Course Title: Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4362 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course Title: Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to modify and operate an integrated computerised accounting system. This is generally under supervision and encompasses processing transactions within the system, maintaining the system, producing reports and ensuring system integrity.

It applies to individuals who within their area of responsibility use specialised knowledge, information technology and coordination skills to establish and maintain an organisational system.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system


1. Implement integrated accounting system

2. Process transactions within system

3. Maintain system

4. Produce reports

5. Ensure system integrity

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • set up an organisation’s chart of accounts by modifying an established integrated financial software system
  • implement an integrated accounting system, ensuring integrity of the data
  • process transactions within the integrated system and generate reports and print, if required
  • maintain the integrated system.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • identify and describe the key features of organisational procedures and policy relating to operating a computerised accounting system
  • identify and describe the key principles and practices of accrual and double-entry accounting
  • explain the key requirements of relevant financial services industry legislation relating to computerised accounting systems
  • identify and explain the key features and characteristics of information included in relevant source documents of financial data
  • describe the key features of a chart of accounts.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting field of work and include access to:

  • a range of common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • an integrated commercial financial software system and associated data
  • the internet.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.