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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business and Entrepreneurship


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Program Description


Follow your entrepreneurial aspirations and gain skills to become a successful entrepreneur working for yourself or in businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Boost your problem solving, leadership and creativity as you gain understanding of core business functions and apply that knowledge to various disciplines. Led by instructors with real business experience, this program can prepare you to start your journey as an entrepreneur or enhance your skills to optimize and expand operations for an existing small business in any industry.

You can choose four electives from an extensive list, including technology and communications courses, to tailor the program to your specific needs and interests. Depending on your electives, you’ll gain business and financial acumen encompassing end-to-end and peripheral business processes, including project management, accounting, human resources, marketing, digital literacy, supply chain and more. You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project, further developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration and organizational capabilities. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate.

When you finish this program, you have the opportunity to ladder into higher credentials at SAIT. Up to 27 credits from this certificate can be applied to our Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration programs (varies by major). Both programs have additional admission requirements and your timeline to complete a diploma or degree begins when you start the first certificate course.

Abbreviated Program Description


Follow your entrepreneurial aspirations and gain skills to become a successful entrepreneur working for yourself or in businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Boost your problem solving, leadership and creativity as you gain understanding of core business functions and apply that knowledge to various disciplines. Led by instructors with real business experience, this program can prepare you to start your journey as an entrepreneur or enhance your skills to optimize and expand operations for an existing small business in any industry. You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project, further developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration and organizational capabilities.

Program Overview


Follow your entrepreneurial aspirations and gain skills to become a successful entrepreneur working for yourself or in businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Boost your problem solving, leadership and creativity as you gain understanding of core business functions and apply that knowledge to various disciplines. Led by instructors with real business experience, this program can prepare you to start your journey as an entrepreneur or enhance your skills to optimize and expand operations for an existing small business in any industry.

You can choose four electives from an extensive list, including technology and communications courses, to tailor the program to your specific needs and interests. Depending on your electives, you’ll gain business and financial acumen encompassing end-to-end and peripheral business processes, including project management, accounting, human resources, marketing, digital literacy, supply chain and more. You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project, further developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration and organizational capabilities. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate.

When you finish this program, you have the opportunity to ladder into higher credentials at SAIT. Up to 27 credits from this certificate can be applied to our Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration programs (varies by major). Both programs have additional admission requirements and your timeline to complete a diploma or degree begins when you start the first certificate course.

Fast Facts


  • Available part-time
  • One-year certificate
  • Small class sizes: 40 students max.
  • Courses available face-to-face and online
  • Bring Your Own Device laptop-based program

Your Career (Career Opportunities)


Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):

  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business owner/operator
  • Business development or sales specialist
  • Human resources assistant
  • Operations manager
  • Junior project or product manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Customer service manager
  • Customer relations manager
  • Office manager

Student Success (Is this the right fit for me?)


To achieve success in this program, you should:

  • Be proactive, independent, and resourceful
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Be proficient in the use of a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office software
  • Spend 9-12 hours per week on each course, including in-class hours
  • Actively participate in all classes and activities
  • Become familiar and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • Be ready for a challenge and committed to keeping yourself on schedule

If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT’s programs.

Credentials


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Business and Entrepreneurship certificate.

Accreditation


Professional Designations and Certifications


Progression


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements


All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. There are no additional entrance requirements for this program.

Program Outline


This program consists of 30 credits (10 courses). MNGT 257 Business Certificate Capstone should be taken only after all other required courses and four elective courses have been completed.

Required Courses Order Recommendation


It is recommended that you complete the courses in the order that they are listed below.

Total Credits 30


Program Outcomes


1. Use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting.
2. Apply marketing theory and processes in a business environment.
3. Develop appropriate personal skills and professional behaviours to uphold general management practices.
4. Achieve project goals through teamwork.
5. Integrate information and communication technology to achieve efficient business practices.
6. Apply entrepreneurship and small business theory.
7. Demonstrate critical thinking, personal and professional leadership in business-related situations.

Graduate Outcomes (SGO)


A. Safety - Awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible Leadership - Personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-Initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - The exchange of information in a professional and effective manner

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information Literacy - The strategies used to become informed from recognizing an information need, to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically

  • Problem solving and/or Critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Technical competence specific to the discipline or industry

  • Specialized, technical skill set

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