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Business Information Systems

Business Information Systems (formerly known as Computer Information Systems) is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in the fundamental principles of information systems and business solution development. Your studies will include a variety of software development languages (Visual Studio.NET, Java, COBOL) and target platforms (Windows, networked software and web application development).

You will study data gathering and modeling, the database management systems used by businesses to store information and retrieval techniques of database and programming languages. In addition, you will learn the systems analysis, design methodologies and project management skills necessary to carry information technology projects from inception to implementation. These skills will be complemented with training in the fundamentals of computer hardware technology, networking and various operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux). You will also study the critical business functions that leverage information technology in day-to-day operations and integrate this knowledge into the development of meaningful information technology solutions.

Successfully completing accredited computer science programs helps graduates pursue the Information Systems Profession of Canada (I.S.P.) designation.

Selected courses for this program are available through distance and/or continuing education course offerings. The program is available full-time at SIAST Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

Business Communications 1 (BCOM 120)

You will develop fundamental employability skills by studying the principles of communication. Course content includes developing effective writing skills. You will apply the principles and skills by writing letters and memorandums for routine and negative purposes. You will develop teamwork employability skills and examine ways to apply communication skills to team and cross-cultural situations.

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Business Communications 2 (BCOM 121)

You will continue to develop effective business writing skills and employability skills. The course focuses on writing business reports in informal and formal styles. Your classroom study and experience will help prepare you for a business career by developing your presentation skills.

Prerequisites: Business Communications 1, Business Communications 1

Fee: $467 45 hours/15 weeks
Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: TBAApril 22, 2014 - June 24, 2014
distance refers to online, print, video and home study components

Business Statistics (STAT 120)

You will be introduced to the elements of statistics used in business. The course content includes frequency distribution, measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions (discrete and continuous), sampling, sampling distributions, estimations, regressions, correlation and elementary hypothesis testing.


Fee: $467 45 hours/15 weeks
Additional costs: A textbook and Sharp business financial EL-738 calculator.
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-185January 6, 2014 - April 28, 2014
M, 7-10 pm
Room: 312
Course packs will be provided at class (Kelsey)
Register online, by mail or in Saskatoon

Introductory Financial Accounting 1 (ACCT 122)

Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and an introduction to accounting for current assets. ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.

Fee: $467 45 hours/15 weeks and 8 weeks
Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-93May 1, 2014 - June 23, 2014
M&Th, 7-10 pm
Room: 921
No class May 19; Midterm exam May 26 (Wascana)
Register online, by mail or in Regina
CRN: 04-86May 5, 2014 - June 26, 2014
M&Th, 7-10 pm
Room: 317
No class May 19 (Kelsey)
Register online, by mail or in Saskatoon

Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225)

Your studies will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of managerial accounting. You will examine cost concepts, pricing strategies, manufacturing accounting, cost allocation and budgeting processes. You will be able to select appropriate managerial accounting techniques for decision making

Prerequisites: Introductory Financial Accounting 1

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Organizational Behaviour (ADMN 220)

You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. Course content includes individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership and change. All topics are dealt with in the context of diverse formal organizations.

Fee: $467 45 hours/15 weeks
Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateLocation
April 21, 2014 - June 23, 2014
Distance refers to online, print, video and home study component

Organizational Effectiveness (HR 236)

You will develop strategies and processes related to creating and fostering an evolving workplace culture that supports innovation, change, quality and learning to result in harmony between the organization’s needs and employee’s expectations while remaining consistent with the organization’s business plan. Course content includes an overview of business planning, corporate culture, quality management and the emerging role of the employer and human resource support systems.

Prerequisites: Organizational Behaviour

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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.