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

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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21

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.

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.