ACA250 - Public Sector Financial Management Practices - EPS

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Subject Title
Public Sector Financial Management Practices - EPS

Subject Description
This course focuses on how public sector entities of various kinds make the best use of the vast resources entrusted to them in creating public value.  Public sector accounting is a core body of knowledge supporting financial management.  The purpose of the course is to provide students with the public sector financial management skills necessary to function in public sector environments of low to medium complexity and low uncertainty.  Topics addressed include the following: governance and decision-making processes; government budgeting and planning; government financial reporting; financial analysis of government and not-for-profit programs, and public sector auditing.

Credit Status
One Credit

The minimum grade to pass this course is C (60%) and the minimum program GPA to graduate from the Advanced Accounting & Finance program is 60% or C.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the typical legislative authorities and provisions defining how governments receive, disburse and manage public funds.
  2. Explain the elements of governance and decision-making in public sector environments, such as how government staff work and communicate with elected officials and their staff, including federal members of Parliament, members of provincial parliaments and city councilors.
  3. Understand government stakeholders, including the public, and their expectations of accountability, transparency, value for money and sustainability of taxpayer-funded spending.
  4. Explain the government planning and budgeting process culminating in its annual budget.
  5. Describe the steps in the government planning and budgeting process.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the difference between operating and capital budgets, and between funding for operations versus funding for capital.
  7. Prepare a budget component for a program, division or other small segment that will be rolled up into the overall budget.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of public sector accounting as a basis of government financial reporting and the role of sovereign governments in that regard.
  9. Demonstrate financial analysis skills for the public sector and NFP organizations involved in government programs.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the auditing role within the public sector.

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