Module details for Information Systems

Description

This module provides an awareness of the uses and benefits of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) as AIS is a business tool which is an essential feature of managing a business. AIS increasingly rely upon the use of computer software. The hands-on use of a standard, accounting software package is an integral part of the module content and learning.

Aims

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of:- The role, uses and benefits of AIS; The context of AIS within the business and in relation to other information systems; and Use of a standard, off-the-shelf accounting/information software package.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.   Explain the role of an AIS in a business context;

2.   Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a stand-alone, software package; and

3.   Use an accounting package to process a range of transactions, maintain accounting records and generate reports.

Indicative Content

1 Definitions of Accounting information system and structure

Recognising the modular nature of accounting systems (mirroring the Principles of Accounts and ledger maintenance). Distinguish between Accounting Information Systems and Management Information Systems. Identify applicable business systems.

2 Accounting Information Systems Controls

The quality of management information, security and application controls within an AIS. The need for internal controls explained. Appreciate the nature of feedback and control to assure data quality, in order to maximise information quality and subsequent decision-making.

3 An introduction to a standard, accounting software package

Providing individual, hands-on use of the package to gain a meaningful and practical understanding of the package features and functionality.

4 Use of a software package

Process transactions, maintain ledgers and generate reports.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 18
Assessment 60
Independent 104
Total 200



Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


Disclaimer

We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.