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ACCT406 Accounting Information Systems

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An advanced study of the implication of AIS design, operation and control for accountants, auditors and managers, using in-depth case studies to develop practical familiarity with the issues arising.

Paper title Accounting Information Systems
Paper code ACCT406
Subject Accounting
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,113.72
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,177.04

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ACCT 306
Limited to
Master of Professional Accounting
Teaching staff
Dinithi Ranasinghe
Paper Structure
The Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct) has been developed to provide graduates with an opportunity to specialise in advanced study with a focus on either applied practical or academic research.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught through lectures.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Identify common components of AIS
  • Align AIS strategy with the strategy of the organisation
  • Explain the processes of the systems development life cycle
  • Integrate planning for and control of IT systems
  • Describe the components of an internal control system and its contribution to risk management
  • Effectively communicate issues arising from the use of AIS to a non-specialist audience in support of organisation decisions
  • Identify situations where ethical issues arise in the use of AIS
  • Appreciate the issues involved in the design and use of database management systems and enterprise systems
  • Explain the principles involved in the management of an organisation's IT resources, including project management
  • Evaluate and make practical use of ongoing advances in academic and practice-based literature in accounting
  • Undertake and apply independent research to assess and justify solutions to business problems involving AIS
  • Appreciate the relevance of AIS to society at large, in particular to the global reach of business practice and to the aspirations of tangata whenua

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
B1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-40
B2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
B3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-40
B4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
S1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
S2 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
S3 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41