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AFX9520 - Accounting information systems and financial modelling

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Evening)
Hong Kong First semester 2008 (Off-campus split block of classes)


The objective of this unit is two-fold. First, the unit provides students with a broad introduction to accounting information systems and the role technology plays in accounting. The focus will be on an introduction to: enterprise systems; database management; documentation methods; internal controls; and the core business processes found in organisations. Second, the unit focuses on corporate modelling theory; models as decision support tools; types and uses of models; benefits and limitations of models; effective spreadsheet design; auditing spreadsheet models. Development of various models using an industry standard spreadsheet.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • examine the role of accounting information systems in analysing and providing decision support to the financial activities of a company.
  • identify the problems involved in the implementation of computerised accounting information systems and financial models
  • analyse the ways in which computer-based financial models may be used by management and decision makers
  • demonstrate a working facility with a spreadsheet software by building a number of typical financial models used for decision support in business.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Contact hours

3 hours per week




AFF4291, AFF9150

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