GA509 - Accounting Information Systems

Credit Points: 15


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Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney


Aims & Objectives

This unit will introduce the students to concepts of using and managing accounting information systems and cloud technologies. Specifically, students will develop knowledge about cloud technologies to understand how it is enabling the companies and accountants with better and faster access to business information that they can use to advise clients. Students will be introduced to web-based models such as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Application Service Provider (ASP) to demonstrate how access to application software and hardware can be provided to multiple users via the internet, rather than from company owned and maintained hardware and software. The unit takes a practical approach with a cloud-based accounting practice set used for demonstration in class, requires students to setup up company file, and process one month’s transaction and generate financial reports.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe Accounting Information Systems components and their use in an organizational setting;
  2. Critically explain and evaluate business process documentation techniques;
  3. Critically evaluate and justify the need for Accounting Information Systems controls;
  4. Use an accounting information system to manage key accounting processes for business decision making; and
  5. Critically evaluate ethical and legal aspects on the environment of accounting information systems.
  6. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the different approaches for developing Accounting Information Systems.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour


Students are advised to check the unit outline for prescribed Textbooks.

Reference Reading

Students are advised to check the unit outline for additional reference materials.