Business Technology Management
Overview
  • Two-year (28-month) diploma 
  • Fall and winter entry dates 
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg  
  • Mandatory Co-op work experience or industry project 
  • Laptop delivery program 
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Program Description
This program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills set required to analyze, design, and manage projects and businesses in the area of information technology. The Business Technology Management Diploma builds upon a combined set of information technology and business courses. Students in this program will be exposed to a variety of case studies and practical skills to be effective in advising or managing teams in the IT field. Students will apply their skills in an industry environment through the department's co-op program.

Graduates will receive the Business Technology Management diploma.

NOTE: The Fall 2017 cohort is being run in the evening between 3pm and 10pm Monday to Friday.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option within 30 days of applying.  For information click here.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 7, Writing 7
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.0, Speaking 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.0,  Reading 4.0,  Writing 3.5
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts.
        and
  3. Mandatory Information Session
    • Attend a mandatory information session
    • This item will be requested by the College at a later date

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English 40S
      • Grade 12 Math 40S
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2 and 3
Who Should Enrol?

People who like to solve business problems, improve processes, bridge the gap between IT and business and who enjoy working with people in teams. The program will appeal to you if you are interested in working with IT teams to design, analyze and improve IT solutions or processes. The program does not require prior experience in the field, all new graduates are invited to apply.


Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)

LOCATION START DATE  

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $9,216.00 1
Year 2 $10,067.00 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $2,000.00 3
Year 2 $1,200.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1 $16,754.00
Year 2 $17,605.00
1 Program fees include Term 1 and 2 academic terms
2 Program fees include term 3 and 5 academic terms and for term 4 an option of taking either a coop or project term
3 Includes an estimate of $1200 for the purchase of a laptop.


Program Content
YEAR 1
TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  ACCT-1065 Financial Accounting for IT 4
  COMM-1134 Communications for BTM 4
  COMP-1029 Introduction to Programming Logic 4
  COMP-1975 Business Computing 4
  MATH-1053 Math for BTM 2
  MATH-1065 Statistics for BTM 2
  PDEV-1100 Professional Development 1 2
TERM 2 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  ADEV-1003 Programming 1 4
  ADMN-1004 Organizational Behaviour 4
  BUSA-1062 Introduction to Business Analysis 2
  BUSA-1065 Management Information Systems 4
  BUSA-2009 Business Requirements Gathering for BTM 2
  PDEV-2100 Professional Development 2 2
  PROJ-1003 Introduction to Project Management 4
YEAR 2
TERM 3 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  ACCT-2020 Managerial Accounting for IT 4
  COMP-2030 Business System Testing for BTM 2
  COMP-2035 Business Systems Design for BTM 2
  DBMS-1000 Database Management Systems 1 4
  PDEV-3100 Professional Development 3 2
  PROJ-2010 Project Methodologies and Business Proc 4
  WEBD-1000 Web Development 1 4
TERM 4 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Electives    
  PROJ-2006 Industry Project 9
  WRKE-2024 Co-Operative Work Experience 9
TERM 5 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  ADMN-1003 Business Law for IT 4
  BUSA-2007 Business and Management for Information Technology 4
  ECON-1004 Intro to Economics 2
  FNCE-2001 Business Finance for IT 4
  NTWK-1001 Network Architecture 4
  PDEV-4100 Professional Development 4 2
  PROJ-2011 Project Planning and Estimation 2
 
Course Descriptions
ACCT-1065 Financial Accounting for IT
This course will introduce students to the core concepts of financial accounting and the relevance of financial accounting to decision-making in any business. It will cover the foundation concepts of debits and credits, and the accounting cycle.  We will discuss in more detail specific financial reporting elements such as cash, accounts receivable, inventory, long-term assets, liabilities and shareholders’ equity.  Also covered in the course is an introduction to accounting software, financial statement preparation, and financial statement interpretation and analysis.
 
ACCT-2020 Managerial Accounting for IT

This course will introduce management accounting's role in planning, directing and controlling operations in manufacturing and service organizations.  We will cover topics such as cost behavior, budgeting, product costing and performance measurement.  The course will place an emphasis on analytical techniques that can be applied to financial and operating data to support management decisions.

Prerequisites:
ACCT-1065;
 
ADEV-1003 Programming 1  
This course is a basic introduction to programming using the Java programming language. Students will develop, code, test, and debug programs for simple applications using proper programming principles and documentation. Topics include data types, variable declarations, control structures, methods, classes, inheritance, polymorphism, encapsulation, arrays, and other data structures.
Prerequisites:
COMP-1029 is a prerequisite for ADEV-1003 for students in Business Technology Management, but not for students in Business Information Technology.
 
