Start Dates

  • September 06, 2022
Program Delivery

  • Blended

Open Studies is available only for domestic learners.

Program Description

Open Studies Regional allows learners living in the area surrounding Calgary to take College courses to:

  • qualify for admission to a Bow Valley College program, or
  • explore a subject or field before committing to a program

A variety of course offerings will include introductory courses in business, community studies, health, social sciences, and technology. Please note that Open Studies is not an independent program and is limited to a selection of entry-level courses. If you are interested in a particular course not listed below, please contact us. 

Courses are delivered with a blend of learning activities that are in-class or online. Learners are required to participate in scheduled learning activities and some scheduled exams may be required. 

Campuses in Airdrie, Cochrane, and Okotoks are available to provide in-person services. Contact Regional, or view our locations to contact the campus nearest you and find out more about Regional programming.

Open Studies applicants do not need to meet specific academic requirements of the College, however standard English-language proficiency is recommended.

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Airdrie Campus

(403) 355-1910

Cochrane Campus

(403) 851-0463

Okotoks Campus

(403) 476-2233

Strathmore Region

(403) 983-1221


Applications for Open Studies Regional are accepted through applyalberta.ca.

Course Listing

Course outlines are available here.

Courses are subject to change.

In the business environment, accounting and financial information are essential for internal and external decision-making. Therefore, understanding the basics of accounting and financial statements are important for every business graduate. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting with an emphasis on decision-makers' objectives and use of financial information. Key concepts explored include accounting principles and standards, the complete accounting cycle, recording and reporting business transactions, and preparing and analyzing financial statements.

Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.

Note: Learners with prior credit in ACCT1101 and ACCT1102 cannot take ACCT1103.

Effective keyboarding is an integral part of being successful in an office environment. Focus is placed on ergonomic touch-typing technique to master the alphabetic and numeric keyboard. Learners with keyboarding experience have the opportunity to improve their technique to achieve higher level of speed and accuracy.

This course introduces learners to the multifaceted roles of managers within an organization through theory and practical application. While analyzing and critically reflecting on the functions of management, learners have the opportunity to connect key concepts with their own professional practice. Topics such as strategic planning, organizational structure and design, leadership, motivation, controls, and team dynamics are examined.
Prerequisite: None

Learners are introduced to concepts aimed at providing a solid foundation of marketing principles and the role marketing plays in business. Emphasizing a holistic approach, learners have the opportunity to analyze and apply the marketing mix. Key concepts include product, price, placement, and promotion (4Ps), the Integrated Marketing Communications Mix (IMC), market research, and consumer behaviour.

Through practice and reflection, learners nuture personal and professional relationships using interpersonal communication skills. With a focus on other-oriented communication, learners demonstrate how inequities and power dynamics influence relationships.

The course prepares learners to adopt holistic strategies to respond to emerging issues in the early childhood education field. Recognizing the importance of a nurturing environment, learners explore topics related to the wellbeing of children, families, and educators, which may include promoting healthy lifestyles, developing trauma awareness, and following licensing, health and safety guidelines. Upon successfully completing this course, learners will develop approaches to supporting children by maintaining a healthy and meaningful relationship with families and communities.

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

This course is an introduction to Indigenous cultural experience and perspectives. Learners analyze the foundations for stereotypes, bias and false narratives that impact Indigenous ways of being in Canada. Learners consider how legal and social policy impacts Indigenous identity. Euro-Canadian perspectives and beliefs toward Indigenous people are discussed. Learners explore the experience and Indigenous worldview in the Canadian context.

In this course, learners explore how families are integrated within larger social systems; how patterns of social power and inequality shape Canadian families; as well as how and why the family is critical to the socialization process. The course culminates in the critical assessment of issues affecting families in Canada.

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