KEY FACTS

Program length:

4 years

Program Tuition Fees:

Domestic Fees

International Fees

Intakes:

Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)

Delivery:

Online

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This program is also available on campus.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BABC) is an interdisciplinary program that will develop your knowledge of media, cultural studies and business alongside theoretical and practical skills. The communication methods learned and media training students get throughout this course are relevant to careers in professional writing, journalism, public relations, communications, and advertising.

Graduates of the online BABC program will be able to:
  • Use communication theories to assess basic issues in cultural contexts
  • Critique communication media influence on audience perceptions of issues, events, products and services.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and integration of all types of media and communications.
  • Demonstrate communication-oriented research and information seeking strategies.
  • Create ethically and legally sound content for a variety of forms of media and markets.
  • Integrate media and content to communicate persuasively to specific audiences.
  • Apply communication methods to business problems and contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reflection skills in course deliverables.
  • Work productively in a collaborative environment.

Benefits of studying online

Studying online comes with a variety of benefits. You can choose flexible hours to fit around any commitments you may have, be it personal or professional. With video lectures, and all course materials provided, you won’t feel any less prepared than those who’ve studied on campus.

Online study is becoming increasingly popular because of the increased flexibility it offers. Studying online means that you can work on professional development while obtaining an academic qualification. This will make you more prepared when it comes to securing employment in a managerial position.

Why study Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication online?

  • Access to online resources to help with your studies
  • Learn from dedicated and experienced lecturers, who provide online support
  • Access to an international network of students
  • Great flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with other commitments
  • Benefit from progression in your professional and personal life

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication content is delivered online via:

Location
  • Online
Schedule
  • No scheduled classes.
  • Asynchronous, self-paced learning so you can study around your work, family and busy life.
  • All course materials are made available at the start of term, except exams & quizzes, so students can manage their time and plan accordingly.
Attendance
  • Weeks 1-10: Students access course content online and complete tasks.
  • Weeks 11-12: Students complete review activities and final assessments (examinations).
  • Instructors consider student participation in forum discussions and completion of online activities when taking attendance in the MyUCW Student Portal.
Participation
  • Students participate in Online Applied Interactive Activities (minimum 4 hours per week) with instructors and classmates through discussion forums and by completing other individual or group activities.
Course Content
  • Syllabus
  • Course materials provided plus additional items added by the instructor, textbooks, PPT slides, readings, videos, etc. in the MyUCW Student Portal. All course materials made available at start of term except exams & quizzes.
Instructional Activities 
  • Applied Online Interactive Activities: recorded mini lectures, case studies, simulations, discussion forums, homework, assignments, tasks, projects, etc.
Interaction
  • Students can ask questions through discussion forums in MyUCW and emails to instructors, or during scheduled virtual office hours.
  • 2 hours of scheduled virtual office hours per week per course section.
Assessment
  • Diversified assessments: group projects/presentations, assignments, quizzes & examinations, etc.
  • Quizzes and examinations are proctored by Examity (online invigilation platform).
  • Assignments are submitted through Turnitin for Academic Integrity.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BABC) offers a scaffolded sequence of courses in business and communications. At the same time, it integrates courses in media studies to create an interdisciplinary degree that provides a sound background for work in media and communications organizations and other communications-related business careers. Team activities are an intrinsic part of many courses given that building team skills are essential for real world success. Courses are provided in both the online and face-to-face learning environments.

New student oRientation (NSO)

Through this orientation students come to understand their academic expectations, requirements, and rights and responsibilities at University Canada West. Students will learn how to access the university services and systems that they need to be successful in their studies. Orientation includes practices of information literacy, academic integrity, critical thinking, and academic writing.

ENGL 100 – Academic Writing

To succeed in academic environments, students must be able to communicate effectively in writing. Students apply principles of rhetoric and critical thinking to readings drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. They read closely and analyze different types of essays (e.g., narrative, expository, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, persuasive) in terms of how each best engages different types of audiences and contexts. They develop sound writing skills through a recursive approach that employs pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading and practice essential research strategies.