ADMN-1003 Business Law for IT
This course starts with an introduction to the Canadian legal system and managing the legal risks. Topics will include but are not limited to contract law, business torts, business forms and arrangements, technology and the law, and intellectual property. You will also review the ramifications of international trade and electronic commerce on business. The emphasis is placed on the importance of business law for information technology and helping you to develop your knowledge through real-life case studies and legal documents presented in this course. You will be expected to identify legal issues, analyze those issues and evaluate possible solutions.
 
ADMN-1004 Organizational Behaviour
This course will give you the opportunity to collaborate with classmates to improve the interpersonal, self-awareness, and leadership skills that are essential for success in your career. You will study different organizations to learn about business models, structures, and performance factors. You will explore the various support areas of business so that you can understand their role in contributing to the success of the organization. You will investigate the impact of Information Technology on individuals, groups, and communities. You will also learn how diversity among employees enhances an organization. The course uses discussions and case studies with an Information Technology focus to provide you with real-world examples of the concepts that you are learning.
 
BUSA-1062 Introduction to Business Analysis
Gain the skills needed to be a successful Business Analyst in today's workplace. Improve your abilities in oral and written communication, research techniques, business process improvement, problem-solving, supervision and team-building, and understanding of organizational structures.
 
BUSA-1065 Management Information Systems

This course provides an introductory exploration of the relationships between organizations and the modern, computer-based information systems they have come to rely on. It examines information systems in terms of business processes and strategy, information management, security and privacy concerns, as well as system design, construction, and management.

 
BUSA-2007 Business and Management for Information Technology

Learners will explore the process of starting a small business in Manitoba. By evaluating potential business opportunities, students will increase their knowledge of the business environment while developing critical thinking skills. Business plans and simple contracts will be analyzed. Case studies will be used to develop the analytical skills that are necessary to solve different business problems, especially those typically encountered in the information technology sector. Principles of basic economics will be explored to provide learners with an understanding of the context in which businesses operate.

 
BUSA-2009 Business Requirements Gathering for BTM
Gain the skills needed to be develop and document effective business requirements in a business workplace. Improve abilities in interviewing clients, business process improvement, problem-solving, teamwork and leading effective meetings.
Prerequisites:
BUSA-1062;
 
COMM-1134 Communications for BTM
You will develop your communication skills by focusing on the process of writing and speaking to specific audiences. You will share your responses to course readings during in-class discussions with small groups of peers. You will have numerous opportunities to receive feedback from your instructor and from peers and then to revise your writing. You will also practice oral communication skills during mock meetings and in various types of presentations.
 
COMP-1029 Introduction to Programming Logic  
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to programming concepts. Students will be introduced to high-level modeling and common numeral systems used by computer programmers. Boolean operations will be explored with importance placed on the student’s ability to analyze, interpret and re-write word problems as Boolean expressions. Students will explore other core concepts such as assignment, sequence, iteration, decision, modular abstraction, arrays, and strings.
 
COMP-1975 Business Computing  
Business Computing is a hands-on course in which students develop skills in the use of current Microsoft productivity software. Topics include introductory and intermediate skills in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as the integration of these applications.
 
COMP-2030 Business System Testing for BTM
The Business System Testing course is a comprehensive course that covers software testing for Business Analysts. The goal is to ensure that Business Analysts have the right understanding and tools to deliver successful project results within time and budget constraints while meeting customer expectation. Software testing involves the execution of a software component or system component to evaluate whether the software component or system:  meets the business requirements that guided its design and development, responds correctly to all kinds of inputs,   performs its functions within an acceptable time, is sufficiently usable and scalable, can be installed and run in its intended environments and achieves the general result its customer desires.
Prerequisites:
COMP-2035
 
COMP-2035 Business Systems Design for BTM
This course explores technology-enabled business design including but not limited to digital business models, networks, disruptive innovation, and market analysis. During the course, students will explore project management and business analysis concepts such as operational and reputational risks; technology designs including software development and infrastructure lifecycle, IT security and compliance. The course is practical and hands-on, extensively utilizing real-life case studies.
Prerequisites:
BUSA-1065
 
DBMS-1000 Database Management Systems 1  

This course explores Database Management Systems used to store information. After an introduction to key database concepts, the student will learn how to develop and read an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD), used to represent the database graphically.  The majority of the course covers Structured Query Language (SQL).   Data Definition Language (DDL - a subcomponent of SQL) is covered to create the physical database on disk.  Data Manipulation Language (DML - also a subcomponent of SQL) is introduced to allow for manipulation of the data stored in the database. Finally, the Normalization process is discussed and applied to the ERD’s and database tables. 

