Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Accounting and Finance
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)


This unit focuses on computer information systems (CIS) and draws on the knowledge gained from AFS2760. The unit introduces the management of computer information systems (CIS) with a particular focus on the internal controls that should be present in a CIS environment and would be of interest to the external auditor. The important concepts and procedures to use and audit financial databases and CIS are also covered in this unit. The download of financial data and its manipulation in order to verify and audit it, as well as the performance of computer assisted auditing techniques (CAATs) on this data are examined in this unit. The influence of the internet and e-commerce on the business and auditing environments, as well as applicable legislation are also covered. In addition, this unit contains a strong practical element of using database software, spreadsheets and selected audit software often used by accountants and auditors in practice.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the most important aspects of management of a computer information system (CIS)
  2. describe and explain computer security and controls, and apply that knowledge in order to assess the relevant audit risks and to make recommendations, as an external auditor, for the improvement of security and controls in simulated simple and advanced CIS environments and networks
  3. describe and discuss the procedures and problematic areas surrounding the download of client's data to the external auditor's computer environment for audit purposes
  4. plan, based on proper risk assessment, the external audit of financial CIS systems, selecting techniques such as CAATs (computer-assisted auditing techniques)
  5. explain, interpret and illustrate the influence of the internet and E-commerce on the business and auditing environments, including relevant legislation
  6. explain and describe database technology and apply the knowledge practically in database software on computer, and
  7. use the computer practically as a business, accounting and auditing tool with spreadsheet analysis software, CAATs software and automated audit working papers in selected case studies.


Within semester assessment: 45%
Examination: 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must have passed AFW2760 OR AFS2760 AND FIT1003 before undertaking this unit.