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Title Name Delivery
OAAC 1000

 Introduction to Bookkeeping (43 hours)

Credits: 0
This course gives the student a grounding in double-entry accounting theory and an introduction to bookkeeping methods and related clerical procedures, such as petty cash and banking procedures. Introduction to Bookkeeping is designed as a hands-on course.

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OAAC 2510

 Payroll Processing (36 hours)

Credits: 0
An introductory course with the emphasis on practical, day-to-day questions and tasks encountered when processing payroll. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to interpret and use the common government payroll booklets, prepare and maintain typical payroll records and documents for a small business, and journalize and post payroll transactions to the general ledger.

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OAAC 2560

 Computerized Accounting - SIMPLY (36 hours)

Credits: 0
This course familiarizes the students with ACCPAC Simply Accounting which is a completely integrated accounting software package particularly suitable for the small business. Students will set up the accounting records and complete a variety of transactions (G/L, receivables, payables, payroll, inventory) in two simulations. Statements will be electronically transferred to a spreadsheet for further processing.

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OAAS 3100

 Electronic Spreadsheets (31 hours)

Credits: 0
This is an introductory course to familiarize students with the concepts, operation, and applications of an electronic spreadsheet. Students are provided an opportunity for hands-on training, and then apply their knowledge to business applications.

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OABW 2100

 Business Writing (50 hours)

Credits: 0
Students write and compose business communications while incorporating effective letter and report writing techniques, and correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Oral communication is also an integral part of the course.

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OACM 1100

 Business Communications 1 (67 hours)

Credits: 0
Learners are provided a comprehensive, up-to-date, and relevant review of the use of correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing skills. Students practice applying the principles learned in each segment of the course, and their skills are reinforced by exercises, assignments, and tests. Good communication skills are essential to a successful career in a business environment.

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OACP 2410

 Computerized Integrated Project (36 hours)

Credits: 0
Students set-up and maintain accounting records for a simulated company using source documents, including various transactions and records (G/L, A/R, A/P, payroll, inventory), manual records, and a variety of software packages (Simply or ACCPAC, Excel, word processing).

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OACP 2420

 Introduction to Web Page Design (36 hours)

Credits: 0
Students are familiarized with the concepts involved in creating web pages for business. Students are introduced to hypertext markup language (HTML), and move into Microsoft FrontPage to design web pages. Hands-on training opportunities are provided, and students apply their knowledge to business applications and projects.

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OADB 1000

 Database and Records Management (31 hours)

Credits: 0
This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the concepts and applications of an electronic database.

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OADO 2100

 Legal Machine Transcription (36 Hours)

Credits: 0

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OADS 1000

 Introduction to Computers and the Internet (30 hours)

Credits: 0
Students are introduced to computers, the internet, and the Windows operating system. Students learn essential terms and concepts, file and disk management with Windows, and the operational features of an internet browser.

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OAHR 3100

 Business and Human Relations (31 hours)

Credits: 0
Students learn to develop the skills and techniques necessary to promote good business and human relations required in today's modern office environment.

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OAHR 3200

 Applied Human Relations (36 hours)

Credits: 0
Students build on the foundation skills introduced in OAHR 3100: Business & Human Relations, which is offered in the Fall semester. Students learn how to apply various skills and strategies to effectively resolve difficult problems, conflict, and confrontation in the workplace, and promote stress management. Students also develop a personal plan for attitude renewal.

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OAIP 1100

 Insurance Office Software (40 hours)

Credits: 0

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OAJS 3000

 Resume and Job Search (21 hours)

Credits: 0
Students participate in instructional sessions and activities involving preparation of resume and employment letters, job search strategies, and interview techniques.

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OAMA 1000

 Business Math and Calculators (20 hours)

Credits: 0
Students are provided a review of basic math skills specifically related to business documents and activities, and develop operating techniques and skills required in the use of electronic printing calculators.

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OAPR 1100

 Administrative Procedures (40 hours)

Credits: 0
This course is designed to assist students in developing interpersonal skills and demonstrating competency in the following business skills: telephone techniques, receptionist procedures, filing techniques, office systems management, and oral communications. Students develop essential organizational skills and apply their skills in an office setting.

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OAPR 2100

 Office Integration Project (10 hours)

Credits: 0
This is a capstone project course where the student puts together a multi-media presentation utilizing most or all of the windows-based software covered previously in the program. Topics must be approved by the instructor.

