• Offered by Research School of Accounting & Business Info Syst
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Information Systems
  • Areas of interest Business Information Systems
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shuk Ho
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Business systems form an integral part of the operation of the modern business organisations. This course takes a close look at the way these systems are structured in organisations, typically in enterprise-wide systems such as ERP systems, to ensure that they are able to successfully collect and process information relating to their core transactions. To this end, this course focuses on the main transaction cycles and business processes, the technologies required for these activities, as well as the international controls required to regulate their operation. Students will gain a detailed understanding of these transaction cycles and business processes by focusing on theory as well as engaging in practice. This course also considers some relevant developments such as new message protocols like XML and XBRL used in electronic commerce that are particularly important to users of financial accounting information such as analysts and investors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  • describe how and why organisations adopt information technology based on their understanding of the role of computer-based accounting systems, and the business processes that support these systems, in contemporary organisations
  • design an AIS database based on an understanding of the concepts of business exchange and how they map into the resources-events-agents (REA) framework
  • prepare and understand appropriate documentation that describes the business-oriented processes underpinning the exchange process in organisations
  • analyse the internal controls in organisations based on their understanding the importance of organisational controls in the operation of enterprise systems
  • describe the use of XBRL in organisations based on their understanding of the use of XBRL in commerce
  • describe the accounting processes in ERP systems
  • show competence in giving oral presentations

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Tutorial participation 5%
  • Presentation of Group Assignment 5%
  • Group Assignment 20%
  • Final exam 70%

All components of the above assessment are compulsory and must be submitted. Also, you must achieve at least 50% for the final examination component to be eligible for an automatic pass grade in this course.

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours a week to completling the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of information systems equivalent to that of students successfully completing INF1001 Foundations of Electronic Commerce and  Information Systems. Students who would like to take this subject and feel that they have sufficient academic or practical experience in accounting and information systems may want to discuss this possibility with the Course Coordinator.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $3240
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3240
2004 $3240
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3948
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3534
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7467 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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