ACM005-Accounting Information Systems

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Must have studied accounting and/or auditing to level 6 or equivalent.
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Ms Sue Blackett

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is delivered at University of Reading.

This module is an introduction to accounting information systems. It initially covers fundamental concepts in information systems, information management and business-IT alignment in the context of accounting practices. In addition, it will explore how technologies underpin governance, risk and compliance activities within public firms. It builds on both theoretical concepts as well as established industry best practice including COSO’s frameworks and ISACA’s COBIT. As a practical component of the module, commercial software will be introduced to study their features.


The aim of this module is for students to understand the key concepts in data and information management and to be able to critically assess the role of information systems in accounting and finance, including governance, risk and compliance activities within firms.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of accounting information systems

  2. Critically apply key concepts in information systems and information management to a case study

  3. Critically evaluate the relevance of business information systems in accounting

  4. Critically assess the challenges faced by auditors in understanding the relatio nship between internal controls and technology

  5. Critically appraise how technology creates risks, in areas such as cybersecurity, outsourcing, IT governance etc.

Additional outcomes:

  • Critically assess the main features of commercial accounting software systems.

  • Encourage the development of oral communication skills and students’ effectiveness in group situations.

  • Develop reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning through the completion of module activities.

Outline content:

  • Fundamentals of information systems and information management

  • Transaction processing in accounting

  • Ethical, professional and social issues in information systems

  • Internal control concepts and frameworks

  • Enterprise resource planning systems

  • IT governance and controls

  • Accounting information systems acquisition and implementation


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Basic bibliography:

  • Romney, M.B. and Steinbart, P.J. (2018). Accounting Information Systems, Global Edition. 14th ed. Harlow:Pearson Education Ltd.

  • Hall, J.A. (2019). Accounting Information Systems. 10th ed. Boston:Cengage Learning.

  • Simkin, M.G., Rose, J.M. and Norman, C.S. (2015). Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems. 13th ed. Hoboken:Wiley.

Global context:

Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 and use of global case studies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module uses a combination of lectures, seminars and independent self-study. Blackboard will be used to guide both dependent and independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 45
    Advance preparation for classes 20
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 45
    Revision and preparation 2
    Reflection 33
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There is no examination.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 45 minute online test in week 12.

A 90 minute online test in week 15.

One individual piece of coursework involving the analysis of a business scenario, maximum 3,000 words due in week 20.

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback from the online tests should be used to improve performance in the individual coursework assessment. 

Other opportunities for informal formative feedback will occur throughout the module during lecture activities, workshop exercises and any independent study submitted for marking. All feedback should be used to improve performance.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students will be required to obtain a combined weighted average mark on the in-class test, presentation and coursework of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of coursework only. The in-class test and presentation will not be included in the re-asessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 14 May 2021


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