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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)


The objective of this unit is to provide students with a broad introduction to the contemporary themes in research into Accounting Information Systems. The unit covers issues of research and practice in the following areas: frameworks and ontologies in information systems; decision making; process modelling; behavioural aspects concerned with the design and implementation of systems; and data management issues. Upon completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to evaluate critically the design and conduct of research, and to design their own research into issues of relevance to the accounting information systems field.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. discuss ontologies and paradigms in information systems
  2. discuss issues relating to the design and use of accounting information systems
  3. evaluate systems modelling tools for accounting processes
  4. identify major research questions in accounting and business information systems
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with issues in accounting information systems and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by AFX4040.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Stephen Smith

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in course 0181 or 0171 or 4416 to undertake this unit