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Applied Business Technology (online courses)


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The Applied Business Technology Online Collaborative Program is currently not accepting applications, as BC Campus is no longer admitting new students this program. Those students currently registered and close to completion should register for final courses as soon as possible, as BC Campus will only be supporting these courses until April 1, 2018. In future there may be a different delivery model, but, VCC has not been notified as yet.

The Applied Business Technology (ABT) Online Collaborative Program is a collaboration between ten BC and Yukon colleges and universities to consolidate ABT online courses and program delivery into one program, delivered completely online through BCcampus.

VCC’s Applied Business Technology certificate program prepares graduates for employment as administrative assistants, with the option of taking an accounting or an administration specialty.

Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to use effective oral and written communication techniques; demonstrate time management techniques by determining work priorities; and create, revise, and process business correspondence and documents. Students will use word processing, spreadsheet and graphics software to perform a variety of assignments to the professional standards expected in an office.




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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous Intake Varies ABT Accounting or Administration Specialty Online Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Use oral, written, and listening skills with customers, partners, and business associates in a manner that fosters professional practice
  • Design and create a variety of business correspondence to meet the needs of a small business
  • Generate professional business documents using Microsoft Office programs at an intermediate competency level
  • Type 50 gross words per minute on a 5-minute test with 5 errors or less
  • Apply standard bookkeeping procedures for a small business
  • Engage in collaborative and joint efforts to solve problems and manage projects
  • Exhibit professional and respectful behaviours with customers, partners, and business associates
  • Prioritize and organize tasks within the office for self and others
  • Administration Specialty: Design and create a variety of digital business and marketing publications to meet the communication needs of a small business
  • Accounting Specialty: Competently assist an accountant in a small or medium sized business or private company

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The Applied Business Technology certificate is offered 100% on-line part-time. Courses are accessed via a learning management system provided by BCcampus to the participating institutions. All course resources, activities, instruction, and communication take place in the BCcampus online learning environment. Instructional activities vary by course but typically include individual and collaborative group work.

Program Duration

Course durations range from two to fifteen weeks with an average of ten to twelve weeks. Program duration varies depending on how many courses a student takes in any given term. The ABT Program is offered over two terms each year. Each course is offered at least once annually and as many as ten times based on student demand. Depending on how many courses a student chooses to take simultaneously, the program may be completed in as short as two years. Students are required to complete the program within six years.

Evaluation of Student Learning

For most courses, students are evaluated by a series of weighted projects and on their level of active participation in the collaborative activities. Some courses require onsite examinations that can be invigilated at VCC or other locations, as approved by VCC. The minimum passing grade for each course is a “D". To be awarded a certificate, a student must have a final cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Credential

Upon successful completion, students will receive a VCC Certificate. There are two available certificates in the program: Accounting Specialty and Administration Specialty. Each specialty consists of the same 28.5 credits of core courses. The Accounting Specialty has an additional 3 courses (8 credits) for a total of 36.5 credits. The Administration Specialty has an additional 4 courses (7 credits) for a total of 35.5 credits.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 with a C, or equivalent

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

  • The department will offer PLAR of a student’s typing speed through a typing test conducted by the Assessment Centre. A successful student may be granted PLAR for Keyboarding 1 (ABUT 1024) and Keyboarding 2 (ABUT 1034) respectively. This is based on the gross words per minute required for each course.
  • The department may offer PLAR for other courses at the discretion of the department head, as approved by the Dean.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Comfort and familiarity with the basic functions of a computer and the Internet
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Ability to understand and follow written instructions
  • Good finger/hand dexterity for operating office equipment

It is recommended that students have access to the most current version of MS Office.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,497
Student Union Fee $29.77
College Initiative Fee $71.76
Other Costs
$21.22 - Graduation Fees
$99.88 - Campus Resource Fee
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(ABUT 1002) Human Relations
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1003) Business Math and Calculators
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1.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1006) Business English
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1007) Business Communications
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1008) Accounting 1
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1012) Records Management
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1013) Job Search
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1023) Online Learner Success
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1024) Keyboarding 1
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1.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1025) Introduction to Computers & Internet
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1025) Introduction to Computers & Internet
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2.0 credits course outline
(ABUT 1026) Spreadsheets 1
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1027) Outlook
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1028) Accounting 2
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3.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1029) Word Processing 1
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1030) Database
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1031) Presentation Software
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1032) Administrative Procedures
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1.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1034) Keyboarding 2
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1036) Spreadsheets 2
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1038) Computerized Accounting
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3.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1039) Word Processing 2
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1040) Integrated Projects Accounting
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1.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1051) Desktop Publishing
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2.0 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1052) Integrated Projects Administrative
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1.5 credits  course outline
(ABUT 1053) Website Design and Maintenance
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1.5 credits  course outline