Academic Calendar

ACCT – Accounting

ACCT 100
Introduction to Accounting and Computerized Accounting Applications
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This is a basic financial accounting course in which students explore the introductory principles, concepts and applications of accounting. Through an overview of the nine step accounting cycle, students demonstrate the full range of processes from the initial recording of transactions to the creation of financial statements and reports. Students record transactions manually, and then electronically using an industry standard software package(s).

ACCT 111
Financial Accounting I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students are introduced to fundamental accounting principles, concepts and techniques. The course provides an overview of the accounting cycle from the initial recording of transactions through to the preparation of financial statements for merchandising and service businesses that are organized as proprietorships, partnerships or corporations. Internal controls for cash, calculating and recording of payroll, sales taxes and some alternate inventory cost flow assumptions are other topics that are examined in detail.

ACCT 161
Financial Accounting ll
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students study recording and reporting issues for receivables, capital assets, current and long-term liabilities, and investments. The unique equity recording and reporting issues for partnerships and corporations are explored in detail. Preparation of the cash flow statement is introduced. Analysis of financial statement information is also included in the course.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 111.

ACCT 162
Practical Tax Applications
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This hands-on course introduces students to the preparation of personal tax returns (T1) and corporate tax returns (T2), including the documentation and schedules related to T1 and T2 preparation. Students gain an understanding of the concepts underlying income tax legislation. This course also provides a brief introduction to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The explicit use of taxation software is expected in this course.

Prerequisites: ACCT 111.

ACCT 164
Accounting Software Applications
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students record business transactions during all steps of the accounting cycle using multiple accounting software packages (information systems). Students create financial statements, generate reports, compare multiple accounting information systems and make recommendations.

Prerequisites: MGMT 107, and ACCT 111.

ACCT 214
Integrated Accounting Systems
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students focus on two key software packages: spreadsheet applications and advanced financial accounting software such as ERP software. Students build intermediate and advanced spreadsheet applications to analyze and solve business problems. Students also explore and use advanced accounting software to record transactions and prepare financial statements, create reports and analyze the results.

Prerequisites: ACCT 161 and ACCT 164.

ACCT 215
Quantitative Decision Support
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, and the use of statistical analysis within the business environment. Manual and computer software methods are used to explore topics such as: probability distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis tests and simple linear regression.

Prerequisites: MGMT 107.

ACCT 218
Management Accounting I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students gain an understanding of the managerial accounting tools used for planning, directing and controlling an organization. This course covers topics and concepts such as cost behaviour, costing methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, relevant costs, segment reporting and performance measurement. Familiarity with spreadsheets is an asset in this course.

Prerequisites: ACCT 111.

ACCT 268
Management Accounting II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

The focus of this intermediate accounting course is on cost management and costing systems. The emphasis is on the use of cost information for planning, decision making, and control. This is accomplished through an in depth study of various costing systems e.g. job costing, process costing, activity based costing and management, support department cost allocation, joint product and by product costing and variable and absorption costing.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 218 or ACCT 322.

ACCT 275
Accounting Information Systems
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course emphasizes the accountant's role in the design, development, implementation, operation, and control of accounting information systems. Students use and interpret common documentation tools to represent, explain and analyze business processes and cycles. Students also evaluate internal control systems to assist organizations to achieve their goals, assess risks and propose effective control plans. The fundamentals of information security, risk management and fraud detection are analyzed in accounting systems.

Prerequisites: MGMT 107 and a minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 211 or ACCT 315.

ACCT 311
Introductory Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-1-0)

Students are introduced to the preparation, use, and interpretation of financial statements. Emphasis is on reporting to shareholders, creditors, and other external decision makers. The course also includes principles and standards of balance sheet valuation, income measurements, financial disclosure, and cash flow analysis. Restricted to Bachelor of Commerce, Asia Pacific Management, Bachelor of Applied International Business and Supply Chain Management and Business Studies Minor students.

Prerequisites: ECON 102.

ACCT 315
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This is the first of two intermediate financial accounting courses that emphasize the preparation of financial statements for external users in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) which includes International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE). This course focuses on a detailed analysis of accounting for assets and revenue recognition.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 161, or a minimum grade of C- in both FNCE 301 and ACCT 311.

ACCT 316
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This is the second of two intermediate financial accounting courses that emphasize the preparation of financial statements for external users in accordance with current reporting standard, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE). This course provides an in-depth examination of accounting for liabilities, owners' equity and cash flow, including accounting for complex accounting situations.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 315.

ACCT 318
Management Accounting III
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

The focus of this course is on complex decision analysis tools to solve problems in regression analysis; linear programing; flexible budgeting; variance analysis; capital budgeting with taxes; quality and simulations. Instruction will be done through lecture and by the use of computer modeling.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in both prerequisites: ACCT 268, and one of ACCT 215 or MGTS 103.

