At a glance
- Academic advising
- Success coach
- Experiential Learning & Career Development Coach
- Academic Coaching Centre
- SAF Crews
- Finance and Data Analytics Lab
- Undergraduate learning outcomes
Prof. Darren Charters
519-888-4567, ext. 32570
Math/CPA Academic Advisor
519-888-4567, ext. 35546
519-888-4567, ext. 35114
Dave Logan, your academic success coach, emphasizes individualized success planning. Like athletes, professional students can benefit from coaching to take your academic performance to the next level. Dave Logan is a qualified professional who can provide confidential counseling to help with personal concerns, academic success, and approaches to studies and exams.
The SAF Academic Coaching Centre offers assistance in all the required first-year, 2A, and 2B Term AFM courses:
- AFM 101, 102, 121, 131, 202, 203, 204, 273, 291, 274
- Statistics (STATS) 211
- MATH 109
- Economics (ECON) 101, and 102.
Located in Hagey Hall 2101, the Centre is staffed by upper-year SAF students who can provide peer tutoring in course work and offer insightful information based on their own experiences in the course(s). The SAF Academic Coaching Centre is open during throughout the year when classes are in session.
Tutoring of Year 1 AFM courses is also available through Drop In Tutoring which is held in the student residence, Village 1 (V1), where many first-year students live. Formal tutoring is available through the V1 Drop In Tutoring sessions as well as informal tutoring through peer leaders of the Accounting and Finance Living-Learning Community.
Nailah is in her 4B term and says this about the ACC:
Drop In Tutoring - V1, Room 210
There’s a misconception that asking for help is a form of weakness. This is far from the truth. Asking for help demonstrates confidence and is a key factor to personal success. I struggled with AFM 291 and AFM 391, and my professor told me if I found those courses hard, I will drown in AFM 491. I refused to accept defeat without a fight, so I decided to be proactive and went to the Academic Coaching Center every week, hoping the additional assistance will help me pass AFM 491. The students there were fantastic! Because of them, I did not find AFM 491 hard at all. Seeking additional help was the best decision I could have made; my grades went up and my stress level went down. I strongly encourage students to overcome this fallacy that only the weak ones ask for help. Those who strive and succeed are the ones who are willing to work hard and seek help to overcome personal obstacles.
For more information about the SAF Academic Coaching Centre contact Lynn Graham.
Individuals perform better and get more from their experiences when they are supported by a group of their peers. That’s why learning teams are used at Columbia Business School, work teams are used at Google, and training teams are used by Olympians. The greatest breakthroughs are often discovered by research teams, not individual researchers. Engineering teams are used in Silicon Valley tech firms because they work faster and more efficiently, and they generate better ideas. Artists collaborate all the time to achieve amazing results. Research shows that familiar teams enjoy benefits similar to having home-field advantage for Game 7 of a best-of-seven series. Most importantly, research has also found that team-based learning increases student achievement, creates positive relationships among students, and promotes healthy student psychological adjustment to university.
SAF Crews are groups of 7-12 students that support each other through the first year SAF experience. Crew members build strong working relationships with each other, attend events together and support each other’s professional awareness and academic success. Each Crew appoints a Communicator who meets regularly with an SAF staff member who is the Crew Captain. The Crew Captain works with the Communicator to foster effective team collaboration.
SAF Crews are also intended to foster two way communication between the student body and School faculty/staff. These interactions provide an opportunity for students to provide feedback and input to the School and for the School to help provide structure and guidance regarding student organization and planning across the four experience areas: Academic, Career, Health and Community.
Thompson Reuters EIKON
Allows students to monitor and analyze financial information by providing them access to real time market data, news, fundamental data and analytics tools.
- The lab comprises 52 workstations, 2 back-up stations, and an instructor podium.
- Work stations have 2 screens. Students can work on a spreadsheet on one screen while referring to a data source on the other screen.
- Students develop their skills in using powerful business software and industry databases such as Capital IQ, Thomson Reuters Eikon, IDEA, Tableau, Python, R, Simulation Software and SAS.
- Instructors work from the podium or move through the lab to provide instruction and advice.
- Instructors can display a spreadsheet on one screen and a data source on the other screen.
- Dual large-format screens throughout the lab ensure everyone can participate.
- Instructors can pull up an individual student’s work to share with the whole class.
- Students can use the lab for their work on the Student Investment Fund and related learning projects.
Other programming and software available in the lab:
- Taxprep software
For more information, contact Mulham Al Akhras, Financial Research and Learning Lab Manager.
If you're wanting to move to the next level in your academic success, you are encouraged to take advantage of the coaching resources available. A dedicated School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) team is here to support and coach you in order to help you maximize your learning potential.
Knowledge base for financial professionals
Understand foundational concepts for a financial professional' knowledge area.
Identify and analyze issues in multiple knowledge areas of a financial professional.
Identify, analyze, and evaluate alternatives in at least one of the knowledge areas of a financial professional.
The knowledge areas of a financial professional include:
• Financial Reporting
• Management Accounting
• Strategy, Governance and Risk Management
• Managerial Finance
• Capital Markets
• Business Analytics
Communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
Problem solving capabilities
Frame a problem and develop a solution based on the analysis of generated alternatives.
Fluency in the languages of business, entrepreneurship, and technology
Understand the broader business environment, models, and technology trends.
Apply business analytics in support of management decision-making with structured data.
Understand the role of financial professionals in business innovation.
Ethical conduct and social responsibility
Demonstrate ethical conduct and social responsibility in professional, business, and societal contexts.
Leadership and collaboration
Demonstrates leadership in setting and achieving goals in a structured or unstructured environment.
Demonstrates interpersonal skills needed to function effectively as a team member.
Attributes/qualities of a financial professional
Values and supports contributions from others.
Practices integrity in their actions.
Participates in lifelong learning.