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MAA204 - Accounting Information Systems


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Not offered in 2020

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MIS251
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Phillip Wong
Trimester 2: Luckmika Perera


Incompatible with: MIS251
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour lab per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning including 3 scheduled online workshops of 3 hours duration.


This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn about systems and software used by accounting practitioners and organisations. Students learn about the role of the accountant in implementing systems and controls in organisations, transaction processes and develop the ability to critically evaluate accounting information systems and controls.  Students will also consider the role of data analytics from an accountant’s perspective. 

Students also have hands-on experience with relevant software to undertake fundamental business projects such as setting up the accounts for a new business.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically evaluate the role of Accounting information systems (AIS), business processes in organisations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply AIS concepts including documentation techniques in the context of an accounting package and/or relational database construct.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Critically evaluate cases of systems success or failure within the context of the systems development lifecycle, IT project governance in systems development and management.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate the impact of emerging technologies and techniques on AIS and the role of accountants.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate systems of internal controls to appropriate manage to computer security, fraud, audit issues, and other risks.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) Critical evaluation of a case of information systems failure or success or an emerging technology 1,500 words 15% Week 5
Assessment 2: (Individual or Groups of 2 to 4) Design an accounting information system solution which may include written report (500-1,000 words) depending on the difficulty of the practical exercise 35% Week 9
Examination 2-hours 50% Exam Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the available marks in the examination

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAA204 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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