ACCT 322
Managerial Information and Control Systems
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students focus on how to prepare and use managerial accounting information for management decision-making. Major topics include: product costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, and relevant costs in decision-making.

Prerequisites: ACCT 311 or ACCT 161.

ACCT 324
Intermediate Management Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students enhance and expand upon the concepts and tools acquired in prerequisite courses aimed at costing products, services and processes and developing the accounting information required to support business decisions.  Topics include cost allocation procedures in a process environment, service departments and within joint production and decision support for pricing, profit, transfer prices and capital expenditures.

Prerequisites: MGTS 312 or ACCT 215 and a minimum grade of C- in either ACCT 322 or ACCT 218.

ACCT 328
Income Tax Fundamentals
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students build on concepts learned in in introductory financial accounting and microeconomics in the study of the fundamentals of the Canadian Income Tax System. Topics covered include the identification of the sources of income and how they are taxed, the computation of net income, taxable income and taxes payable for individuals and corporations resident in Canada and the impact of income taxation on business decision-making. Note: A student may receive credit for only one of ACCT 328 and ACCT 362.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 311 or ACCT 161.

ACCT 350
Audit
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to the concepts, principles and practical applications of auditing in the business world. It covers the fundamentals of auditing objectives, analytical procedures, internal control, materiality, control risk and audit planning. Audit sampling techniques to test controls, and to provide detailed account balances are reviewed. Operational and comprehensive audit services are also examined.

Prerequisites: minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 211 or ACCT 315.

ACCT 351
Advanced Financial Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course covers advanced financial accounting topics. The topics covered are investments in equity securities, business combinations, inter-corporate investments, foreign currency transactions, accounting for not-for-profit and public sector organizations and partnership accounting.

Prerequisites: ACCT 261.

ACCT 353
Leadership and Ethics
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students examine the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and ethics with a focus on ethical decision-making in business contexts. Concepts including utilitarianism, virtue ethics, organizational values, ethical relativism, transformational, situational and servant leadership, and intercultural contexts are discussed. Students analyze case studies to develop an in-depth understanding of leadership and ethical practice in the workplace, and discuss the implications of unethical business conduct.

Prerequisites: MGMT 122 or BUSN 200 or BUSN 201.

ACCT 358
Advanced Management Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

The course focuses on three key aspects of management accounting. The first component of the course examines how the management accountant evaluates the strategy of the organization. Next, some of the planning tools available to the firm are analyzed and applied. These planning models include the product life cycle, target costing, the theory of constraints, quality and strategic pricing. The course will also look at how senior management controls the overall direction of the firm's strategy by examining the organizational structure, the balanced scorecard and the management compensation system. The course will also integrate cases throughout the course to illustrate and apply the concepts taught.

Prerequisites: ACCT 318.

ACCT 366
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students gain an understanding of the mission requirements of Not-For-Profit (NFP) and Government entities which result in differences between traditional IFRS or ASPE accounting, and NFP & Government accounting. Students develop more in-depth knowledge about the legislative process at the municipal, provincial and federal government level, and at the Board level of NFP organizations. Students develop the ability to prepare NFP and Government financial statements which includes the disclosure of issues such as fund accounting and accounting for endowments.

Prerequisites: ACCT 311 or ACCT 111 & ACCT 161 Minimum grade of C- is required in all prerequisite courses.

ACCT 370
Directed Field Study Seminar
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Directed Field Studies Seminar (DFSS) bridges the gap between academic studies and practical experience. This advanced course prepares students for their Directed Field Studies thus building on the program's guiding principle of "Theory + Experience = Learning." DFSS develops theoretical understanding and field-related skills in research design and methodology, as well as critical analysis and interpretation of research literature, research studies and findings. Students also prepare for the workforce through the development of presentation skills, job search skills, resumes, cover letters and interview techniques.

Prerequisites: ACCT 261 and ACCT 318.

ACCT 371
Directed Field Study I
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

In Directed Field Study (DFS) courses ACCT 371 – 378, students are required to select and research four different accounting topics over a period of eight months. Each round of DFS (371 & 372; 373 & 374; 375 & 376; 377 & 378) is of two months duration and has two parts. DFS-371 is Part-1 of the two-part DFS and begins with the student selecting a topic in conjunction with the faculty advisor and the employer from the areas of management accounting, financial accounting, auditing, accounting information systems or finance. The research topic selected must be related to the workplace activities. In this part, the student will prepare an outline of the proposed topic, select and appraise secondary research sources and compose a literature review from the selected references. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in all prerequisites: ACCT 350 or ACCT 442, and ACCT 351 or ACCT 410, and ACCT 358 or ACCT 422, and ACCT 370, and ACCT 391 or ACCT 412.

