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Accounting and Decision Support Systems (11216.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Business School


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This unit has three major aims. The first is designed to increase students' skills in using accounting packages. Students will also be introduced to a range of issues relating to the development and use of accounting information systems (AIS), such as the interaction between the AIS and an entity's enterprise resource planning system, systems documentation, internal controls and governance issues. Thirdly, the unit aims to develop technical skills in Microsoft Excel in order to build decision-support models, evaluate their outputs and identify the impacts of assumptions built into these models.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Produce financial reports using accounting software;

2. Assess IT governance frameworks;

3. Explain the importance of internal controls and design internal controls that cover key business processes and support the achievement of goals;

4. Develop complex spreadsheet-based decision support models for a variety of problems; and

5. Identify assumptions used in decision support models and evaluate their impact.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


11212 Accounting Systems and Practices.



Assumed Knowledge

A sound understanding of financial accounting, particularly how to journalise transactions and events.

Incompatible Units

6348 Information Systems in Organisations.

Equivalent Units


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