ACA160 - IT and Accounting Software Applications

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Subject Title
IT and Accounting Software Applications

Subject Description
This course provides accounting students with sufficient knowledge of contemporary information systems, enabling them to participate alongside information systems professionals in the design, development, implementation and operation of management information systems. Students are introduced to various approaches and methodologies used in systems analysis and design. In addition, this course explores areas such as Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), E-Commerce, E-Business, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and system risk and control issues. As well, students will have the opportunity to complete the Sage 50 Application Specialist Assessment visa self-paced segment converting the features of Sage50 Canadian edition from set up to usage of AP/AR job costing and inventory.

Credit Status
For information regarding exemptions for courses included in CPA’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting & Finance (ACAF) program please see

The minimum grade to pass this course is C (60%) and the minimum program GPA to graduate from the Advanced Accounting & Finance program is 60% or C.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss how Information Systems (IS) transform business processes and help organizations take advantage of synergies and network-based strategies to achieve a competitive advantage.
  2. Discuss IT infrastructure and its components including current trends in computer hardware and software platforms.
  3. Identify internet technology strategies to use the internet and internet technology to support communications and e-business, and to help identify opportunities for strategic IS application.
  4. Identify application software and systems (ERP, SCM, CRM, e-payment etc) and explain how they support e-commerce, m-commerce, digital markets and knowledge management systems.
  5. Using the principles of database design and main technologies for accessing information, explain hoe relational database management systems (RDBMS) improve performance and decision making.
  6. Explain the core activities of the IS development process and how new IS produces organizational change.
  7. Analyze an organization’s security and control framework and identify aspects that make it vulnerable to destruction, error and/or abuse. Conduct a risk assessment including reviewing security policy, disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan and tools for safeguarding information (firewalls, anti-virus software, encryption, etc).

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