Diploma (Dip.) Professional Practice in Finance

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Courses & Workshops

Prerequisite Courses
CACC 521 Concepts of Financial Accounting. (3 credits)
In-class, Part-time
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring/Summer 2019, Fall 2019
This course examines accounting in a finance context, how to prepare, interpret, and make decisions based on accounting information. The course examines the process of recording and reporting accounting transactions, the elements of financial statements, and the preparation of various financial statements.
CMS2 500 Mathematics for Management. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring/Summer 2019, Fall 2019
Basic mathematics needed for business applications, including graphs of functions, series summation, mathematics of finance, annuity, discounted cash flow, internal rate of return, permutations, combinations, maxima and minima of functions with business applications in optimization, introductory statistics and probability
Corequisite Courses
CEC2 532 Business Economics. (3 credits)
In-class, Part-time
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring/Summer 2019, Fall 2019
Introductory micro and macro economic theory and practice in profit and non-profit organizations from a managerial perspective. Topics include: demand and supply analysis, production costs, firms' pricing and output determination, aggregate demand and supply, national income, output and employment determination, inflation, interest rate, exchange rate determination, fiscal and monetary policies.
CMS2 521 Applied Management Statistics. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019
Statistical methods used in a variety of business situations, emphasizing application and providing a working knowledge of the most widely-used techniques. Topics include descriptive statistics; probability distributions; sampling procedures and distributions; inferential statistics including estimation; hypothesis testing and Anova; simple linear, multiple regression and correlation; time series and forecasting.
Required Courses
CCFA 500 Professional Ethical Practices. (1.5 credits)
Winter 2019
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (“Code and Standards”) is the ethical benchmark for investment professionals around the globe, regardless of job title, cultural differences, or local laws. Accordingly, this course covers: professionalism and integrity of capital markets; duties to clients and employers; investment analysis and recommendations and conflicts of interest and responsibilities of a CFA. The course includes examination of case-studies in ethics and prepares students to pass the standard of practice exam.
CCFA 505 Financial Modeling. (1.5 credits)
Winter 2019
Financial modeling involves the building of an abstract representation (a model) of a real-world financial situation. This mathematical model is designed to represent a simplified version of the performance of a financial asset or portfolio of a business, project, or other investment. Students will be introduced to, and are expected to generate and refine, financial modeling in mergers and acquisitions, portfolio management, corporate treasury, and risk management contexts in which derivative products will be used or in situations where analysis and decision making would be enhanced by modeling.
CCFA 510 Current Operations in Global Financial Markets. (3 credits)
Winter 2019
This course reviews the current role of financial institutions and financial markets, the transactions effected through intermediaries in facilitating global trade, and the current scheme of regulations across major trading centres. The course also considers threats to the regulated intermediary through crypto currencies and other forms of trade.
CCFA 515 Essentials of Financial Reporting and Analysis. (3 credits)
Winter 2019
This course examines the role of accounting and financial reporting in the analysis of financial statements and decision-making. While the course focusses primarily on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) framework in financial reporting, it will also cover financial statements using Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE). Topics covered through the use of case studies and other approaches include: analysis of basic financial statements and the quality of reporting in the annual report; analysis of assets and liabilities, including taxes, debt, off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities, pensions, stock compensation and other employee benefits, and global operations.
CCFA 520 Theory of Capital Structure and Corporate Finance 1. (3 credits)
Fall 2019
This course introduces students to the liabilities and shareholders’ equity section of the balance sheet. The optimal balance between debt and equity given the company’s sector operations and the economy are analyzed. Furthermore, corporate finance topics including net present value, project finance, and others are reviewed in depth to help prepare students for the Level 1 CFA exam.
CCFA 523 Corporate Treasury Management. (3 credits)
Winter 2019
This course covers topics related to the management of an enterprise’s holdings to manage and mitigate the firm’s liquidity as well as its market, operational, financial, and reputational risks. Corporate treasury management includes a firm’s receipts and disbursements, concentration, investment, and funding activities. In larger firms, it may also include trading in bonds, currencies, and financial derivatives, as well as the associated financial risk management.
