Business plays an important role in the lives of Canadians.  Business activity affects our daily lives as we work, save, invest, and spend.  Young people need to understand how business functions, its role in our society, the skills it requires, and the opportunities it generates.

Our Business Studies program builds from these concepts and forms a strong foundation for those who wish to move on  to further study and training in specialized areas such as accounting, marketing, information technology, economics, entrepreneurship, management, and international business.

Department Head:  Ms. E. Marotta-Kulcsar

Faculty Members:  Ms. M. Ayliffe, Mr. J. Cohen (on leave)/Mrs. Andrighetti (LTO), Mme. V. Garofalo,  Mr. M. Kostandoff,  Mr. J. Lam, Mme. P. Lee, Mr. J. Shields, and Ms. A.C. Wong

 The goals for all Business students are to:

  • broaden literacy skills;
  • harness character education;
  • apply time-management skills;
  • enhance academic learning;
  • reinforce critical-thinking skills;
  • employ ethical standards; and
  • prepare for professional and personal employment.

Courses offered in the Department include:

  • Information and Communication Technology in Business* (BTT 1O)
  • Introduction to Business (BBI 2O)
  • Marketing:  Goods, Services, and Events (BMI 3C)
  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals (BAF 3M)
  • Sports, Entertainment, and Fashion Marketing (IDC 3O)
  • The Individual and the Economy (CIE 3M)
  • Financial Accounting Principles (BAT 4M)
  • International Business Fundamentals* (BBB 4M)
  • Capital Markets:  Investments (IDC 4U)
  • Business Leadership:  Management Fundamentals (BOH 4M)
  • Analyzing Economic Conditions (CIA 4U)

*Also Available in French.

 Description of  Courses:

BTT 1O and BTT 1OF – Information and Communication Technology in Business/Introduction à I’informatique:*

This course introduces students to the use of information technology in a business environment.  Students will learn how to use information technology in a work environment, perform electronic research, communicate electronically, and use common business software.  They will also explore possible future occupations in information technology.

*Also Available in French.

BBI 2O – Introduction to Business:

This course introduces students to the world of business, including the concepts, functions, and skills required for meeting the challenges of operating a business in the twenty-first century on a local, national, and/or international scale.  Students will learn concepts and skills related to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and international business.


BAF3M – Financial Accounting Fundamentals:

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting with emphasis on accounting procedures used in service and merchandising businesses.  Students will develop an understanding of the connections between financial analysis, control and decision making in the management of a business, as well as the effects of technology and globalization on accounting procedures and the role of the accountant.

BMI 3C — Marketing:  Goods, Services, and Events:

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of marketing, with an emphasis on in-depth analysis of the influence of changes in the economy and global marketplace, trends and issues, and the impact of technology.  Students analyze the buying patterns of various consumers, and the effect of marketing strategies, and engage in marketing research.  Students also develop and present a marketing plan for a specific product.

IDC 3O – Sports, Entertainment, and Fashion Marketing:

This course will help students combine the skills required for–and knowledge of–different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research, students will analyze the connections among diverse subjects and disciplines; develop information literacy skills in analyzing, selecting, evaluating, and communicating information; and become aware of a variety of resources and viewpoints on contemporary issues.  They will also examine their own learning styles, relate their inquiries and research to real-life situations, and investigate career opportunities in new disciplines.

This course explores the important role that sports, entertainment, and fashion play in our modern economy.  Using diverse resources and research methods, students will analyze the depiction of sports, entertainment, and fashion in a variety of media.  Students will obtain an understanding of business fundamentals and how to apply these fundamentals to sports, entertainment, and fashion.  This course will cover the following topics:  marketing essentials, marketing sports, products/services unique to sports marketing, sports media, stadium design, sales, visual merchandising, marketing entertainment, legal issues for sports, entertainment, and fashion, and others.

CIE 3M – The Individual and the Economy:

This course explores economic concepts relating to the Canadian economic system, which will help students make informed decisions about how to use resources to satisfy wants and needs. Students use economic concepts and models, as well as methods of economic inquiry, to analyse the choices they make during their lives as consumers, contributors, and citizens in a mixed economy. The University/College Preparation course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements in specific programs offered at universities and colleges.

BAT 4M – Financial Accounting Principles:

This course emphasizes study of accounting principles related to financial statements.  Students learn about ways in which information in these statements is used in making business decisions, and about the effects on financial statements using different methods of inventory valuation and adjusting and reversing entries.  Students also study various means of financing a business and ways in which the strength of a corporation can be determined by readings its annual report.

CIA 4U – Analyzing Current Economic Issues:

This course explores the choices that individuals and societies make about the use of resources in a competitive global economy. Students will use economic concepts and models, as well as methods of economic inquiry to analyse current economic issues and make informed economic choices based on their analysis.

BBB 4M and BBB 4MF – International Business Fundamentals/Commerce International:*

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets.  Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively.

*Also Available in French

BOH 4M – Business Leadership:  Management Fundamentals:

This course focuses on ways in which organizations deal with issues affecting their competitiveness in a changing technological and global business environment.  Students will analyze various leadership techniques and study various issues such as ethics in business, social responsibility, management of group dynamics, uses of information technology, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and globalization.  Students will also investigate the management of a diverse workforce within an organization and the importance of strategic planning.

IDC 4U – Capital Markets:

This course will help students develop and consolidate the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Students will apply the principles and processes of inquiry and research to effectively use a range of print, electronic, and mass media resources; to analyze historical innovations and exemplary research; and to investigate real-life situations and career opportunities in interdisciplinary endeavours. They will also assess their own cognitive and affective strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new contexts, create innovative products, and communicate new knowledge.


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