42.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

Course Schedule

Business acumen impacts all levels of an organization, from strategy and culture to marketing and finance. As your leadership responsibilities increase, the need to focus on the big picture, nurture relationships and recognize the impact of every decision on the strategic and financial goals of the organization is crucial to working effectively.

Discover strategies to communicate the current state and justify business decisions to key stakeholders within the organization. Learn how to integrate data and financials into the strategic decision making process and apply a system thinking approach to optimize your decisions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine how you can apply strategic thinking to work projects and add value to your organization's strategic plans
  • Explore basic components of financial literacy
  • Recognize the financial challenges and opportunities of implementing a strategy
  • Perform competitor analysis and use the information to establish strategic competitive advantage
  • Investigate frameworks to assess options, define a course of action and/or create solutions that can be implemented to address business needs
  • Analyze the concepts of systems, systems thinking, complexity and their implications for the workplace

This program is perfect if you:

  • Want to learn techniques that will help you assess the current state and evaluate the risks impacting your business
  • Want to understand the basic components of financial literacy
  • Want to apply these program hours towards the Certificate for Front Line Leaders

Participants who successfully finish this program will be issued a digital badge.

Courses are delivered online, allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule.

You should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.

In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis.

It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times.

Before taking your first online course, it is recommended to take the free course, Digital Skills for Learning Online.

All Continuing Education programs have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Influence Skills Training for Professionals is a 42-hour program.

Students may complete the program in as little as one term, but have up to five years from the start date of their first seminar to complete the program.

Plan your program...

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

Students will be automatically admitted to the program when they register for the course BUS 641 Business Acumen: Lead with Strategic Business Analysis Tools and Resources.

The approximate cost to complete this program is $1,887.

Not applicable to Business Acumen for Professionals.

On completion of one program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

On completion of this program, all 42 hours of seminar credit can be transferred to the Certificate for Front Line Leaders.

If you wish to pursue another program please complete the Application for Admission, and contact us requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next program – this will not happen without your request.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.

View our Graduation page for details.

This program is not eligible for application for a study permit. International students who wish to live and work in Canada should see our International Professional Programs.

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