ACCTING 7026 - Accounting Systems and Processes (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ACCTING 7026 Course Accounting Systems and Processes (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Corequisites ACCTING 7019 Course Description This course aims to provide students with an overall knowledge and understanding of accounting information systems and implications of their use in modern business. The course will examine a number of areas including the roles of accounting information systems in business particularly in supporting strategic and operational decision-making, problem-solving and operations (e.g. transactions cycles including revenue, expenditure), the manner in which these systems are developed, acquired and deployed, and used to enhance business processes, internal controls, risk management, and auditing. Contemporary issues including security, data and information management and ethics are also covered.
Course Coordinator: James Delinicolas
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain and evaluate the roles played by accounting information system in modern business organisations.
- Evaluate and justify the need for accounting information systems controls.
- Explain and critically appraise key accounting information systems construction and development issues and activities including data management and analytics.
- Use an accounting information systems (e.g. MYOB) to manage key accounting processes in an accurate and useful manner.
- Explain and critically evaluate business process documentation techniques.
- Explain and evaluate security threats, information systems auditing, and digital business reporting.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesRomney, M. B., Steinbart, P. J. (2018) Accounting Information Systems, Fourteenth Edition, Pearson, ISBN 978-1-292-22008-6
In addition to the recommended textbook resources, students are expected to complete the online Perdisco training course for MYOB (www.perdisco.com).
Further details (e.g. how and when to enrol and which courses to take) will be provided after the lectures commence.
Recommended ResourcesParkes, A., Considine, B., Olesen, K., Blount, Y. (2016) Accounting Information Systems, 5th Edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, ISBN: 978-0-7303-3649-5
Electronic copies of the lecture notes and the tutorials will be provided in MyUni (www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au). A mid term multiple choice test will be run online via MyUni and a MYOB assignment will be run online via Perdisco.
Students are strongly encouraged to regularly check MyUni for updates.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTeaching of Accounting Information Systems will be via weekly lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials examining the materials covered in lectures. All students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials in this course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing the week beginning Monday 11th March. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the Lecturer-in-Charge, but should be aware that such a request may not be approved.
Tutorials are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities Summary
Learning Activity Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1,2,3,4,5,6 Tutorials 1,2,3,4,5,6 Student consulting 1,2,3,4,5,6
- Week 1: Accounting information systems: an overview; Transaction processing and enterprise resource planning systems (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 1 and 2)
- Week 2: Systems documentation techniques; Relational databases (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 3 and 4)
- Week 3: Database design and implementation using REA model (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 17 and 18)
- Weeks 4 and 5: Systems development process (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 20, 21, 22)
- Week 6: Fraud; Computer fraud and Abuse techniques (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 5 and 6)
- Weeks 7 and 8: Control and accounting information systems (controls for information security, confidentiality, privacy, processing integrity and availability) (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10)
- Week 9: Accounting information sytems applications (transaction cycles) (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 12 and 13)
- Week 10: Auditing computer-based information systems (Romney and Steinbart Chapter 11)
- Week 11: Digital Business Reporting eg XBRL (refer to recommended resource - Parkes et al., Chapter 6)
- Week 12: The Wrap
- Week 1: Accounting information systems: an overview; Transaction processing and enterprise resource planning systems (Romney and Steinbart Chapters 1 and 2)
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date/Week Weighting Learning Outcome Test 1 (MCQ/theory/case studies) Week 5 20% 1,2,3,5,6 Test 2 (Perdisco/MYOB practical test) Week 10 15% 4 Final exam (3 hours) TBA 65% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Total 100%
Assessment Related Requirements
- Students are required to attend all lectures and the tutorials in which they are enrolled.
- All topics covered during the semester are examinable.
- To gain a pass, a mark of at least 40% must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.
- Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
- Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies
- Test 1: Online Multiple Choice Theory Test, CLOSED BOOK: 20% ( Week 5)
- Test 2: Online Perdisco/ MYOB Practical Test: 15% ( Week 10, Friday 24th May, 11:59pm, online submission )
- Final Exam: 65% (Check via Access Adelaide)
The final exam is a 3hour, CLOSED BOOK exam.
Dictionaries are NOT permitted.
Calculators are NOT permitted.
SubmissionPresentation of Assignments
Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission.
All group assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
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Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/hub/downloads/Communication-Skills-Guide.pdf
This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.
Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.
Late Assignment Submission
Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the Lecturer-in-Charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 10% mark reduction for each day that it is late (including week-ends).
Return of Assignments
Lecturers aim to mark and return assignments to students within three (3) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from either their tutorials or lectures. If assignments aren’t collected after two (2) weeks, the assignments will be available at the Student Hub for two (2) weeks.
It is each student's responsibility to read the examination timetable. Misreading the timetable is not accepted as grounds for granting a replacement/additional (sup) exam.
University staff are not permitted to provide examination times to students over the telephone or in response to personal enquiries.
Examinations will be held only at the time and locations stated in the University’s Examination Timetable, so they may not be taken in another country. Students should not make any arrangements to be absent until after the replacement/additional (sup) exam period.
Students are NOT permitted to take a Dictionary (English or English-Foreign) into the examination and the use of calculators in the examination is not permitted.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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