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Accounting and Information Technology

Ontario College Graduate Certificate


Overview

The Accounting and Information Technology (AIT) graduate certificate program combines advanced accounting techniques with systems and IT training.

Today's senior accountants make strategic, executive management decisions that impact the entire enterprise. Seneca's AIT program provides senior accountants with the technical knowledge to make these critical decisions with skill and confidence in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

Note: As of September 1, 2015, AIT courses will no longer be eligible for CGA transfer credits.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Seneca's 3-year Accounting and Finance Advanced Diploma with GPA of B or higher

OR

  1. A college diploma or a degree
  2. One post-secondary credit in marketing
  3. One post-secondary credit in organizational behaviour
  4. English proficiency at the college level

OR

A professional accounting designation (CPA).


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Curriculum

AIT704
Management Accounting 2A
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page

Students will develop an understanding of the concepts essential for the design of effective management accounting and control systems. The focus will be on how managers use accounting information to make short-term and long-term decisions. Emphasis will be on the need for managers to adapt to change and to develop and implement new approaches to cost accumulation, to implement effective control systems, analyze business operations, and make relevant decisions. Agency theory, Responsibility Accounting, and Ethical issues will also be studied.




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AIT707
Advanced Financial Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page

This advanced financial accounting course provides an in-depth study of six major areas of advanced financial accounting: standard setting in Canada and internationally; financial instruments; income tax allocation; long-term intercorporate investments; consolidation; foreign currency translation and the translation and consolidation of foreign subsidiaries; and not-for-profit and public sector accounting.




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AIT805
Taxation 1
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page

This course covers the fundamental principles, concepts, and application of Canadian federal income tax legislation. Students apply the rules and regulations of the Income Tax Act to practical cases and use tax preparation software.




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AIT806
Auditing With Practice Set
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page

This one semester course is a comprehensive introduction to auditing which will provide students with knowledge of external auditing principles and procedures. Students will study a variety of topics including: the nature of audit evidence, internal control, materiality and risk, auditing in an EDP environment, reporting and the ethical and legal environment.




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AIT810
Internal Auditing and Controls
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Prerequisite(s):

AIT806
Students must also meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page.

This course provides students with an understanding of internal auditing practices and philosophies. It includes an overview of internal auditing, the audit process, types of audit applications and auditing standards. Students will learn how to analyze, evaluate and report on controls with an emphasis on how controls can be used to make operations more effective and efficient.




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AIT812
Advanced Corporate Finance
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must meet the Program Eligibility Requirements as stated on the program web page

This advanced finance course provides an in-depth study of the concepts and analytical techniques used by financial managers to make sound corporate financing decisions including any ethical considerations. The course will include a thorough understanding of the corporate financial planning process, working capital management, capital budgeting under uncertainty, capital structure, dividend policy, special financing and investment decisions, derivatives, corporate mergers/acquisitions/divestitures and the importance of strategic issues in financial management.




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IAF340
Business Information Systems
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Prerequisite(s):

BAB140 and BAB220

This is an introductory course in the use of computer-based information systems in management and accounting, taking into consideration the global aspect of business. Topics surveyed include hardware and software of computer systems; file and database organization; networks and telecommunications; the systems development process; designing information systems solutions; system security and controls; artificial intelligence; and the management of information systems. Computer software is used to provide illustration and practice in database concepts.




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INT620
Applied E-Commerce
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Prerequisite(s):

SEC520

Students will be introduced to the skills necessary to design, configure and maintain a secure web-based transaction-based site on the Internet. They will learn to design, document, and implement a database driven dynamic e-business solution using simple templating mechanisms in Perl like HTML::Template, and graduate on to more capable templating system such as Perl's HTML::Mason or Perl's Templating Toolkit, in a LAMP/XAMP environment. We will cover a variety of conceptual issues ranging from project management, business models, and design, through customer service, demographics, and electronic payment systems; this course will be, however, primarily project-driven, and students are expected to observe, comply with and be driven by the life-cycle of a typical business project from proposal to prototype. The development platform and tools are the same for all students, and students are required to implement their project according to specifications determined by the instructor.




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PMP200
Project Management Tools and Techniques
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In today's competitive business environment project management skills must include the ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the satisfaction of the customer. The purpose of this introductory course is to examine the general principals, practices, tools and resources associated with managing a diversity of workplace projects.




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Elective - 1 of the following

DCN286
Introduction to Data Communication Technology
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Prerequisite(s):

IOS110, HWD101

This course is an introduction to the field of Telecommunications and Data Communications. The course focuses on the practical aspects of implementation, installation and maintenance of Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks. Ethernet and a practical understanding of components, hardware requirements, cabling, software and security/management features needed to build and operate a LAN will be learned. Wide Area technologies will also be discussed, directed towards the development of a practical understanding of the functions and abilities of connectivity devices such as hubs, switches, bridges and routers.




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DAT702
Introduction to Databases
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Prerequisite(s):

INT213

Students will gain knowledge of the various components of a Relational Database Management System and will learn how to design and implement concepts for a database on both the Windows and Linux platforms using Microsoft Access and MySQL. Finally, students will learn how to use Structured Query Language (SQL), Entity, Relationship (E-R) Modeling, Normalization of Database Tables and Database Design.




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SEC700
Information System Security
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Prerequisite(s):

DCN286 or broad knowledge of networking

This course focuses on security in the areas of enterprise infrastructure and operations, cryptography, telecommunications and applications. Students learn how to identify security risks, protect organization's systems and data by deploying firewalls, data encryption and other countermeasures, and how to protect users from hostile applications. The course content maps to the CompTIA Security+® certification objectives and is intended to help prepare students to write the exam.




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OSAP

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Accounting Designation

Professional Accounting Designation

For post-secondary students considering the pursuit of a professional accounting designation, this program currently provides the opportunity to obtain transfer credit toward the CPA designation through CPA Ontario.

Information provided on our website is that which is in effect at the time of writing. Students should be aware that the recognized professional accounting bodies (CGA and CPA) in Ontario have merged and this has resulted in a number of significant changes to the qualification processes and requirements for these professional designations. Students interested in pursuing a professional accounting designation are advised to check with the relevant accounting body website and to continue to check this website on a regular basis for updates.

Please note that the last date to request transfer credits for CGA courses is August 31, 2015. AIT courses will not be eligible for CGA transfer credits after this date.

Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
Belinda.Becker@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22797


Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
Emiliano.Introcaso@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043