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Summary of Important Changes
for 2013-2014
 


Changes to the CGA Program Due to Merger Agreement Signed on May 9, 2013
Course Offering Changes
In-Person Lectures & Examination Review Sessions
Assignment & Assessment Changes
CICA Updates
Annual Declaratives
Course Material Changes
2013-2014 Computer and Software Requirements
Minimum Student Computer Hardware 


Changes to the CGA Program Due
to Merger Agreement Signed on May 9, 2013

The Chairs and CFOs of the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC (CMA-BC) and the Certified General Accountants Association of BC (CGA-BC), and the President and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICA-BC) have signed an agreement to pursue a merger.

Please follow the updates posted on the Merger Updates page of our CGA-BC website to see how the proposed merger will affect current CGA students and to stay tuned to the upcoming news and changes.

CGA Program will be offered in B.C for another two academic years with the last CGA exam being offered in September 2015. 

  

Course Offering Changes 

In an effort to assist advanced standing students complete the program before September 2015, TX2 and FN2 PACE elective courses will be offered in session 4 of 2013-2014. CGA-BC is working with CGA-Canada to negotiate offerings of FN2 in session 1 of the 2014-2015, and an additional offering of PA1 and PA2 in session 4 of 2014-2015. We will keep students apprised of any changes to the Course Offerings Schedule, via email notifications and website updates.

As of the 2013-2014 academic year, BC1 will now be offered in session 1.

CPA Transition Planning Note:  


As of January 16, 2014, we received confirmation that the BC1, BC2, and AT1 courses will not be required in order to transfer into the CPA Program. 
 
In addition, if you are planning to graduate during the 2013-2014 academic year - BC1, BC2 and AT1 will still be graduation requirements. Please plan to complete these courses accordingly.
 
If you are currently enrolled in the Laurentian University (LU) online HB Com degree program or plan to enrol in the LU degree program, AT1 or an alternate 3 credit elective will be required to complete the LU degree. Therefore, you will benefit from completing this course.
 
If you are planning to graduate in the 2014-2015 academic year - BC1, BC2, and AT1 are no longer requirements. 
 
Please follow the updates posted on the Merger Updates page of our CGA-BC website for more information on the various bridging scenarios.
For more information on the CPA Program and its requirements, please visit
http://gocpabc.ca/.

 

 

In-Person Lectures & Examination Review Sessions 

There will be limited in-person exam review sessions during 2013-2014 for the following Level 1-3 courses: FA1, FA2, FA3, FN1, MA1 and MS1.

There will be an additional three-hour in-person lecture offered for the PA1 and PA2 in-person lecture series dedicated to case studies.


  

Assignment & Assessment Changes 

In an effort to strengthen the alignment between course work and the final examination (and place more emphasis on final exam preparation), CGA-Canada has revised Assignment #3 in the following courses: FA4, TX2, FN1, MA1, and MA2. Assignment #3 will now resemble an exam, submitted for marking, so students can now use their marker feedback in order to effectively prepare for the final exam.

 

CICA Updates 

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the following release(s) of the CICA Handbook will be required:

Accounting

  • Part 1 - IFRS 2013 edition or Update 19
  • Part 2 - ASPE Update 8
  • Part 3 - NPO Update 5
  • Assurance Update 8
  • PSAH Update 36

The above CICA updates will be reflected in the following courses: FA1, FA2, FA3, FA4, AT1, AU1, AU2, BC2 and PF1.


Annual Declaratives
As part of the annual enrolment process, students are required to indicate whether or not they are employed in the practice of public accounting or offering volunteer services in accounting. In addition, students must confirm their citizenship status, and provide the expiry date of their study permit, if applicable. 

Course Material Changes 

Level   Courses    
2 FA2

Accpac is no longer used in this course.

  QU1

Updated edition of textbook, reduction in
levels of competence; exam preparation material has been added.

  MA1

Format of Assignment #3 is revised to resemble an exam. Updated edition of textbook. Program planning and design changes.

