Course Syllabus AIM 6343.

0G1 – Accounting Information Systems
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Course Information
Course #/Section Course Title Term and Date Professor Office Phone Other Phone Email Address Office Location Online Office Hours Conf. Call Hours Website: AIM 6343.0G1 Accounting Information Systems Spring 2008 1/7/2008 – 5/5/2008 Mary Beth Goodrich (972) 883-4775 (Office and Voice Mail) (972) 200-7809 (For urgent matters – call only as specified on webCT SM 4.220 By appointment By appointment

About the Instructor Please listen to Introduction in Course on webCT and see the Introductions area of Discussions. Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions Required: AIM 6201 and AIM 6202 or course(s) equivalent to undergraduate accounting principles. Basic knowledge of financial and managerial accounting is essential. Basic computer proficiency is essential. Course Description

This course will examine the design, control and operation of accounting information systems in a computerized organizational environment with a strong business process orientation. The accounting information system is at the heart of a companies’ enterprise systems. To this end, an understanding and appreciation of accounting information systems is critical to successfully managing, auditing and developing systems to support today’s evolving business environment. This course offers a focused look at accounting information systems as part of enterprise resource planning systems, with a focus on SAP and other comparable enterprise systems to demonstrate concepts. Three key themes throughout the course are enterprise systems, Ebusiness, and internal control and how these components can positively impact the overall success of a company and a company’s use of their accounting information system.

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Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes The main learning objectives are: • • Explain the impact of enterprise systems, e-business and internal control on modern accounting information systems and what is next related to accounting information systems. Explain the integration of accounting with the business side of an integrated accounting information system. Describe the roles of accountants related to accounting information systems and of accounting information and information technology in today's business environment. Describe the impact of accounting information systems and the power of integrated accounting information systems such as SAP on managerial decision-making, as well as organizational competitiveness. Explain modern practice in designing accounting information systems and mainstream use of ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, such as SAP, and what is next related to accounting systems and enterprise systems. Explain and describe the accounting systems development lifecycle (SDLC) and what happens in each stage of the SDLC. Define and explain business processes, the accounting elements within business processes, and related internal control. Be able to explain the use of the chart of accounts and general ledger and how the business transactions of a company feed into the general ledger and use of financial information for external financial reporting to assist stakeholders in assessing the financial status of the organization and help a company make decisions through the process of business reporting. Be able to apply internal controls, business process analysis and assessment of whether an accounting information system as part of the overall systems of an organization is operating efficiently and effectively, and provides reliable financial information, while maintaining compliance to laws and regulations. Utilize methods such as flowcharting business modeling, and control matrices as tools for understanding, explaining, and designing accounting information systems with a business process approach and a focus on adding value through identifying the information needs of decision makers and building systems to support those needs effectively and efficiently, while ensuring proper control.

This course will be a stepping stone for other advanced enterprise systems courses such as AIM 6338: Accounting Systems Integration and Configuration with SAP (offered on-line and classroom), MIS 6319: Enterprise Resource Computing (on-line and classroom), AIM 6349: IT Strategy and Control, AIM 6379: ABAP Programming (on-line), the SAP Business Warehouse course (on-line) and other courses that are part of the Enterprise Systems (SAP) concentration. Required Textbooks and Materials Required Texts Accounting Information Systems, 7th Edition, by Gelinas and Dull, Thomson / South-Western Publishers, 2008, ISBN-10: 0324378823 or ISBN-13: 978-0324378825 Textbooks and some other bookstore materials can be ordered online through MBS Direct Virtual Bookstore or Off-Campus Books online ordering site. They are also available in stock at the UTD Bookstore and Off-Campus Books.

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Course Policies Top

Technical Requirements
In addition to a confident level of computer and Internet literacy, certain minimum technical requirement must be met to enable a successful learning experience. Please review the important technical requirements and the web browser configuration information. Top

Course Access and Navigation
This course was developed using a web course tool called WebCT. It is to be delivered entirely online. Students will use their UTD NetID account to login to the course at: UTD Galaxy: Please see more details on course access and navigation information. To get started with a WebCT course, please see the Getting Started: Student WebCT Orientation. If you have any problems with your UTD account or with the UTD WebCT server, you may contact UTD Computer Help Desk: access Live Web Support, email to: or call: 972-883-2911. If you encounter any technical difficulties within the course site, please send an email to Top

This WebCT course has built-in communication tools which will be used for interaction and communication. Some external communication tools such as regular email and a web conferencing tool may also be used during the semester. Please see more details about communication tool information. Another communication tool available to students is live voice chat in the 3D virtual world of Second Life. Instructions for accessing the UTD SOM island in Second Life can be found at Interaction with Instructor: The instructor will communicate with students mainly using the Announcements and Discussions tools. Students may send personal concerns or questions to the instructor using the course Email tool. The instructor will reply to student emails or Discussion board messages within 3 working days under normal circumstances. Top

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Student Assessments
In this course, I expect that you read all discussion postings, all course notes, listen to all PowerPoint presentations / audio, and actively engage yourself in this course, such as posting responses to discussion postings, such as the graded module postings and posting any questions that you may have that are general in nature. Your active participation will have a direct impact on your success in this course. You will be tested on the knowledge you are gaining from the textbook and all methods of learning in webCT. I hope that you enjoy the flexibility that this on-line course will give you to somewhat self-pace yourself, but with this in mind, you need to have discipline to stay up with course work and what is expected. I look forward to getting to know you better. Please let me know any comments or questions you have. Your positive approach to this course, as to life in general, will enable you to get the most out of the course. I hope you have a great semester! Grading Information Weights / Grade Breakdown

Points Posting of Introduction in discussions during first week Graded Module Postings (10 points for each of the 3 modules of the course) Team Project Planning Document Team Project Teaming Evaluation Points Test #1 Test #2 Cumulative Final Exam (Test #3) TOTAL POINTS 10 30 20 150 0 (or – or + points) 100 100 100 510

Grading criteria Scaled Score 100 - 90% 510 - 459 points out of 510 89 – 80% 459 – 408 points out of 510 79 – 70% 407 – 357 points out of 510 Below 69% Less than 357 points out of 510 A B C F Letter Equivalent

Accessing Grades Students can check their grades by clicking “My Grades” under Course Tools after the grade for each assessment task is released. Graded Participation

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Posting of Introduction “Get to know you” form will be posted in webCT for you to complete this. You must post your introduction in discussions by the due date and time. This is worth up to 10 points, assuming you completely answer all required questions. You will receive –5 points for one day to one week late or -10 points (grade of 0) if later than one week. Graded Module Postings Your active participation will have a direct impact on your success in this course and will be graded as follows: There are 3 modules in the course and 3 corresponding parts for participation. Participation points will be on the course content from the module and / or topics related to the team project. You must have at least 2 value added discussion postings regarding the material – your observations, questions, responses to other student’s questions, responses to my postings of questions, etc. These must be posted during the time frames specified on the syllabus and must be posted on DIFFERENT DAYS and RELATED TO DIFFERENT TOPICS so you are demonstrating that you are keeping up with the course throughout the semester, with at least one being a response to the posting of another person. The grading for this will be up to 5 points for each value added posting up to 10 points for each part as follows: Grading will be as follows: Module 1: 10 Module 2: 10 Module 3: 10 Note: You should be reading ALL the discussions postings on an-ongoing basis in the Modules as part of your participation or points may be deducted. These must be posted during the time frames specified on the syllabus. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR MODULE POSTINGS. Class Participation Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. The instructor will use the tracking feature in WebCT to monitor student activity. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion board activities, chat or conference sessions and group projects. At a minimum, you should login to the course site at least 3-4 times per week to check all course updates, discussion board messages and so on. I strongly recommend checking ALL webCT email and ALL discussion postings daily. Please see the graded discussions / participation requirements of the course in the STUDENT ASSESSMENTS - Graded Participation section. It is your responsibility to have the technical proficiency to fulfill this requirement and all requirements of the course. Virtual Classroom Citizenship The same guidelines that apply to traditional classes should be observed in the virtual classroom environment. Please use proper netiquette when interacting with class members and the professor.

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Policy on Server Unavailability or Other Technical Difficulties The university commits to provide a reliable online course system to all users. However, in the event of any unexpected server outage or any unusual technical difficulty which prevents students from completing a time sensitive assessment activity, the instructor will extend the time windows and provide an appropriate accommodation based on the situation. Students should report any problems to the instructor and also email The instructor and GMBA Staff members will respond to student’s request at the earliest possible time during the next working day. Team Project Planning Document This will be posted in the course to be completed by the team. The purpose of the Team Project Planning Document is to assist students with teaming and communications in an on-line course (as the Instructor, I have a few tips that should help with this). Only one person will submit the team project planning document. Team Project Please see Appendix A. Only one person will submit the team project. The instructor will use a group sign-up sheet to form groups for group assignments or projects. A private discussion area will be set up on the discussion board for internal group communications. A group chat room can also be created for each group to use. A web conference system, Elluminate Live, is available for use. Teams can schedule a live web conference for team work. Please see communication tool information for instructions on making a reservation and other web conference information. Meeting spaces have also been set up on the UTD SOM island in the virtual world of Second Life. Instructions for accessing the island can be found at

Assignment submission instructions You will submit your assignments (in the required file format with a simple file name and a file extension) by using the Assignments tool on the course site. Please see the Assignments link on the course menu or see the icon on the designated page. You can click each assignment name link and follow the on-screen instructions to upload and submit your file(s). Please refer to the Help menu for more information on using this tool. Please note: each assignment link will be deactivated after the assignment due time. After your submission is graded, you may click each assignment’s “Graded” tab to check the results and feedback. For the team project assignment, one group member will submit the assignment for the group and all group members will be able to view the results and feedback once it’s been graded. Teaming Evaluation Form Please see Appendix A. This is due by all students as specified in the TOPICS AND SCHEDULE SECTION. Online Tests/Quizzes

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Test #1 and #2 will be timed, on-line exams. The on-line tests are open book and open notes, but you need to prepare for them like they were closed book and closed notes because they are timed exams. You can access quizzes/exams by clicking the Assessments link on the course menu or see the quiz/exam icon on the designated page. Each quiz is timed and can be accessed only one time within the scheduled time window. Please read the on-screen instructions carefully before you click “Begin Assessment”. After each quiz is graded and released, you may go back to the Assessments page and click “View All Submissions” to review your exam results. If you do not take the exam during the specified testing window, you will receive a 0 on the exam. If you have conflicts with the testing window, you need to let me know as soon as possible BEFORE the testing window closes.

Self-Quizzes There will be several self-quizzes available for you to take. These are not graded. However, they must be taken by the due dates provided and will close up on the due date. These are good to take as there are some questions from the quizzes will be similar to ones you may see on the exams and can test your knowledge once the respective section of the course is completed. Proctored Final Exam Information This course requires a proctored final examination. An on-campus class exam session is scheduled as specified on the TOPICS AND SCHEDULE Note: Per SOM policy, final exams for online courses can only be scheduled on a Friday or Saturday, due to room availability and constraint under the supervision of the instructor. The Final Exam will be cumulative. It will be closed book, closed notes. A Scantron form 882-E is required for the final exam. Details will follow. Students who are not able to attend this exam session with the instructor can arrange an individual proctored exam with a testing service of their choice at a date within this required exam time window: as specified in the TOPICS AND SCHEDULE section of this syllabus. For local students, testing services are available at the UTD Learning Resources Center. Students who find UTD geographically inconvenient may use a preapproved testing service at a convenient location. All individually arranged proctored exams must be completed within the stated exam time window. Student using either the UTD testing service at the Learning Resources Center or an outside testing service must inform the instructor, as well as the Global MBA Online office ( A proctored exam form must be completed and sent back to the GMBA Office before March 25, 2008. Please go to the Proctored Exam Information page to download the Proctored Exam Form and find all the detailed information and procedures on arranging a proctored exam. All completed exams must be received by date as specified in the TOPICS AND SCHEDULE section of the course to allow timely grade reporting to the UTD Registrar. The GMBA Office requests all students who need to use testing services strictly follow the proctored exam scheduling deadlines. If any student fails to submit the exam form on time, the student will be required to come to campus and attend the scheduled class exam session (or seek instructor’s approval for any special arrangements).

