Courses & Units

Accounting Information Systems BFA221

Hobart, Launceston



The rise of digital technology in the modern economy has seen the need for knowledge and skills in relation to Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS) becoming crucial, central and critical components of any business related degree program. There is a need for business students to exhibit their understanding of IS and IT and its application in a business environment. This unit provides an introduction to the fundamentals of managing information systems - with the particular focus on the Accountant’s perspective. It covers the key accounting systems and processes which support an organisation's business and enhance decision-making capabilities. The strategic implications of information systems will be analysed, and students will be introduced to the development, implementation, and maintenance of various types of accounting information systems. Students will gain a foundational understanding of the underlying information technologies and topics covered including emerging technologies and business models technologies. Students will interact with popular accounting information systems during the unit.


Unit name Accounting Information Systems
Unit code BFA221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance

Mr Steve Allen

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Accelerated Study Period 3 14/9/2020 2/10/2020 28/10/2020 12/12/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  • LO1: Describe, explain and illustrate how information systems are designed and used to address business problems.
  • LO2: Analyse and apply the principles of systems and information technology to produce usable information for decision making.
  • LO3: Communicate accounting advice and ideas in straightforward contexts.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 020300

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1-hr tutorial or practical each week.  Please check the unit outline for details.


Weekly online quizzes (15%), Test (15%), Case Study (20%), Final exam (50%).

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You will need the following text:

Romney, M, Steinbart, P, Mula, J, McNamara, R and Tonkin, T, 2012 Accounting Information Systems (Australasian 1st edition), Pearson, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

It is recommended that you purchase the ebook for this text at the following publisher web address:

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