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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.
This course aims to familiarise students with accounting information systems, how they function and fit within the modern organisations, and core accounting systems and processes that allow organisations to operate effectively and efficiently. This includes enterprise databases, accounting processes and frameworks for the evaluation of accounting information systems and their processes. New and emerging technologies (e.g. IoT, AI/Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation) and their implications for accounting practice are covered. The course emphases understanding of risks and risk assessment (e.g. fraud, threats, cybercrime), and knowledge of internal control structures that enable effective systems and mitigate risk. Students will become competent with the use of techniques like flowcharts for documenting accounting cycles and processes. They will also develop practical skills in using an accounting information system package for small businesses, advanced skills using Excel and Access to manipulate business data and support business decision-making, and explore the capabilities of an accounting analytics software package.
By the end of this course the student should be able to: Analyse accounting transactions and problems from a systems perspective. Develop models of business processes and transactions using techniques like REA and flowcharts Recognise new and emerging technologies (e.g. IoT, AI/Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation) and their implications for accounting practice. Identify risks to accounting systems (e.g. fraud, cybercrime), and evaluate and select appropriate controls for use in the development and operation of accounting systems Analyse and evaluate different approaches to the development and operation of accounting systems. Develop skills in the use of selected software applications and apply these to problem-solving and the analysis and use of accounting data for decision-making, e.g. MS Access, MS Excel Develop skills in the use of selected accounting software, e.g. Xero.
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
Romney, Marshall B;
Accounting information systems
Fifteenth Edition, Global Edition;
Pearson Education Limited, 2021.
Domestic fee $860.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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