ACCTN204-19A (HAM)

Accounting Information Systems

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics


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Paper Description

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This paper focuses on the practical application of technology in an Accounting context.Students experience a hands-on approach to the use of spreadsheets, relational databases, and dedicated accounting software through practical exercises.

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The paper focuses on the fundamental principles that underpin organisational accounting information systems. Practical computing elements are delivered in computer lab workshops. This paper is designed to meet the needs of students contemplating a career in accounting.

The course is important for those students intending to become members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) or CPA Australia. Knowledge and skills in information technology and accounting information systems are regarded as essential by both professional bodies and employers.

The overall objective of this paper is to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary accounting information systems (AIS), and skill, confidence and competence in using computers and, in particular, MS Excel, MS Access and dedicated accounting software. The paper is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their skill in the use of technology in an accounting context to overcome realistic business challenges
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competence in using computers in the business environment by
    • Demonstrating competence in the use of MS Excel – competence at intermediate level,
    • Understanding the fundamentals of relational databases and being able to create a relational database, query and report using MS Access at an introductory level.
    • Demonstrating ability with dedicated accounting software, specifically using the Xero, cloud-based platform
    • Demonstrating the ability to draw on and assimilate information from a variety of sources to successfully understand and succeed in a business environment.
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Internal Assessment / Final Examination 1:0
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Excel Test Starts at 6.15 pm
14 Mar 2019
8:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Access Assignment
12 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Xero Test Starts at 6.10 pm
2 May 2019
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. AccountingPod Case Study Starts Monday 6 May
31 May 2019
5:00 PM
  • Other: Weekly tasks completed on-line
5. Workshop Participation
30 May 2019
4:00 PM
  • Other: In class participation
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students are required to purchase a copy of the Computer Workshop Manual from the Waikato Print shop and refer to the appropriate section throughout the semester.

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Students should regard attendance at all computer workshops as essential to the successful completion of this course. In addition to the formal classes, all students should work for an additional eight hours per week on assignments, background reading and consolidating practical skills.

2 x two - hour computer workshops

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ACCTN101 or ACCT101




Restricted papers: ACCT313

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