Courses & Units

Accounting Information Systems BFA221

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability
Coordinator Doctor Stephen (Steve) Allen
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 3 13/9/2021 6/10/2021 28/10/2021 12/12/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles of accounting information systems and ICT and how they are designed.
  • Apply the principles of information systems and ICT to produce useable information for decision making.
  • Effectively communicate information to relevant stakeholders.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
020300 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentTest (20%)|Assignment (30%)|Final Assessment (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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You can then redeem the code you purchased and access the book through this account or download the App to your phone, tablet or computer.  As will be noted below, you will be requested to bring a phone, laptop or tablet device to the learning sessions.

A printed version of the textbook can be purchased from the University Co-op Bookshop.


Considine, B, Parkes, A, Olesen, K, Bount, Y and Speers, D, 2016, Accounting Information Systems (5th edition), John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd, Milton, Queensland.

Hall, J, 2013, Accounting Information Systems (8th edition), South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio, USA.

Neish, W and Kahwati, G, 2015, Computer Accounting Using MYOB Business Software V19.10 (14th edition), McGraw Hill Education, North Ryde.

Rainer, K, Gray, H, Issa, T, Pye, G, Troshani, I, Prince, B and Watson, H, 2015, Management Information Systems (1st Australian Edition), John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd, Milton, Queensland.

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