BUSI 100 – Business Fundamentals

Business is one of the fundamental units of society. Students examine different forms of business organization, primary organizational structures, operational divisions, business processes, business finance, risk, corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employee management. They also explore typical business functions and the role of managers in production, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance in a Canadian context including a consideration of Canadian business law and ethics.

COMM 102 – Mass Media & Society

Contemporary culture is developed and transmitted through mass communication. Students review mass communication’s vital role in society through discussion of media institutions, theories, practices, professional fields, and effects on society, groups and individuals. Students learn to observe and critique the impact of mass communications on society.

CPSC 111 – Business Analytics

Excel is a powerful data analytic tool and businesses whether big or small use it. This introductory course in the use of Excel in business analytics is designed to provide a working knowledge of Excel with the aim of applying it in more advanced topics in business statistics. This hands-on course teaches operations such as reading data in Excel, using various data formats, organizing and manipulating data using Pivot tables, Charts, What-if Analysis, Formulas and Functions, Templates, Inspection, Macros and developing programs using VBA.

COMM 105 – Conversational Writing Tools

This course takes a hands-on approach using a real time case scenario. Students acquire new conversational communications skills and apply them to real-world business projects. Classes will be a mix of lecture, demonstration, and classroom practice with lots of feedback.

COMM 140 – Business Communications

Students are equipped to compose written documents and presentations that will help them succeed in the workplace. They analyze context and audience, determine purpose and message content, and integrate effective visual design and media in order to create written workplace communication. These include writing of correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social and digital media communications, and technical descriptions as well as the preparation and performance of oral presentations for use in the workplace as well as the classroom.

ECON 105 – Economics for Business

Economics is a branch of social sciences that studies human behavior and how we respond to scarcity. This course covers the core principles of economics in relation to how individuals, firms, and societies make decisions under scarcity. Focusing on various market structures, students explore how markets work, when they work efficiently, and when governments need to intervene. Students investigate introductory UCW Academic Calendar 2021-2022 69 microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, critically analyze current economic affairs, and employ their economic way of thinking in their professional careers.

Electives

Tier 1 students must take three 100 or 200-level electives.

MRKT 201 – Marketing Management

Marketing is one of the fundamentals of all businesses. Students learn the fundamentals of marketing and explore the relationships between companies, their customers and their competition. They examine concepts integral to the field of marketing including marketing environment, customer behaviour, marketing research, UCW Academic Calendar 2021-2022 73 product analysis, distribution, pricing and promotion strategies. Students apply these concepts to solve marketing problems.

BUSI 201 – Business Environment

Businesses function in social contexts that include many interests. This course introduces students to the marketplace and the many forces and interest groups that influence the outcome of business or organizational activity. These include government policies, globalization, and ecological issues. Students will learn to assess stakeholder interests and identify ethical issues.Prerequisite: BUSI 100

COMM 205 – Writing for Media

Writing for communications and news media requires an understanding of audiences, format and structure, attribution and style. This course introduces the process and practice of writing for news media, and how that news writing style is also used in communications and public relations writing. Students create a variety of writing samples to apply their learning.

CPSC 311 – Data Visualization & Storytelling 

The adoption of big data in enterprises has led to a growing need for data visualizations and storytelling across all industry sectors. This beginner-friendly course discusses the fundamentals of data visualization, exploratory data analysis and effective communication with data. Upon successful completion of the course, students will appreciate both the science and art of data visualization and will acquire hands-on experience working with popular visualization techniques and tools. Furthermore, this course will give students the skills they need to leverage data to discover patterns and trends and produce valuable insights from real-world datasets. Prerequisite: CPSC 111

COMM 260 – Content Creation

This course has an applied and experiential orientation. It builds on the foundation of knowledge acquired in COMM 105 – Conversational Writing Tools as students advance in their communications degree. Students apply conversational writing tools at a professional level for publication as online blog postings, business newsletters and social media promotions. Students further develop their Canadian Press style skills. All content created in this course culminates in a portfolio students can present to prospective employers. Students work in teams and independently. The course may also involve work with an outside organization.

