• Offered by Research School of Management
  • 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 Mayada Hansnata
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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This course involves on campus teaching. For students unable to come to campus there will be a remote option. See the Class Summary for more details.

Accounting Information Systems (AIS) form an integral part of modern organisations as they support managers to plan and control business operations, improve decision-making, and support financial accounting and reporting. The role of the AIS is changing.  The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system builds on the AIS and offers the benefits of sharing information across all business functional areas leading to improved business processes.  Many internal controls are addressed by the ERP system.  Students will be introduced to this cross functional integration and improved internal control with ‘hands on’ SAP experience.  Skills will be developed in systems documentation techniques to enable an appreciation of key business processes and associated controls. ERP knowledge and skills are valued by employers, with graduates having higher employability.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the role of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) in modern organisations and highlight key transaction cycles in AIS
  2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of functional and process oriented organisational approaches and the relevance of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
  3. Generate different forms of systems documentation including data-flow-diagrams, process maps and system flowcharts
  4. Discuss the value of Corporate and IT governance
  5. Propose internal controls for business processes
  6. Examine the key objectives, strategic implications and common technologies associated with the key transaction cycles
  7. Implement the transaction cycles in an ERP system with SAP?
  8. Gauge alternative approaches to AIS systems development and the associated risks
  9. Evaluate the role of internal and external audit and the process of auditing AIS
  10. Consider ethical issues and the associated risks related to the organisational use of AIS
  11. Appraise new technologies such as XBRL (eXtensible Markup Language), cloud computing and the ‘big data’ or data analytics phenomenon

Other Information

Indicative Assessment

  1. SAP Exercise (5) [LO 6,7]
  2. Mid-Semester Examination (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,11]
  3. Group Assignment (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,11]
  4. Final Examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11]

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Students taking this course are expected to commit 130 hours to completing the work. For semester length offerings this will typically include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (excluding non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you previously completed INFS2005.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary.

Assumed Knowledge



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4245 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7255 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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