Accounting and Information Systems

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9.24 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.9 k / Year(s)  
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:4975 Duration:12 months

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If you would like to develop an understanding of how modern information technology is best used to support the accounting activities within an organisation, this Accounting and Information Systems MSc course is ideal. It is designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of accounting, financial decision making, and the information systems that support and inform these activities.


What will you study?

After an induction programme introducing you to the Business School and the expectations and ethos of the course, you will go on to learn about the principal communications technologies available to an organisation and how to develop a framework for handling major issues in e-commerce. You will develop a clear understanding of current accounting practice, as well as technical management accounting skills. You will also examine strategic financial management issues.

In addition, you will gain a solid foundation in web programming and develop strategies for the exploitation, management and implementation of internet and e-commerce applications. The consultancy project gives you hands-on experience of working on a live internet start-up project.

Core modules

* Business Internet Systems
This module aims to provide a theoretical understanding, as well as practical competence, in the techniques of structured systems analysis and design in new and emerging fields of business internet systems.

Methodologies covered will range from SSADM to Rapid Application Development and Prototyping. You will study software development strategies, specification and design, programming tools and techniques, query languages, systems development management, as well as security and fraud.


* Financial Accounting
This module introduces you to financial accounting in a business context. It provides you with a mix of practical 'know how' and deeper theoretical underpinning. The module covers:

* the principles for constructing the key financial statements;
* how to produce financial statements from transaction records using double entry principles;
* how to conduct an appraisal of the financial statements of entities; and
* company financial statements and their regulation.

The module uses an active-learning approach in the lectures with informal feedback through discussion and practice questions.


* Financial Management
This module covers how organisations arrange their external financing and manage their internal resources. It looks at:

* sources of capital and theories of how capital structures behave in response to changes in the choices of capital sources;
* methods and costs of protecting the firm's capital and operational cash flows against currency, interest and maturity risk;
* treasury and working capital management; and
* the firm's choice in of growth through acquisition or or reduction through spin-off, demerger or reconstruction will be studied.


* Information Resources Management
* Management Accounting
This module will enable you to understand and prepare management information to support the decision making in an organisation. It covers:

* how to calculate the costs associated with the production of products and provision of services, and determine their price;
* budgeting approaches and how budgets are produced; and
* effective performance management systems, including performance measures, to assist management decision making.


* Strategic Management of Information Systems
This module aims to provide an understanding of the strategic issues involved in the management of IS and IT. You will:

* develop strategies for the exploitation, management and implementation of internet and e-commerce applications; and
* gain an overview of the major models found in corporate strategy literature.


* Research Methods and Dissertation
Initially this module will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete a research project.

You will then investigate a specific business problem via a substantial piece of independent work, which demonstrates your proficiency in:

* the design of a research project;
* the application of appropriate methods;
* the collection and analysis of data; and
* the presentation of results.



Option modules (choose two)

* Information Security
* Project Management
* Taxation
This module looks at the general objectives of tax assessment and the types of tax that apply in the UK. At the end of the module you will be able to:

* assess the tax liability of both individuals and businesses; and
* appreciate the implications of tax policies on business decision making.

The module also covers ethical considerations and the administration of taxation.


* Auditing and Control

We welcome applications from those who possess:- a good honours degree or equivalent, preferably in a business area;- some experience in business IT or computer use; and- an aptitude for quantitative applicationsInternational applicantsHolders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University´s normal entry procedures for equivalence of qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate your written and verbal proficiency by achieving a recognised qualification such as:- IELTS (British Council): overall score of 6.5- TOEFL iBT: overall score of 90 with minimum 23/30 in Reading/Writing- TOEFL paper test: minimum score of 570 and TWE of 5- TOEFL computer test: minimum score of 230 and TWE of 5Those with lower scores will normally be required to complete a pre-sessional English course English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)

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