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Overview

Gain a strong knowledge of accounting, payroll and human resource practices, as well as related technology and payroll applications.  You will complete the college diploma, professional certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification – PCP, Canadian Payroll Association), and three credits towards completion of a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation ( C ), University Preparation ( U ) or University/College Preparation ( M ) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
  • Grade 12 English: ENG4 ( C ) or ENG4 ( U )
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: ( C ) or ( U ) or
  • Grade 11 Mathematics: ( U ) or ( M )

Students who have completed the Accounting Diploma and who want to pursue studies in payroll are directed to the Canadian Payroll Program.


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Curriculum

ACC120
Accounting Basics I
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

This course introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles, the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.




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EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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BAM101
Introduction to Business Administration
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.




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QNM106
Mathematics of Finance
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Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but a strong foundation in mathematics at the Grade XII level is recommended

For business personnel, this course covers fundamentals of mathematics for business and finance: ratios, proportions, percentages, break-even analysis, commissions, trade and cash discounts, simple interest and discount, compound interest and discount, equation of values, and ordinary annuities.




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SMS210
Microcomputer Applications for Business
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Prerequisite(s):

A fundamental working knowledge of Windows Operating Systems and Excel Software.

Building on the skills they have previously acquired in Excel and Windows operating systems, students will further develop their proficiency in these areas and add Access to their skill set. Throughout the course, they will apply these software skills to solve business problems.




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ACC220
Accounting Basics II
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Prerequisite(s):

ACC120 - Accounting Basics I

In this second of the two introductory accounting courses, students will expand their understanding of accounting principles and concepts while covering specific topics including: accounts receivable, capital assets, corporations' shareholders' equity, and bonds payable. Preparation of the Statements of Retained Earnings and Changes in Financial Position will also be covered. Finally, the students will expand their understanding of the role of financial statement users by studying financial statement analysis.




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CPA300
Payroll Compliance Legislation
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This course will provide students with the payroll related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.




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HRM701
Introduction to Human Resources Management
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This course is a comprehensive overview of modern day personnel and human resource management. This course will introduce the diverse components of human resource functions and its role in the current business environment. Case study analysis will be used to link the theory to the practical situations that occur in Human Resources. Topics to be covered are: the business environment, recruitment and selection, employee development and evaluation, compensation and benefits, employee rights, safety and representations and strategic issues and challenges in Human Resources Management, in both domestic and global environments.




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HRM742
Business Management & Organizational Behaviour
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

This course is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment, organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for better and more effective leadership. This course provides a better understanding of this process.




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CPA301
Payroll Fundamentals I
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300 prior to taking this course.

This course will provide students with the ability to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay from remuneration and deductions to net pay.




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EAC894
Business Writing
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent

The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. In order to succeed in today's information overload world, writers must be able to effectively articulate ideas quickly, clearly and concisely in proposals, emails, reports, memos, project plans and through social media. This course focuses on creating professional-quality documents for realistic business situations, with an emphasis on audience analysis, appropriateness and editing. Other topics include formal and informal outlining techniques, how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy and jargon, and e-correspondence in an "organizational" setting.




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HRM831
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The purpose of this course is to examine the principles, processes and theories involved in the design and administration of compensation programs. Emphasis is placed on linking compensation strategy to corporate strategy, applying behavioural theories in the design of compensation programs and implementing, managing and adapting compensation programs.




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SMS315
Systems Studies II
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Prerequisite(s):

SMS210 - Microcomputer Applications For Business,
ACC220 - Accounting Basics II

SMS315 is a continuation of the study of the tools and techniques of computer systems. This course involves the involves the use of a relational database management system to build a simplified accounting system and implementation of a computerized accounting software package, the recording of accounting transactions and preparation of financial statements as well as creating an accounting system using a database.




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ACC405
Taxation Regulation and Reporting
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Prerequisite(s):

ACC120 and ACC220

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skill to complete personal and business tax forms. Students will learn how to respond to and apply the fundamental provisions of laws that affect taxation of a business and their personal situation. The emphasis will be on practical aspects of compliance.




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HRM732
Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and a working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers. The fundamental principles of finance and accounting will be combined with practical applications relating to various forms of organization. Using accounting information to help effect plans, controls, and decisions will be emphasized.




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CPA302
Payroll Fundamentals 2
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301 and ACC120 prior to taking this course.

This course provides students with the ability to calculate and report government and third party circumstances.




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APP303
Call Centre Operations - Accounting and Payroll
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Prerequisite(s):

CPA301

Corequisite(s):

CPA302

This course introduces the student to a working call centre environment. Students will understand how the call centre relates to the payroll industry and its function within an organizational structure. In addition, students will become proficient in using call centre technology by performing hands-on exercises in a call centre lab environment. Students are required to apply classroom theory and demonstrate the skills and techniques of communications, keyboarding, research, and customer service in practical applications.




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APP304
Payroll Accounting and Technology Practicum
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Prerequisite(s):

CPA300, CPA301, CPA302 and ACC120

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an extensive hands-on, practical knowledge of accounting and payroll applications using technology as a tool. Using source documents, students will use appropriate technology to complete a comprehensive case study on both the accounting and payroll cycles. Students will experience payroll and accounting systems and the source standards for industry-standard payroll and accounting systems for both in-house and outsourced payroll.




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3 General Education Options 3 General Education Options

Effective January 2017, EAC394 will be replaced by EAC894

Student must successfully complete three general education courses with at least two different course codes.

Students in the Accounting and Payroll Diploma program will complete all courses required for the PCP and CPM designations, except ** CPA401 - Payroll Management Processes and CPA402 - Payroll Management Practices** - subject to change.

Canadian Payroll Program Information

Level I Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)

CPA300
Payroll Compliance Legislation
Availability
 

This course will provide students with the payroll related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.




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ACC120
Accounting Basics I
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent

This course introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles, the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.




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CPA301
Payroll Fundamentals I
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300 prior to taking this course.

This course will provide students with the ability to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay from remuneration and deductions to net pay.




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CPA302
Payroll Fundamentals 2
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301 and ACC120 prior to taking this course.

This course provides students with the ability to calculate and report government and third party circumstances.




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Level II Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

CPA403
Introduction to Payroll Management
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301, CPA302 and ACC120 prior to taking this course. Students must also meet a payroll experience prerequisite as determined by CPA prior to taking this course.

This course prepares students to manage a payroll department by introducing them to core management topics. Based on market research, the course provides the management content and tools, such as decision making and project management, required to be a successful manager. It builds on the foundation of a Payroll Compliance Practitioner's experience and knowledge of legislative monitoring and effective communication of payroll programs and policies.




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CPA404
Applied Payroll Management
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete CPA300, CPA301, CPA302, CPA403 and ACC120 prior to taking this course.

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply relevant management processes in the context of a payroll department. Benchmarking, best practices development, human resources skills are utilized to enable the payroll professional to achieve organizational and career goals.




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HRM742
Business Management & Organizational Behaviour
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

This course is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment, organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for better and more effective leadership. This course provides a better understanding of this process.




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HRM732
Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and a working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers. The fundamental principles of finance and accounting will be combined with practical applications relating to various forms of organization. Using accounting information to help effect plans, controls, and decisions will be emphasized.




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HRM831
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

None.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM 701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

The purpose of this course is to examine the principles, processes and theories involved in the design and administration of compensation programs. Emphasis is placed on linking compensation strategy to corporate strategy, applying behavioural theories in the design of compensation programs and implementing, managing and adapting compensation programs.




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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.

Program Contacts

Keith Chapin
Program Coordinator
Keith.Chapin@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24043


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.