Course Title: Strategic Information Systems and Accounting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Information Systems and Accounting

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Leslie Young

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1459

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You must have an understanding of basic financial reports and an understanding of economic analysis for business, management and cost accounting, introduction to financial accounting and quantitative methods for accounting. It is strongly recommended that you have completed these courses prior to enrolling in Strategic Information Systems and Accounting.

Course Description

This course provides an appreciation of how information and information systems relate in the total enterprise for strategic decisions and how analysis from accounting reports supports the use of information systems for business strategy. It integrates the knowledge gained during your preceding studies.
This course develops a problem solving approach to the design, development and implementation of IT based solutions to strategic business problems. The business/ICT context requires the application of computer modelling techniques for business decision-making, business communication tools, change management concepts and end-user application software skills to design solutions aligned with business needs, based on the application of accounting practice.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities, which you will aquire:

Cognitive Capabilities:

  • Computer literacy
  • Analytic/design (conduct research, analyse, reason, solve problems, interpret data)
  • Appreciative (evaluate ideas, make judgements, think critically, multidisciplinary perspectives, self recognition)

Behavioural Capabilities: 

  • Personal (think and act independently, creativity, tolerant of ambiguity, flexible)
  • Interpersonal (listening, presentation, communicate, negotiate, group dynamics, collaboration)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to achieve the following course outcomes:

1. Critically analyse business problems and resolves these in a strategic information systems context using theoretical concepts used.
2. Critically apply theoretical and technical knowledge in building business models incorporating a range of different development tools to provide a computer based solution to a business problem.
3. Consolidating the problem identification and solving skills you have developed throughout your program in the analysis of situations to identify problems, draw on your cross-disciplinary knowledge to reason logically and to communicate advice and ideas involving both accounting and non-accounting contexts.
4. Developing technical skills through the designing and building of business tools or applications to resolve specific business problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecturer inputs: A range of learning experiences are planned for you including lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are deigned to develop your analytical and technical skills drawing on knowledge and frameworks offered in the lectures.
Your inputs as learners: Your active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to group and individual exercises and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course may consist of a combination of group work, report writing, oral presentation, and/or personal reflection. Both independent learning and collaborative group work are assessed. This breadth of assessment provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and the development of the capabilities detailed above.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.