Prerequisites:
ADEV-1003
 
ECON-1004 Intro to Economics
Different economic systems exist around the world. Students will learn about the differences between these systems, and then will focus on the free market system, including its strengths and shortcomings.  Various models, theories and economic indicators used by economists will be reviewed and interpreted. The impact of international trade agreements and of government interventions in an economy will be analyzed. Course readings will explore the role of information technology in modern economies. Students will have frequent opportunities to discuss these ideas with classmates and to relate theories to current economic events.
 
FNCE-2001 Business Finance for IT
This course examines firm’s investment decisions in the context of a capital market structure. Students will be provided with a general understanding of fundamental finance theories such as risk and return relationships, leverage, working capital management, short and long-term funding decisions, and taxation. Students will learn about stock market, basic portfolio theories and capital budgeting. In addition, students will have a review of financial statement analysis and valuation methods to evaluate financial securities. Students are expected to integrate the knowledge gained form accounting and economics courses with techniques from business finance to analyze financial management problems.
Prerequisites:
ACCT-2020 and MATH-1053
 
MATH-1053 Math for BTM
An understanding of financial mathematics is fundamental in the study of business. This course is designed to familiarize students with basic mathematics concepts such as exchange rates, indices, simple and compound interest, different types of annuities, mortgages, and business investment decisions.
 
MATH-1065 Statistics for BTM
A basic understanding of statistics is fundamental in the study of business. This course is designed to familiarize students with presenting and describing data, and calculating and using probabilities. Other concepts discussed are sampling methods and estimations, and regression analysis and correlation.
 
NTWK-1001 Network Architecture

This course explores IT infrastructure, computer network concepts, technologies, and systems.  Students will learn about network protocols, hardware and software solutions, client and server environment, local area network topologies and concepts, network security, and cloud computing.  This course builds on the Management Information Systems and Database Management Systems courses compounded with advanced network concepts to be effective in developing and implementing business and technology-related case studies and projects.  Topics include server management using active directory, database management, program and web development integration, network design and architecture; and business continuity.  Students are also expected to integrate their business, management, law for IT, and technical knowledge into an industry-based project.

 

 
PDEV-1100 Professional Development 1
Learn and practice skills, attitudes, and behaviours that will help you to succeed in your professional career. You will reflect on your past and current learning so that you can confidently write about and discuss your skills and experiences. You will examine the role of culture on your personal and professional interactions. Most class time will be dedicated to group and class discussions.
 
PDEV-2100 Professional Development 2

You will improve your ability to confidently describe your skills in written and verbal form so that you can clearly convey your abilities to people in your network such as potential employers or clients.  You will also continue to develop your intercultural, interpersonal, and academic skills through activities and discussions which encourage introspection, reflection, and teamwork.

Prerequisites:
PDEV-1100
 
PDEV-3100 Professional Development 3
Learn professional skills that will help you to succeed in your career. Reflect on yourself and your relationship with others, including your peers, in order to develop your self-awareness. Practice self-management skills such as prioritizing, time management, goal setting, and self-motivation. You will analyze case studies to learn more about giving and receiving feedback and managing conflict in the workplace. You will further enhance the ePortfolio which you developed in previous Professional Development courses.
Prerequisites:
PDEV-2100
 
PDEV-4100 Professional Development 4
Focus on developing skills in four main areas: intercultural competence, ethical reasoning, leadership, and client relationship management. You will do this through group and class discussions, role plays, analysis of case studies, and reflections. In addition, you will complete the ePortfolio that you have been creating in previous terms. Your ePortfolio will include artifacts which highlight your skills and reflections which describe your learning processes.
Prerequisites:
PDEV-3100
 
PROJ-1003 Introduction to Project Management
The Introduction to Project Management (PM) course introduces the fundamentals of working within a team on Information Technology (IT) projects. It covers teamwork principles and techniques, PM contexts, phases and processes, and the management of the integration of project scope, time, resources, costs, quality, communications, and risks. This course starts preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exams. Microsoft Project is the software tool used to create sample project plans.
 
PROJ-2006 Industry Project
Industry Project provides real world experience in performing an ICT (Information/Communication Technology) project requiring cross-functional teamwork while meeting client requirements and providing deliverables agreed to in the project charter. Each project team will evaluate, analyze, plan, research, model, design, document, develop, test, and manage a project. Project requirements could include new development, research, or providing new functionality to an existing system. The course provides practice to further develop interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills through teamwork and collaboration with project stakeholders.  All team members will enhance their critical thinking, problem solving, research, independence, and life-long learning skills. After completion of Term 3 of the program students must complete Industry Project or Co-Operative Work Experience.
 
