Overview

Are you ready to lead the team? Take charge of your future and prepare for an exciting and challenging career as an administrative professional.

Modern office environments are automated and complex. Become a valuable employee on all matters related to software, bookkeeping, human resources and communication. Receive a well-rounded skill set that makes you adaptable to change and ready to conquer everyday challenges in the workplace. Your leadership skills will allow you to keep a team focused and productive. 

Gain advanced training in office procedures while developing your managerial skills. As a graduate, you will be comfortable balancing the technical requirements of your career with the softer skills of team management and leadership. The Office Management program offers elective study, providing you with the opportunity to customize your credentials in areas of interest. 

The Office Management program is supported by extensive industry connections. Benefit from entry-level workplace experience during your studies, connecting with potential employers before you graduate. Get an early start on your career goals by making connections while you are still in college.

Our instructors will prepare you as you study towards earning industry-recognized software certifications and professional workplace credentials including Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and WHMIS. You will have the practical skills needed to succeed in such positions as office administrator, office services coordinator or executive assistant.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 40G/40S or equivalent
  • Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40S or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates find employment in such positions as business manager, office manager or executive assistant.

Connections

Through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), graduates/students may write examinations for the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

You benefit from industry networking and guest speakers and attend classes in computer labs, regular classrooms and lecture theatre. This program uses online learning resources and instructional resources.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

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Note: The cost ($90) for digital, day-one access to the e-textbook for PEDV-0345 College Foundations, a mandatory year one course, will be applied to the applicable student accounts. Students are not required to purchase additional course materials for this course.


Bring Your Own Device

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. 

For this program, students are expected to own or acquire a mobile computing device (most commonly a laptop or tablet) to bring on campus when instructed.  

Bring Your Own Device Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Office Management diploma, students must successfully complete 114 academic credits and 6 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,210 for year one and $3,980 for year two. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $1,130 for year one and $1,110 for year two. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice. 

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2021-22)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Estimated Total* Student Health Insurance 
Office Management (Year 1) 60 $15,420 $1,130 $16,550 $1,000 
Office Management (Year 2) 60 $15,180 $1,110 $16,290 $1,000 

All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf. This cost is in addition to the estimated total in the chart above.

 

Year One Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Accounting Software (COMP-0556)

Prerequisite: ACCT-0003 Financial Accounting 1
Students complete computerized accounting cycles for a variety of organizations using SAGE 50 Accounting Software. Exposure to components in this accounting suite include: General Journal/Ledger, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Payroll, Inventory and Order Entry. Functionality related to System Set-up, Sales Taxes, Banking, Periodic Processing and Financial Reporting are also explored. Students apply computerized accounting techniques to each step of the accounting cycle.

6 credit(s) No No No
College Foundations (PEDV-0345)

This course will improve students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment. In this course, students will reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and selfdirected learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, communication skills, test taking strategies, academic integrity, and information literacy, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.

0 credit(s) No No No
Financial Accounting 1 (ACCT-0003)

This introductory course in the fundamental principles of accounting provides a basic understanding and application of principles relating to the accounting cycle and current assets.

6 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Office Communications 1 (COMM-0372)

This course teaches the principles of English-language grammar and style for use in an office setting. Course topics include effective written communication, correspondence formats, critical thinking and transcription.

6 credit(s) No No No
Office Mathematics (MATH-0104)

This course provides a working knowledge of basic arithmetic and mathematics. This course reviews the basics of arithmetic, graphing and algebra to develop skills for solving practical problems encountered in business. Course topics include manipulation of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents, basic algebra, ratios, proportions, graphing and graphical solutions.

6 credit(s) No No No
Office Procedures 1 (OFAD-0022)

This course provides an overview of general office procedures. Topics include office reception procedures, work and time management procedures, filing, meetings and meeting minutes, handling telephone calls, processing mail and appointment scheduling.

6 credit(s) No No No
Organizational Behaviour (PSSY-0004)

This course develops students' knowledge of behaviour science theory and concepts useful in organizations. Topics include: perception, values and attitudes, foundations of group behaviour, teamwork, leadership, organizational culture and organizational change.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Presentations and Promotions (COMP-0563)

This course focuses on tools and techniques for designing and delivering effective presentations, as well as creating promotional material. Students will demonstrate proficiency using presentation and desktop publishing software. Students will use presentation software to create effective slide presentations and desktop publishing software to design and produce professional, quality documents including brochures and newsletters.

6 credit(s) No No No
Software Applications 1 (COMP-0564)

In this course, students gain strong knowledge of two software applications-electronic spreadsheets and database management. Students acquire skills which will enable them to create, edit, format and print worksheets as well as use formulas, functions and charts to enhance usability and readability of numeric data. In addition, students will learn how to operate database application software to design and create databases, add and modify data and extract information using queries and reports.