CCFA 528 Investment Decisions and Effect of Behavioural Finance. (3 credits)
The standard economic paradigm—rational agents in an efficient market—does not adequately describe behaviour in financial markets. In this course, students will survey the evidence and use psychological criteria to guide alternative theories of financial markets. The standard argument that smart, profit-seeking agents can correct any distortions caused by irrational investors is reviewed. Furthermore, the preferences and trading decisions of individual investors in the age of artificial intelligence and robot advisors are examined, and the assertion that systematic biases can aggregate into observed market inefficiencies debated. The second half of the course extends the analysis to corporate decision-making.
CCFA 530 Introduction to Applications and Uses of Derivatives. (3 credits)
Montreal is the second largest derivative market in North America. The main objective of this course is to help students gain understanding of and enhance their intuition and skills on the pricing of derivative securities. Thereafter, they will be able to use these skills in effective investment and/or risk management. The course includes an in-depth review of a wide range of applications and real-life cases, including the use of derivatives in asset management, valuation of corporate securities such as stocks and corporate bonds with embedded options, interest rate derivatives, credit derivatives, and crude oil and currency derivatives. The practical considerations of implementing strategies using derivatives are emphasized.
CCFA 535 Theory of Capital Structure and Corporate Finance 2. (3 credits)
The objective of this course is to study the major decision-making areas of managerial finance and selected topics in financial theory. The course reviews the theory and empirical evidence related to the investment and financing policies of the firm, and attempts to develop decision-making ability in these areas. The course includes an analysis of leasing decisions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganization, financial planning and working capital management, and other selected topics including investment decision-making under uncertainty, cost of capital, capital structure, pricing of selected financial instruments and corporate liabilities, and dividend policy.
CCFA 540 Portfolio Strategies and Management. (3 credits)
In this course, students discuss and review stock market movements and the news in the past week. The aim is to enable students to research, analyze, and make recommendations for a sector or corporation and prepare them to advocate a buy or sell decision within the context of a strategy for managing an investment portfolio.
Complementary Courses
CCFA 536 Wealth Planning. (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the management and planning of individual and family portfolios as well as tax considerations and tax efficiency strategies in portfolio management. Furthermore, ethical practices, financial models, and alternative investments are reviewed.
CCFA 538 Mergers and Acquisitions Including Firm Valuation Methods. (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies required for the design and evaluation of mergers, acquisition deals, and transactions. It provides students with knowledge of current processes in mergers and acquisitions through the use of case studies and a review of recent Canadian and global transaction discussions. Valuation analysis, which is at the core of mergers and acquisition, is also covered. Topics include: valuation techniques, financial modelling, analyses of strategy, dilution, financing risk, deal design, and structuring and post-merger integration.
CCFA 542 Hedge Fund. (3 credits)
This course introduces students to types of hedge funds, key participants in the market, and the role of and interdependencies between each participant and the market. Students explore the difference between traditional funds and hedge funds, including the attractiveness of or need for hedge funds and misconceptions thereof. Students survey the different hedge funds within major industry groups, especially those that have a major impact on the Quebec economy. The course explores relevant strategies, including market-trend driven, event-driven, or Arbitrage. Furthermore, the course provides a methodology by which to evaluate hedge funds. Finally, institutional issues related to liquidity, margin requirements, risk management, and performance measurement are examined.
CCFA 548 Alternative Investments. (3 credits)
This course explores non-traditional investment strategies currently used by investment managers to diversify their portfolio. This course covers: real estate, private equity/venture capital and valuation, investment entities, managed futures, timberland/farmland, intellectual property, distressed securities, bankruptcies, hedge fund strategies, and commodities.
CCFA 595 Special Topics in Finance. (3 credits)
Fall 2019
Advanced specialized course that exposes students to emerging and current trends in the finance area.


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