Accounting Systems and Reporting

ACC60008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent


Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

Aims and objectives

This unit has four primary aims. The first is to build a sound understanding of both transaction recording and of the preparation of the main reports that are output from accounting information systems (AIS). The second aim is to build a sound understanding of management accounting foundations. The third is to build an understanding of AIS development processes/ methods and of accountants’ role in different stages of the systems development lifecycle. And the fourth is to unpack the effects and implications of digital disruption and digital business transformation on accounting functions, and on the required roles and competencies of accountants.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the application of accounting principles, concepts, and techniques to produce accounting reports and to support operational or strategic decision making
2. Demonstrate critical understanding of accounting information systems analysis, design, development, implementation, and maintenance processes and techniques, as well as the role of accountants in optimising these processes and techniques
3. Interpret and critically analyse financial as well as non - financial information to make meaningful comparisons between a business' past, present and future performance
4. Demonstrate coherent and advanced understanding of the effects of digital disruption and digital business transformation on the roles of accountants, and the range of different digital technologies accountants can leverage to supercharge accounting value creation.