Financial Accounting Fundamentals

In this course you will learn how accounting fundamentals apply within the Canadian business environment. You will use the full accounting cycle to enhance business reporting and decision making.

You will also analyze accounting concepts applied within different business scenarios, analyze financial statements and other related business practices to improve organizational effectiveness, and engage in collaborative exercises to find opportunities that improve and optimize an organization’s accounting processes.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Jaspal Singh $649.00 27 Register
Online - - $649.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Implement the full accounting cycle to align organizations with accounting standards for private enterprises
  • Evaluate ethics related to a senior manager’s role from an accounting and management perspective
  • Appraise accounting practices that best align with a defined business environment 
  • Analyze accounting issues within a business to propose strategic decisions that enhance organizational processes and efficiencies
  • Create a professional business report to communicate analysis of, and recommendations for, specific accounting challenges faced by organizations

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework. This may include lectures, discussions, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments and/or group presentations. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments.

How will I be evaluated?

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Exercises, quizzes and examinations
  • Participation in online discussions

Textbooks and learning materials

No mandatory textbook required.

Please note that the textbooks listed below are not mandatory, but you may wish to purchase them as additional resources to reinforce concepts when reviewing the topics covered in the course outline.

  • Larson, K.D. Fundamental Accounting Principles, Volume One, 16th ed. (2019). Print & Connect (ISBN 9781260305821) and eBook & Connect (ISBN 9781260305302) options are available through the publisher McGraw-Hill.
  • Larson, K.D. Fundamental Accounting Principles, Volume Two, 16th ed. (2019). Print & Connect (ISBN 9781260305838) and eBook & Connect (ISBN 9781260305340) options are available through the publisher McGraw-Hill.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Professional development credits