3 FA3

Accpac is no longer used in this course.

3 FN1

Format of Assignment #3 is revised to resemble an exam. Program planning and design changes (addition of AT1 material), addition of PDnet material.

4 FA4

Format of Assignment #3 is revised to resemble an exam.

  MA2

New course outline, new textbook, format of Assignment #3 is revised to resemble an exam. Program planning and design changes (addition of AT1 material, addition of PA2 material), addition of PDnet material.

  TX1

Updated edition of the Income Tax Act. The course material package will include: Canadian Income Tax Act, 96th edition, hardcopy and digital access (CITRA); 2013-2014 ITA DVD and Problem Sets; the new edition of the textbook Introduction to Federal Income Taxation in Canada: Fundamentals (InFun text - 2013 edition - hardcopy); and CANTAX T1Plus with EFILE CD. Exam preparation material has been added.

PACE

TX2

Session 1: 94th edition of the Canadian Income Tax Act;

Session 3: 96th edition of the Canadian Income Tax Act, hardcopy and digital access (CITRA); 2013-2014 ITA DVD and Problem Sets. Exam preparation material has been added.

TX2 online Readings Book – 2012 Printing, 2nd edition

 
  FN2

FN2 online Readings Book - 2012 Printing, 1st edition, revised

  PA1 & PA2

PA1 and PA2 cases and module notes will be updated for standards and currency.

There will be more instruction given on the case writing process with examiner’s comments used to develop annotated solutions (both good and poor solutions).

 

Laurentian University Course Changes  
MM1

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

MM2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

OR1

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

OR2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

PT1/2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

RK1/2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

RM2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.

SP2

Updated edition of textbook, follow AACSB guidelines.



2013-2014 Computer and Software Requirements


The following are the required operating system and software applications for students:

  • Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 — English language versions only 
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9, or IE10
  • Microsoft Word and Excel, 2007 or 2010 — 32 Bit version only  
  • Acrobat Reader X
  • Adobe Flash Player most recent version

Please also be aware of the following:

  • Material on textbook publishers’ websites may require that additional software be installed
  • Students are strongly advised to have up to date antivirus software or an Internet security package
  • Students must have the ability to make changes to settings (including security) and install software (applications and browser plug-ins as required) on the systems they use
  • Apple (Mac) computer systems are not compatible with CGA course software and are not supported 
  • You must use Internet Explorer as your browser with Blackboard OLE as other browsers may cause problems 
  • Windows 8 - IE 10 is supported in the Desktop mode only. The New Windows Interface is not supported at this time (some interactive content within the course materials may not be functional)
  • The “Click-to-Run” installation, 64 bit version, and Office Starter 2010 are not supported
  • Office 2013 is not compatible with the Accounting software (Sage Accpac 5.6) used with BC1 and cannot be supported. Office 2010 may not be available with new computer purchases but can be purchased from third party online retailers

You must be able to make changes to settings (including security) and install/uninstall software (applications and browser plug-ins as required) on your computer system. While CGA-BC Computer Support staff can assist you with ensuring you can successfully meet the above requirements, they do not support any issue related to the computer hardware/operating system malfunction/personal data loss, and backups, any website/resource/application/process which is not related to one of the listed items below, is also not supported by CGA-BC:

  • CGA-BC website                  
  • Blackboard OLE resource website
  • CGAjobs.org website
  • Sage AccPac
  • CaseWare
  • Cantax

 

Minimum Student Computer Hardware 

The following is the minimum computer system on which the above applications and software should be installed for use with specific courses in the CGA Program of Professional Studies, and interaction through the Blackboard Academic Suite™ Online Learning Environment:

  • Intel core 2 duo or equivalent processor
  • 2 GB Memory
  • Up to 20 GB available hard drive space
  • DVD/CD-ROM drive
  • Video card with 128 MB onboard memory and DirectX technology
  • 15” Monitor capable of 1024 × 768 resolution
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Broadband (high speed) Internet connection

This configuration may not be adequate in future years or for other applications.
 

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