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  • Objectives
    This program is designed to provide graduates of diploma programs other than accounting, or people employed in business, with the foundation studies to become a professional accountant. The courses will meet the academic requirements to obtain transfer credits for the first three levels of the CGA Program of Studies.
  • Academic Title
    Professional Accounting Practice Ontario Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    ACCT8170     Financial Accounting I

    Description: This course in financial accounting reviews the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements. Topics include accounting for merchandising activities, accounting for cash, temporary investments and accounts receivable, inventories and cost of goods sold, capital assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnership accounting and accounting for corporations, as well as the cash flow statement.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    BUS8130     Business Law

    Description: This course is an introduction to the legal system which governs personal and commercial relationships in Canada. As such, it will provide the student with knowledge of the basic legal concepts, in order to gain insight into judicial reasoning, and develop the skills necessary for legal inquiry and analysis. Areas covered include: contract law, sales of goods and consumer protection, agency, partnership and corporate law, employment regulations, real property and protection of creativity.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM8040     Effective Writing

    Description: This course is intended to develop the writing skills professional require to succeed in business communications and academic studies. It introduces a three-stage writing process (planning, drafting, and revising), leads students through the often complex process of creating and revising documents, and encourages critical thinking about written and spoken communication. Basic grammar, spelling, and usage are reviewed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP8100     Information Management

    Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system and the Internet, create basic business presentations, exploit the power of spreadsheets and learn the basics of accounting software. Students will also learn the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. An emphasis will be placed on the development of solutions to business problems using commonly available microcomputer tools.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ECON8030     Microeconomics
    Description: This course is a study of how people in society deal with the problem of scarcity. It introduces students to principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary microeconomic issues facing Canadian society. Economic models are utilized to analyze decisions made by individual economic units in an economy, such as households, firms, the interaction of these units under varying market structures, and the impact of various government policies. Topics of study include: principles of economics, supply and demand theory, consumer theory, production and cost theory, and the determination of equilibrium price and output under different market structures.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH8000     Statistics
    Description: This Business Statistics course covers simple descriptive statistics, probability and the binomial and normal probability distributions, statistics inference, sampling distributions, simple regression and correlation analysis.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    ACCT8180     Financial Accounting II

    Description: This course focuses on the asset side of the balance sheet. The first part of the course covers financial reporting and accounting concepts, income statement and balance sheet presentation, the cash flow statement, and revenue and expense recognition. The valuation of notes receivable, investment indebt securities, and leases are studied. The second half of the course covers current monetary balances, inventory and cost of goods sold, temporary and long-term investments, and capital assets. Computer software is used to demonstrate accounting concepts and procedures and to provide hands-on experience.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT8170

    COMM8050     Business Communications

    Description: This course is a continuation of Effective Writing (COMM8040). Writing assignments include typical business communications such as memos, letters, instructions and a formal report.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMM8040

    ECON8040     Macroeconomics

    Description: This course is a study of the Canadian economy as a whole. It introduces students to principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary macroeconomic issues facing Canadian society. It examines the structure and performance of the Canadian economy utilizing economic models and aggregate economic indicators such as gross domestic product, employment, unemployment, income and productivity growth, inflation, interest rates, and the impact of domestic and international influences and of government fiscal and monetary policies.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    FIN8100     Finance

    Description: Introducing the theory and principles of managerial finance, this course examines the corporate financial manager's role in the firm as it relates to long term issues in finance. Specific study is given to the theory and practice of capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, cost of capital, valuations, mergers and acquisitions.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT8170

    MATH8010     Quantitative Methods
    Description: This course will develop further the concepts of statistical inference developed in Statistics (MATH8000) with more in-depth applications to problems encountered in the business world, especially by the professional accountant. These topics will include sampling distributions, confidence intervals, an advanced treatment of hypothesis testing and estimation, regression techniques, time series analysis and forecasting which will be useful in analyzing the relationship between variables and in making statistical predictions. It will also deal with problems in decision making under conditions of uncertainty and linear programming. The emphasis will be on practical problems generally dealt with in the accounting area, rather than mathematical theory.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MATH8000

    Level Three
    ACCT8140     Management Accounting

    Description: This course introduces the main concept and practices of management accounting. The main topics are cost accounting fundamentals, job and process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and control, inventory costing, and information for management control and decision analysis. Computer software is used to illustrate concepts.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT8170

    ACCT8150     Management Information Systems

    Description: This is a course in the use of computer-based information systems in management and accounting. Topics surveyed include hardware and software of computer systems, file and database organization, networks and telecommunications, the systems development process, designing information systems solutions, systems security and controls, artificial intelligence, and the management of information systems.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ACCT8160     Integrated Project

    Description: In this course students will process accounting transactions using computer software and prepare financial statements. It also integrates knowledge from a variety of courses requiring students to analyze financial information for decision-making purposes, identify problems and evaluate alternatives to solve them and prepare related reports.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIN8100
    CoRequisites: ACCT8140, ACCT8150, ACCT8190

    ACCT8190     Financial Accounting III
    Description: This course emphasizes liabilities and equities. Topics include partnerships and corporations, current and long-term liabilities, shareholders’ equity, complex debt and equity instruments, leases, accounting for income taxes, pension and other post-employment benefits, accounting changes, cash flow statement, and the analysis of financial statements. Computer software is used to illustrate concepts.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6
    Pre-Requisites: ACCT8180

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