PROJ-2010 Project Methodologies and Business Proc

The course gives an introduction to various project methodologies and diagraming techniques in IT. Initially a high-level overview of the waterfall methodology is given and a comparison is made to Agile methodologies. The basics of Agile and the Scrum methodology is covered and gives an overview of the methodology, roles, practices and ceremonies. Diagramming in UML is introduced and students will be exposed to use case, class and sequence diagrams.

A method of analysis for deriving a valid set of classes from a description will be introduced as well as the introduction of concepts such as generalization and aggregation. The second half of the course will be dedicated to Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN). Initially an introduction to BPM will be given, and students will analyze business scenarios. The remainder of the course will be dedicated to diagramming business processes with BPMN and using pools and lanes, gateways, events and sub-processes to represent the flow of events in a business process.

 
PROJ-2011 Project Planning and Estimation
The Project Plan and Estimate course will focus on the generally accepted tools and techniques applied in planning, estimating and scheduling projects. The course will balance theoretical and practical concepts practices through lectures, demonstrations, class discussions, exercises and assignments. This course builds on the Introduction to Project Management course and includes advanced concepts, tools and techniques needed to be effective in the planning and scheduling of a successful project.
Prerequisites:
PROJ-1003
 
WEBD-1000 Web Development 1
This course is designed to offer students an introduction to the Internet and programming Web applications. Students will create properly structured and valid Web pages using XHTML, HTML5 & CSS with embedded JavaScript for data validation and user interaction. Javascript will also be used to access, and manipulate, simple XML files and dynamically add the data contained in XML to an HTML page. A course-ending project will have students plan, create and upload their own websites to the Web.
Prerequisites:
ADEV-1003
 
WRKE-2024 Co-Operative Work Experience

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job experience with classroom theory by incorporating a term of paid employment within the terms of academic study. Students are given the opportunity to practice and apply the skills gained during the first three semesters of their program as productive full time employees on their work term. Students are provided with an intense 4 week program of job search workshops to prepare them for the recruitment process. Placement of eligible students occurs in either January or May.  Each work placement is a minimum of 16 weeks. Student performance will be monitored and evaluated by both the department and the employer. Each student will participate in a midterm review of their employment midway through the semester. After completion of term 3 students are required to complete the Co-Operative Work Experience or the Industry Project.

 

CO-OP/Practicum Information

In your second year of the program, you must complete an experiential semester by undertaking either a co-operative education term or an industry project term.

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating terms of academic study and paid employment.  Provided you have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, you have the option of taking a four-month paid Co-op work experience term. The College makes every effort to secure work placements for all Co-op students. However, the College does not unconditionally guarantee a work placement to students who enroll in programs incorporating Co-op.

A Co-op tuition fee is charged to all students registered in a Co-op work term. Co-op fees cover work placement development, pre-employment instruction, and employment-related monitoring. You receive support from the coordinator in the work placement process and have the opportunity to apply for available Co-op work placements. Employment-related monitoring includes support and evaluation by the coordinator during and after the placement.

Industry project is available to students who choose an alternate experiential opportunity or have not obtained a Co-op position.  The industry project is an academic semester where groups of students are matched with predetermined industry partners to address an industry problem.  You will devote your entire semester to the development of this industry project.

An industry project fee is charged to all students registered in an industry project term. 

Laptop Delivery

Laptop Delivery 

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer with operating system for use throughout the program. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program.

Do not purchase a laptop prior to receiving this information to ensure your laptop complies with program requirements.

Laptop Requirements

The Business Technology Management (BTM) program will be utilizing a virtual desktop environment to provide students with access to any software packages necessary to complete the program. The College will also provide on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, Internet, and help desk support if you require assistance.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.
 

Employment Potential

Typical employment areas include both profit and non-profit organizations that use information systems as well as large and small information technology, telecommunications, and multimedia product and service providers. BTM seeks to prepare students for careers among the following job titles:


• Business Analyst
• Marketing Specialist
• Systems Architect
• ICT Product & Service Sales
• Project Leader/Manager
• Customer Support Specialist
• eBusiness Analyst
• Information Systems Consultant
• Management Consultant
• Systems Integrator
• User Support Specialist
• Business & ICT Educator/Trainer

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply please contact:

Enrolment Services
register@rrc.ca
Tel: 204 - 632-2327


For international students please contact:

International Education:
intled@rrc.ca
Tel: 204 - 632-2143

For detailed program information, contact:

David A. Jones
Program Coordinator
Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg
204-949-8390
E-mail: djones@rrc.ca