INFS5978 Accounting Information Systems - 2019

Term 3
6 Units of Credit
On Campus
Info Systems & Tech Mgmt
The course outline is not available for current semester. To view outlines from other years and/or semesters, visit the archives .

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

​​In the digital era, time-based competition has become the major focus of many businesses. Organisations are increasingly seeking to use Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) in order to rise to business challenges as quickly as possible and to gain competitive advantage.

The rise of the digital economy has seen the need for knowledge and skills in relation to IS and IT becoming crucial, central and critical components of any business studies degree program. Today’s business students need to be able to demonstrate their understanding of IS and IT and its application in a business environment. Just as business students need to be able to understand and articulate the role that economic policies and financial statements – such as the balance sheet and profit and loss statement – play in managing an organisation’s accounting systems, so too do they need to understand the roles that different types of information systems play in supporting the decision making processes of the different levels of organisational management.

Accounting Information Systems is a 1st year postgraduate course in the Master of Professional Accounting, and the Master of Accounting and Business Information Technology degree programs – offered by the School of Accounting. These Degrees provide an excellent multidisciplinary introduction to business with a focus on accounting and enable students to obtain recognition by the two major Australian professional accounting bodies: CPA Australia, and the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

​​The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Managing Information Systems – with particular emphasis on the Accountant’s perspective. The course will cover topic areas such as e-Commerce, and the proliferation of the Internet in a business environment. INFS5978 seeks to encourage students to apply theoretical aspects of IS and IT to the real-world accounting decision-making environment and incorporates a practical component through the use of an integrated accounting software package.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrEric T. K. LimRoom: 2084 Level 2, Quad Building West Wing+61 2 9385 4688TBA

The best way to contact your lecturer or tutor is via email or to see them during their consultation times. Please use your UNSW email account to contact staff members. To protect student privacy, staff members will not answer queries or disclose information relating to assessments of students if a non-UNSW email account is used. Please note that formal notices and correspondence regarding the course will only be sent to your UNSW email account.

Please contact ISTM School Office (Quad2091) should you not be able to contact either the Lecturer or your tutor. Alternatively, if you need to contact the school urgently, ring +61 (2) 9385-5320 or email:

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

​​At the PG/Masters level, the focus is on your self-directed search for knowledge. Textbooks, multimedia interactive materials, notes, and other resources are all provided as a service to assist you in this endeavour.

It is recognised that students are individuals who bring a diverse range of experiences, interests and abilities and that these aspects will influence your own learning. The responsibility for learning lies with you - the student. It is your choice as to how much work you do in this course, whether it be preparation for your off campus learning; completion of deliverables; study for exams; or seeking assistance to extend and clarify your understanding. You must choose the approach which best suits your learning style and goals in this course. The fundamental approach to learning in this course can be summarised as follows:

  • Understand rather than memorise.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning.
  • Explore and test ideas, don’t limit yourself to textbook situations.
  • Work collaboratively with others.
  • Above all, enjoy the experience.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

​In this course, we will adopt a blended learning approach towards course delivery. Specifically, delivery of teaching content, learning, and interaction will take place through a combination of face-to-face and virtual channels. You are responsible to keep up, every week, with the reading of the designated materials before coming for lectures and also carry out your own learning off campus. On campus, there will be two key components in your learning - the interactive lecture and the laboratory components.

Interactive Lecture

Each week, lecture will be delivered in class or online in an interactive manner. Student participation during lectures is encouraged. After each lecture, students are encouraged to go online on Moodle to post their burning questions about the lecture content or share external content they found to be relevant (with explanation of its relevance) to the lectures. Based on these questions from students and content being shared online, the LiC will conduct an online webinar (which will be recorded and made available to students who are unable to join in “live”) at the end of the following week to summarize and clarify some of these burning questions. Students are also encouraged to participate during these online webinars if there are any further queries about the course content.

Laboratory - MYOB Tutorial

The laboratory component will seek to provide a practical and “hands-on” perspective via the use of an integrated accounting software package.

5. Course Resources

​​The prescribed texts for the course are as follows:

  • Management Information Systems, Australian Edition (1st Edition), Gray, H., Issa, T., Pye, G., Troshani, I., Rainer, K., Prince, B., and Watson, H. Wiley, 2015 (ISBN: 9780730363309).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our recommendation would be for students to acquire the digital textbook that includes digital videos and interactive learning materials. You can buy the digital package at:

The digital package, which is available for the course duration, costs $65 AUD whereas the print version of the textbook costs $169.95 AUD. The digital package contains many interactive features that will be helpful to your learning experience in the course and they will not be available with the print version of the textbook.

Furthermore, even if you are considering selling the textbook after the course, your out- of-pocket expense (assuming you can recoup half of the full price you paid for the print version of the textbook) is still about $70 AUD.
  • Computer Accounting Using MYOB Business Software V19.10 (14th Edition), Neish, W., and Kahwati, G. McGraw Hill Education, 2015 (ISBN: 9781743077474).

Additional readings/articles may be set. These materials will be provided on the course website, it is your responsibility to acquire a copy of the readings/articles and read them prior to class. The readings for the basis of class activities are considered examinable.

To complete the MYOB tasks, we are using the MYOB PC version 19.10 as prescribed in the textbook. Please do not install the MAC version of the software. This is because the MAC version is scaled down and certain options and features are missing. If you have a MAC version, please do not use it to complete your tasks because they will not be accepted.

The website for this course is on Moodle.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 16 SeptemberLecture
  • Introduction and Course Delivery Mechanism
  • No MYOB Labs
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 2: 23 SeptemberLecture + MYOB Demo Lecture + Lab
  • Information Systems, Organizations, and Strategy
  • Basic Accounting Concepts via MYOB - Demo Lecture 01
  • Lab - MYOB Task 01
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 3: 30 SeptemberLecture + Lab
  • E-Business, E&M-Commerce, + Social and Web 2.0
  • Lab - MYOB Task 01
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 5: 14 OctoberLecture + Lab
  • Enterprise Information Systems + Supply Chain + Customer Relationship Management Systems
  • Lab - MYOB Task 01
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 6: 21 OctoberLecture + MYOB Demo Lecture + Lab
  • Decision Support and Business Intelligence
  • Basic Accounting Concepts via MYOB - Demo Lecture 02
  • Lab - MYOB Task 01
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 7: 28 OctoberLecture + Lab
  • Security, Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems
  • Lab - MYOB Task 02
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 8: 4 NovemberLecture + Lab
  • Building Information Systems + Managing Projects
  • Lab - MYOB Task 02
  • Chapters + Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 9: 11 NovemberLecture + Lab
  • Blockchain, Fintech, and Artificial Intelligence, and Future of Business
  • Lab - MYOB Task 02
  • Learning Materials provided on Moodle
Week 10: 18 NovemberLecture + Lab
  • Review and Exam Preparation
  • Lab - MYOB Task 02

NOTE: Lectures topics and delivery format are subjected to change

NOTE: All activities including lecture and MYOB Labs in Week 04 are cancelled

NOTE: MYOB Tutorials will start in Week 02 and will finish in Week 10.

NOTE: MYOB Tasks can be carried out (1) onsite in campus labs where you can work individually or in groups with the guidance of your tutors, or (2) you can work on the tasks off campus on your own devices. For option (2), it is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the correct version (MYOB PC version 19.10) of the software on your own device. The tutors and lecturers are not obligated to solve any technical issues you might face in option (2).

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload


Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations.
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Communication Resources
The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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