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Week 1

ACC 340 Week Complete DQs

(a)   How can an accounting information system   add value to an organization’s processes and/or

products?   Explain in   detail.

(B)   What is some of the key information that is collected by your organization’s accounting

information system, and how is it used ? Explain in detail

Week 2 DQ

(A)   What issues enter into a given company’s design, acquisition, and implementation of accounting

information system?

(B)   Do you agree or disagree with the statement that “decision to acquire an accounting information

system is a business decision not a systems decision”? What role does competitive advantage play

in the decision to acquire an accounting information system?

What types of databases do you use in your personal life? What data do you store in these

databases? How have they increased your efficiency?

How can you use the business cycles to create tables in a database? What types of reports would

you create from these tables?

What is the most important phase of the SDLC? Why?

Why did Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s System 21 project fail? What can you learn from this


Individual Assignment:   The Effects of Technology on the Accounting Profession Paper

Write   a 700- to 1,050-word paper describing how information systems are changing the

various aspects of the accounting profession.

o       Include a description of a variety of new technologies and their effects on accounting processes.

o       Discuss how these technologies have changed the way accounting is performed at your

organization or at an organization of your choosing.

Cite   at



Format   your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 2

Learning Team Assignment:   Accounting Cycle Description Paper

Click   the Virtual Organization link on the student website to access company information on

Riordan Manufacturing. Then, select one of the accounting cycles. This selection is the basis of this

and subsequent Learning Team assignments, so obtain faculty approval for your selection.

Write   a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper addressing the following:

o       Identify the five accounting cycles and explain how this organization uses the accounting cycle

you have selected.

o       Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the internal controls related to this cycle.

o       Explain how you would integrate this part of the accounting cycle into an enterprise-wide

accounting information system.

o       Differentiate between the various types of information systems necessary to achieve this


o       Demonstrate the flow of accounting information through this organization.

Format   your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 3

Individual Assignment:     Accounting Information Systems Simulation Summary

Complete   the Accounting Information Systems simulation located on the student website.

Write   a 350-word summary addressing the following:

o       What are the advantages of having the same person performing multiple activities in a particular

process? What are the disadvantages?

o       Where would you draw the line between cost-benefit analysis and accuracy of records?

o       How would prioritization affect Ramos International’s expected loss over the current year?

Format   your summary consistent with APA guidelines.

Learning Team Assignment:   Hardware and Software Selection Paper

Write   a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper using the same step of the accounting cycle your

Learning Team selected for its Accounting Cycle Description Paper that examines the hardware and

software necessary to integrate this accounting process into an automated system.

Discuss   what information might need to be shared between the different cycles.

Include   the following in your paper:

o       Who needs access to the information?

o       What controls need to be in place?

o       What types of reports need to be generated?

o       What information should be available through the corporate intranet or the Internet?

Week 4





technologies and their effects on accounting processes.

Individual Assignment:   Database Definition Exercise

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Database Definitions Exercise located on the

student website.

Individual Assignment:   Assignments From the Readings

Write   a response to the following assignment from the   Core Concepts of Accounting

Information Systems   text:

o       Chapter 13: Case Analyses 13–22 (Martin Shoes, Inc.)

Learning Team Assignment:   Database Tables Exercise

Develop   at least two tables, using the same step of the accounting cycle selected for your

previous Learning Team assignments, that could be used in a database for your selected accounting


Use   keys to demonstrate the relationships between your database tables.

Use   fictitious data when entering information into the tables.

Note.   A key is a unique identifier that distinguishes rows within a database table. To view

examples, please refer to your text.

Week 5

Individual Assignment:   Sarbanes-Oxley Act Article Analysis

Use   the Electronic Reserve Readings, the University Library, the Internet, or other credible

resources to locate an article that examines the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Write   a 700- to 1,050-word summary of this article addressing the following:

o       Explain how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act affects the internal control of your organization or an

organization of your choosing.

o       Discuss auditing around the computer and through the computer, the relevance of each, and

how it affects your organization or an organization of your choosing.

Cite   your article in your summary, and prepare to discuss your article in class.

Format   your summary consistent with APA guidelines