Studies in Business Information Systems

Subject BISY40002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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 examines research investigating accounting and business information systems as the basis of internal and external reporting. It explores the role of systems in providing the data and analytical capabilities to inform operational and strategic decision making and enable performance measurement and control. From both individual behavioural and organisational perspectives this subject will consider the role systems play in a variety of accounting related contexts.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Describe the scope and themes of systems research as it pertains to accounting.
• Analyse accounting issues using frameworks, theories and paradigms from business information systems.
• Critically evaluate research at the intersection of accounting and business information systems.
• Explain the critical role of systems research in the study of accounting phenomena.

One individual assignment totalling not more than 2000 words due late in the semester (30%), seminar presentations regularly throughout the semester and class participation (20%) and an end-of-semester written examination not exceeding 4000 words (50%).

Prescribed Texts: 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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