ACCTN578-19B (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 addresses the design, acquisition, operation, and control of computerised accounting information systems. Theories are applied and reinforced through practical exercises using spreadsheets, relational databases, and accounting packages.

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Paper Structure

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The paper has both theoretical and hands-on practical computing elements which will be the focus of the lectures and computer labs respectively. Generally, new material will be introduced in the Monday lecture which will be reviewed and discussed on Thursdays. The practical, hands-on aspects of AIS will be the focus of the Friday Computer labs.

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 New Zealand (CAANZ) or CPA Australia. Knowledge and skills in information technology and accounting information systems are regarded as extremely important by professional bodies and employers.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Understand the conceptual foundations of AIS, including the strategic development of AIS and technology developments to improve business processes.
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  • 2. Identify and address control, fraud and security issues in AIS.
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  • 3. Understand AIS in operation and control issues from the perspective of transaction cycles.
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  • 4. Understand the process of developing and implementing systems to meet organisations' needs, including the use of the systems development life-cycle and appropriate approaches for smaller businesses.
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  • 5. Be aware of current and emerging issues in AIS.
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  • 6. Develop knowledge, understanding and competence in using computers in the business environment.
    1. demonstrating competence in the use of MS Excel – competence at intermediate level,
    2. understanding the fundamentals of relational databases and being able to create a relational database, query and report using MS Access at an introductory level.
    3. creating accounts, using and understanding accounting software.
    4. engaging in a real-world business case study
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Assessment

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Internal Assessment / Final Examination 1:0 100% Internal Assessment
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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
2 Aug 2019
11:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Research Essay
30 Aug 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Access Assigment
6 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. AccountingPod Case Study
15 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Other: Tasks completed on-line
5. Final Test
23 Oct 2019
1:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
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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Hurt, R. L. (2016) Accounting Information Systems: Basic concepts and current issues (4E). McGraw Hill Education: New York.

The textbook can be purchased from Bennetts and is also available as an e-book in the library, but please note that the e-book licence only allows three people to access the book at any one time, so don't assume it will be available close to a relevant piece of assessment - best advice: Don leave your study or research activities until the last minute.

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Other Resources

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You are directed to the required weekly Readings in the Schedule above. These readings can be accessed via your Waikato Reading List from the following link:

READING LIST

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Online Support

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

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

2x one - hour lecture

1 x two - hour computer workshop

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ACCT571 or ACCTN571

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ACCT578

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