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Business Administration - Accounting Concentration

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years (Varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
Diploma

Overview

The Accounting concentration is a second-year option of the Business Administration diploma program.

This concentration builds on the accounting skills and business knowledge developed in your first year.

Whether your goal is to work within an existing organization or start your own company, this concentration gives you the confidence to start your career.

In this concentration, you:

  • Learn computerized accounting
  • Analyze numbers in a way that will enable you to make strategic business recommendations
  • Expand your knowledge around corporate accounting, manufacturing accounting, partnership accounting and the tax implications for different types of businesses
  • Develop your foundational learning around business processes through the Capstone Project

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are the responsibility of the student.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This concentration is available for part-time study.
  • This concentration is available online.
  • There is the option to complete the concentration in-class or through a combination of in-class and online courses.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in small classes, from experienced instructors.
  • You graduate well-prepared to provide a broad range of services to businesses of many sizes.
  • Our faculty maintain strong community and industry connections and use a proactive approach to prepare students for industry trends and demands.
  • You can continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • If you're interested in furthering your studies in accounting after graduation, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing in programs offered by other post-secondary institutions and professional associations.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
eCampus -- Part time OnlineOnline
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, but do not include scheduled class sessions.
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.
Truro Campus Truro Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 [including Financial Accounting II (ACTG 2000) elective] or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Business Administration program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – as part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified to accept entry-level positions in many accounting fields, including financial accounting, managerial accounting and taxation accounting. These opportunities exist in every sector. Graduates may choose to pursue a professional designation.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

ACTG 2010 - Computerized Accounting I
This course is designed to provide practical applications of accounting principles and procedures using a basic integrated accounting software package. Students will process transactions using the general, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and payroll modules. Students will also use financial statements and other reports to provide accurate financial information to supervisors. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3001 - Managerial Accounting
The study of Managerial Accounting will help the student to identify and evaluate information to aid managers in planning, controlling, and decision-making. Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply the main concepts and practices of management accounting. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3002 - Taxation
Taxation is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the Income Tax Act. Focus is placed on fundamental taxation concepts and the legislative intent of the tax rules. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3003 - Financial Accounting III
This course expands on the topics covered in Financial Accounting I and II, and focuses on corporations, partnerships, investments, liabilities and the expansion of financial statement reporting. This course is required for students pursuing a Business Administration concentration in Accounting. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 4005 - Accounting Practicum
This course encompasses the learning from prior accounting courses and builds upon them to provide hands-on, practical application of business knowledge. Students will use appropriate technology and research to complete a comprehensive accounting case study. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

ACTG 4995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

BUSI 3005 - Contemporary Business Issues
Students will consider and analyse current business issues through the lenses of law, ethics, and sustainability. Through research to compare and contrast potential pathways to offer legitimate resolutions to the issues, students will furthermore develop critical thinking skills addressing contemporary events while broadening their understanding of the various challenges businesses of today face. Students who successfully complete Applied Ethical Decision Making (MGMT 3020), Business Law (LEGL 2000), and Environmental Sustainability in Business (BUSI 3000) may choose to be exempt from Contemporary Business Issues (BUSI 3005).

COMM 2215 - Communications - Workplace Applications
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop writing skills acquired in Communications - Workplace Foundations. The course also allows students to explore job search techniques, and is designed to assist them in the continuing development of the skills and confidence required to deliver individual oral presentations. Advisement Note: A student who is able to format formal documents but who may not have successfully met the timing requirement in COMP 1103 (Document Processing I) is still eligible for admission into COMM 2215 (Communications – Workplace Applications).

FINA 3010 - Finance I
The language of finance flows logically from accounting, building upon the concepts of ratio analysis and financial statement interpretation, as well as the compilation of statistical data. This course is an introduction to finance, exposing the student to the application of management theories and procedures related to financial data analyses, financial forecasting, working capital management, and capital markets. This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

Directed elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

Open elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

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