CSS100 - Canadian Securities Course Volume 1 and 2

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Subject Title
Canadian Securities Course Volume 1 and 2

Subject Description
Seneca College offers the Securities Instructional course to enhance your understanding and help you successfully complete the Canadian Securities Course (TM). The Canadian Securities Course (TM) offered by the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) is the official educator of the securities industry. The course is designed to enhance students' understanding of the CSC material. This subject reviews the investments market in Canada and identifies the roles and responsibilities of the key financial industries. Topical issues will include the nature of assets, client need assessment, various investments available to clients, investment strategies and tactics, portfolio evaluation, and the analysis of a publicly-traded company financial statement.

Credit Status
Students are required to write the exams with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). For more information contact www.csi.ca. Successful completion of the CSC allows you to apply for advanced standing for RFC403 or RFC125 and RFC225.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Given a case scenario, demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the investment market by:
*Identifying business structures
*Interpreting a company's financial statement
*Calculating important ratios to evaluate a company's financial position.

2. Comprehensively explain and provide examples of the following:
*The role of Financial Instruments.
*Regulatory Organizations.

3. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Canadian and the global economy.
*The business cycle.
*Interest rates.
*Fiscal and monetary policy.
*Other important indicators.

4. Demonstrate in written form fixed income securities as an investment product.
*Bond types and bond features.
*Bond yield and present value.
*The Yield Curve and Bond Switching.

5. Demonstrate in the written form equity investment and investment products and how they fit in an individual's portfolio.
*Features and types of preferred shares.
*Assessing preferred shares' investment quality.
*Common shares.

6. Identify the principles and concepts of the derivative market:
*Using options, futures and other derivatives as a portfolio risk reduction tool.

7. Analyse products and other factors affecting securities prices.
*Solve problems accurately using mathematical ratios to calculate other ratios to determine investment valuation.

8. Design and develop investment portfolio, apply portfolio management, and develop an investment policy.
*Decide on appropriate investment products to meet the client's goals.
*Evaluate portfolio performance.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

No required prerequisite but Grade 12 English and Mathematics, or equivalent, are strongly recommended. 

Topic Outline

  • The financial services industry's various roles and responsibilities;
  • Why companies are incorporated and how to read their financial statements;
  • Analysing the financial statement of a publicly traded company through financial ratios;
  • The Canadian and the global economy, its components and important economic indicators;
  • Understanding investment products, fixed income, equities, investment funds, and derivatives; 
  • Analysing securities and factors affecting their prices; 
  • Industry regulation and its effect on the investment products; 
  • The tax aspects of different types of investments and the importance of financial planning; 
  • Portfolio performance measurement, modern portfolio theories and the matching of investment vehicles to client needs. 

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods such as lectures, small group discussions to facilitate the understanding of concepts necessary to complete the CSC assignment. 

Prescribed Texts
Canadian Securities Course.  Canadian Securities Institute.  Canadian Securities Institute (available on-line). 

Reference Material
Canadian Securities Exam, Fast Track Study Guide. 3rd Edition,  John Wiley & Son.  ISBN: 978-0-470-16039-8

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
In order to successfully complete the CSS100 you will be required to enrol directly with Seneca College and the Canadian Securities Institute.  Marking and grading will be done by the Canadian Securities Institute.  Students are required to write the exams directly with the Canadian Securities Institute.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso