INFO243-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Accounting Information Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Core business subsystems and processes that allow organisations to operate effectively and efficiently. Includes enterprise databases; process and pervasive controls in the context of the development life cycle of accounting information systems; frameworks for evaluation of accounting information systems and their processes. Students develop practical skills in using at least one accounting information system package for small businesses, and advanced skills using Excel to manipulate business data.

The three broad aims of the course are to provide students with:
*  an understanding of the purpose and role of accounting information systems within contemporary organisations;
*  an awareness of the way in which internal controls and technology interrelate with accounting information systems; and
*  an understanding of the real-life problems of designing, implementing and using accounting information systems.

Learning Outcomes

Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to:

1.  Analyse accounting transactions and problems from a systems perspective.
2.  Analyse, design and evaluate controls to be used in the development and operations of accounting systems.
3.  Analyse and evaluate the usefulness of accounting systems in solving managerial problems.
4.  Analyse and evaluate different approaches to the development and operation of accounting systems.
5.  Operate and evaluate selected accounting software packages.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.



ACIS243, AFIS243

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annette Mills


Trevor Nesbit and Richard Fisher


Angela Martin


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Practical Assignments 25%
Mid-semester test 30%
Final Exam 45%

Software/Accounting packages for lab-based practicals:  Xero and Excel

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

James A Hall; Accounting Information Systems ; 10; Cengage Learning US, 2018 (

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $851.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems .

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