The BCom blended program is offered primarily through online study combined with three mandatory on-site residencies: a two-week residency at the start, an eight-day residency at the program mid-point, and a final one-week residency during the Capstone phase of the program. The blended model provides learners with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial management knowledge while advancing their careers, seeding new ideas and ventures, or pivoting their profession.
Like the on-campus BCom program, the blended BCom program begins online with a one-week orientation, (Bridge to BCom), followed by the first two weeks of Foundational Business Skills (FBS), which subsequently is concluded during the first residency. The FBS course is designed to equip learners with the critical thinking, problem solving, communications, and team-work skills that will set them up for success throughout the program and beyond. The first residency is also designed to enable students to re-immerse themselves in the world of higher learning, bond as a cohort, and create relationships that will be formative as their studies move back online.
Outside of the residency periods, learners pursue two courses at a time with short breaks between terms. Unlike other modes of distance education, the BCom online experience is immersive and interactive. As a cohort, students will move through each course in a structured and facilitated fashion (eight weeks of instruction, followed by an exam or final assignment in week nine) and will be required to maintain an active online presence throughout, including engaging in forum discussions and completing individual and team-based assignments.
During the second residency, students will complete one of their core entrepreneurship courses and move into their first Applied Business Challenge (ABC). ABCs are one-week intensive hands-on learning experiences designed to help students integrate and apply various BCom course concepts and learning outcomes. Students are exposed to various methodologies, tools, and approaches that enable them to identify and address real-world business challenges under time and resource constraints. Activities may include immersive case studies, client engagements, and business boot camps.
Once students have completed all core courses in the program, they undertake their Capstone Project. The Capstone enables students to consolidate and leverage everything they have learned in the program in the pursuit of pitching and crafting a comprehensive business plan that thoughtfully addresses a significant business challenge or seizes a compelling market opportunity, and ultimately seeks to turn an idea into reality. Students gain feedback and insights from industry experts and other professionals as they finalize their pitches and refine their plans during the third and final residency.