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Courses - January 2021

Level 1

Course Details

Introductory Financial Accounting I
ACCT1030

Description:

This course introduces accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping, the accrual basis of accounting, financial statements, and the ledgers and journals making up a basic accounting system.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Business Computing Applications I
COMP1056

Description:

During this course, the student will learn to effectively use Windows operating system, apply word processing techniques, create basic business presentations, and explore the power of spreadsheets . Students will also learn the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. An emphasis will be placed on the development of solutions to business problems using commonly available microcomputer tools.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Introductory Financial Planning
FIN1020

Description:

This course is an introduction to the areas of financial planning and financial services. Topics covered include: financial planning, financial markets, investment portfolios, securities regulations, consumer debt, retirement and estate planning.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Business Mathematics I
MATH1010

Description:

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions through four instructional modules. The course stresses business applications using arithmetic, algebra, ratio-proportion and graphing. Applications include payroll, cost-volume-profit analysis and merchandising mathematics. This course stresses logical reasoning and problem solving skills. A Texas Instrument BAII “Plus” calculator is required for the course.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 2

Course Details

Professional Writing Skills for Business
COMM1380

Description:

In this second-level communications course, students learn the professional writing skills required for effective communication in business. Students apply their learning to business case studies to produce documents for various purposes and audiences using a range of current business formats. They will also learn to write proposals and reports using research and documentation skills to further prepare them for higher learning and career success.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: COMM1085
  • CoRequisites:

Macroeconomics
ECON1030

Description:

This course is a study of the Canadian economy as a whole. It introduces students to principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary macroeconomic issues facing Canadian society. It examines the structure and performance of the Canadian economy utilizing economic models and aggregate economic indicators such as gross domestic product, employment, unemployment, income and productivity growth, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, balance of payments; and the impact of domestic and international influences and of government fiscal and monetary policies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Finance I
FIN2020

Description:

This is an introductory course in managerial finance. Its purpose is to introduce the student to the theory and principles of managerial finance.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030 OR ACCT8170
  • CoRequisites:

Canadian Securities Fundamentals I
FIN2055

Description:

This course is the first component of the Canadian Securities Fundamentals. Topics covered include: capital markets and financial services; the Canadian economy and its impact on financial markets; financing, listing and regulation of corporations issuing securities in the market; analyzing financial statements; the fixed income securities market; the equities markets.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Marketing I
MKT1040

Description:

Marketing is about knowing the customers and the creative and strategic processes to meet their needs, wants and desires. This highly interactive course introduces you to the world of marketing from both a societal and organizational perspective. You will participate in a variety of hands-on practical activities and projects to immerse yourself in the fundamentals of marketing.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations Management
OPER1160

Description:

A Supply Chain is a network of organizations that are involved in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of products and services in the hands of the ultimate customer or consumer. Operations Management is one of the three major functions of a business, along with Marketing and Accounting / Finance, and focuses on designing, creating, and improving goods and services. Understanding key Supply Chain and Operations Management foundations is crucial to any company's success and profitability. This introductory course will expose students to topics related to how products and services are created and delivered to the customer.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 3

Course Details

Applied Ethics
BUS3050

Description:

Applied Ethics will allow the student to grapple with some of the important ethical issues facing business leaders today; issues which typically arise in the area of human rights, health and safety, employment practices, advertising, and activities which affect the environment, to name only a few. Students will be introduced to the concepts that are relevant for resolving ethical problems and given an opportunity to develop the necessary reasoning and analytical skills for doing so.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Microeconomics
ECON1020

Description:

This course will function as a study of how people in society deal with the problem of scarcity. It will introduce students to principles that are essential to understanding contemporary microeconomic issues facing Canadian society. Economic models will be utilized to analyze decisions made by individual economic units in an economy such as households and firms, the interaction of these units under varying market structures, and the impact of various government policies. Topics of study will include principles of economics, supply and demand theory, consumer theory, production and cost theory, and the determination of equilibrium price and output under different market structures.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Canadian Securities Fundamentals II
FIN2067

Description:

This course is the second and final component of the Canadian Securities Fundamentals. Topics covered include: managed funds including mutual funds and other products; segregated funds; derivative securities; analyzing markets and products including fundamental valuation models, indices & averages; financial planning, ethics and taxation; asset allocation and portfolio performance.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Financial Planning Essentials
FIN2135

Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the Financial Planning industry, and the role of the Financial Planner. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and implement best practices in the key areas of financial planning: Budgeting and Borrowing, Personal Financial Statements, Taxes, Investments, Retirement, Risk Management and Estate Planning.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: FIN1020
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Relationship Management in Financial Services
FIN2160

Description:

This course provides the opportunity for students to have hands-on experience in practicing effective listening and speaking, handling conversations, and gaining confidence in oral and employment communication. Key language issues will be reviewed in order to help students avoid common mistakes and errors. As well, an emphasis will be placed on effective self presentation and promotion via resumes and employment interviews.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 4

Course Details

Business Law
BUS2010

Description:

Introducing the legal system which governs personal and commercial relationships in Canada, this course provides knowledge of the basic legal concepts in order to gain insight into judicial reasoning. Areas covered range from contract law to real property and protection of creativity.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Insurance Fundamentals
BUS3037

Description:

