ACCTING 2503 - Accounting Systems and Data Analytics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course is an introduction to Accounting Information Systems: their role in organisations, particularly in support of strategic and operational decision-making and problem-solving, as well as operations support and management. Systems thinking; systems design & development; management perspectives on the IT support role to business (particularly security & ethics); trends, issues and concerns in IS; and end-user application software including accounting packages, reporting, and database management, are studied and assessed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 2503
    Course Accounting Systems and Data Analytics
    Coordinating Unit Accounting
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ACCTING 1002 or ACCTING 1004
    Incompatible Not available to students who completed ACCTING 2503. This course has had a title change from Accounting Information Systems to Accounting Systems and Data Analytics .
    Assumed Knowledge Basic accounting concepts
    Quota A quota may apply
    Course Description This course is an introduction to Accounting Information Systems: their role in organisations, particularly in support of strategic and operational decision-making and problem-solving, as well as operations support and management. Systems thinking; systems design & development; management perspectives on the IT support role to business (particularly security & ethics); trends, issues and concerns in IS; and end-user application software including accounting packages, reporting, and database management, are studied and assessed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: James Delinicolas

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the key roles of accounting information systems for decision making and management support
    2. Evaluate the key processes and strategies for constructing robust accounting processes and systems
    3. Apply data management and analytics techniques for problem solving and decision support
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Additional reading material to be provided via MyUni.

    Other useful resources:

    Parkes, A., Considine, B., Olesen, K. Blount, Y. 2017, Accounting information systems, 5th ed, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.

    Gray, H., Issa, T., Pye, G., Troshani, I., Rainer, R. K., Prince, B., Watson, H. (2015) Management Information Systems, 1st Australasian Edition, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-0-7303-3649-5

    Online Learning
    In addition to the recommended text book resources, students will need to complete practice material using a data analytics application (e.g., Microsoft Power BI). Related material will be provided via MyUni and discussed in lectures and practical tutorial sessions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching of Accounting Information Systems will be via weekly lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials examining the materials covered in lectures.

    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 for a three-unit course you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours 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 in Week 2 of the semester. Where tutes fall on public holidays, arrangements will be made for these tutes to be made up. 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
    Week Topic Textbook
    1 Accounting information systems: an overview

    Romney et al (2021) Ch 1
    2 Overview of transaction processing and enterprise resource planning systems, and Systems documentation techniques; Introduction to Power BI

    Romney et al (2021) Chs 2,3 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    3 Fraud and errors; Computer fraud and abuse techniques; Power BI Service

    Romney et al (2021) Chs 8, 9 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    4 Control and accounting information systems; Controls for information security; Power BI Service (continued) Romney et al (2021) Chs 10, 11 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    5 Confidentiality and privacy controls; Processing integrity and availability controls; Power BI Desktop Romney et al (2021) Chs 12,13 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    6 The revenue cycle: sales to cash collections; The expenditure cycle: purchasing to cash disbursements; Power BI Desktop (continued) Romney et al (2021) Chs 14, 15 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    7 Introduction to systems development and systems analysis; Systems design, implementation and operation; Power BI Desktop (continued) Romney et al (2021) Chs 22, 24 + Power BI material (via MyUni)
    8 AIS development strategies; Power BI Desktop (continued) Romney et al (2021) Ch 23 + Power BI material (via MyUni)

    Mid-semester break
    9 Database design using the REA model Romney et al (2021) Chs 4, 19
    10 Implementing a REA model in a relational database Romney et al (2021) Ch 20
    11 Contemporary topics in AIS: Digital business and financial reporting, and XBRL technology; Blockchain technology in accounting and finance Material to be provided via MyUni
    12 The wrap

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    #Assessment TaskTask Type WeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    1 Test 1 (MCQ/theory/case studies) Individual 30% Week 6  1, 2
    2 Test 2 (Power BI/data analytics practical test) Individual 20% Week 10  3
    3 Final Exam Individual 50% Date set by Exams Office 1, 2, 3
    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 50% overall must be achieved.

    Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. While marks will not be deducted for poor hand-writing or English expression, it is stongly recommended that you write clearly to avoid the complications which can arise for examiners as a result of illegible responses.

    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
    Assessment Detail

    Test 1: Online Multiple Choice Questions - theory/case studies
                30% (Week 6)
                (further details to be provided via MyUni in due course)

    Test 2: Online Power BI/data analytics - practical test
                20% (Week 10)
                (further details to be provided via MyUni in due course)

    Final exam: 50% (Date set by Exams Office)
                                 (further details to be provided via MyUni in due course)
    Presentation 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.
    Lecturers/markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s Policy on Plagiarism:
    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:

    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.

    Examination Information

    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.
    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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