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Overview

The Accounting Techniques (ACT) program is designed to provide you with a solid background in accounting and computerized bookkeeping. Its short, intensive format helps you focus on such critical skills as financial reporting, practical experience with accounting software packages, and training in business communication. Complete the program successfully and you'll be equipped to work in organizations of all types and sizes as Accounting Clerks, Bookkeepers, Administrative Assistants, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerks, etc.

The students who successfully complete the Accounting Techniques program of study will earn four of nine academic courses required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation awarded by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeepers (CIB). The remaining courses required for the designation are offered as part of Seneca's Accounting diploma program.

For more information please visit the CIB website.

Career Opportunities

Give yourself a career with options. Become a professional bookkeeper with the Accounting Techniques certificate program and you could work for yourself, a small family-run business, a large corporation or anything in between. You'll enjoy the flexibility to do it all. From accounts payable to accounts receivable to payroll and beyond, you could play a critical role in any company's financial success by providing it with a strong bookkeeping foundation.

Seneca, in co-operation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB), now offers this program that allows you to earn four of the nine courses required for CIB's professional bookkeeping designation; and prepares you for a career in bookkeeping and entry-level accounting.

A 2009 benchmark study conducted by the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada found that over 54% of individuals employed in bookkeeping have college or university-level education; and those with a professional bookkeeping designation earn significantly higher pay that those without.

Bookkeeping lends itself well to career advancement. There are numerous options for accreditation in the field of accounting, the majority of which are easy to obtain while working.

Bookkeepers are in demand as accounts receivable/payable clerks/supervisors, administrative assistants, payroll administrators, office managers, budget co-ordinators and assistant controllers.


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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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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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EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via EAP100, 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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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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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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MRK106
Marketing I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently.

Marketing is an approach to business that puts the customer at the centre of its activities and focuses on satisfying customer needs and wants. While marketing is used by both profit and not-for-profit organizations to meet the demands of the market place, this course introduces students to the fundamental marketing concepts used by profit oriented business organizations.




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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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ACC431
Cost Accounting
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Prerequisite(s):

ACC220 Accounting Basics II

Accounting 431 deals with internal accounting, specifically cost accounting. Its objectives are to determine product costs for inventory valuations. The associated accounting systems include methods of identifying, separating, classifying and summarizing costs under various product costing techniques. The course also includes the managerial use of cost information for planning and cost control. Cost Accounting is an extension of financial accounting. Its aim is to provide relevant information to various levels of management for planning and controlling day-to-day operations. The internal accounting system must be designed to meet the requirements of specific managerial needs.




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ACC427
PC Applications and Accounting Software
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Prerequisite(s):

ACC120

This course is designed to develop the student's skill in the analysis and recording of financial accounting transactions using computerized accounting software - for example, Simply Accounting and/or QuickBooks. Students will create and maintain electronic accounting records and prepare financial reports for sole proprietorships and corporations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.




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APC100
Applied Professional Communications
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This course focuses on group work, team building, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, conflict and time management with applications to the computer industry. In this course, you are developing the skills that will make you not only a greater asset to an employer, but a more confident and accomplished individual. APC100 will give you a thorough grounding in employability skills listed as essential by the Conference Board of Canada in our global, knowledge-based society of the 21st century. You will be introduced to the theoretical background, then given ample opportunity to develop your expertise in these communication, teamwork, personal management, presentation and thinking skills. You will both require and be further developing these skills in all the courses of your programme. Only students who have a Canadian university degree in the humanities will be considered for advanced standing. These students must provide detailed course outlines from their university.




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ECN550
Economics: An Overview
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This one semester course introduces economic principles relating to Canada's mixed market economy and uses these principles to examine current economic issues including the nature of markets, employment, the level of economic activity, the structure of industry, international trade, and the appropriate role of government in the Canadian economy.




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Program Outcomes

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand and apply generally accepted accounting principles for the purposes of financial reporting.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of cost accounting, including the derivation of product costs, for financial reporting purposes.
  • Prepare basic personal income tax returns, and understand and apply the principles of other major taxes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards in an internal control environment.
  • Understand and apply the basic concepts and business applications of computer information systems, including skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and integrated accounting software.
  • Understand and apply the techniques of business mathematics to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply ethics and corporate responsibility to all aspects of work completed.

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.

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

Requests for Advanced Standing Forms are available at the Registration office and online.
An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and dropped off  or mailed to Registration. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for an Advanced Standing decision.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registration Office by completing a Request to Graduate 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). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Program Contacts

Terry Wood
Program Assistant
fce.accounting@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 ext.22501


Cynthia Duncan
Program Coordinator
cynthia.duncan@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22527