ACCT455 - Accounting Information Systems
Central Washington University
Dr. MaryAnne Atkinson
Summer, 2012

Required Textbooks: 
Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems,  Simkin, Rose and Norman - 12th edition                                       

Note: this course is continually under construction. The schedule below may be changed during the quarter.

Class time: Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 - 5:20 p.m
Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., and by appointment
Office: Snoqualmie Hall, Room 302F
Office telephone: (509) 963-3885
Office fax: (425) 640-1488
Email address:
Web pages:
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Course Objective: The objective of ACCT455 is to provide you with a basic knowledge of computer systems and their use for accounting purposes.

By the end of the quarter, you should be able to:

-Understand the basics of computer hardware, software and communications
-Understand the nature of an accounting information system
-Understand how technology is used in the accounting profession
-Understand the risks and opportunities presented by information technology
-Understand how to use software to solve business problems


-Plus/minus grading will be used
-The above grading policy is based on the student’s strict observance of WAC 106-102---STUDENT JUDICIAL CODE, especially Part II, Sub-part B, regarding ACADEMIC DISHONESTY. A student who is in violation of the Code WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF "F" IN THIS CLASS, and will be subject to further disciplinary action in accordance with University Policy (WAC 106-72-005).

Detailed Course Outline:

June 19 - 21
AIS and the Accountant, Information Technology and AISs
Chapters 1, 2

June 26 - 28
Accounting on the Internet
Chapter 15  - Excel

July 3 - 5
Documenting AIS, Business Processes 1
Chapters 3, 7  - Test #1 (July 5th - Chapters 1-3, 7, 15)

July 10 - 12
Business Processes 2, Accounting and Enterprise Software
Chapters 8
, 9 - Excel

July 17 - 19
Data Modeling, Organizing and Manipulating the Data in Databases, Creating Database Forms and Reports 
Chapters 4, 5, 6 -  Access

July 24 - 26
Test #2 (July 24th - Chapters 4-6, 8-9) - Access

July 31 - August 2
Computer Crime, Ethics and Privacy, Introduction to Internal Control Systems, Computer Controls
Chapters 10, 11, 12

August 7 - 9
Systems Study, IT Auditing
Chapters 13, 14  

August 14 Final exam (comprehensive)

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