Faculty of Business Administration

REGULATIONS FOR THE GENERAL DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE)

Admission Modes and Requirements

The Curriculum

Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Bachelor of Arts

Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Minor or Cognate from Another Academic Unit

Examination and Advancement

Academic Course Program


ADMISSION MODES AND REQUIREMENTS

Direct Entry (for High School Students)

Students may apply for admission into first year of the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program (Terms A/B) directly from high school by indicating this in the appropriate place on their Undergraduate Application for Admission/Readmission to Memorial University of Newfoundland. Direct entry from high school is subject to the applicant’s final acceptance to the University and admissibility into either Mathematics 1000 or 1090. Terms A/B normally starts in September.

Advanced Standing (for Current Memorial Students)

1) Students may apply for admission with Advanced Standing into terms beyond Terms A/B up to and including Term 4. Students applying for admission to a term beyond Terms A/B must have completed all of the courses required in the program up to that term, including the courses required in Terms A/B, with grades high enough to have met promotion requirements. Students applying for admission with advanced standing must complete and submit to the Office of the Registrar the Application For Admission to the Faculty of Business Administration, normally on or before the deadlines specified in the University Diary for the semester in which they intend to begin their program.

2) Admission with Advanced Standing is competitive and selective. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to consider an alternate degree program in the event that they are not accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program.

3) The primary criterion used in reaching decisions on applications for admission with advanced standing is overall academic achievement. Selection, therefore, will be based on a student's overall academic performance. Students with weak overall academic records are unlikely to be admitted.

Transfers From Other Post-Secondary Institutions

1) Students who are transferring from other universities must apply for admission to the University on or before the deadlines specified in the University Diary for the semester in which they intend to begin their program, to allow sufficient time for the evaluation of transfer credits. Subject to items 2) and 3) under Advanced Standing (for Current Memorial Students) above, transfer students from other universities will be placed in that Term of the program judged by the Admissions Committee of the Faculty to be appropriate considering equivalent credits. Regardless of the Term into which they are admitted, transfer students must complete a minimum of two work terms.

2) Subject to items 2) and 3) under Advanced Standing (for Current Memorial Students) above, graduates of a three-year community college business diploma program may be considered for admission into Term 3. Space for Term 3 admissions is limited and competitive and admission decisions will be based on overall academic performance. Specific course requirements will be determined on an individual basis at the time of admission.

THE CURRICULUM

1) Every candidate shall complete nine academic terms in the Co-operative Program and shall normally be required to complete three work terms. The 141 academic credit hours are distributed as follows: 30 credit hours over the course of Terms A/B, 18 credit hours in each of Terms 1 and 2, and 15 credit hours in each of Terms 3 through 7.

2) Students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program must complete courses in academic terms or "blocks" in the sequence, order and course load as set out in Table I -Academic Course Program - The Co-operative Business Administration Program. Academic and Work Terms shall be taken in the sequence as set out in Table II - Plan of Operation - The Co-operative Business Administration Program. Exceptions to this prescribed program, including specified course load, must have the approval of the Admissions Committee or of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty.

3) By the end of the Winter semester of their first year, Terms A/B students must have successfully completed the following 30 credit hours:

a)    Six credit hours in English courses*;
b)    Mathematics 1000;
c)    Economics 2010 and 2020;
d)    Business 1000;
e)    Twelve additional credit hours in non-Business courses, at least 9 credit hours of which must be in courses chosen from the Faculties of Arts and/or Science** and/ or the School of Music.

* It is strongly recommended that students complete English 1110, Comprehension, Writing and Prose Style, as one of these English courses.

** Students who wish to complete the joint degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) [see entry immediately following THE CURRICULUM below] are strongly advised to include courses in a second language and courses in the subject of the intended Major program. Students who wish to complete the joint degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science [see entry immediately following JOINT DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE) AND BACHELOR OF ARTS below] must complete Computer Science 1700, 3 more credit hours in Mathematics and are strongly advised to complete 3 additional credit hours in Science electives.

4) The usual curriculum of courses and work terms beyond the 30 credit hours required in Terms A/B is as follows:

a)    Computer Science 2801
b)    Statistics 2500
c)    Economics 3150
d)    Fifty-one credit hours in core Business Administration courses
e)    Thirty credit hours in elective Business Administration courses, including non-Business courses prescribed for a concentration
f)    Twenty-one credit hours in non-Business courses, at least 15 of which must be in courses chosen from the Faculties of Arts and/or Science and/or the School of Music.
g)    Three work terms of four months duration each.

