ACCTN204-20A (HAM)

Accounting Information Systems

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: maxine.hayward@waikato.ac.nz

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: christine.mmarathamuthu@waikato.ac.nz
: tt172@students.waikato.ac.nz

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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 analytics software through practical exercises.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will involve a combination of lectures, labs, readings, in-class team activities, and significant hands-on use of relevant technologies. We will apply critical thinking and technology skills to real-life accounting problems. Students will engage with technology each week during computer lab workshops.

We will complete a number of in-class activities and short cases during lecture and lab meetings throughout the term. Some of these activities will be completed in teams. The teams will have the opportunity to work together during the entire term, and I am hopeful that a strong sense of team spirit will develop.

This paper is designed to meet the needs of students contemplating careers in accounting, auditing, consulting, etc. The course is essential for students who intend to become members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) or CPA Australia. Information technology knowledge and skills are demanded by today's employers and are very important to accounting professional bodies.

Overall, we will learn how current technologies change how data are collected, stored, manipulated, analyzed, reported and audited.
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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.
    • Understanding the fundamentals of relational databases and being able to create a relational database, query and report using MS Access.
    • Demonstrating ability with analytics software.
    • Demonstrating the ability to draw on and assimilate information from a variety of sources to successfully understand and succeed in a business environment.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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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. Test 1 -
29 Apr 2020
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 2 -
3 Jun 2020
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Technology Lab 1
13 Mar 2020
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Technology Lab 2
10 Apr 2020
11:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Technology Lab 3
29 May 2020
11:00 PM
20
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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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Chapters 7 and 11. Accounting Information Systems. 14th edition. Romney and Steinbart. Free access.

Chapter 4. Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems. Simkin, Rose and Norman. Free access.

Introduction to Big Data (Author: Guido Geerts, PhD). Instructions for purchase on Moodle course page.

Introduction to Power BI (Author: Guido Geerts, PhD). Instructions for purchase on Moodle course page.


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Other Resources

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Other readings and handouts posted on Moodle.
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Online Support

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If you require online support for Moodle please email the helpdesk at: itshelp@waikato.ac.nz
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Workload

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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.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ACCTN101 or ACCT101

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ACCT313

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