Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The Diploma in Arts and Science (Commerce) Program provides courses needed for equivalency to pre-Commerce and first-year Commerce. The diploma program in place at Langara College is geared more specifically to UBC, but if space is available and with some amendments, this program also facilitates transfer to SFU and UVic. (Please consult with a counsellor regarding requirements.) The diploma program also provides a basis for entry into general business fields and a business-oriented direction for mathematically inclined students. The program leads to a Diploma in Arts and Science (Commerce). It is also possible for students to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Commerce and Business Studies.

Transfer to UBC, SFU or UVic Faculties of Commerce will depend on those institutions and each application will be considered on its merits. Students with a previous university degree should contact these universities first before applying for the Commerce transfer program.

The need to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 cannot be overemphasized due to the highly competitive nature of admission into business faculties at all three universities.

Graduates of the Langara Diploma in Arts and Science (Commerce) Program will be eligible for admission into the third year of Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management Program, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space is available in the Bachelor of Commerce Program.

Graduates may also be eligible to continue at Langara College in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program upon completion of some bridging courses.

Students apply to the general Arts and Science Program and register in the courses outlined below.

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Diploma in Arts and Science, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
MATH 1174 Calculus I - Economic and Business Applications 1
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. Topics include limits (intuitive approach); development and definition of derivatives; rules for differentiation (algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions); selected applications of derivatives (concentrating on business examples); introduction to antiderivatives.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 085); or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Notes:
1 MATH 1171 or MATH 1173/MATH 1183 may be used in lieu of MATH 1174.
 
One of
ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123 or 1127.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1126, 1127, and 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; ENGL 1120 with a minimum "C" grade; or one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110 with an "S" grade.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required. Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128.Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12.

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One of
ECON 1220 Principles of Microeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory concepts; the market system; price determination; demand and utility; competitive supply; cost analysis; market structures; equilibrium of the firm; pricing of factor inputs; land rents; wages; interest and capital.

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ECON 1221 Principles of Macroeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory macroeconomic concepts; circular flow of income and product; national income; equilibrium level of domestic income; fiscal policy; money and banking; international trade; inflation and unemployment.

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Two of
electives (See notes 2, 3 and 4)
6
15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
One of
ENGL 1129 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Drama
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to a sampling of modern drama. Writing assignments are related to the literary works studied.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1130 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Film
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to the dramatic elements and narrative techniques of modern film. Writing assignments are related to the works studied. A feature film series accompanies the course, in addition to class hours.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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One of
ECON 1220 Principles of Microeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory concepts; the market system; price determination; demand and utility; competitive supply; cost analysis; market structures; equilibrium of the firm; pricing of factor inputs; land rents; wages; interest and capital.

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ECON 1221 Principles of Macroeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory macroeconomic concepts; circular flow of income and product; national income; equilibrium level of domestic income; fiscal policy; money and banking; international trade; inflation and unemployment.

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Three of
electives (See notes 2, 3 and 4)
9
15 Credits

TERM THREE

Courses Credits
All of
FMGT 2293 Financial Accounting Overview
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides an overview of financial accounting and the construction and interpretation of financial reports prepared for external users. Major consideration is given to accounting techniques for corporate financial statements. Emphasis is placed on accounting principles and policies and the underlying rationale for these principles.Prerequisite(s): English Requirement, one of the following: a minimum 67% in English Studies 12 or equivalent; a minimum 67% in Literary Studies 12; a minimum 67% in English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; a minimum "C-" in ENGL 1121; a "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum Level 3 on the LET; LEAP 8; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.

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STAT 1181 Descriptive and Elementary Inferential Statistics 1
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A first course in probability and statistics including introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, contingency tables, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 2225 or STAT 2281.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1175, or equivalent (all may be taken concurrently). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Notes:
1 MATH 2310, STAT 1181 and STAT 2225 must be completed to obtain credit for UBC's Commerce 290 and 291. SFU requires only STAT 1181 and STAT 1182.
3
One of
ECON 2296 Managerial Economics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Economic foundations of managerial decision making including demand and cost theory, decision making under uncertainty, price determination, pricing strategies, asymmetric information, and market failures.Students will receive credit for only one of ECON 2251 and 2296.Prerequisite(s): ECON 1220 with a minimum "C+" grade; ECON 1221 with a minimum "C" grade; and one of MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1253, 1271, 1273, or 1274 with a minimum "C" grade.