ACCT 372
Directed Field Study II
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

This course is the second part of the two-part Directed Field Study (DFS) and a continuation of DFS 371. In this part, the student will write one cohesive final report from the literature review, surveys, interviews and all other research done so far and present the final paper to other students, employers, faculty and other interested members of the community. Students also select and critique a presentation of their peers. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 371.

ACCT 373
Directed Field Study III
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

In Directed Field Study (DFS) courses ACCT 371 – 378, students are required to select and research four different accounting topics over a period of eight months. Each round of DFS (371 & 372; 373 & 374; 375 & 376; 377 & 378) is of two months duration and has two parts. DFS-373 is Part-1 of the second round of two-part DFS and begins with the student selecting a topic in conjunction with the faculty advisor and the employer from the areas of management accounting, financial accounting, auditing, accounting information systems or finance. The research topic selected must be related to the workplace activities. In this part, the student will prepare an outline of the proposed topic, select and appraise secondary research sources and compose a literature review from the selected references.  In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 372.

ACCT 374
Directed Field Study IV
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

This course is the second part of the two-part Directed Field Study (DFS) and a continuation of DFS 373. In this part, the student will write one cohesive final report from the literature review, surveys, interviews and all other research done so far and present the final paper to other students, employers, faculty and other interested members of the community. Students also select and critique a presentation of their peers. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 373.

ACCT 375
Directed Field Study V
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

In Directed Field Study (DFS) courses ACCT 371 – 378, students are required to select and research four different accounting topics over a period of eight months. Each round of DFS (371 & 372; 373 & 374; 375 & 376; 377 & 378) is of two months duration and has two parts. DFS-375 is Part-1 of the third round of two-part DFS and begins with the student selecting a topic in conjunction with the faculty advisor and the employer from the areas of management accounting, financial accounting, auditing, accounting information systems or finance. The research topic selected must be related to the workplace activities. In this part, the student will prepare an outline of the proposed topic, select and appraise secondary research sources and compose a literature review from the selected references. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 374.

ACCT 376
Directed Field Study VI
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

This course is the second part of the two-part Directed Field Study (DFS) and a continuation of DFS 375. In this part, the student will write one cohesive final report from the literature review, surveys, interviews and all other research done so far and present the final paper to other students, employers, faculty and other interested members of the community. Students also select and critique a presentation of their peers. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 375.

ACCT 377
Directed Field Study Vll
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

In Directed Field Study (DFS) courses ACCT 371 – 378, students are required to select and research four different accounting topics over a period of eight months. Each round of DFS (371 & 372; 373 & 374; 375 & 376; 377 & 378) is of two months duration and has two parts. DFS-377 is Part-1 of the fourth round of two-part DFS and begins with the student selecting a topic in conjunction with the faculty advisor and the employer from the areas of management accounting, financial accounting, auditing, accounting information systems or finance. The research topic selected must be related to the workplace activities. In this part, the student will prepare an outline of the proposed topic, select and appraise secondary research sources and compose a literature review from the selected references. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 376.

ACCT 378
Directed Field Study VIII
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

This course is the second part of the two-part Directed Field Study (DFS) and a continuation of DFS 377. In this part, the student will write one cohesive final report from the literature review, surveys, interviews and all other research done so far and present the final paper to other students, employers, faculty and other interested members of the community. Students also select and critique a presentation of their peers. In order to enroll in this course, students must be employed in an accounting position with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Prerequisites: ACCT 377.

ACCT 390
Advanced Audit
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This advanced audit course covers in-depth techniques and auditing procedures relevant for assets, liabilities, revenue and expense accounts. It includes the procedures for preparation of working papers and the assembly of portions of an audit file. Mini-cases and a computerized audit case supplement are included.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 350 or ACCT 442.

ACCT 391
Accounting Theory
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this advanced course, students examine contemporary theory, research and practices that have shaped accounting. Topics include: the conceptual framework of accounting, linking financial information to the users, and alternative measurement methods.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 211 or ACCT 315.

ACCT 392
Taxation II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students study the fundamentals of the Canadian Income Tax System. Topics covered include the structure of income tax legislation, the identification of the sources of income and how they are taxed, the determination of net income, the computation of taxable income and income taxes payable for individuals and corporations resident in Canada. The impact of income taxation on business transactions and decision making are considered in all topic areas and students are introduced to key issues in tax planning for individuals and corporations.

Prerequisites: ACCT 162 and LEGL 210.

