ACM005-Accounting Information Systems

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Must have studied accounting and/or auditing to level 6 or equivalent.
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Mrs Kate Jones

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 relationship 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


           Basic bibliography:

  • Romney, M.B., Steinbart, P.J., Summers, S. L. and Wood, D.A. (2021). Accounting Information Systems, Global Edition. 15th ed. Harlow:Pearson Education Ltd.

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

  • Simkin, M.G., Worrell, J. L. and Savage A. A. (2018). Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems. 14th 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 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Portfolio 10
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There is no examination.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Portfolio/MCQ Test

Completion and submission of independent study activities on Blackboard.


Oral Assessment & Group Presentation

A 10-15 minute group presentation and group report in the last week of Spring term.



One individual piece of coursework involving the analysis of a business scenario, maximum 3,000 words submitted in the first week of the summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback from independent study portfolio work should be used to feedforward into improving performance in the group presentation and individual assessment. Both the independent study portfolio work and group assessments will provide useful formative feedforward information to better prepare for the individual coursework assessment.

Other opportunities for informal formative feedback will occur throughout the module during lecture activities, seminar 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 over all assessments of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of report only.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):




  1. Required text books


  1. Specialist equipment or materials


  1. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear


  1. Printing and binding


  1. Computers and devices with a particular specification


  1. Travel, accommodation and subsistence


Last updated: 2 August 2023


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