Unit description

Designed to prepare the student for a career in business, this unit focuses on the relationships between business processes, information flows and information technology and how these interact and communicate with an organisation's management. It also explores the governance, control and security issues in the business processes and within the information system.

Unit content

Part 1: System fundamentals.

Chapter 1:    Introduction

 Part 2: System characteristics and consideration

Chapter 2:    Business processes

Chapter 3:    Database concepts I

Chapter 5:    XBRL reporting

Chapter 6:    Systems documentation

Chapter 7:    Internal control I

Chapter 8:    Internal control II

 Part 3: Systems in action

Chapter 9:    Transaction cycle - the revenue cycle

Chapter 10:  Transaction cycle - the expenditure cycle

Chapter 11:  Transaction cycle - the production cycle

Chapter 12:  Transaction cycle - the HR management and payroll cycle

Chapter 13:  Transaction cycle - the general ledger and financial reporting  cycle

 Part 4: Systems issues

Chapter 14:  Systems development

Chapter 15:  Auditing and governance of accounting information systems

Chapter 16:  Ethics and cybercrime

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 5

  • Considine, B, Parkes, A, Oleses, K, Blount, Y & Speer, D,, 2015, Accounting Information Systems – understanding business processes, 4th edn, Wiley & Sons, Milton, QLD. ISBN: 978-0-7303-0247-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Short written response30%
Exam: closed book40%

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