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Business Fundamentals

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Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

Whether you plan on being a marketing guru, accounting whiz or communications expert, it all starts with the basics. Study all aspects of business, develop your skills, and explore your options. In this program you will study accounting, business communications, human resources management, marketing, principles of an organization, and operations management so you can discover your perfect career fit.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

This program is designed for individuals who want to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for an entry level position in a business setting.

You will study:

  • Accounting
  • Business communications
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Principles of a business organization
  • Operations management

All courses offered are available in the daytime, but also in the evenings and online through Continuing Education (additional fees apply). 

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)

Please note: applicants without Grade 12 mathematics can add General Arts and Science – Business Preparation (GASB) to their application at You will be registered in the GASB program. Upon successful completion of the first semester of this program and the applied mathematics course, you can apply to transfer to Business Fundamentals. Please contact for details.

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Career Options

As a graduate you will be prepared to pursue further studies in other business programs and/or qualified for entry-level positions in a variety of business-related industries.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$14,163

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase. 

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Laptop: Personal computer (PC) not a Mac
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 (if available)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better (Not AMD)
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or larger (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labour (On-site preferred)
  • Other features: 2 USB ports

Software Requirements


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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Upon successful completion of this program, you can opt to take one or two additional years in another Business program offered at Durham College in order to obtain a diploma or advanced diploma in Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Operations Management or Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Qualified graduates can then go on to take the Durham College Human Resources Management graduate certificate program or may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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September or January start

You may enter the Business Fundamentals program in September or January. For January start, semester 2 is delivered in a 7 week module. Courses will be offered in a compressed format – i.e. Microeconomics (ECON 1200) is offered 3 hours per week in a 14 week semester. In the compressed format, ECON 1200 will be offered 6 hours per week for 7 weeks.

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  • code: BFND
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certifcate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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