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OAPR 5000

 Practicum (2 weeks)

Credits: 0
During this two-week practicum, students are provided an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to meet the expectations of the employer in a real work situation. Students observe and learn daily office routines, and assist the host employer by performing tasks as required.

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OATS 1010

 Online Learner Success (10 hours)

Credits: 0

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OATS 3000

 Keyboarding Accuracy and Speed Development (36 hours)

Credits: 0
Students develop speed and accuracy on the computer through drills and regular speed tests.

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OAWP 1000

 Word Processing (118 hours)

Credits: 0
Students are introduced to the theories and practical applications of a popular word processing program. Opportunities are provided for students to learn word processing for employment purposes, using hands-on, step-by-step exercises at the computer.

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OAWP 3850

 Windows Integration (36 hours)

Credits: 0
Students learn to utilize the high level of integration available under the Windows environment, and explore important Windows concepts. Students use powerpoint to showcase their work in a electronic presentation format, as well as producing a portfolio of work samples, which is a valuable tool for job searches and interviews. This course focuses on the many ways that information can be shared and exchanged between applications.

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OCHS 3511

 Occupational Health & Safety Legislation and Standards

Credits: 3
This course sets the foundation for occupational health and safety in Canada, within an industrial context. Students will learn how to establish the rights and responsibilities of the various workplace parties within the workplace. They will also learn to interpret and apply statute and best practices to the workplace in a manner that provides for consensus and understanding on the shop floor as well as due diligence required from all levels of supervision and management.
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OEED 4150

 Outdoor and Experiential Education Concepts (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course is a study of outdoor and experiential education concepts, and develops a common foundation of outdoor and experiential education understanding. Students explore outdoor and experiential instructional techniques and how learners form their personal identity, values, beliefs, feelings, and attitudes. Course content includes outdoor experiential education definitions, goals, fields of study, history, theory, and future trends.

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OEED 4200

 Outdoor and Experiental Education Program Development, Design and Delivery (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
In this course, students explore the elements of outdoor and experiential education program development, design and delivery. The course focus is on the creation of experiential learning opportunities in the outdoor environment and the facilitator's role in program delivery.

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OEED 4250

 Outdoor Leadership 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course explores the elements of outdoor and experiential education leadership. Students focus on the safe and effective leading of outdoor and experiential day- and multi-day programs. Effective leadership skills and the development of experiential facilitation and instructional techniques are studied in a practical field-trip setting.

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OEED 4300

 Outdoor Education Legal Liability and Risk Management (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course provides a background in the legal and risk management elements specific to outdoor and experiential education disciplines. Course content includes education and custodial group standards of care; the legal system and outdoor education; contemporary legal issues in outdoor education; public and parental perception and understanding; the law and custodial care groups; standards of care in outdoor education; accident review process; risk management; and land access issues. Students also discuss case studies.

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OEED 4450

 Environmental Interpretation and Natural History (60 hours)

Credits: 3
This course provides a base of knowledge about the natural history of Western Canada and its interpretation. Course experiences expose students to the natural communities within British Columbia with the intent of, as Aldo Leopold suggests, allowing us to see that the land is a community to which we belong and more than just a commodity or nice backdrop. Emphasis is placed upon the creation of experiential interpretive interactions.

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OEED 4460

 Outdoor Fine Arts (60 hours)

Credits: 3
This course explores the elements of fine arts in the outdoors, and its use in experiential education. Students focus on the development of creative and applied arts, including sculpture, music, drama, drawing, paints, photography, and alternative arts in experiential settings and delivery formats. The use of natural materials and resources is emphasized.

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OEED 4470

 Initiative and Challenge Games (60 hours)

Credits: 3
This course explores use of initiative and challenge games in outdoor and experiential education. Students focus on the creation of experiential learning and group cohesion through the use of team building activities, ropes courses, icebreakers, group activities, games and trust activities.

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OEED 4480

 Wilderness Travel and Navigation (60 hours)

Credits: 3
In this course, students explore the theoretical and practical aspects of wilderness travel and navigation. Theoretical topics include appropriate clothing and equipment, navigation, environmental considerations, travel techniques, route plans, and trip planning. The course includes a backpack trip that focuses on navigation, route selection, group management, and pacing, minimum impact camping and hazard awareness.

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OEED 4490

 Winter Backcountry Travel (60 hours)

Credits: 3
In this course, students explore the theoretical and practical aspects of winter backcountry travel. Theoretical topics include appropriate clothing and equipment, navigation, environmental considerations, travel techniques, route plans, and trip planning. The course includes a winter snowshoe and skiing trip that focuses on winter camping skills, winter travel skills, navigation, route selection, group management, pacing, minimum impact camping, and hazard awareness.