This course focuses on the Life and Health Insurance Industry in Canada and is a preparatory course for the Ontario Life Licensing Qualification Program (LLQP) for those students wishing to obtain their Life and Health insurance license. Emphasis is placed on utilizing insurance products as a method to manage risk. Topics covered include life insurance contracts, disability insurance, group insurance, critical illness insurance long-term care and extended insurance products as well as the underwriting process. Insurance needs analysis, professional conduct standards and the application of insurance to the small business market will also be covered. The course also addresses investment products and retirement income strategies offered by Life Insurance companies.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Data Analysis and Advanced Functions
COMP1003

Description:

During this course the student will learn and apply more advanced features of spreadsheet applications in order to develop comprehensive solutions to business problems; and utilize advanced database functions and business intelligence tools of a spreadsheet to enable an executive to make comprehensive and informed decisions.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: COMP1056 OR COMP1923
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Tax for Financial Planners
FIN3020

Description:

The student is provided with a financial planner's working knowledge of the Income Tax Act. Topics include choice of investment through differential tax rates for business income, employment income, dividends and capital gains, retirement planning through RRSP's and pension plans, and estate planning through the tax free pass-through of insurance proceeds. The lab is designed to familiarize students with income tax legislation affecting the determination of net income for tax purposes for individuals, taxable income and federal income tax payable for individuals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ACCT1030
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Business Mathematics II
MATH1020

Description:

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions. Topics include: simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, annuities and their many applications including amortization, sinking funds, Canadian mortgages and refinancing of loans.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: MATH1010
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 5

Course Details

Organizational Behaviour
BUS1021

Description:

Studying people and organizations, this course examines the behaviour of individuals working alone or in teams. Using actual examples, this course examines how behavioural factors affect organizational effectiveness.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Applied Financial Planning
FIN3055

Description:

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the Financial Planning Technical Knowledge requirements that they have learned thus far by completing a comprehensive financial plan in a group format presented to industry professionals. Students will also hone their research, professional and presentation skills through various assignments and in-industry engagements.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: FIN1020 AND FIN2055 AND FIN2067 AND FIN2130 OR FIN2135
  • CoRequisites: FIN3120

Financial Planning Technical Knowledge and Analysis
FIN3120

Description:

This course requires students to develop a familiarity with the Fundamental Financial Planning Practices of the CFP profession. These planning practices include specific technical knowledge and professional skills, which form required competencies of the CFP professional. Students will learn the key aspects of analysis from each of the six planning areas, and develop an appreciation of the FPSC stringent requirements of the CFP professional as it relates to ethical principles and professional standards.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: FIN2130 OR FIN2135
  • CoRequisites: FIN3055

Statistics
MATH2250

Description:

This is an introductory course in Business Statistics. The course covers simple descriptive statistics, probability and the binomial and normal probability distributions, statistical inference, introduction to sampling distributions, simple regression and correlation analysis.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: MATH1010
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 6

Course Details

Finance II
FIN2030

Description:

This course emphasizes the financial manager’s role as it relates to long term issues in investing and financing. The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of the management of capital assets and resources. Topics include the theory and practice of capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, sources of long term financing, dividend policy, corporate securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: FIN2020
  • CoRequisites:

Financial Planning Applications
FIN2070

Description:

This course will permit students to apply the knowledge they have gained during previous courses in a computer-based environment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: FIN3020 AND FIN3050 OR FIN3055
  • CoRequisites:

Entrepreneurship for Financial Planners
FIN3075

Description:

This course provides students the opportunity to integrate concepts gained throughout the program. Students will produce a professional and comprehensive Business Plan for their own financial services practice. The Business Plan will demonstrate each student’s ability to conduct industry research and to document their results in a succinct, professional report. This course will also allow students to enhance their sales and presentation skills. Focus will also include understanding client behaviour, classroom discussions, and role play sessions designed to develop the skills required to succeed as an advisor in the financial planning industry.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Financial Planning Capstone
FIN3085

Description:

This capstone course has been designed to meet the FP Canada advanced financial planning curriculum. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze and synthesize a comprehensive financial plan in a mock client scenario. The completion of this course by nature of the activities required, incorporate financial planning competencies, technical knowledge, and professional practice skills required by the profession.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS3035 OR BUS3037 AND FIN1020 OR FIN1025 AND FIN2050 OR FIN2055 AND FIN2065 OR FIN2067 AND FIN3020 AND FIN3055 AND FIN3120
  • CoRequisites: FIN2070

Program outcomes

  1. Co-ordinate the processing and maintaining of financial records in compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
  2. Co-ordinate the preparation and the presentation of financial information in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
  3. Analyze financial reports for individuals and/or organizations by applying financial mathematics and statistics.
  4. Develop and evaluate a financial plan to meet individuals’ and/or organizations’ needs and objectives.
  5. Develop, implement, evaluate and co-ordinate marketing strategies to promote financial products and services and to enhance customer service.
  6. Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to establish and maintain professional networking and business relationships in the finance sector.
  7. Analyze and evaluate, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technology and the environment on individuals’ and/or organizations’ operations.
  8. Develop, implement and evaluate ongoing strategies for personal and professional development, highlighting ethics, values and standards in the finance sector.
  9. Co-ordinate the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.