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Business Administration - Software and Information Management Concentration

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The Software and Information Management concentration is a second-year option of the Business Administration diploma program.

Technology, information and management are exciting fields covered in this concentration.

In this program, you:

  • Learn business analyst skills
  • Develop skills in project management and advanced software applications
  • Get an introduction to managing content in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) environment
  • Learn to apply managerial skills to coordinate business activities, manage the records life-cycle in a business environment, support decision-making processes using technical skills and develop creative problem-solving methods to support effective business decisions
  • Focus on the protection, processing, analysis of data, and other business initiatives

Work experience

  • You gain valuable work experience during a work term, where you apply your skills and knowledge in a real-world setting, on real industry projects.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

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  • You experience practical, hands-on learning.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

2021-22 programs

This program and most programs listed on our site are already underway. Check back on Monday, October 19, 2020 for the most up-to-date information on programs starting September 2021.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Business Administration program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • The skills graduates develop are needed in all types of organizations, in both the public and private sectors. Grads can work in any organization that needs to manage its information effectively.
  • Graduates may find opportunities as database development and support personnel, user support personnel, information management specialists, project coordinators, business process and strategy consultants, business systems coordinators or systems analysts.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

BUSI 3005 - Contemporary Business Issues
Students will consider and analyse current business issues through the lenses of law, ethics, and sustainability. Through research to compare and contrast potential pathways to offer legitimate resolutions to the issues, students will furthermore develop critical thinking skills addressing contemporary events while broadening their understanding of the various challenges businesses of today face. Students who successfully complete Applied Ethical Decision Making (MGMT 3020), Business Law (LEGL 2000), and Environmental Sustainability in Business (BUSI 3000) may choose to be exempt from Contemporary Business Issues (BUSI 3005).

COMM 2215 - Communications - Workplace Applications
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop writing skills acquired in Communications - Workplace Foundations. The course also allows students to explore job search techniques, and is designed to assist them in the continuing development of the skills and confidence required to deliver individual oral presentations. Advisement Note: A student who is able to format formal documents but who may not have successfully met the timing requirement in COMP 1103 (Document Processing I) is still eligible for admission into COMM 2215 (Communications – Workplace Applications).

COMP 3105 - Introduction to Enterprise Systems
This course will introduce students to Enterprise Resource Planning principles and systems. Students will obtain basic end-user skills in selected ERP systems modules.

COMP 3106 - Database II
This course builds on the skills acquired in Database I. Students will apply the concepts of database modelling to create a database for business applications.

COMP 3111 - Spreadsheets II
Building on the skills acquired in Spreadsheets I, students will use advanced spreadsheet concepts and tools to create spreadsheets for business applications.

COMP 3125 - Word Processing II
This course will introduce students to advanced features in word processing software. Students will demonstrate the required competencies working with documents that are representative of the workplace.

COMP 4102 - Applied Software Integration
Applied Software Integration provides an office situation requiring the learner to apply concepts learned in the software applications courses, and integrate these applications such that they are able to solve real-world information situations. Learners will focus on how to apply what they have learned to perform computer-related tasks that increase productivity by helping users become more effective and efficient in their environment.

INFM 2005 - Records Management
An organization's records can include a variety of forms including paper, electronic and optical. Efficient records management provides accurate and timely information for making effective business decisions. This course focuses on the theories and application of the processes, equipment, computer software, and personnel involved with these decisions, including the creation, control, protection and disposition of information.

INFM 4995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

Directed elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

In addition to their required courses, learners will complete two (2) units (120 hours) of open elective credit that are consistent with the goals outlined in their portfolios.

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