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OEED 4500

 Flat Water Canoe Tripping (60 hours)

Credits: 3
In this course, students explore the theoretical and practical aspects of flatwater canoe tripping. The course includes the CRCA (Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association) Flatwater Instructor certification. Theoretical topics include appropriate canoe clothing and equipment, navigation, environmental considerations, flatwater travel techniques, route plans, and trip planning. The course includes a flatwater canoe trip that focuses on canoeing skills, travel skills, navigation, route selection, group management, minimum impact camping and hazard awareness.

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OEED 4510

 Top-Rope Rock Climbing Management (60 hours)

Credits: 3
The intent of this course is to develop safe managers of top rope rock climbing sites aimed at school and custodial group leaders: a high level of climbing ability and lead climbing is not required. Topics include rock climbing clothing and equipment, environmental considerations, top rope rock climbing technique, belayed rappels, top rope rock climbing site selection, group management, hazard awareness, terrain, and safety guidelines.

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OEED 4520

 Avalanche Skills Training (60 hours)

Credits: 3
This course introduces avalanche concepts and develops awareness in backcountry travellers. Topics include how to recognize avalanche terrain, how to avoid avalanche terrain, how to recognize dangerous conditions, how to minimize risk, and how to manage a self rescue. This course meets the standards developed by the Canadian Avalanche Association for Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and 2.

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OEED 4530

 Elective Activity (60 hours)

Credits: 3
As approved by the Adventure Studies Department Chairperson, students may receive credit for participation in additional adventure activity courses not taught within the Post-Graduate Certificate in Outdoor and Experiential Education. Courses must be from recognized training programs to receive consideration.

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ORGB 2810

 Organizational Behaviour (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students examine the behavior of individuals and how they interact with each other in different workplace organizations. Topics include defining organizational behavior; perception, personality and emotions; values, attitudes and their effects in the workplace; motivating self and others; working in teams; communication, conflict and negotiation; power and politics; leadership; decision making, creativity and ethics; and organizational culture and change.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ORGB 2810 and TMGT 1160 (C+ or higher)

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ORGB 2811

 Organizational Behaviour

Credits: 3
Students examine the behavior of individuals and how they interact with each other in different workplace organizations. Topics include an orientation to organizational behavior; individual behavior; individual and behavourial processes; team processes; organizational dynamics; and organizational processes.
More information about this course

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ORGB 3750

 Creativity and Innovation (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students explore the theory and practical strategies for promoting creative and innovative thinking in the workplace and managing employees through these processes. Topics include types of innovation, the S-shaped diffusion curve, generating new ideas, recognizing opportunities, moving innovations to the market, creative groups, enhancing creativity, and leading creativity.

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ORGB 3770

 Teamwork in Organizations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students develop an understanding of the nature, design and processes of effective teamwork as well as a practical skill set for team membership. Topics include the importance of teams; assessing a team's experience and insights; building a balanced team; building a high performance team; becoming a team member, follower, and leader; team building; team evaluation and accountability; observing team leadership skills at work; identifying and overcoming team dysfunctions; motivating team members and leaders; and developing intercultural teams.

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ORGB 3810

 Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students explore the theory and application of organizing in complex workplace environments. Various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks are utilized to systematically investigate organizing processes and contexts and solve practical problems. Topics include organizations and organization theory; organizational stakeholders; the external environment; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; decision making; conflict, power and politics; and organizational change and transformation.

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ORGB 3811

 Organizational Theory and Design

Credits: 3
Students explore how to think about and practice organizing in complex workplace environments. They utilize various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks to systematically investigate organizing processes and contexts and solve practical problems. Topics include organizations and organization theory; organizational stakeholders; the external environment; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; decision making; conflict, power and politics; and organizational change and transformation.
More information about this course

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ORGB 4870

 Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
In today's business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Students learn to become agents for change, to improve human resources and organizational effectiveness, and to increase productivity. Topics include an introduction to organizational development; change process; organizational change and human resource management; organizational assessments; assessment tools and techniques; organizational interventions; human resource management interventions; and human resource metrics.

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ORGB 4871

 Organizational Development and Change

Credits: 3
Students learn to become agents for change thereby improving human resource and organizational effectiveness and productivity. In today's business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Topics include processes of change; perspective of self and others; creating a climate for change; facilitating change transition; gaining commitment and sustaining momentum; and the institutionalization of change and beyond.
More information about this course

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