Studies in Business Information Systems

Subject BISY40002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Acceptance into the honours program or as approved by Head of Department.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject investigates contemporary research issues in information systems (IS) with a particular emphasis on accounting information systems (AIS). This subject investigates the following themes: ontological research; research paradigms and frameworks in information systems; design science in AIS; evaluative and behavioural research in AIS. These themes constitute major areas of contemporary AIS research and incorporate: the REA model; semantically modelled accounting systems; knowledge-based systems; and intelligent decision aids research, from both a design science and behavioural perspective.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• Identify the major streams of literature in AIS research, in particular the REA model, semantically modelled accounting systems and knowledge-based systems, and intelligent decision aids from both a design science and behavioural perspective;
• Analyse the major frameworks, ontologies and paradigms in IS and AIS research;
• Critically evaluate research in major areas of AIS;
• Identify major research questions in AIS research and provide a vision for future research opportunities

A final written examination (50%), one individual assignment totalling not more than 2000 words (30%) and seminar presentations and participation (20%).

Prescribed Texts: V Arnold and S G Sutton, (eds), Researching Accounting as an Information Systems Discipline. Research Monograph, American Accounting Association, Sarasota, Florida, 2002. Selected Readings, Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems (current year version)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: High level of development: oral communication; written communication; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing information from a range of sources.
Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; statistical reasoning; use of computer software.

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