their business communication skills. The course covers a broad spectrum of writing skills and business messages. Emphasis in this course is on writing and formatting a variety of business documents—emails, letters, memos, proposals, and instructions/procedures. Prerequisites: Grade XII English or equivalent.

Communications II (CO231)

This course offers an opportunity for business students to improve their skills in two specific areas: written and oral communication. The written component of this course requires students to learn the fundamentals of report writing. The oral component of this course utilizes different multimedia technologies to hone the students’ oral presentation skills. Upon completion of this course, students will have mastered the technical skills required for effective written and oral business communication skills.


CO 131 - Communications I

Consumer Behaviour (MK210)

This course examines how different consumer segments make decisions about how to spend their money. To effectively employ the marketing concept, marketing practitioners must understand consumer behaviour concepts and theories. This course covers the exchange process involved in acquiring, consuming, and disposing of goods, services, experiences, and ideas.


MK 170

Human Resource Management (BA661)

A comprehensive examination is made of an organization's human resource management function. Areas of focus include human resource planning, recruitment and selection, orientation and training, compensation and benefits, labour relations and occupational health and safety. Conflict resolution in managerial issues is explored.


BA 120 - Organizational Behaviour

Introduction to Management (BA 130)

This course introduces essential concepts in management. BA130 focuses on people in an organization through the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling framework. Topics considered include change management, the global environment, ethics, diversity, technology, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. 

Leadership & Supervision (BA656)

This first-line management course covers a wide spectrum of topics dealing with how management sees the supervisor, how supervisors see themselves, and how supervisors lead. This course covers planning, control, communications, motivation, training, appraisal, discipline, selection, safety and other relevant topics. By course completion, participants should have a well-rounded understanding of theory and practical application of leadership and supervision.


BA 120 - Organizational Behaviour

Macroeconomics (EC 211)

Macroeconomics extends the principles learned in microeconomics to the national economy. The health of the economy is measured using gross domestic product (GDP), inflation, and employment. Business cycles, money and banking inform the monetary and fiscal policy that guides the maintenance of a healthy, growing, and prosperous country.


Grade 12 math or equivalent

Management Information Systems (BA640)

This course, students examine current practice in the areas of planning and control of data processing, selection of processing facilities, and dissemination of information within a business enterprise. Topics include systems analysis, data warehouses, artificial intelligence, networks, emerging technologies and computer based applications, cost/benefit analysis, and case studies.  Prerequisite: CU248,

Market Research (MK 230)

This is an introductory course in marketing research. The course includes an experiential approach to the learning of techniques of marketing research. Course content includes research designs, data collection instruments, sample designs, types of analysis, and research reporting.


MK 170

Marketing Principles (MK170)

This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of marketing techniques. It includes analysis of marketing operation, product assortment, price structure, channels of distribution, and promotion of goods and services.

Microeconomics (EC111 )

Microeconomics deals with the choices we make under conditions of scarcity. The study of economics introduces student to analytical and problem-solving techniques that can be applied to consumer behaviour, production decisions, market structures, and the price mechanism. This knowledge enables better decisions in business, private, and public life.

Organizational Behaviour (BA120)

This course looks at the behaviour of individuals and groups in organizational settings in terms of various theories and models, and examines how such behaviour can be modified to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Case studies, exercises, and role-plays drawn from real life are used to illustrate the principles involved.

Small Business Management I (BA546)

This course covers the fundamentals of successfully managing and operating a small business. Emphasis is on planning and strategy in the areas of operation, finance and marketing. Instruction involves a combination of lectures, discussions and projects.  Prerequisite: AC130, MK170.


Small Business Management II (BA548)

This course is based on a simulation game that applies theoretical concepts to a reality based scenario. Emphasis is on gaining hands-on experience in operating and managing a small service business. Students gain practical skills in a controlled environment.


AC130 & MK170

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