6 credit(s) No No No
Word Processing 1 (COMP-0129)

In this course, students learn keyboarding by touch technique, basic word processing concepts using Microsoft Word and formats of business documents such as memoranda, letters, reports and tables. This course gives students practice in proofreading and communication skills and develops efficient production skills through repetitive and concentrated practice.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Word Processing 2 (COMP-0046)

Prerequisite: COMP-0129 Word Processing 1
In this course, students improve keyboarding speed and accuracy, learn advanced word processing concepts, format business documents such as memoranda, letters, reports, tables, itineraries, minutes and agendas, and practice proofreading and communication skills. This course gives students the opportunity to develop superior production skills through repetitive and concentrated practice.

6 credit(s) No No No
Year Two Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Financial Accounting 2 (ACCT-0004)

Prerequisite: ACCT-0003 Financial Accounting 1
This introductory course in the fundamental principles of accounting provides a basic understanding and application of principles relating to current and long-term liabilities, as well as accounting principles relating to partnerships and corporations.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes Yes
Human Relations and Diversity (HRMG-0042)

This skill-development course is designed to produce a deeper understanding of self and others. This is achieved by participation in self-reflective activities, practice with human relationship development and receiving feedback. Students examine topics related to human relations, getting to know yourself, strategies for improving human relations, team building, special challenges in human relations and planning for success. Studying and practicing these topics will boost relationship competencies and assist in creating a positive professional presence.

6 credit(s) No No No
Human Resources Processes (HRMG-0043)

This course introduces the topics of human resource management and employment issues for Canadian organizations. Course content examines problems related to employment legislation, job analysis, recruitment, human resource planning, training and development, payroll, tax and benefits.

6 credit(s) No No No
Legal Issues (LAWG-0072)

This course provides legal education that encourages compliance with legal rules in a business setting reducing the occurrence and cost of violations, and recognition of the legal rights and privileges of employers, employees, and consumers. In this course, students learn about the Canadian legal system, forms of business organizations, contract law, tort law, employment standards, insurance law, bankruptcy and privacy law.

6 credit(s) No No No
Marketing Principles (MKTG-0044)

This course provides students with an understanding of the basic marketing skills that are required by employers for success in today's competitive marketplace. Students gain a basic understanding of the role of marketing in society and business, types of markets, the marketing environment, the elements of the marketing mix and the development of marketing strategies and plans.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes Yes
Office Communications 2 (COMM-0373)

This course immerses students in the conventions of professional written communication and basic research methods. Topics include correspondence, proposals, press releases, technical documentation, editing, research documentation and report writing.

6 credit(s) No No No
Office Management 1 (OFAD-0023)

Students learn how to function in an office managerial role. Topics include leadership, scheduling, collaboration, effective decision making and conflict resolution.

6 credit(s) No No No
Office Procedures 2 (OFAD-0024)

Prerequisite: OFAD-0022 Office Procedures 1
In this course students learn to set the order of priority for given tasks, utilize office equipment, employ office administration skills, demonstrate employability skills, proofread and communicate, utilize Robert's Rules of Order to effectively chair meetings, and will work in groups, as well as individually, to complete hands-on tasks similar to industry expectations.

6 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - OFAD (PRAC-0266)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
A work practicum placement consists of an eight week (240 hours) placement in business and industry. During this experience, the student is expected to perform tasks under direct or indirect supervision by the employer. Credit is given subject to the student submitting evidence that the work has been successfully completed. In addition, the student is required to submit a written report on the work practicum for approval by the designated faculty member.

6 credit(s) No No No
Software Applications 2 (COMP-0566)

Prerequisite: COMP-0564 Software Applications 1
This continuation course build on the skills developed in Software Applications 1. Topics will include tables, working with multiple worksheets, templates, macros, data validation and more advanced functions within the spreadsheets application. Advanced queries, enhanced table design and custom forms and reports within the database management software will also be covered.

6 credit(s) No No No
Software Capstone (COMP-0567)

Prerequisite: COMP-0566 Software Applications 2; COMP-0046 Word Processing 2, COMP-0563 Presentations & Promotions
In this high-level course, students develop advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management and presentation software as well as become adept at integrating data between the applications. During this course, students acquire the skills and knowledge required to write applicable Microsoft certification exams at the Master level as well as be prepared to compete in software applications competitions provincially and nationally. Troubleshooting, working with PDF documents, and using alternate software solutions for word processing and presentations will also be covered.

6 credit(s) No No No

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.