Canadian Securities Course

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Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
FINC 3350
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is developed by the Canadian Securities Institute and provides the student with comprehensive knowledge of the overall organization and function of Canadian securities markets. Major areas covered are capital markets, financing, listing and regulation, the investment process, equities, fixed income securities, derivatives, market analysis, valuation of securities, portfolio approach to investing, mutual funds, hedge funds, and various kinds of investment accounts. To obtain the CSC certificate, students will be required to complete a Canadian Securities Institute registration form and submit with payment to the CSI in order to be eligible to write Volume1 and Volume 2 institute exams. Credit will not be given for both FINC 3350 and FINC 3390
Course Content

1. Characteristics, needs, users and sources of investment capital.

2. Structure of capital markets, market efficiency and market indexes.

3. The investment process, types of trades and accounts.

4. Characteristics and types of equities.

5. Principles, features and types of fixed income securities.

6. Warrants, options, futures and forwards.

7. Equity valuation models and techniques.

8. Bond prices, yields and duration.

9. Structure, redemption and regulation of mutual funds and ETFs.

10. Styles, benefits and risks of hedge funds and other specialized products.

11. Portfolio approach to investing.

Learning Activities

Material will be presented within a lecture/discussion/application environment.

Means of Assessment
Midterm exam(s)      30-40%
Term Project  20-25%
Quizzes  10-15%
Final Exam  30-40%
Total  100%


Learning Outcomes

1. Describe structure of capital markets, market efficiency and financial services industry.

2. List and explain the different types of market indexes.

3. Demonstrate and explain use of different types of trades, margin accounts and short sales.

4. Describe the different types of equity securities

5. Demonstrate features of various types of fixed income securities.

6. List and describe the different types of derivative securities and their features.

7. Demonstrate the different types of valuation models and techniques on equities.

8. Perform bond price, yield and duration calculations.

9. Identify and describe the various types of mutual funds and ETFs, their structures and regulations.

10. Identify and explain the features of hedge funds and other specialized products.

11. Demonstrate the principles and methods which apply to the portfolio approach to investing.

Textbook Materials

Canadian Securities Course Volume I & II, Latest Edition. Toronto. Canadian Securities Institute
Instructor compiled materials (if applicable).

Students may be required to purchase and use Stock-Trak software or equivalent.

Only Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration approved calculators may be used for tests and examinations.



FINC 2340 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent





Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for FINC 3350
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Winter 2023