Business Fundamentals

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OnlineJanuary 2025Domestic | International Apply Now

Program Overview

Business FundamentalsThe Business Fundamentals program is designed to provide graduates with the essential knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in Business.  Business Fundamental students will learn the functions of a business and how they interrelate, professional business communication skills, business computer applications as well as foundational skills in accounting, business and financial math, and marketing. Graduates of the Business Fundamentals program can also ladder into one of NBCC’s two-year Business Administration diploma programs that allows students to gain further knowledge in one of five business disciplines (Accounting, Marketing, Management, Financial Management or Insurance and Risk Management). 

As a graduate of Business Fundamentals, you will gain business skills and knowledge in the key areas necessary to contribute to a range of business environments.  The program is intended to open doors to employment in a variety of industries and sectors.  Additionally, given the broad skills this program will develop in graduates, this program can assist graduates develop their entrepreneurial skills and abilities to work in many of the small businesses that operate in New Brunswick and beyond.  For small business owners in other sectors, such as skilled trades, health care, or IT, this program can also provide you with fundamental business skills to manage and grow your business more effectively. 

The part-time Business Fundamentals program will be delivered virtually, outside of daytime hours. This program will have six to eight hours of classes per week in just over two years (classes will also continue in the Spring/Summer term). Classes will take place on two evenings (Atlantic Standard Time) per week and some terms may include some Saturday classes as well.

Important Note for International Students:
Since this program is delivered entirely online, it is not eligible for a study permit or a post-graduation work permit.

If you have any questions about the part-time Business Fundamentals program, please email


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved in just over two years of part-time study.

Career Possibilities

As a graduate of the Business Fundamentals program, you will gain the skills necessary to help businesses grow and succeed in today’s competitive economy. The potential you will bring to a business is valuable and will open doors to employment in a variety of industries and sectors.

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Program Courses

Courses are subject to change.

This course provides a general overview of the Canadian business environment as well as the various functional areas of a business. Focus will be placed on the interrelationships between the functional areas of business, such as finance and accounting, sales and marketing, human resources, operations and logistics. The course will also introduce business structures, the role of government, business ethics, social responsibility and entrepreneurship. The course will provide a basic understanding of Canadian business practices and terminology and the concepts of macro and micro environments will be introduced.

This course is designed to strengthen fundamental skills in written communications.  This course focuses on how to write clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, create organized, unified, and coherent business messages and documents. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the importance of communicating for the intended purpose and audience. The students will apply the stages of the writing process to business writing: prewriting, writing, and revising, as well as research, prepare, format, draft, proofread and edit a series of documents commonly used in business.

This course is designed to develop professional verbal communication and presentation skills for the business environment. Emphasis is placed on verbal communication techniques, strategies, and presentation tools to deliver oral presentations with confidence and professionalism.

This course introduces accounting concepts. Focus will be placed on recording financial transactions for the complete accounting cycle, inventory, and related ratio analysis.

This course expands on transactions related to assets and current liabilities.  Focus will be placed on cash, receivables, capital assets, payables, basic payroll transactions, related ratio analysis and an introduction to various forms of businesses.


  • GACG1126A


This course is an introduction to basic concepts in Canadian law that pertain to business. It provides students with an overview of various acts and legislations that govern the marketplace. Topics include contract law, tort liability, employment legislation, intellectual property, and real property.

This course develops arithmetic and algebraic skills to solve mathematical problems related to business. Business calculations include gross earnings, commission, taxes, break-even analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, trade and cash discounts, markups, markdowns, and simple interest.

This course develops skills in financial mathematics. The primary focus is calculating compound interest. Topics include loans, invested sums of money, annuities, amortization, mortgages, sinking funds, and bonds.

This course provides an overview of marketing functions from a Canadian marketplace perspective. Emphasis will be placed on understanding a socially responsible marketing environment, researching and understanding consumer and business buying behaviours, and defining the marketing target.

This course introduces marketing strategies and focuses on the elements of the marketing mix. Emphasis is placed on decision-making for tangible and intangible products, pricing, distribution, and marketing communication, to achieve marketing goals.


  • MKTG1102A


This course introduces a systematic approach to the concepts and theories behind creating effective workplaces. Organizational behaviour (OB) explores how individual, group and organizational characteristics can influence an organization’s effectiveness, productivity, and its ability to accomplish goals. Understanding organizational behaviour concepts and theories helps contribute to successful organizations.

This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

This capstone course represents the culmination and integration of students’ fundamental business knowledge. The learner completes the key components of a small business plan. Learners demonstrate their ability to integrate their learnings from previous courses and apply it to an integrated project. This course concludes with a short, written report as well as a brief presentation of findings and recommendations.

This course introduces the fundamentals of computer applications and file management in a business environment. Focus will be placed on software features and functions for email, word processing and spreadsheets; scheduling, calendar management, and collaboration; and time and task management.

This course builds on the spreadsheet application skills acquired in Business Computer Applications I. Learners produce quality business workbooks designed for effective data management and analysis. The focus is on software processes, functions, and features to manipulate large data sets across multiple worksheets and workbooks.


  • SAAL1849A


A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

NOC Codes

1221 - Administrative officers
1411 - General office support workers
1431 - Accounting and related clerks
6211 - Retail sales supervisors
6551 - Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552 - Other customer and information services representatives