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ACCT20072 - Accounting Systems and Information Assurance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Given the pervasive nature of Accounting Information Systems and Technology, accountants are increasingly expected to be competent in understanding the business processes and information systems used in organisations. This unit seeks to empower you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to successfully understand and use Accounting Information Systems throughout your career. There are two components. First, you will develop knowledge in accounting systems and business processes, basic system documentation tools, database management, fraud, appropriate internal controls, and approaches to implementing Accounting Information Systems in organisations. Second, you will develop technical competence in using productivity tools (such as MS Excel) and accounting software.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre: ACCT20070 - Accounting in Australia

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Take Home Exam 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
More practical examples of using accounting systems would be helpful
Recommendation
Workshops will be updated to include more practical examples
Action Taken
Teaching model was changed from a 3 hour lecture to a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour computer lab. Teaching of software was introduced in the computer labs.
Source: Informal student comments
Feedback
Students appreciated the applied nature of the unit and the use of software to teach accounting concepts which are relevant to their careers. Students requested that there be more computer workshops that these should be assessed.
Recommendation
Computer workshop activities will form part of the assessment from T2 onwards. Computer workshops were trialed for the 1st time in T1 2019. They will continue to be improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand organisational concepts and information management to achieve Accounting Information Systems objectives
  2. Reflect on the use of documentation techniques and apply relevant tools to document Accounting Information Systems
  3. Describe activities performed in business processes and explore how Accounting Information Systems supports them
  4. Critically reflect on the role of IT developments and how they improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes
  5. Critically evaluate the risk of fraud and the application of risk management to achieve information security and processing integrity
  6. Demonstrate skills in evaluating and using accounting software to analyse, record and report transactions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam