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  • ACCT 478 Fall 2013


    ACCT 478 – Accounting Systems Design

    Course Syllabus Fall Semester 2013 Section # 14160 ACC205 Class Sessions – M & W: 2:00 – 3:50 pm Professor: Bob Kiddoo Office: ACC 114 Office Phone: 213.740.5024 E-mail: Office Hours: M & W: 1:30 – 2 pm; 6 – 7 pm

    Course Description This is an advanced course in enterprise systems strategy, business process design and enterprise accounting and reporting systems. Emphasis is placed on the strategies, methodologies and techniques used by professional managers and consultants to analyze and design Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based accounting and reporting solutions in a variety of industries. During this course, you will learn how organizations set enterprise application strategies, determine business requirements, and design systems to support the business requirements. Upon completion of this course, you will have the ability to define and execute a project to design an enterprise system solution that supports specific business needs. The research questions, deliverables and semester projects are designed to give you a theoretical and practical understanding of: enterprise financial systems; project management; financial system requirements definition; financial systems design; and system documentation requirements.

    Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

     Describe how Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are utilized by global organizations by producing a strategic information system plan / roadmap for specific industry / business and presenting the results to the class for critical evaluation and comment.

     Analyze the major components of a global business and break them down into manageable business processes by documenting a conceptual design for a new ERP based computer system.

     Demonstrate the feasibility of an enterprise system project by producing a feasibility report for review and approval.

     Describe and execute the steps required to produce design specifications for enterprise level information systems by producing sample design documentation for screens, reports, databases, system and programming logic.

     Demonstrate how ERP systems impact organizational business process and controls by producing detailed documentation for databases, system flows and programming logic controls.

     Compare system development project documentation to industry practices by reviewing analysis and design documentation and producing written audit observations / review notes.

    To achieve these learning objectives, a combination of background reading and research, interactive discussion / lecture and your work on class deliverables will be utilized. Please note, the most important word in the sentence above is “interactive.” The reason is that research on learning

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    indicates it is very difficult to gain anything more than a superficial understanding of material without practice and feedback. Therefore, you should expect our class sessions to incorporate a substantial amount of both. To demonstrate you achievement of the learning objectives stated above: 1) you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge by individually working problems during exams; and 2) you will be required to participate in completing group assignments throughout the semester.

    Required Materials The following books and software are available in the bookstore and will be used for both ACCT 478 and 479.

     Whitten, Bentley and Dittman, Systems Analysis and Design Methods, Seventh Ed. Irwin / McGraw Hill

     Microsoft Corporation’s Office Professional and Visio (Other tools can be substituted as long as the instructor grants prior approval.)

    This is not a traditional ‘read’, ‘lecture’, ‘practice problems’ and ‘test’ class as this is not the way accomplished people in our line of business conduct their work. Our profession is too dynamic and requires too much creativity for that learning method to result in the skills required for long-term career success. During consulting engagements, you will be continuously learning just to keep up. If you stick with systems and technology as a career base, you will be paid for your ability to: 1) gather information; 2) analyze situations; 3) develop a variety of potential solutions; 4) come up with a great answer; and 5) make it work!  A working familiarity with basic MIS concepts and microcomputers is expected, as you should have completed at least one computer literacy and information systems course prior to entering this class.

    Prerequisites and Recommended Preparation The formal prerequisites for this course are:

     ACCT 371B

     A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must have been earned in previous accounting courses. (See LSOA Grading and Academic Standards for further information.)

    In addition, regularly reading a variety of periodicals will aid in your business process / systems consulting education. Lastly, as a senior level class, my expectation is you will incorporate the knowledge you acquired in other business classes (e.g., all accounting classes, finance, operations management, marketing, communications, etc.) in any answer you provide during class sessions and in competition of your course projects.

    Course Notes Distributed materials and other class information will be available through your Blackboard account.

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    Grading Policies Your grade in this class will be determined by your relative performance on a pair of exams, a project acceptance presentation, project design documentation, a peer project evaluation, and class participation. The total class score will be weighted as follows:

    Points Weight

    Exams 200 30% (Individual)

    Acceptance Presentation 10 10% (Group)

    Design Documentation 10 20% (Group)

    Peer Project Evaluation 10 25% (Individual / Group)

    Participation 10 15% (Individual)

    After each student’s weighted total points are determined for the semester, letter grades will be assigned on a curve according to Marshall School of Business grading guidelines. Final grades represent how you perform in the class relative to other students. Your grade will not be based on a mandated target, but on your performance. Historically, the average grade for this class is about a 3.3 (i.e., B+). Three items are considered when assigning final grades:

    1. Your score for each of the items above weighted by the appropriate factor and summed.

    2. Your overall percentage score for the course.

    3. Your ranking among all students in the course(s) taught by your instructor during the current semester.

    The grade of “W” is allowed only if a student withdraws after the third week but before the end of the twelfth week of the semester. The grade of incomplete (IN) can be assigned only if there is work not completed because of a documented illness or unforeseen emergency occurring after the 12th week of the semester (or the twelfth week equivalent courses scheduled for less than 15 weeks) that prevents the student from completing the semester. An “emergency” is defined as a serious documented illness, or an unforeseen situation that is beyond the student’s control, that prevents a student from completing the semester. Prior to the 12th week, the student still has the option of dropping the class. Arrangements for completing an IN must be initiated by the student and agreed to by the instructor prior to the final examination. All work required to replace the IN with a final grade must be completed within one calendar year from the date the IN was assigned. If the student does not complete the work within the year, the IN will automatically be converted to a grade of F.

    Assignments and Grading Detail Expectations regarding your performance on exams, acceptance presentations, design documentation and participation are as follows:

    Exams There will be two exams. No makeup exams will be given and each exam must be taken at the scheduled time. For the exams, you will be responsible for the research questions, lectures, class discussions and your semester project progress at the point of the exam. After each test is returned there is a one-week reflection period after which you will have one week to discuss your grade. Please be aware this discussion may result in an increase, decrease or no change to your score. After this time, grades on tests become final. All other grades are final once given. The exam dates for this fall are as follows:

    Exam I Monday October 21 st

    Exam II Monday November 25 th

    Final exam Friday December 13 th (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

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    Acceptance Presentation, Design Documentation and Deliverables There will be one semester long design documentation project and several deliverables. These must be done in teams consisting of four or five members as smaller teams have difficulty getting the work done while larger teams have difficulty getting together. The semester project will be culminate in a project acceptance presentation and a project binder that contains hard copies of the complete project design documentation (i.e., all of your team’s deliverables created over the course of the semester). Although the delive


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