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Core business subsystems and processes that allow organisations to operate effectively and efficiently. Includes enterprise databases; process and pervasive controls in the context of the development life cycle of accounting information systems; frameworks for evaluation of accounting information systems and their processes. Students develop practical skills in using at least one accounting information system package for small businesses, and advanced skills using Excel to manipulate business data.
The three broad aims of the course are to provide students with:* an understanding of the purpose and role of accounting information systems within contemporary organisations;* an awareness of the way in which internal controls and technology interrelate with accounting information systems; and* an understanding of the real-life problems of designing, implementing and using accounting information systems.
Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to:1. Analyse accounting transactions and problems from a systems perspective.2. Analyse, design and evaluate controls to be used in the development and operations of accounting systems.3. Analyse and evaluate the usefulness of accounting systems in solving managerial problems.4. Analyse and evaluate different approaches to the development and operation of accounting systems.5. Operate and evaluate selected accounting software packages.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
ACCT103 and INFO123
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Software/Accounting packages for lab-based practicals: Xero and Excel
James A Hall;
Accounting Information Systems;
Cengage Learning US, 2018 (https://cengage.co.nz/product/title/accounting-information-systems/isbn/9781337619202).
Domestic fee $818.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the department and colleges page.