Unspecified credits may not be used to fulfil the requirements outlined in a), b), c), d), and g) above.

5) Notwithstanding clauses 2) and 4) and General Academic Regulation (Undergraduate) 1.1.3, students do not require special permission to register for courses while on work terms if the courses are in addition to the prescribed program.

6) The need for a specific course(s) or work term requirement may be waived by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty for students who apply for exemption from the course(s) or work term requirement in question.

NOTE: Students should also refer to the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - GENERAL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS (UNDERGRADUATE) of the University.

JOINT DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE) AND BACHELOR OF ARTS

Any student who is admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts program. Under those circumstances, regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program will be relaxed as follows. Notwithstanding clauses 4) e) and 4) f) of “The Curriculum” above, students in the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program who are concurrently completing the Bachelor of Arts degree will be permitted to make the following adjustments to those clauses:

a) No fewer than 15 credit hours, but no more than 30 credit hours, in Business electives, including non-Business courses prescribed for a concentration.

b) No fewer than 21 credit hours, but no more than 36 credit hours, in elective courses chosen from the Faculty of Arts.

THESE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE NORMAL CURRICULUM WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH THE BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE) DEGREE AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE AT THE SAME CONVOCATION. In order to meet all of the requirements of both degree Programs at the same time, students who are completing the joint degrees are strongly advised to follow the Table III, Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Curriculum (Completed jointly with the Bachelor of Arts). 

JOINT DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE) AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Any student who is admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree. Under those circumstances, regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program will be relaxed as follows. Notwithstanding clauses 4) a), e) and f) of “The Curriculum” above, students in the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program who are concurrently completing the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree will be permitted to make the following adjustments to those clauses:

a) Computer Science 2801 will not be required.

b) No fewer than 15 credit hours, but no more than 30 credit hours, in Business electives, including non-Business courses prescribed for a concentration.

c) No fewer than 21 credit hours, but no more than 36 credit hours, in elective courses chosen from the Faculty of Science.

THESE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE NORMAL CURRICULUM WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH THE BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (CO-OPERATIVE) DEGREE AND THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES AT THE SAME CONVOCATION. In order to meet all of the requirement of both degree Programs at the same time, students who are completing the joint degrees are strongly advised to follow the Table IV, Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Curriculum (Completed jointly with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science).

MINOR OR COGNATE FROM ANOTHER ACADEMIC UNIT

1) A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program may, using all of the non-Business electives required in the curriculum, complete a minor within the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, the School of Music, or offered at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Regulations for the minor are given under the Calendar entries for the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the School of Music, and under the Calendar entry for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

2) A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program may pursue a minor (or equivalent) in other non-business academic units (where minor program exist) with i) permission of that academic unit and ii) permission of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Business Administration.

EXAMINATION AND ADVANCEMENT

1) The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Business Administration constitutes the examining body for all examinations in Business courses. In addition, the standing of every student will be assessed by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies in accordance with the promotion requirements outlined in Clauses 2, 3, and 8 below.

2) Students in Terms A/B will be considered for promotion to Term 1 at the end of the Winter semester of their first year. At that time, for promotion from Terms A/B, students must have successfully completed the 30 credit hours prescribed in 3) of THE CURRICULUM above, with an overall average on those 30 credit hours of at least 65%. Students who do not satisfy these requirements will be required to withdraw from the program and will not be promoted to Term 1.

Students who have been required to withdraw following Terms A/B may be considered for readmission to the program in accordance with the entry under ADMISSION MODES AND REQUIREMENTS above, with the heading Advanced Standing (for Current Memorial Students).

A required withdrawal for failure to meet the promotion requirements from Terms A/B will not be reflected on a student’s transcript.

3) For promotion from each of Terms 1 through 7, the requirements are the achievement of a passing grade in at least 12 credit hours and an overall average of at least 60% in those courses required in each academic term.

Students in an academic term who do not maintain the appropriate course load as outlined in Clause 2 of "The Curriculum," with the approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, will be required to withdraw from the program and will not be promoted.

Students completing Terms 1 through 7 who fail to achieve these standards will be required to withdraw from the program. A required withdrawal from any of Terms 1 through 7 will be reflected on a student’s transcript.

Students who have been required to withdraw following any one of Terms 1 through 7 may be considered for readmission after the lapse of two semesters, at which time they will normally be required to repeat the term which they failed, unless, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, Faculty of Business Administration, a more meaningful course of study would be appropriate.

In order to be considered for readmission, students must formally apply for readmission to the program not later than the deadlines specified in the University Diary for the semester in which they wish to recommence their program.

4) The Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Business Administration may promote a student notwithstanding promotion requirements listed in Clause 3 above. A decision of this nature will be made only for reasons acceptable to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, and in the case of a student thought likely to succeed in future terms.

5) Work terms are scheduled in the "Plan of Operation - The Co-operative Business Administration Program". The dates for starting and finishing each work term are shown in the University Diary.

Successful completion of the work term requirements is a prerequisite to graduation.

6) A competition for work term employment is organized by Business Co-operative Education.

Students may obtain their own work term jobs outside the competition. Such jobs must be confirmed by letter from the employer and approved by Business Co-operative Education on or before the first day of the work period.

By entering the competition, students give permission for Business Co-operative Education to supply their university transcripts to potential employers.

7) A work report on a topic approved by Business Co-operative Education must be submitted for each work term. This report must be approved by the employer and submitted to Business Co-operative Education on or before the deadline scheduled by Business Co-operative Education. Evidence of the student's ability to gather material relating to the report, analyze it effectively, and present it in a clear, logical and concise form, will be required in the report. Late reports will not be graded unless prior permission for a late report has been given by Business Co-operative Education.

8) The overall evaluation of the work term is the responsibility of Business Co-operative Education. The work term shall consist of two components:

Student performance as evaluated by a co-ordinator, given input from the employer, and a work report graded by a co-ordinator or a member of faculty.

Evaluation of the work term will result in the assignment of one of the following final grades:

a) Pass with Distinction: Indicates EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE in BOTH the work report and work performance. The student is commended for his/her outstanding performance in each of the required components; pass with distinction has been awarded to each of the work report and work performance.

b) Pass: Indicates that PERFORMANCE MEETS EXPECTATIONS in both the work report and work performance. The student fully meets the requirements of a passing work report and completely satisfactory work term performance.

c) Fail: Indicates FAILING PERFORMANCE in the work report and/or the work performance.

For promotion from the work term, a student must obtain PASS WITH DISTINCTION or PASS.

If a student fails to achieve the standards outlined above, the student will be required to withdraw from the program and may be considered for readmission after the lapse of two semesters, at which time the student will be required to complete a further work term with satisfactory performance before being admitted to any further academic term in the Faculty.

9) A student who has been required to withdraw from the program as a result of failing to meet the requirements of either two academic terms or two work terms will not be eligible for readmission to the program.

10) Students are not permitted to drop work terms without prior approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies upon the recommendation of Business Co-operative Education. Students who drop a work term without permission, or who fail to honour an agreement to work with an employer, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause their discharge from the job, will normally be awarded a failed grade for that work term. Permission to drop a work term does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved work term in lieu of the one dropped.

NOTE: Students should also refer to the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - GENERAL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS (UNDERGRADUATE) of the University.

ACADEMIC COURSE PROGRAM (following promotion from Terms A/B to Term 1)

The curriculum for academic terms following promotion from Terms A/B is as follows:

NOTE: Also refer to Table I.

Term 1
Business 1101. Principles of Accounting
Business 1201. Principles of Marketing
Statistics 2500. Statistics for Business and Arts Students I
   
Nine credit hours from List A below.

Term 2
Business 2101. Managerial Accounting
Business 2201. Marketing Applications
Business 2301. Organizational Behaviour

The 9 remaining credit hours from List A below not completed in Term I.

LIST A
∙    Business 1600. Introduction to Entrepreneurship
∙    Business 2000. Business Communications
∙    Business 2401. Quantitative Methods for Business
∙    Computer Science 2801. Introduction to Computing for Business
∙    Six credit hours in non-Business electives**.

Term 3
Business 3320. Introduction to Labour Relations
Business 3401. Operations Management
Business 3700. Information Systems
Six elective credit hours from List B below.

Term 4
Business 4000. Business Law I
Business 4320. Introduction to Personnel and Human Resource Management
Business 4401. Management Science
Business 4500. Financial Management I
Economics 3150. Money and Banking

Term 5
Business 5301. Organizational Theory
Twelve credit hours chosen from List B below, not completed in Term 3.

Term 6
Business 7000. Organizational Strategy
Twelve credit hours chosen from List B below, not completed in Term 3 or 5.

Term 7
The remaining 15 credit hours from List B below, not completed in Terms 3, 5, and 6.

LIST B
∙    Thirty credit hours in Business electives, including non-Business courses prescribed for a concentration.
∙    Fifteen credit hours in non-Business electives**.

**Of the 21 credit hours in non-Business electives required, at least 15 must be chosen from the Faculties of Arts and/or Science.


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