Course Title: Emerging Technologies in Accounting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Emerging Technologies in Accounting

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Shannon Sidaway

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0364

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F10 R028

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores current and emerging technology trends and examines their impacts on accounting practice and processes. You will evaluate current accounting practice and value creation and the opportunities presented by developments in technology. You will explore and critically evaluate current and emerging technology capabilities, their potential to deliver value and solve accounting-related problems and make recommendations to integrate them into practice. You will identify and consider the ethical, security and governance challenges presented by current and emerging technologies, and their integration into contemporary practice to help build stakeholder trust.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Critically analyse client needs/problems and identify opportunities and value enabled by technology.

2. Evaluate current and emerging technologies to determine their potential to deliver business value and achieve strategic alignment.

3. Analyse ethical, security and governance issues and challenges related to emerging technologies in accounting practice and processes.

4. Develop solutions and recommendations to integrate technological changes to accounting practice and processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course uses highly structured accounting technology- based learning activities to guide your learning process and prepare you for your assessments. The activities are a combination of individual, peer-supported and facilitator- guided activities, and where possible project-led, with opportunities for feedback throughout.

Authentic and industry-relevant learning is critical to this course and you will be encouraged to critically compare and contrast what is happening in your context and in industry, and to use your insights.

Social learning is another important component, and you are expected to participate in class and group activities, share drafts of work and resources and give and receive peer feedback. You will be expected to work efficiently and effectively with others to achieve outcomes greater than those that you might have achieved alone.

Above all, the learning activities are designed to maximize the likelihood that you will not only understand the course learning resources but also apply that learning to improving your own practice, for example by using accounting technologies to produce real-world artefacts and engaging in scenarios and case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Each learning activity contains the core resources, such as videos, podcasts, readings, templates, articles, industry tools and/or communities that you need to complete that activity, or links to those resources.

Additional learning resources designed into the course, will be clearly marked as supplemental. If your course teaching team finds additional resources during course delivery which they think can support or be of interest to the class cohort, these will be made available as required during the teaching period.

In your class environment, besides your learning activities you will also find:

  • All assessment briefs.
  • A course information page with a study schedule.
  • Various communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and facilitators, and to share information.

Learning Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases, subject guides, and other facilities.

Assistance with referencing, study support, finding computers and study spaces is available at the RMIT library Study website. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact Ask the Library.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:


Assessment Task 1: 30%

Linked CLOs: 2, 3


Assessment Task 2: 30%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3


Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4


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