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Business Leadership and Management Certificate


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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

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(LEAD 1101) Critical Thinking 0.5 credits    $194.13



The Conference Board of Canada has identified critical thinking as one of the most-desired leadership skills. Through case studies and current events, students learn to apply critical thinking at work and identify the immediate benefits to expect from different courses of action.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20004 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
28-Apr-2018
Brindle, Ann
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(LEAD 1110) Creative Thinking at Work 0.5 credits    $194.13



Leaders who think creatively are highly valued because of their ability to solve problems, save money, and overcome challenges like limited budgets or reduced staff. This course explores critical thinking by analyzing the creative process and discussing the benefits and potential dangers of challenging the rules.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20450 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
09-Jun-2018
Brindle, Ann
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(LEAD 1111) Stepping Up to Leadership 0.5 credits    $194.13



Becoming a leader requires learning new skills and developing an understanding of new roles. This course examines effective leadership techniques such as coaching, giving feedback, motivating, delegating, and problem solving. Students will return to work with an action plan for applying their new skills.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20053 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
26-May-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1113) Building a Productive Team 0.5 credits    $194.13



Building a productive team is the first step towards achieving the results desired by you and your employer. This course examines the characteristics of an effective team and discusses how strong teams build workplace synergy, increase productivity, improve work quality, and enhance morale.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20055 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
16-Jun-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1117) Skill Coaching 0.5 credits    $194.13



Teaching or modelling behaviours on the job is an essential element of coaching. Skill coaching involves assessing performance, providing advice/instruction, modelling, and providing timely feedback that enables employees to improve their performance. Participants learn to achieve results by using a systematic approach and to coach with different learning styles while gaining a repertoire of coaching methods.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20002 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
12-May-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1119) The Science and the Art of Leadership 0.5 credits    $194.13



Balancing science and art is integral to everyday leadership. Examine current views of the art of leadership, explore how organizations inspire innovation and change, and discover how personal values, beliefs, and ideas define a leader.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20455 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
05-May-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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(LEAD 1121) Team Coaching 0.5 credits    $194.13



Be a leader who coaches their team to resolve issues and business challenges. The leader-coach works with the team to create a common vision, develop a strategy, and appropriately delegate roles and responsibilities. Topics include: creating the team coaching environment, promoting understanding and effective action through directed questions, observing and critiquing team dynamics, discussing the “undiscussable”, and fostering team self-responsibility and accountability. Prerequisite: Coaching for High Performance (LEAD 1115).

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20451 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
02-Jun-2018
Duncan, Robert
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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
  20009 DTN Rm. 522
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
23-Apr-2018
to 18-Jun-2018
Des Lauriers, Rachael
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(LEAD 1151) Human Resource Management 2 credits    $396.50



Explores human resource processes and systems for supervisors, line managers, and entrepreneurs. Relevant for those who are management candidates within an organization or who want to learn business management skills for self-employment.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20452 DTN Rm. 826
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
25-Apr-2018
to 13-Jun-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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(LEAD 1153) Sales and Marketing Management 2 credits    $396.50



Focuses on critical topics such as team building, relationship selling, services and non-profit selling, global selling, the multicultural workplace, technology, small business, and increasing competition. Other important contemporary marketing topics explored include integration of e-commerce and estimating marketing demand.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20050 DTN Rm. 512
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
24-Apr-2018
to 12-Jun-2018
Markovitch, Joe
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(LEAD 1154) Business Ethics 2 credits    $396.50



Explores a variety of topics related business ethics and the ethical dilemmas encountered by managers. The emphasis is on the relationships between the various stakeholders involved in business situations: government issues, individual issues, group issues, corporations, and nations.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20048 DTN Rm. 828
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
26-Apr-2018
to 14-Jun-2018
Gawlick, Sonia
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(LEAD 1171) Training for High Performance 0.5 credits    $194.13



Essential for anyone involved in training. Examine the unique needs and characteristics of adult learners, key learning principles, and the role of the facilitator. Develop a set of hands-on tools for creating training programs that benefit management and employees.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20001 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
09-Jun-2018
Gannon, Dawn
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(MSKL 1103) Essential Management Skills 2 credits    $397.12



Examine the roles and responsibilities of managers: developing and implementing effective communication strategies, analyzing leadership styles and perspectives, and researching motivational strategies. Topics include performance management strategies, time management, conflict resolution, recruiting, interviewing, and time and stress management.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20453 DTN Rm. 208
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
25-Apr-2018
to 13-Jun-2018
Charette, Tracey
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Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Building a Productive Team (LEAD 1113)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Business Communication for Leaders (LEAD 1138)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Business Ethics (LEAD 1154)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Challenging Personalities (LEAD 1169)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
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 $194.13
Critical Thinking (LEAD 1101)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Essential Leadership Coaching Skills (LEAD 1116)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Essential Management Skills (MSKL 1103)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $397.12
Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders (LEAD 1108)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Finance (LEAD 1152)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
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 $396.50
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 N/A
Problem Solving and Action Planning (LEAD 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Sales and Marketing Management (LEAD 1153)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Skill Coaching (LEAD 1117)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Speak Up (LEAD 1109)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Stepping Up to Leadership (LEAD 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
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 $194.13
Team Skills (MSKL 1102)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
The Coach's Toolkit (LEAD 1120)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
The Science and the Art of Leadership (LEAD 1119)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Training for High Performance (LEAD 1171)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Using Leadership Language (LEAD 1112)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A


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