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Student Resources
Access to many University resources are available to students. Some sources of interest include: UTD Distance Learning: McDermott Library: Distance Learners (UTD students who live outside the boundaries of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, or Tarrant counties) will need a UTD-ID number to access all of the library’s electronic resources (reserves, journal articles, ebooks, interlibrary loan) from off campus. For UTD students living within those counties who are taking online courses, a Comet Card is required to check out materials at the McDermott Library. For more information on library resources go to Top

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NOTE: All assignment are due at Midnight (12:00pm) CST (Central Standard Time) on the date due. This course outline should serve as your guideline for where you should be in the completion of the materials for this course. All course information will be posted in webCT and it is your responsibility to keep up with the material and submit materials as requested by the time requested. Topics What you need to Unit Week do - Reading / Starting Assignments and Other Activities Module 1 Participation Discussion Postings must be completed from (1/7 – 2/10 ) Get to know your 1 1/7 Syllabus class mates and team mates: Read and Overview of Accounting Information post intros, webCT Systems chat or webCT email, regular or private Meet students and agree to work as a reply to intros, etc. team and sign up for team projects – (GROUPS area). Chapter 1 – Introduction to Accounting Information Systems Post your Intros in 2 1/14 Enterprise Systems Contrasted to Discussion Area by Traditional Automated and Manual Accounting Information Systems 1/14 Accounting Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) “PADIO” Part I: Systems Planning and Analysis Part II: Systems Implementation & Operation Chapter 2 – Enterprise Systems Chapter 17 – Acquiring and Implementing Accounting Information Systems Finalize Teams (or you will be assigned) by 1/21 Chapter 6 – Relational Databases and SQL Team Project



General Database Concepts Different Approaches to Business Process Modeling with a focus on Semantic Modeling and REA Modeling / ER Diagrams



Documentation Techniques –

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Flowcharting, DFDs, and other techniques – with a focus on Flowcharting

Planning Document Due (one per team) 2/3 Chapter 4 – Documenting Information Systems Chapter 7 – Controlling Information Systems: Introduction to Internal Control ALL Module 1 SelfQuizzes must be taken by 2/10!!!! Exam must be taken by 2/18!



Fraud, Ethics and Internal Control

Internal Control and its role in Accounting and Business and Accounting Information Systems Development – COSO, ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other guidelines that impact the focus on internal control 2/11 Exam #1 (Exam Window 2/11 – 2/18)

Module 2 Participation Discussion Postings must be completed from (2/18 – 3/23) 6 2/18 Controlling Information Systems and IT Processes Chapter 8 – Controlling Information Systems: IT Processes Chapter 9 – Controlling Information Systems: Business Process Controls Chapter 10 – The Order Entry / Sales (OE/S) Process Chapter 11 – The Billing / Accounts Receivable / Cash Receipts (B / AR / CR) Process Chapter 12 – The Purchasing Process Chapter 13 – The Accounts Payable / Cash Disbursements (AP / CD) Process Enjoy! Chapter 14 – The Human Resources (HR) Management

Business Process Controls (Application Controls) and Control Matrices



Sales / Collection Process Sales Process - Order Entry / Sales Process Collection Process – Billing / Accounts Receivable / Cash Receipts



Acquisition / Payment Process Part A: Purchases Part B: Accounts Payable / Cash Disbursements Process


3/10 3/17

Spring Break Acquisition / Payment Process (cont.) Part C: Human Resources Business

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Processes and Payroll, Fixed Assets, Financing

and Payroll Processes Projects must be turned in for free feedback from professor between 3/17 and 3/22

ALL Module 2 SelfQuizzes must be taken by 3/23!!!! 3/24 Exam #2 (Exam Window 3/24 – 3/31)

Exam must be taken by 3/31
Proctored Exam Forms due 3/25 by GMBA Office if you are taking the exam at a time other than the pre-arranged time at UTD. Module 3 Participation Discussion Postings must be completed from (3/31 – 4/21) 3/31 The Conversion (or Production) Cycle Chapter 15 – Integrated Production Processes (IPP) 4/7 Project Submission Week Final Team Project Submission due (one per team) 4/13 TEAMING 4/14 E-Business EVALUATION FORMS DUE General Ledger, Financial Reporting, and (individual Management Reporting Systems assignment) 4/15 A question for you: What’s next in accounting information systems? Chapter 3 – Electronic Business (E-Business) Systems Chapter 16 – General Ledger and Business Reporting (GL / BR) Process 11 & 12 4/21 Continuation of previous week ALL Module 3 SelfQuizzes must be


