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Aboriginal Community Economic Development Diploma

Aboriginal Community Economic Development Diploma

The Aboriginal Community Economic Development (ACED) diploma is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time study. In addition to the successful completion of the ACED certificate, students are required to take the courses, 30 credits, as prescribed below with a total of 60 credits. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.


Completion of the Aboriginal Community Economic Development Certificate.

NVIT requires that 50% of credits earned for a diploma must be completed at NVIT. Half of the 50% earned at NVIT can be through prior learning assessment. To be eligible for a diploma a minimum cumulative GPA of 2 .0 (Calculated on required 60 credits) must be achieved. To receive a diploma in Aboriginal Community Economic Development, the learner must successfully complete all courses required in the certificate level as well as the following courses.

Diploma Completion Plan
  • ACED-180 - Project Management
  • ACED-200 - Planning in Aboriginal Communities
  • ACED-220 - First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
  • ACED-230 - Venture Development II
  • ACED-240 - Contemporary First Nation Issues
  • ACED-260 - Case Studies in CED
  • ACED-280 - Community Development II
  • BUSM-207 - Introduction To Statistics
  • BUSM-211 - Introduction to Finance
  • BUSM-223 - Human Resources Management
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACED-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Project Management
    Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Algebra 11 and business writing experience or permission of instructor.
    ACED-200 - Credits: 3.000
    Planning in Aboriginal Communities
    ACED 200 is an interdisciplinary course. It examines economic, environment and social factors that impact or enhance Community Economic Development (CED) project design. Both successful and unsuccessful CED projects are examined to highlight CED strategies, principles and concepts that have positive impact on sustainable development planning in Aboriginal and small communities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED-220 - Credits: 3.000
    First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
    ACED 220 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nations Law and Economic Development. The student will learn about constitutional law, case law, and public policy. This course will discuss the concepts of self-government and also of community development. Analysis will include studying the Indian Act and also studying contemporary economic initiatives. In addition, this course will discuss the communities' control over services, creation of corporations, and economic development. Systemic issues such as historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations will be studied. This course will provide a historical understanding of contemporary events as well as current legal and political developments. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Venture Development II
    ACED 230 introduces students to the field of entrepreneurship. Students examine the concepts, activities and new ways to meet the needs and demands of entrepreneurs. The course examines these themes: (1), the characteristics of the entrepreneur, (2), family businesses, (3), home-based businesses, (4), new product design, (5), business plan, (6) franchising and other alternatives. There will be a focus on opportunities for entrepreneurial development in Aboriginal communities facing challenges such as: downsizing, restructuring, information and communication technologies and globalization. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED-240 - Credits: 3.000
    Contemporary First Nation Issues
    ACED 240 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nation issues. Students will examine First Nation peoples, employment, health and cultures. Other issues are: historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations, First Nation land claims, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, government policy, and Canadian law. Contemporary issues such as treaty negotiations, Bill C-31, and self-government initiatives will be analyzed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED-260 - Credits: 3.000
    Case Studies in CED
    This course examines some of the significant CED initiatives in Aboriginal communities. At the heart of the course lies a simple point: Aboriginal people are taking greater responsibility for determining and managing their economies but do they have the tools to help them along? This course provides lessons from case studies in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. As a survey course, it integrates CED theory and practice. It empowers local communities through CED that balances economic, social, and ecological objectives. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or or permission of instructor.
    ACED-280 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Development II
    ACED 280 is an in-depth study of practical and theoretical applications of community organizing case study from the U.S. The course introduces students to the concepts, principles and practice of community organizing. The course explores the current movement of community development which include: some of the sophisticated networks of foundations, corporations, intermediaries, technical assistance providers, with local, state, and federal agencies in the design and implementation of community economic development and organizing strategies. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    BUSM-207 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Statistics
    This course is designed for students who require a course in statistical concepts, principles and methods in preparation for working with statistical studies and analyzing data in their chosen field of study. The focus of this course will be on the logic and interpretation of statistical concepts and techniques in business settings. Much work will be required. This course introduces the student to basic statistical methods for analyzing both a quantitative and qualitative information, including graphic methods, sampling, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The relationship of statistics to research methods is discussed, applications to business decisions is stressed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 200 / MATH-057 / ENGL-060 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, and/or Foundations of Math 11 or permission of instructor.
    BUSM-211 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Finance
    The objective of this course is to develop a framework within which financial decisions can be examined. This framework broadly covers the theoretical foundations of finance, the Canadian institutional framework and the techniques used in financial management. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 210 / BUSM-207 / STAT-203 / MATH-120 / MATH-110 / BUSM 200
    Corequisites: corequisite or prerequisite / BUSM 207
    BUSM-223 - Credits: 3.000
    Human Resources Management
    An introduction to personnel management including organization of the personnel functions; recruitment and selection, interviewing and counseling, job descriptions and evaluation, compensation and salary administration, management development and performance appraisal, training and staffing planning, safety and occupational health. The course places particular emphasis on the practical applications of personnel policies and procedures, on personnel's relationship to management and management's responsibilities to employees. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor / BUSM 222

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