• 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 2015
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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:

  1. understand the role of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) in modern organisations and how AIS have altered the role of accounting and the job of the accountant;
  2. understand new technologies, such as XBRL;
  3. evaluate and describe approaches to changing business processes, process re-engineering, and the application of AIS to business processes;
  4. read, interpret, and develop different forms of systems documentation such as data-flow-diagrams and flowcharts.
  5. describe the accounting processes in ERP systems and understand how basic accounting processes are implemented in SAP;
  6. use SAP and learn how ERP software applications impact on a firm’s accounting processes;
  7. understand the importance of IT governance and appreciate control mechanisms related to AIS;
  8. describe the key objectives and strategic implications of the accounting cycles and identify common technologies underpinning these activities;
  9. describe alternative approaches to AIS systems development;
  10. understand the process of auditing AIS; and
  11. consider ethical issues related to the organisational use of AIS. 

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

  • SAP Simulation 5%
  • Assignment 20%
  • Mid-semester Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 60%

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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 INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers.



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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $3414
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1920 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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