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Business Leadership and Management Certificate


Leadership positions are complex, requiring specialized skills and an understanding of many roles. VCC’s Business Leadership and Management Certificate program combines leadership and management courses that equip emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence that enable them to successfully lead, supervise, and manage in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. Required courses focus on timely and topical foundation themes while electives highlight issues related to proven leadership practices and skills to help achieve leadership potential.

This program positions graduates for career advancement by teaching them how to maximize their leadership potential in a business environment while meeting the knowledge and skills base desired by industry. Graduates may ladder into BCIT’s part-time certificate programs in Leadership, Human Resource Management, or Business Management.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Ongoing 1 - 3 years Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Business Leadership and Management Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Advance organizational objectives and meet challenges by communicating effectively in a variety of settings.
  • Explain management’s responsibility to act ethically in regard to relevant stakeholders and the environment.
  • Demonstrate critical business thinking in leadership and management.
  • Use accounting principles, financial strategies, and investment options to analyze and maximize the financial health of a business.
  • Evaluate leadership theories and perspectives with awareness of their own strengths and areas needing development.
  • Apply human resource processes and systems for supervisors, line managers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Describe the issues arising from government policies, ethics, marketing, finance and economics, and the overall components of business operations.
  • Apply sales and marketing strategies and concepts such as team building, relationship selling, services and non-profit selling, global selling, the multicultural workplace, technology, small business, and increasing competition.

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses involve lectures, presentations, discussions, practical examples, and individual and group work. Learning will be enhanced through a variety of interactive classroom activities, collaborative activities, and case studies. The interactive and practical exercises give students the opportunity to take an active role and “learn by doing.”

PROGRAM DURATION

The Business Leadership and Management Certificate is comprised of 17 credits. Students must complete the five required courses (10 credits) and fulfill the remaining credits through elective courses chosen from other Business Certificate Programs.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Evaluation of each course is determined by the instructor and may include a combination of practical assignments, tests, projects, presentations, and reflections.

Required courses include assignments/tests.

Elective courses require completion of an assignment after each session. Students who successfully complete the required assignment will receive an "S".

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, the student will receive their Vancouver Community College Business Leadership and Management Certificate.

Graduates may ladder into BCIT’s part-time certificate programs in Leadership, Human Resource Management, or Business Management.


REQUIRED COURSE(S)

  • LEAD 1150 Introduction to Business
  • LEAD 1151 Human Resource Management
  • LEAD 1152 Finance
  • LEAD 1153 Sales and Marketing Management
  • LEAD 1154 Business Ethics

ELECTIVE COURSE(S):

Two of the following from the Management Skills for Supervisors Certificate:
  • MSKL 1101 Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • MSKL 1102 Team Skills
  • MSKL 1103 Essential Management Skills
Four of the following from the Leadership Certificate:
  • LEAD 1101 Critical Thinking
  • LEAD 1102 Managing Change
  • LEAD 1104 Problem Solving and Action Planning
  • LEAD 1105 From Conflict to Collaboration
  • LEAD 1108 Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders
  • LEAD 1109 Speak Up!
  • LEAD 1110 Creative Thinking at Work
  • LEAD 1111 Stepping Up to Leadership
  • LEAD 1112 Using Leadership Language
  • LEAD 1113 Building a Productive Team
  • LEAD 1114 Finding Time for Results
  • LEAD 1119 The Science and the Art of Leadership
  • LEAD 1138 Business Communication for Leaders
  • LEAD 1169 Challenging Personalities
  • LEAD 1171 Training for High Performance
Two of the following from the Associate Certificate in Leadership Coaching:
  • LEAD 1115 Coaching for High Performance
  • LEAD 1116 Essential Leadership Coaching Skills
  • LEAD 1117 Skill Coaching
  • LEAD 1118 Taking your Leadership Coaching to the Next Level
  • LEAD 1120 The Coach's Toolkit
  • LEAD 1121 Team Coaching

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

These courses do not have additional admission requirements and are open to individuals who wish to take one or more courses.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Highly motivated
  • Able to work well in a structured environment
  • Ability to work with confidence independently and on a team
  • Ability to reflect on their own practice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • High performance standards
  • Initiator, self-starter
  • Flexible, adaptable

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Program Coordinator: Joy Dalla-Tina, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8383

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

(LEAD 1102) Managing Change 0.5 credits    $194.13



The only constant in life is change, which can be overwhelming. This course examines the business and human sides of change, presenting strategies for addressing employees' emotions during times of transition. Students explore their own role in the process by analyzing their personal reactions to change while learning the steps of communicating change, how to deal with employee resistance, and how to increase team commitment to change.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10125 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
24-Mar-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1104) Problem Solving and Action Planning 0.5 credits    $194.13



Effective leaders successfully resolve complex problems, whether working individually or on a team. This course analyzes the steps of problem solving, develops interpersonal skills for integrating teams or groups into the process, and discusses how to use a solution to create an action plan.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10422 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
17-Feb-2018
Brindle, Ann
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(LEAD 1112) Using Leadership Language 0.5 credits    $194.13



Poor communication is one of the most common causes of workplace problems. This course examines communication in organizations, improves awareness of key issues in organizational communication, and outlines the three key behaviours that enable teams to function effectively. Students examine the impact of perception on communication, analyze four common leadership communication styles, and learn the art of style flexing to achieve results when communicating, negotiating, or delegating.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10123 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
27-Jan-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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(LEAD 1120) The Coach's Toolkit 0.5 credits    $194.13



Leadership coaching is built on a foundation of specialized tools and skills, each of which is demonstrated and practiced in short exercises involving coaching situations. Tools and skills covered include: creating the coaching environment, building support in the workplace, and a set of practical resources to support the coaching partnership. Prerequisite: Coaching for High Performance (LEAD 1115)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10077 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
03-Feb-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1138) Business Communication for Leaders 0.5 credits    $194.13



Learn the importance of effective communication in today's modern, multicultural business world. Examine communication between small groups, teams, and cultures while learning powerful communication skills that contribute to success at work.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10076 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
24-Feb-2018
Khullar, Sid
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(LEAD 1150) Introduction to Business 2 credits    $396.50



This overview of business operations in Canada provides essential knowledge for all managers and staff. Participants examine issues that arise from government policies, ethics, marketing, finance and economics, and the overall components of business operations. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10082 DTN Rm. 423
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
23-Jan-2018
to 13-Mar-2018
Gannon, Dawn
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(LEAD 1152) Finance 2 credits    $396.50



An introduction to financial decision-making for students with little or no familiarity with accounting or finance principles. Curriculum focuses on investment, operating, and financial management decision-making. Participants will learn how to analyze and plan for the financial health of a business using accounting principles, as well as analyze effective financial strategies and investment options for business. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10127 DTN Rm. 208
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
25-Jan-2018
to 15-Mar-2018
Gawlick, Sonia
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(LEAD 1169) Challenging Personalities 0.5 credits    $194.13



Personalities and communication styles often can’t be changed, but one can learn to work with them effectively. Gain a better understanding of why we get along with some, but run into conflict with, avoid, or feel put down by others. Students will explore techniques that enable them to feel less threatened, more powerful, and more confident.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10080 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
03-Mar-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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(MSKL 1102) Team Skills 2 credits    $395.44



Students identify their personal leadership style and analyze its impact on team performance. Examine how teams develop and move effectively through each stage, what motivates and demotivates a team, which tools and skills to use when addressing critical challenges, how to facilitate effective meetings, and how to identify and minimize the stressors that affect a team.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10093 DTN Rm. 526
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
24-Jan-2018
to 14-Mar-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Building a Productive Team (LEAD 1113)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Business Communication for Leaders (LEAD 1138)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Business Ethics (LEAD 1154)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Challenging Personalities (LEAD 1169)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Coaching for High Performance (LEAD 1115)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Creative Thinking at Work (LEAD 1110)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Critical Thinking (LEAD 1101)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Essential Leadership Coaching Skills (LEAD 1116)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Essential Management Skills (MSKL 1103)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders (LEAD 1108)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Finance (LEAD 1152)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Finding Time for Results (LEAD 1114)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
From Conflict to Collaboration (LEAD 1105)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Human Resource Management (LEAD 1151)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Interpersonal Communication Skills (MSKL 1101)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Introduction to Business (LEAD 1150)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Managing Change (LEAD 1102)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Problem Solving and Action Planning (LEAD 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Sales and Marketing Management (LEAD 1153)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Skill Coaching (LEAD 1117)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Speak Up (LEAD 1109)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Stepping Up to Leadership (LEAD 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Taking Your Leadership Coaching to the Next Level (LEAD 1118)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Team Coaching (LEAD 1121)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Team Skills (MSKL 1102)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $395.44
The Coach's Toolkit (LEAD 1120)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
The Science and the Art of Leadership (LEAD 1119)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Training for High Performance (LEAD 1171)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Using Leadership Language (LEAD 1112)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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