Accounting and Finance

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Accounting and Finance

These diploma programs focus on preparing the student to work in a variety of accounting and finance positions requiring the application of current industry policies, practices, and procedures and tools. These programs will give the student advanced theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in accounting, finance management, and accounting software. Accounting and Finance Diploma has an optional Co-op component that can be taken after competition of the academic year.


Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in accounting, financial management and accounting software


Grade 12 graduate or mature student status (British Columbia 19 years or older)
Meet minimum English language proficiency requirements.

Program Hours
Total instructional hours 960
Total Co-op hours 840 (if applicable)
Total program hours 960 (No Co-op) – 1800 (With Co-op)
Total program length (weeks) 48 (No Co-op) – 90 (With Co-op)
  • Successful completion of all program courses
  • Successful completion of program Co-op (If applicable)

Upon successful completion graduates will be able to secure employment in a wide variety and sizes of businesses, for example, as a junior accounting clerk, a junior bookkeeper and an audit clerk.

Course No. Hours
BUS100 Business Mathematics 40
ACC120 Accounting I 80
BUS130 IT Skills for Business 40
BUS300 Communication 40
BUS150 Introduction to Marketing 40
BUS110 Microeconomics 40
ACC200 Accounting II 80
BUS200 Business Statistics 40
BUS230 Business Law 40
ACC310 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 40
BUS310 Operations Management 40
BUS330 Organizational Behavior 40
ACC300 Intermediate Accounting I 40
ACC400 Computer Applications for Accounting I 40
ACC420 Intermediate Managerial Accounting 40
BUS140 Project Management Fundamentals 40
BUS500 Human Resources Management 40
BUS600 Small Business Management 40
ACC410 Intermediate Accounting II 40
BUS400 Financial Management 40
ACC500 Computer Applications for Accounting II 40
CAP100 Career Preparation 40
Co-op 840

☒ In-class instruction
☒ Distance education
☒ Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

BUS310 Operations Management
This course is an introduction to the operations management profession and the wide range of career opportunities in Operations Management. An operations manager is concerned with the planning, decision-making and actions required in producing and delivering an organization’s goods, productivity and ultimately the success of the organization.

BUS330 Organizational Behaviour
This course challenges the prospective business manager to understand, explain, predict and note changes in human behaviour in the context of an organization. Behaviour of both individuals and groups will be studied.

ACC300 Intermediate Accounting I
This course builds on the foundation of accounting techniques and theory in the foundational accounting courses, focusing on an in-depth study of assets and revenues. Topics will include current assets, capital assets and investments, the conceptual framework for financial reporting, the measurement of revenue, the correction of errors, and the accounting for changes in accounting policies and estimates. Selected sections of the CICA Handbook will be covered in-depth.

ACC400 Computer Applications for Accounting I
This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of computerized accounting, creating and managing a general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, payroll and inventory by working progressively through the modules found in Simply Accounting.

ACC420 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
This course explores cost and management accounting with an emphasis on their relevance to decision making. Topics include: job-order costing, activity based costing, responsibility accounting, master budgeting, flexible budgeting and variance analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, inventory costing and capacity analysis, and relevant cost analysis.

BUS140 Project Management Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the framework information of project management. The terminology, processes, and conceptual foundations of project management are studied to establish a basis upon which students can develop and grow their project management knowledge and skills.

BUS110 Microeconomics
This introductory course explores microeconomics. Topics include economic principles such as opportunity cost; the law of diminishing returns; market price setting; price elasticity; and government price controls. Students also learn about unemployment, inflation, gross domestic product, money, banking and stabilization policies.

ACC200 Accounting II
This course explores advanced concepts in the field of accounting and how it serves the needs of the business community. The course examines in-depth specific items on the balance sheet, accounts receivable, inventory, capital assets, and current liabilities as well as the use of special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and ends with an introduction to corporations.

BUS200 Business Statistics
This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics including sampling, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression and analysis of variance. Students will explore simple statistical problems taken from real life experiences.

BUS230 Business Law
This course explores the basic legal principles required to conduct international business. It covers the legal implications of international business activities, discusses the legal aspects related to intellectual property, competition and antitrust laws, public trade law and legal issues related to E-commerce in international business.

AC310 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
This course introduces the student to cost and management accounting with an emphasis on relevance to decision making. Topics include: job-order costing, activity based costing, responsibility accounting, master budgeting, flexible budgeting and variance analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, inventory costing and capacity analysis, and relevant cost analysis.

BUS100 Business Mathematics
This course is an introduction to business mathematics. Topics covered include: Mathematics of Merchandising, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Annuities, Loan Amortization, and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis. This course is designed to encourage students to develop mathematical skills and abilities by applying them to common business situations. This course will enhance the learner’s ability to use mathematics to solve problems and make sound decisions.

ACC120 Accounting I
This course introduces financial accounting concepts. Students learn the double-entry accounting system, including the preparation of financial statements, closing entries, internal controls for cash and payroll accounting.

BUS130 IT Skills for Business
This course is a broad introduction to computers and software. It is designed to give a manager’s insight into computer hardware, operating systems, the internet, related terminology and an effective working knowledge of Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point).

BUS300 Communication
This introductory course emphasizes the development of business communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will write for various purposes and audiences and deliver short presentations to small groups. Students will research, analyze, summarize and document information. Through self and peer evaluation, the writing of documents and oral presentations, students will improve their communication skills, with emphasis given to communicating in diverse teams and across cultures.

BUS150 Introduction to Marketing
Marketing permeates our lives, from the advertising that we are exposed to on a daily basis, to the product decisions we make as consumers, the end goal being to communicate with and persuading others to accomplish our personal and professional goals. The course provides an overview of marketing concepts and their application, exploring key marketing concepts, principles, and theories to help marketers make effective decisions.

BUS500 Human Resource Management
This course introduces concepts and practical aspects of human resources and how its principles affect the workplace. Topics include the strategic importance of human resources, the demographic challenges, job analysis organizational structure design, manpower planning, training, candidate selection, government and legal challenges. In addition the course explores the dayto-day workings of human resources including performance appraisal, compensation management, financial incentives, employee benefits and services and employee relations.
BUS600 Small Business Management
This course provides both a practical and theoretical understanding of small business management. Students will study leadership and managing a sales force, sales channels and the importance of strategic alliances. These skills prepare students to assume leadership roles. An understanding of organisational goals and how to achieve them through effective management and sales. Students will develop consultative skills through the study of key account management, group negotiations and the preparation of proposal and quotations.

ACC410 Intermediate Accounting II
This course builds on the accounting theory and techniques learned in Intermediate Accounting I. The focus will be an in-depth study of liabilities and shareholders’ equity. Topics will include current and long-term liabilities; accounting for pension costs and obligations, income taxes; leases; and legal and financial aspects of corporations, the conceptual framework for financial reporting, cash flow statement and analysis of financial information.

ACC420 Introduction to Finance Management
This course introduces financial concepts for operational level business managers. Topics include cash flow management, how to finance a business, sourcing for crucial funds to keep the business in operations and an examination of further funding options to allow for further growth.

ACC500 Computer Applications for Accounting II
This course builds upon what was introduced in Computer Application for Accounting I and introduces students to QuickBooks accounting software. Students will work progressively through the modules and features found in this software in the context of managing a small business.

CAP100 Career Preparation
This course prepares students for their co-op experience and job search by introducing them to interviewing skills, resume writing, cover letters, interview preparation, public speaking and an introduction to general customer service.

Co-op will provide the student with the opportunity to apply acquired theory and skills in a practical business setting. Students will gain real world experience working on projects as a member of a team with project deliverables and deadlines.

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