MRKT 223 – Digital Marketing Strategy

The rapid evolution of digital technologies has complicated the customer journey and demand for digital marketing skills. Students are introduced to the concepts, channels and tactics involved in designing an integrated digital marketing strategy. Students apply these skills to the task of assisting an organization to acquire, engage and retain customers in the digital age. They learn how to develop an integrated digital marketing strategy from its formulation to implementation.

PHIL 210 – Business Ethics

Students examine the role of organizations in the society and their impact on various stakeholders. The importance of ethics and social responsibility of business is discussed through course materials, additional readings and assignments. Students explore decision-making dilemmas that managers and professionals face and solutions to resolve these. This course aims to create awareness and understanding of ethical issues related to businesses and their stakeholders. The critical importance of ethical decision making in international business dealings, corporate social responsibility, environmental footprints of business, etc. is highlighted.

ORGB 201 – Organizational Behaviour

Organizations have distinct characteristics based on their culture, composition and history. Students explore how the behaviour of individuals and groups in work environments affect organizational performance and the dynamics of organizational relationships. They are introduced to topics such as individual attributes, motivational theories and strategies, group dynamics, teamwork, organizational structure, job design, leadership, organizational culture and politics, communication, conflict, stress and change management. Diversity, cross-cultural issues and ethical conduct in organizations will be examined. Prerequisite: ENGL 100

WORK 298 – Career Preparation

This course reinforces and advances the workplace skills learned in Tier One (i.e. COMM140) through integrated, cumulative learning modules, and milestones workshops designed towards the real business world. Students are expected to learn and demonstrate enhanced workplace and business understanding, analyses, teamwork, presentation, and communication skills as they engage in business scenarios and role-play activities. They advance to a combination of optional group business analyses and workplace problem solving (Innovation Fuel podcasts), and/or dialogues and discussions with business-persons’ experiences that high-light and conclude course sections.

Electives

Students in Tier 2 must take one 100 or 200 level elective.

MGMT 401 – Project Management

Increasingly, organizations use project teams as a core process of operation. Students investigate the role of project teams and how they can be managed effectively. They explore how project teams operate, as well as how to use the tools, techniques and processes that support effective project management and successful outcomes. Prerequisite: BUSI 100

PUBR 304 – Risk Communication

Communication is a crucial component of organizational risk management and alleviation under conditions of crisis. Governments, non-profits, and businesses all apply communication strategies to manage crisis and conflict conditions. Students examine how communication strategies effectively manage risk. They develop skills related to writing, broadcasting and presenting crisis and conflict management communication. Prerequisite: COMM 205

COMM 312 – Professional Communications 

Communication is a leadership skill with an emphasis on interpersonal relations, team-building and leadership, students learn to develop, manage and deliver complex communication products designed for diverse audiences and contexts. They become familiar with the theories, principles and practices for designing, developing and delivering both individual and collaborative projects. Students research and write correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social media communications and technical descriptions as well as prepare and perform oral presentations. Prerequisite: WORK 298.

COMM 405 – Advanced Media & Communications Writing

Students explore advanced processes and practices of writing for multimedia that include print, audio-video, computer-assisted presentation, internet-intranet applications and explore the balance between word and image. Students develop materials related to real-world problems. Prerequisite: COMM 205

COMM 360 – Digital Storytelling

This course has an applied and experiential orientation. It builds on the foundation of practical communications knowledge acquired by students in previous communication courses. Expanding on their conversational writing and interviewing skills, students learn the technical production and storytelling processes necessary to create a podcast promoting an organisation’s brand or issue of public interest. Content created in this course culminates in a audio portfolio sample students can present to prospective employers. Students work in teams and independently. The course may also involve work with an outside organization.