ACCT 395
Advanced Finance
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is designed to apply the tools acquired through previous studies in finance, management accounting, financial accounting and information technology, to assess financial securities and identify the risk associated with those securities.

Prerequisites: One of ACCT 215, STAT 141, STAT 151, or MGTS 103, and a minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 255 or FNCE 301.

ACCT 398
Strategic Management
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This is the capstone course of the Applied Degree in Accounting. Successful completion of this course requires students to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of performance measurement within the corporate, business and functional levels of strategy. This includes the analysis, formulation and execution of strategic planning through the use of case studies.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in all prerequisites: ACCT 351 or ACCT 410, and ACCT 358 or ACCT 422, and ACCT 391 or ACCT 412.

ACCT 410
Financial Accounting - Advanced
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Building on concepts and tools acquired in previous coursework, students examine the complex concepts and practices of financial reporting in a variety of operating environments including publicly traded enterprises in a multinational environment. The course topics include accounting for financial instruments, inflation, inter-corporate investments and business combinations, foreign currency, and alternative business forms. NOTE: A student may receive credit for only one of ACCT 410 and ACCT 351.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in in one of ACCT 316 or ACCT 261.

ACCT 412
Financial Accounting Theory
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students explore major concepts in a theoretical approach to accounting. Topics include: the conceptual framework of accounting, the role of accounting in the economy, links between income and value, standard setting and other current issues. Note: A student may receive credit for only one of ACCT 412 and ACCT 391.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 315 or ACCT 211.

ACCT 422
Management Accounting - Advanced
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students use concepts and tools acquired in prerequisite courses as a foundation to address senior level performance evaluation and management within the context of an organization’s strategy including a critical analysis of current practices. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized through analysis of cases and current topics. Topics include the nature of management and management accounting system support for strategy, organizational behavior and goal congruence including incentives and compensation, organizational design including management and management accounting systems support, financial and non-financial performance measurement systems including the alignment to strategy and financial and operational forecasting and analysis. NOTE: A student may receive credit for only one of ACCT 422 and ACCT 358.

Prerequisites: ORGA 201 and minimum grade of C- in ACCT 324.

ACCT 428
Advanced Corporate Taxation
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course builds upon corporate tax concepts covered in ACCT 328 to advance the student’s knowledge of tax principles as they apply to corporations in Canada. Topics include the Goods and Services Tax (GST), taxation of investment income earned by a corporation, refundable taxes, shareholder benefits, owner-manager remuneration, transfer of property to corporations, corporate reorganizations, purchase or sale of a business, and anti-avoidance tax provisions. This course also includes tax planning for corporate taxpayers in complex situations.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 328.

ACCT 430
Accounting Information and Systems Support
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students examine accounting system needs, design, implementation and maintenance in a variety of organizational settings with the aim of providing the information necessary to support strategic initiatives and statutory reporting requirements. Students construct a model to test a variety of assumptions regarding the quality of accounting information. NOTE: A student may receive credit for only one of ACCT 430 and ACCT 275.

Prerequisites: MSYS 200 and minimum grade of C- in ACCT 322.

ACCT 442
Auditing
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course focuses on the concepts and principles of auditing (assurance) including audit objectives, analytical procedures including sampling techniques, internal control, materiality, control risk and planning; and preparation of audit working papers. The comprehensive and systems audit approaches are also addressed.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of ACCT 315 or ACCT 211.

ACCT 493
Integrated Case Studies in Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is designed to offer students experience in integrated case analysis that will help them in applying the subject matter they have learned in various courses to real life situations. Students apply accounting, finance, strategy and governance knowledge in order to provide recommendations and conclusions for real-world business simulations and case studies.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACCT 316 or ACCT 261, ACCT 328 or ACCT 392, FNCE 301 or ACCT 255, ACCT 318 or ACCT 324 (ACCT 350 or ACCT 442 are strongly recommended for this course).

ACCT 497
Special Topics in Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course involves reading, discussing and critically evaluating current research on specialized topics of interest to senior students in the Bachelor of Commerce. Topics covered vary with the interests of students and faculty and may include an applied field research component in business, government or community. Students should consult with faculty members in the Department of Accounting and Finance for details regarding current offerings. This course can be taken twice for credit.

Prerequisites: Minimum of C- in one 300 level ACCT course and consent of the department chair or designate.

ACCT 498
Independent Studies in Accounting
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

In consultation with and supervised by a member of the department or an approved professional in the community, a senior student undertakes advanced scholarly work related to the field of accounting. The faculty member guides the student in designing and undertaking this work, using appropriate assumptions and methods to arrive at warranted conclusions and outcomes that will advance accounting knowledge or practice. Note: This course can be taken twice for credit.

Prerequisites: Consent of the course instructor and the department chair.