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(cont.) 4/22 – 4/28 Final Exam (cumulative, proctored final exam; closed book; closed notes) – 1 ½ hours long -– details on testing location and date to be confirmed on webCT. Scantron Form 882-E required for final. (Exam Window 4/22 – 4/28) Proctored Final Exam Date: Date: Friday, 4/25, from 9-5 Room: SM 1.117 or SM 1.212 Top

taken by 4/21!!!! MUST be taken by 4/28! Final Exam MUST be taken and received in the GMBA Office (at least by fax and also original mailed) by 4/30!

Scholastic Honesty
The University has policies and discipline procedures regarding scholastic dishonesty. Detailed information is available on the Scholastic Dishonesty web page. All students are expected to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. Top

Course Evaluation
As required by UTD academic regulations, every student must complete an evaluation for each enrolled course at the end of the semester. An online instructional assessment form will be made available for your confidential use. Please look for the course evaluation link on the course Homepage towards the end of the course. Top

University Policies
Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook

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of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391). A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective. Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts. Withdrawal from Class The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, the Instructor cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

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Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations. Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F. Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be

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rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours. Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee. Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address given below. Additional information is available from the office of the school dean. ( These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor. Top

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APPENDIX A AIM 6343 – Team Project Outline
Work as a team to complete the Team Project Planning Document: To Complete the Team Project: Complete the following: • Have the information in one Word document or points will be taken off. 1. PLANNING STAGE (20 points): a. Give a brief history of the company (you are completing this case on) include the following (2 points) b. Explain all the systems that the company uses in conjunction with the accounting information system (feeds to the accounting system) and how these systems are used for decision-making and how they support the business processes. State the focus of your project. (10 points) c. Define / Explain pervasive internal control (Using ERM and the COSO framework) explain internal control at the company level. Explain it as it relates to the 5 components of control and explain the key pervasive controls. (Consult Chapter 7 and Document posted on COSO Components of Control ) (3 points) d. Define / Explain the pervasive internal control from an IT perspective (Using the COBiT framework). How is the IT organization structured, etc. at the company level? Give sufficient detail for your analysis (Consult Chapter 8) (3 points) e. Give your overall company assessment of internal control at a high level. (2 points) 2. ANALYSIS STAGE (95 points) - Select one key business process that feeds accounting or a key accounting process (such as month-end close, consolidations, cost center accounting processes) that has a priority information systems need in the company and complete the following: a. Explain why this process is the focus of the project in more detail. Talk about the business process (i.e., provide a narrative). Give the detailed accounting transactions that occur in this business process along with the account coding / chart of accounts coding related to these entries (Consult Chapter 16 on G/L and chart of account coding and applicable chapter(s) from 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and/or 15) – CRITICAL FOR THIS SECTION – The team members who do not work for this organization should compile interview questions as a team and interview the student who does work for the company in focus and write up the narrative and have the student who does work for the company review the narrative for accuracy. If one of the team members is going to be interviewing someone else in their organization or another organization, the interview questions should be compiled as a team (using the Team Project Case Study Outline as a guideline for what TO have in the interview question outline). ALL team members must read and understand the narrative and MUST participate in this part as it drives much of the paper! – this is a good section to try to do first, once the team project company and topic are determined. Instructor can review the interview questions ahead of time if you would like. Doing this section in this manner should help prevent the individual who works for the company doing ALL the work. (25 points) b. Complete a Business Model (REA model) of the process (end product should be similar to Figure 6.5, Page 185). Make sure to include the entity attributes and