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or elective (See notes 3, 4 and 5)
3
One of
MARK 1115 Introduction to Marketing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Marketing is an exciting and dynamic business discipline, which offers excellent career prospects. The course covers the roles and functions of marketing in the modern business enterprise with particular emphasis on the elements in marketing such as product planning and development, pricing, promotion and distribution. The course delivery is a series of lectures including a lot of interaction through discussion, teamwork, videos, practical exercises and case studies so you can relate the material discussed to real life business challenges.

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or elective (See notes 3, 4 and 5)
3
One of
MATH 2310 Quantitative Methods in Business
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Applications of basic mathematics, calculus, and linear algebra to business administration. Includes linear programming, sensitivity analysis, transportation problems, decision analysis, simulation, network applications. Required of all students in the first year UBC Commerce program.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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or elective (See notes 3, 4 and 5)
3
One of
elective (See note 6)
3
18 Credits

TERM FOUR

Courses Credits
All of
BUSM 2200 Organizational Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students in this course examine how individual and group behaviour affects organizational goal attainment and success. Topics will include individual attributes such as attitude, personality and perception, and organizational culture and management skills such as leadership, empowerment, participation, communication, and motivation. There will be a strong international focus with an emphasis on diversity, managerial ethics, and development of Total Quality Management. Students will have practical and hands-on assignments for decision making, problem solving and case analysis to improve their analytical skills.Students will receive credit for only one of BUSM 1321 and 2200.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 67% in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a university-level English or communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; or a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1121, or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110. LET with a minimum Level 3; LEAP 8, LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.

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STAT 2225 Intermediate Statistical Inference
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

This continuation of STAT 1181 for students who want a deeper treatment of the techniques and theory of data analysis. A brief review of probability and elementary inference will be followed by two-sample inferences, regression and correlation, multiple regression, design considerations, analysis of variance, and non-parametric tests.College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: STAT 1224, 2225, 3222, or 3223.Prerequisite(s): STAT 1181 with a "C-" grade or higher, or STAT 1124 or 1127 with an "A" grade or higher. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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One of
FMGT 2294 Managerial Accounting Overview
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of managerial accounting where the major intent is to provide information to internal decision-makers to maximize an organization's operating efficiency and profitability. The course includes an introduction to alternative costing and reporting systems for service and manufacturing organizations, budgeting, variance analyses, performance evaluation, total quality management, and transfer pricing, plus analytical techniques including cost-volume-profit analysis and relevant costing and benefits.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of FMGT 1115, 1116, 1215, or 2293; English Requirement, one of the following: a minimum 67% in English Studies 12 or equivalent; a minimum 67% in Literary Studies 12; a minimum 67% in English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; a minimum "C-" in ENGL 1121; a "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum Level 3 on the LET; LEAP 8; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.

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or elective
3
One of
ECON 2298 The Economics of Capital Assets and Project Evaluation
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will provide students with the general tools for evaluation of the intertemporal flows of funds that arise in many contexts. Topics will include mortgages and other loan payments, bond and stock pricing, exchange rates, components of required rates of return, exchange rates and how to evaluate alternative investment projects that generate flows of funds over time.Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in both ECON 1220 and 1221; and a minimum grade of "C" in MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1253, 1271, 1273, or 1274.

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or elective (See notes 3, 4 and 5)
3
One of
elective (See notes 3, 4 and 5)
3
15 Credits

Program Option Notes:

  1. MATH 1171 or MATH 1173/MATH 1183 may be used in lieu of MATH 1174.
  2. Students are advised not to enrol in the equivalent of UBC Commerce or UBC Statistics courses as electives. Public Speaking is a required non-credit course for UBC and must be taken there in third-year Commerce.
  3. SFU transfer students do not require ECON 2296, ECON 2298, MATH 2310, and MARK 1115 and STAT 2225, but they are required to take BCAP 3200 or CSIS 2500 and STAT 1182.
  4. MATH 2310, STAT 1181 and STAT 2225 must be completed to obtain credit for UBC's Commerce 290 and 291. SFU requires only STAT 1181 and STAT 1182.
  5. UBC transfer students are also suggested to take BCAP 3200 or CSIS 2500.
  6. This elective is not required for the Diploma in Arts and Science (Commerce); however, UBC transfer students should complete this elective (for a total of 63 credits) to fulfil the full two years of the UBC program.

Students are advised to contact the university they plan to attend to ensure they are aware of any changes to admission/transfer requirements.