ACW2851 - Accounting information systems and financial modelling - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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 and development of various models using an industry standard spreadsheet.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the role of accounting information systems in analysing and providing decision support to managers
  2. explain the design of accounting information systems and financial models
  3. develop financial models to assist in decision making
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and / or group activities dealing with accounting information systems and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by ACW2851.


First semester;

Within semester assessment: 30% + Examination: 70%

Second semester;

Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have passed one of the following units: AFF1000, ACF1000, AFP1000, ACB1000, ACP1000, ACC1000, AFC1000, ACF1100, ACC1100, ACP1100, ACC1200, ACP1200, ACF1200, ACW1100, ACW1200, ACW1000 or AFW1000 before undertaking this unit.


AFC2160, AFF2051, AFW2051, AFC2851, ACC2851, AFF2851, ACF2851, AFG2851, ACG2851, AFP2851, ACP2851, AFW2851, ACC2400, ACF2400, BUS1060, BUS3030