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key attribute (primary key) (Consult Chapter 6 in the textbook) if you are completing month-end close or consolidations or other process that would be difficult to complete an REA model for, you can complete a DFD such as shown in Chapter 16 or present the professor with your idea of other analyses that you can complete that would be better here in the early part of the semester to get approval (15 points) c. Flowchart the process and use other methods from this chapter to document the specific business process (Consult Chapter 4 of the textbook). (20 points) d. Complete a Control Matrix (such as like Figure 9.1, page 286) of the process to be used in conjunction with the flowchart created (Consult chapter 9 in the textbook and Document – Business Process Controls in the Course Materials Section). Explain the present and missing controls in detail (such as Exhibit 9.1 Explanation of Cell Entries for Control Matrix in Figure 9.1, page 287). Have an annotated version of the flowchart (such as Figure 9.2 on page 288) to show where the controls exist as related to the flowchart (30 points) e. Explain any systems or control weaknesses currently in the business process under evaluation (summary of 2 sections right before this). This will include any higher level controls that are not designated on the flowchart and can recap the concerns from the control matrix. (5 points) DESIGN STAGE - Determine alternatives that could assist this company and explain what those alternatives (at least 2) would do to improve the company. Put some detail into the analysis, such as researching specific alternatives (such as comparing 2 ERP systems, etc). (20 points) Summarize your recommendations to management. (5 points) Make sure everyone on the entire team reads through the entire document to make sure all parts of the project are completed and the project flows well. (can lose significant points up to -50 points on each submission if the parts do not flow together). Have a professional work product with a Table of Contents. Since this is an electronic submission, hyperlinks to the specific sections of the paper is recommended (if you know how), but is not required. (5 points) You must have a bibliography. Bibliography and footnoting is mandatory. In lieu of footnoting, you can use parenthetical references. Please follow the MLA standard. I recommend getting the MLA Handbook or doing research to ensure compliance to this. Cite all works properly. is used for all submitted materials for plagiarism purposes. Consult the plagiarism document on the webCT site. If you have questions on what is proper, ask me! (can receive an F (0) on the project if done incorrectly and/or referral to Academic Integrity Office) You must have at least 5 outside sources (other than the textbook) for the paper. (5 points)

If researching SAP R/3, you can use the following resources: NOTE: If your team would like to do a slightly different project, please write up a Case Study similar to this one for my review and approval. Have fun with the subject matter and be creative – with analyzing systems and processes, it is essential to be creative in order to facilitate valuable changes and not just “pave the cow paths”.

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The below teaming evaluation form must be completed and submitted by the due date and time as specified in the Syllabus (the same form will be attached in the Assignments area of the course). In addition to losing points for late submission, points could be deducted for less than team effort or additional points could be given for above and beyond effort. Late submission points for late team project work: Late by one day = -10 points Late by two days = -20 points Late by three days = -30 points Late by four or more days = -40 points plus 10 points for each day later Late submission points for late teaming evaluation forms will be deducted as follows: Late by one to two days = -5 points Late by three to five days = -10 points Late by six to ten days = -20 points Late by more than ten days = -30 points Never turned in = 0 on the project

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This part of the team project is confidential. Explain the SPECIFIC work each person did and consider contribution, quality, effort, time, flexibility, leadership, results, timely completion, knowledge, experience, creativity, initiative, concern for team, delivering a quality product that flows well and is professional. I will be looking at the scores from each team member to get an idea of the effort each person put towards the project. If the scores for an individual are consistently low, this could amount to points being deducted or a failing grade on the Team Project and other teamwork. Form MUST be typed and submitted through webCT assignments. My Name Team Name (List Team Members in alphabetical order of last names, including yourself). Score: Above and beyond – A+ = went above and beyond in some way and deserves a score higher than the majority of the team (explain why they deserve above and beyond status) Full contributor – A = should get all the team points because they gave a fair effort (explain why they are a full contributor) Less than full - If less than a full contributor, say whether they gave a B, C, D or F effort and you give support for why you scored them there - why they were not a full contributor. Ranking: Rank each team member from 1 to X with 1 being overall the best team member (you MUST rank yourself). Note: no person can have the same number! Team Member’s Name Score of Team Ranking Member Team Member #1 Team Member #2 Team Member #3 Team Member #4 Team Member #5 Explain the SPECIFIC work (i.e. sections of the paper) that each person did on the project and the strengths of each team member, INCLUDING you.

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What did you like about the group work and did YOU and YOUR TEAM do that worked well?

What would YOU do to improve YOUR work and what could the TEAM have done better?

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