module specification

BA4001 - Accounting Information Systems (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Accounting Information Systems
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 360
279 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60% 35 SAGE accounting project
In-Course Test 15% 35 In-class test based on case analysis
Coursework 25% 35 Data modelling for a case study
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module focuses on the function and theory of financial accounting in a computerised environment and enables students to practise the methods and develop relevant skills. To identify the nature, explain the function, interpret the dataflow, use the theory and practice the methods of financial accounting in a systemic context. 

Module aims

• To identify the nature, explain the function, use the theory and practice the methods of financial accounting in a computerised environment.
• To complement the student learning of financial and management accounts with practical application in a computerised context by using SAGE accounting system.
• To understand and interpret business dataflow diagrams, flowcharts in transaction cycles.
• To introduce internal and external audit process and identify the major steps in the audit process.
• To provide a theoretical and technical foundation for subsequent units in, financial management and Management Information Systems


• Detailed practice in the techniques of book-keeping as carried out within a computerised environment.
• The creation of a computerised book-keeping system and the recording of transactions from source events to trial balance and period end.
• The importance of security and integrity within a computerised accounting environment.
• The treatment of accruals and prepayments, bad and doubtful debts, and stocks and work-in-progress.
• Practical application of cash-budgets.
• The framework of computerised accounting systems and the preparation of financial statements of businesses.
• The external audit process and related internal controls methods.
• An understanding of the information systems, transaction processing and ERP systems.
• System documentation techniques and data flows which support the production of accounting reports.
• Data modelling concepts and processes in a computerised environment.
• REA data model in the context of relational database.

Learning and teaching

Lectures and Tutorials:

Lectures (One hour): Deals with a combination of, class discussions, case analysis and presentations to explore modules conceptual knowledge.

Tutorials (Two hours): Students will engage in directed practical work in computer labs based on industry cases using standard software SAGE accounting, Excel spread sheets and Access databases. The objective is to apply module concepts using application software.

A variety of teaching tools will be used including presentations, case study analysis, and group discussions. Each tool facilitates students an opportunity to reflect on their learning. Students will receive formative as well as summative feedbacks via web learn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Understand the context and practical application of a computerised accounting system. 
2. Prepare reliable records of commercial relationships by using SAGE accounting.
3. Understand and interpret accounting dataflow and models within transactional cycles linking the   business   processes.
4.  Evaluate the reports produced by a computerised accounting system and make necessary adjustments to the underlying data. 
5. Record the main types of commercial transactions accurately and in appropriate form.
6. Interpret and input data to a SAGE accounting system in order to produce final accounts and other reports.


Text books:
Accounting Information Systems: Global Edition, 12/E Romney & Steinbart ©2012   Pearson Higher Education  Published: Mar 2011
Accounting: A Smart Approach: Mary Carey, Cathy Knowles, and Jane Towers-Clark
Oxford University Press:2011
Financial Accounting: A Business Process Approach: International Edition, 3/E Jane L. Reimers, Prentice Hall:2008
GILERT, G., 'Sage Line 50 in Easy Steps.' Computer Step

Klamm and Weidenmier (Fall 2004) Linking Business Processes and Transaction Cycles. Journal of Information Systems  (available on Web learn)
Scott, J. E. (1999). The Fox-Meyer Drugs bankruptcy: was it a failure of ERP? The 5th Americas Conference on Information Systems (available on Web learn)

Journal  of information systems
The Accounting review
Issues in accounting Education

Financial times
The Wall street Journal Europe (free copies available every day at Moorgate Library)

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