Electives

Tier 3 students must take five 300 or 400-level electives.

COMM 410 – Communication Strategy

Communications is a key part of social, organizational and personal change. Students choose a target of collective change such as environment issues, governmental laws, community action, or business operations and use semiotic theory to develop a communications plan for managing social or organizational change in the context of issues of stakeholders and social responsibility. Prerequisite: COMM 405.

COMM 497 – Communication Capstone I

Communications professionals must carry out effective research on behalf of an organization. Students will outline and research the media and communications components of a significant project or program related to organizational strategy. This will be a team-based exercise and ill produce an exhaustive report of the current status of business issues relevant to the project or program. Teams will produce and present a professional quality research report. This course is normally completed in a student’s second last term.

Choose One Of:

  • WORK 498 – Capstone Project

Course under development and will be available starting Winter 2023.

  • WORK 499 – Internship

Course under development and will be available starting Winter 2023.

Electives

Students in Tier 4 must take seven 300 or 400 level electives.

Elective Areas

The University follows professional trends in industry closely and develops elective areas that reflect the best professional standards in specific fields. Although students cannot earn a formal credential by completing an elective area, it can be a great way to shape their degree. Currently, UCW offers the following elective area in the Business Communication degree:

One of the fastest growing fields in communication is communication management. By taking selected advanced business courses and applying them to communications projects this elective area provides the training for those who hope to manage complex communications projects and departments in industry. To complete the Communications Management elective area students must, in addition to the required core courses, take:

BUSI 323 — E-Business 

The Internet is growing as a basis of commerce. Issues of website design, transaction effectiveness and financial security are evaluated within the context of the business models used by corporations. The so-called “brick and click” value proposition is compared with pure Internet plays. Legal and intellectual property questions are also discussed. Students learn to match e-business techniques to organizational strategies.

MRKT 302 — Integrated Marketing Communications 

Marketing communication is a key part of business and society. Students examine how the various forms of marketing communications are used to help fulfill the overall strategy of the enterprise. The role of integrated marketing communications in marketing is explored in a practical way and the relationship among the planning process, creative strategies and media selection are examined. Students analyze the social and economic roles that integrated marketing communications play in profit and non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: MRKT 201

OPMT 301 — Operations Management 

This course investigates the development and administration of activities that are involved in transforming financial, human, physical and natural resources into products and services. Quality and productivity are critical outcomes of logistical operating systems. Students explore system-wide methods of integrating efficient processes, both technical and human. Prerequisite: BUSI 100

MGMT 401 — Project Management

Increasingly, organizations use project teams as a core process of operation. Students investigate the role of project teams and how they can be managed effectively. They explore how project teams operate, as well as how to use the tools, techniques and processes that support effective project management and successful outcomes. Prerequisite: BUSI 100

Academic Standing

Students must remain in Good Academic Standing to continue their studies at UCW. To remain in Good Academic Standing, undergraduate students must maintain a 2.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). For full details about Academic Standing, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.

Entry Requirements

  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)

OR

  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities

AND

  • Academic IELTS – 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent (for students whose first language is not English). More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.

You can complete the English pathway courses (University Access Program) in order to meet the English proficiency requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce program.

University Access Program
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Online BABC Tuition Fees

2022 Fees

Domestic*
International
Number of Courses 40 40
Cost per course $801** $801**
Total Tuition Fees $32,040 $32,040

2023 Fees

Domestic*
International
Number of Courses 40 40
Cost per course $841** $841**
Total Tuition Fees $33,640 $33,640

Tuition deposit for international students: $3,000

First term tuition deposit for domestic students: $500

**Additional costs related to textbooks and materials for each course are not included in tuition.

Scholarships, awards and grants do not apply to online programs.

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Graduation Requirements

UCW students must fulfil the requirements listed in the Academic Calendar in order to be eligible to graduate. For full details about Graduation Eligibility, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.