Faculty of Business Administration

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

Admission

The Curriculum

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

Examination and Advancement

Academic Course Programme

Appeals Procedures


ADMISSION

1) Students should note that it is possible to enter Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each year. The deadline for applications for admission/re-admission to Term 1 of the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) programme is March 1. For all other terms the deadlines coincide with the General University deadlines for receipt of applications; ie. October 1 for Winter Semester, February 1 for Spring Semester.

2) Students who are seeking admission to Term 1 normally must have completed all of the courses required for admission by the end of the Winter Semester.

3) Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if a place is available in the Faculty of Business Administration.

4) Eligibility: To be eligible for admission to Term 1 an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of thirty credit hours in university courses with an overall average of at least 65% on the courses comprising those thirty credit hours. The thirty credit hours must comprise:

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 nine credit hours of which must be in courses chosen from the Faculties of Arts and/or Science**.

* 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) are strongly advised to include courses in a second language and courses in the subject of the intended Major programme.

5) Admission is competitive and selective. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to consider an alternate degree programme in the event that they are not accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) programme.

6) The primary criterion used in reaching decisions on applications for admission is overall academic achievement. Selection, therefore, will be based on a student's overall academic performance in addition to the average on the thirty credit hours required for admission. Students with weak overall academic records are unlikely to be admitted.

7) The Faculty recognizes that a candidate's academic performance may be viewed in the context of the individual's other interests, activities and accomplishments. Notwithstanding Clause 6 above, the Admissions Committee may consider extracurricular activities and achievements as factors in the admission decision. To assist the Admissions Committee in this area candidates for admission may complete and submit the Personal Information Form to support their application for admission.

8) Students may apply for admission for Advanced Standing up to and including Term 4. Students applying for admission to a term beyond Term 1 must have completed all of the courses required in the programme up to that term, including the courses required for admission to the programme.

9) Transfer students from other universities will be placed in that term of the programme judged to be appropriate considering equivalent credits, as determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Business Administration. In any event, such students must complete a minimum of two work periods.

10) Graduates of a three-year community college business diploma programme 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 the seven academic terms in the Co-operative Programme, in addition to the thirty credit hours required for admission, and shall normally be required to complete three work periods. The one hundred and eleven academic credit hours are distributed as follows: eighteen credit hours in each of the first two academic terms or semesters and fifteen credit hours in each of the last five academic terms.

2) Courses shall be taken in academic terms or "blocks" in the sequence, order and course load as set out in Table I -Academic Course Programme - The Co-operative Business Administration Programme. Academic terms and work periods shall be taken in the sequence as set out in Table II - Plan of Operation - The Co-operative Business Administration Programme. Exceptions to this prescribed programme, including specified course load, must have the approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty.

3) The usual curriculum of courses beyond the thirty credit hours normally required for admission and the work periods 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 fifteen of which must be in courses chosen from the Faculties of Arts and/or Science.
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.

4) Notwithstanding clauses 2) and 3) and General University Regulation D., students do not require special permission to register for courses while on work terms if the courses are in addition to the prescribed programme.

5) The need for a specific course(s) or work period 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 period requirement in question.

NOTE: Students should also refer to the General Regulations 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) programme may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts programme. Under those circumstances, regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) programme will be relaxed as follows. Notwithstanding clauses 3)e) and 3)f) of "The Curriculum" above, students in the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) programme who are concurrently completing the Bachelor of Arts degree will be permitted to make the following adjustments to those clauses:

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

f) No fewer than twenty-one credit hours, but no more than thirty-six 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 Programmes at the same time, students who are completing the joint degrees are strongly advised to follow the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Curriculum (Completed jointly with the Bachelor of Arts), Table 3.

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 and 8 below.

2) For promotion from each of Terms 1 through 7, the requirements are the achievement of a passing grade in at least twelve 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 Undergraduate Studies Committee, will be required to withdraw from the programme and will not be promoted.

3) Students who fail to achieve the standards outlined in paragraph (2) above, will be required to withdraw from the programme. They may be considered for re-admission after the lapse of two semesters, at which time they will normally be required to repeat the work of the term in 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 re-admission, students must formally apply for re-admission to the programme not later than the deadline date specified in Clause 1 of the Admission section of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative).

4) The Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty of Business Administration may promote a student notwithstanding promotion requirements listed in Clause 2 above. A decision of this nature will be made only for reasons acceptable to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, and in the case of a student thought likely to succeed in future terms.

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

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

6) A competition for work period employment is organized by Business Co-operative Education. Students may obtain their own work period 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 period. 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 period is the responsibility of Business Co-operative Education. The work period 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 period, a student must obtain PASS WITH DISTINCTION or PASS.

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

10) A student who has been required to withdraw from the programme as a result of failing to meet the requirements of either two academic terms or two work periods will not be eligible for re-admission to the programme.

11) Students are not permitted to drop work periods without prior approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies upon the recommendation of Business Co-operative Education. Students who drop a work period 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 period. Permission to drop a work period does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved work period in lieu of the one dropped.

NOTE: Students should also refer to the General Regulations of the University.

ACADEMIC COURSE PROGRAMME

The curriculum for academic terms 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 nine remaining credit hours from List A below not completed in Term I.

LIST A

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. Business Policy

Twelve credit hours chosen from List B below, not completed in Term 3 or 5.

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

LIST B

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

APPEALS PROCEDURES

All of the regulations above are subject to appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Chairperson, Committee on Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Business Administration and must clearly outline the grounds for the appeal.


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