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  • Objectives
    In this program, graduates of College and University accounting programs or people employed in accounting are provided with advanced accounting, financial management and information technology expertise. Graduates with these skills will meet the requirement for professionals who understand the application of technology in today's highly technical business environment. All the information technology courses are taught from the perspective of the accounting professional.
  • Academic Title
    Accounting and Information Technology Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    ACCT8010     Auditing

    Description: This introductory course covers the auditing concepts and procedures of external auditing. Topics include reporting; professional standards and ethics; legal liability; audit objectives; evidence and documentation; planning and analysis; materiality and risk; internal control; audit sampling; and computer auditing. The functions and procedures related to the revenue and collection cycle, acquisition and expenditure cycle, inventory and capital asset balances, and the production and payroll cycle are also studied. Auditing software is used in the related Audit Working Papers (ACCT8050) course.
    Hours: 70
    Credits: 5

    ACCT8020     Advanced Management Accounting

    Description: This course develops an understanding of the role of management accounting information. Learning to perform analyses students design control systems and become aware of the responsibilities of management accountants. Topics covered range from management accounting to capital budgeting. Computer spreadsheets are used to show concepts and provide hands-on experience.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ACCT8050     Audit Working Papers
    Description: This course requires students to complete an audit practice set which provides students with hands-on experience in preparing audit working papers. Audit working papers are required to support the audit opinion reached by the auditor. The practice set provides a typical real-life situation in which the student takes on the role of an audit assistant to complete a year-end audit file for review by a senior partner. Students work through four phases of an audit: Planning and design; Testing internal control; Directly testing the final account balances; Completing the audit and issuing the auditor's report.
    Hours: 2

    INFO8010     Internet Applications

    Description: Laying the foundation of knowledge in the use of the Internet in business, this course reviews the underlying technologies. Topics range from Internet infrastructure to research and collaboration tools. Online experience is provided using key Internet programming languages.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    INFO8020     Network Management for Financial Managers
    Description: Focusing on the management of network technologies in business, this course reviews the underlying telecommunications and networking technologies. The course also provides a study of network components and network security.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    INFO8200     E-Business

    Description: This course develops skills required to develop and manage e-commerce applications from a managerial perspective. It also develops skills in exploiting e-commerce for business applications. Topics include a managerial perspective of e-commerce; e-commerce applications and opportunities; e-commerce payment methods; regulatory, taxation, and jurisdictional issues; risk management; funding and marketing; and management issues. Extensive online research is included in the course work to enhance understanding of the e-commerce issues covered.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    ACCT8070     Taxation

    Description: This course covers the fundamental principles of Canadian federal income tax legislation. Topics range from the concepts of income and liability for tax to income from employment. The course emphasizes understanding of the conceptual structure of the Income Tax Act and its applications. The course also integrates tax preparation software.
    Hours: 72
    Credits: 5

    ACCT8080     Advanced Financial Accounting
    Description: This advanced financial accounting course provides an in-depth study of major areas of advanced financial accounting ranging from financial instruments to consolidation of foreign subsidiaries. Computer spreadsheets are used to demonstrate concepts and provide practice in advanced financial accounting.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ACCT8110     Advanced Management Information Systems

    Description: This advanced course is presented from a strategic management perspective. Topics included range from the role of IS/IT in strategic planning and competitive advantage to business transformation and identifying systems requirements. The human side of IS change management is also discussed.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    INFO8030     Database Management for Financial Managers

    Description: This foundation course uses database technologies from a managerial perspective. It provides an overview of information management and file and database organization and applications. Hands-on experience in database management is provided to enhance understanding of concepts covered.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    Level Three
    ACCT8040     Accounting Theory

    Description: This advanced course in financial accounting includes in-depth treatment of current issues and problems in the field. Topics cover the contributions of economics, finance and other disciplines to accounting theory; the practical and theoretical problems of the present value model; foreign exchange accounting; hedging; the process and issues of standard setting; agency theory; and other topics related to specific industries or sectors of the economy.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ACCT8060     Management Auditing
    Description: This course covers the objectives, concepts, principles, and techniques of management auditing. Topics include the role of the management auditor; types of audits; enterprise risk management; planning the management audit; the examination phase of management auditing; reporting audit observations and monitoring; the impact of information technology on management auditing; management audit of purchasing, human resources management, marketing, and financial management; as well as management auditing in the public sector. Computer software is used to illustrate concepts and obtain hands-on experience.
    Hours: 72
    Credits: 5

    MGMT8030     Project Management for Financial Managers

    Description: Projects are temporary endeavors that organizations and individuals undertake to create a unique product or service. This course provides an in-depth study of the defined set of project management procedures used to produce a consistent and effective management methodology. Topics include a comprehensive overview of the components that encompass project management; the processes involved in starting, controlling, managing, and successfully completing a project; project budgeting and planning; risk management; human factors; and strategies to mitigate system development risks.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MGMT8040     Business Process Integration
    Description: Business Process Integration focuses on enterprise systems and related technologies applied in a business setting. The goal of this course is to enable students to acquire an appreciation of managerial and technical issues in business process integration. The course focuses on existing and emerging enterprise systems concepts, including supply chain management, customer relations management, and enterprise resource planning (ERP); however, it is not designed to teach students how to use any specific ERP software package. The course also provides guidance on business process integration for small- to medium-sized businesses.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

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