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Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA)

Curriculum

Students complete four Core courses (ACCO 650, 651, 652, and 653) and two of four Elective courses (ACCO 654, 655, 656 or 657). Students who wish to pursue a career in Public Accountancy must take ACCO 654 and 655 as their elective courses.

Upon completion of the six courses, all candidates are required to complete the two Capstone courses (ACCO 658 and 659).


Required courses

Core I Module

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

The objective of this course is for the student to demonstrate a high level of competency in many financial accounting and reporting issues, within alternative accounting frameworks. Students are also introduced to the integration of several other competencies, including taxation and finance which help develop the student’s understanding of the implications of financial statement preparation on their users.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have taken ACCO 612 and ACCO 643 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

In conjunction with ACCO 650, this course covers several additional complex issues in financial accounting and reporting, within alternative accounting frameworks. Students apply these financial accounting and reporting competencies, along with other competencies, in a case context.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have taken ACCO 613 may not take this course for credit.


Core II Module

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

This course is designed to develop competencies in management decision making, finance, strategy and risk management. Emphasis is placed on strategy formulation, implementation and monitoring using case analysis.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisite: ACCO 650

Students who have taken ACCO 631 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

In conjunction with ACCO 652, this course is designed to develop skills in corporate governance with emphasis on the competencies required to build good internal control systems and to assess its impact on financial reporting.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651

Students who have taken ACCO 678 may not take this course for credit.


Capstone I Module

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

In this course, the students work individually to solve complex and highly integrative cases that simulate real-life business issues. The course draws on all competencies acquired throughout the CPA program and is designed specifically for students intending to write the Final Examination of CPA Canada.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651, 652, 653 and two elective courses

There will be a surcharge for this course.


Capstone II Module

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

In this course, the students work individually to solve complex and highly integrative cases that simulate real-life business issues. The course draws on all competencies acquired throughout the CPA program and is designed specifically for students intending to write the Final Examination of CPA Canada.

Prerequisites & notes

Co-requisites: ACCO 658 (concurrently, or previously)

There will be a surcharge for this course.


Elective courses

Students must choose two of the following four courses, depending on their interests and career aspirations. Students who plan to practice public accounting must take ACCO 654 and ACCO 655.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

The objective of this course is to develop the competencies necessary to perform both internal audit projects and external assurance engagements. Students use cases to assess the kind of engagement required, to develop and perform procedures, and to document and report results obtained from a risk-based perspective.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651, 653

Students who have taken ACCO 635 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by:
Program:

This course is designed to develop competencies necessary to provide a broad range of taxation services and advice to individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts, in compliance with tax laws and regulations. Students develop additional knowledge of the relationship between financial reporting decisions and taxation, as well as the role of taxation in making business and investment decisions.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651

Students who have taken ACCO 643 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

The objective of this course is to enhance the student’s ability to assess and contribute to overall performance management, by developing and analyzing strategic decision making, supporting effective governance, managing and mitigating risk. It builds on skills developed primarily within the core courses.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651, 652, 653

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

In this course, students build upon previous finance-related material from previous courses to provide finance-related services for their organizations. To understand and communicate with other finance professionals, they identify, analyze, evaluate and recommend investment and financing strategies and make decisions, either individually or as part of a larger team.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651, 652


Public Accountancy candidates must take:

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: CPA

The objective of this course is to develop the competencies necessary to perform both internal audit projects and external assurance engagements. Students use cases to assess the kind of engagement required, to develop and perform procedures, and to document and report results obtained from a risk-based perspective.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651, 653

Students who have taken ACCO 635 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by:
Program:

This course is designed to develop competencies necessary to provide a broad range of taxation services and advice to individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts, in compliance with tax laws and regulations. Students develop additional knowledge of the relationship between financial reporting decisions and taxation, as well as the role of taxation in making business and investment decisions.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: ACCO 650, 651

Students who have taken ACCO 643 may not take this course for credit.

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