BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Administrative Studies Diploma

Department: BUSINESS
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Diploma
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September, January

Administrative Studies Diploma

Business Administration provides programs designed to assist individuals and communities to meet the leadership and management challenges of business and Indigenous self-sufficiency and self-government.

Learners will be equipped with:

  • A combination of general organizational knowledge, and specific technical analytical and management skills;

  • Encouraged to develop a management style consistent with traditional and/or current Indigenous values, beliefs, cultures and customs; and

  • Enriched with the practical knowledge that comes from working in Indigenous organizations and qualified to transfer certain courses into advanced studies of management and business in a variety of university degree programs.


Learners must have completed the Administrative Studies Certificate. Learners must complete 7 required courses and 3 electives (one must be from Administrative Studies), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Diploma Completion Plan
Students must have completed the Business Administration Certificate. Students must complete 8 required courses and 2 electives (one must be from Administrative Studies), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00: Year 2 Diploma course completion plan
  • BUSM-207 - Introduction To Statistics
  • BUSM-210 - Accounting II
  • BUSM-211 - Introduction to Finance
  • BUSM-223 - Human Resources Management
  • BUSM-255 - Small Business Development
  • BUSM-260 - Management Information Systems
  • BUSM-294 - Business Law
  • ECON-102 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Course Listing for this program

    BUSM-207 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Statistics
    This course is designed for students who require a course in statistical concepts, principles and methods in preparation for working with statistical studies and analyzing data in their chosen field of study. The focus of this course will be on the logic and interpretation of statistical concepts and techniques in business settings. Much work will be required. This course introduces the student to basic statistical methods for analyzing both a quantitative and qualitative information, including graphic methods, sampling, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The relationship of statistics to research methods is discussed, applications to business decisions is stressed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 200 / MATH-057 / ENGL-060 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, and/or Foundations of Math 11 or permission of instructor.
    BUSM-210 - Credits: 3.000
    Accounting II
    BUSM 210 is a continuation of the introduction to fundamental accounting concepts and techniques. Topics include plant assets, depreciation methods, current and long-term liabilities, partnership accounting, bonds and shareholders equity. The statement of changes in financial position is studied in depth, and financial analysis and consolidations are introduced. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ADMN 115 / MATH-057 / ENGL-060 / ACED 115 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, and/or Foundations of Math 11
    BUSM-211 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Finance
    The objective of this course is to develop a framework within which financial decisions can be examined. This framework broadly covers the theoretical foundations of finance, the Canadian institutional framework and the techniques used in financial management. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 210 / BUSM-207 / STAT-203 / MATH-120 / MATH-110 / BUSM 200
    Corequisites: corequisite or prerequisite / BUSM 207
    BUSM-223 - Credits: 3.000
    Human Resources Management
    An introduction to personnel management including organization of the personnel functions; recruitment and selection, interviewing and counseling, job descriptions and evaluation, compensation and salary administration, management development and performance appraisal, training and staffing planning, safety and occupational health. The course places particular emphasis on the practical applications of personnel policies and procedures, on personnel's relationship to management and management's responsibilities to employees. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor / BUSM 222
    BUSM-255 - Credits: 3.000
    Small Business Development
    This course is specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge required in starting-up and successfully operating a small business. Topics include business structures, location and market assessment considerations, business plans and methods of financing, government obligations, franchising, strategic planning and control. Case studies and simulation are used in the course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 250 / or permission of instructor. / ACED 115
    BUSM-260 - Credits: 3.000
    Management Information Systems
    An introduction to the theory and methodology of structured analysis and design of business information systems. Among the many topics introduced are: the systems development cycle, problem definition and evaluation of existing systems, characteristics of good system design, systems control, evaluation of benefits and alternatives, systems documentation, conversion and testing, implementation, follow-up and evaluation. Throughout, human relations are emphasized as well as the goals, methodology, and particular tools and techniques of a top-down approach to analysis and design of business systems. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ADMN 165 / or permission of instructor.
    BUSM-294 - Credits: 3.000
    Business Law
    This course introduces students to fundamental legal concepts, principles, and issues that are relevant to Canadian business. It promotes an understanding of how these legal concepts and issues are applied to specific problems in business. Topics include an introduction to the Canadian legal system, the law of torts, and the law of contracts. An in-depth investigation is then made in specific areas of contract and business law, including: sale of goods, contracts, employment contracts, the law of agency, corporations, secured transactions, the law of real property and mortgages, and negotiable instruments. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH-057 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12; and/or Foundations of Math 11; or permission of instructor
    ECON-102 - Credits: 3.000
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    Topics include the determination of national income, production and employment, economic goals of government and the Bank of Canada, the limitation of monetary and fiscal policy in dealing with Canada's unemployment, inflation and balance of payments problems. Keynesian policy, monetarism and supply side economics will be studied in detail. Online data from key Canadian institutions including Statistics Canada and Bank of Canada will be used to complement and deepen student knowledge of the course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 059 / or B or better in Foundations of MATH 11; or permission of instructor.

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