module specification

AC4054 - Management Information Systems (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Management Information Systems
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Sage Accounting Project - 500 words
Unseen Examination 70%   Exam - 1 hour
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

The management information systems module introduces students to a very rapidly changing accounting information systems both in management and accounting areas. The module will discuss how information systems can facilitate various functions that help to improve businesses level of competitiveness. It will focus on the functions and theory of financial accounting in a computerised environment and enables students to practise the methods and develop relevant skills. The module also discusses relevant information systems techniques and explain the functions, interpret the dataflow, use the theory and practice the methods of financial accounting in a systemic context.


• 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
• Describe the main financial systems used within an organisation: i) Purchases and sales invoicing ii) Payroll iii) Credit control iv) Cash and working capital management.
• Managing information systems an organisation prospective

• Identify weaknesses, potential for error and inefficiencies in accounting and information systems.

• The importance of security and integrity within a computerised accounting environment.

• Identify business uses of computers and IT software applications: i) Spreadsheet applications ii) Database systems iii) Accounting packages The framework of computerised accounting systems and the preparation of financial statements of businesses.

• An understanding of the information systems, transaction processing and ERP systems.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be taught through lectures and seminars, where lectures are designed to convey the broad outlines of knowledge pertinent to the weekly topics. The seminars are built around student activity in response to a set of prepared tasks that require students to apply knowledge, discuss and analyse. In this module context, the seminar session deals with a combination of, class discussions, case analysis and presentations to explore conceptual knowledge. The students will engage in directed practical work in computer labs based on industry cases using standard software, SAGE.

Both in the lecture and seminar sessions, a variety of teaching tools will be used including presentations, case study analysis, and group activities. Each tool facilitates students learning and provides an opportunity to reflect on their learning. Students will receive formative as well as summative feedbacks via web learn for each activity. Students are expected to prepare for the seminars using a variety of learning resources that will normally include textbook, module handout/Weblearn site including learning/stimulus materials, references to sources in the learning centre, and materials available on academically reputable internet sites.

Learning outcomes

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

LO1: Identify the nature, explain the function, use the theory and practice the methods of financial accounting in a computerised environment.

LO 2: Understand the financial and management accounts with practical application in a computerised context using SAGE accounting system.

Assessment strategy

The assessment for this module will be in several forms. They will have formative assessments on a weekly basis during the seminar sessions. This will be based on analysing case studies, class discussions, and practice using computer software, SAGE. Students will be required to perform various activities during the seminar/practice sessions followed by discussions and presentations. The summative assessment will be in the form of individually assessed coursework and unseen 1-hour examination.


Reading List Talis Link:

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

Core Text:
Accounting Information Systems, Global Edition, 14/E
Marshall B. Romney, Brigham Young University
Paul J. Steinbart, Arizona State University
ISBN-10: 1292220082 • ISBN-13: 9781292220086
©2018 • Pearson •

Other Texts:
• Boczko, Introduction to Accounting Information Systems, 1st Edition, Pearson Education Limited 2012.

IBM Academic Initiative:
FT Tech Hub:
Reuters Technology News:

Journal  of information systems
The Accounting review
Issues in accounting Education

Electronic Databases:
• Science Direct
• FAME (UK Companies)
• Education Research Complete