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AIM 3322-001 – Integrated Accounting Information Systems

COURSE SYLLABUS
Spring 2006

Class Time: Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:45pm


Class Location: SM 2.802
Lab Location: SM 1.211

Instructor: Mary Beth Goodrich, CPA, CIA, CISA


Office Location: SM 4.220
Office Hours: By appointment
WebCT: http://webct6.utdallas.edu (preferred method of contact and for sending
documents)
UTD SAP Application In SOM labs and can download to home
E-mail: goodrich@utdallas.edu
Web Site: www.utdallas.edu/~goodrich
Work Number: (972) 883-4775 (voice mail)
Cell Number: (214) 282-2156 (urgent matters / emergencies only)
Fax Number: (972) 883-6811
Teaching Assistant: Ruma Aftab
TA Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TA E-mail: Use webct
TA Office Location: SM 4.230
TA Office Number: (972) 883-4467

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
This course will introduce the complexity and flexibility of integrated information systems with an
accounting information systems focus. General topics include: accounting information systems as
part of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, business processes and how business process
information feeds into accounting information to meet the accounting needs of an organization, how
companies utilize information systems to help them with decision-making, external financial
reporting and internal reporting, enterprise services architecture, use of internet and ecommerce
for integrating modern accounting systems within and outside the company, and more. This course
employs SAP software to illustrate concepts. SAP R/3 hands-on exercises will cover various topics
including general navigation in SAP, master data, key business/accounting transactions, journal
entries, and reporting.

This course will cover many of the SAP modules with an emphasis on SAP’s FI/CO Modules (Financial
Accounting and Controlling) to include discussion and hands-on exercises utilizing the chart of
accounts, general ledger, journal entries that occur “behind the scenes” as business processes
information is entered into the system, reconciliation accounts and subsidiary ledgers, how a
company utilizes SAP for management accounting and financial accounting needs, and more. The
accounting information system is at the “heart” of modern enterprise systems and we will explore
the impact of business processes on tracking and monitoring accounting information.
What Spells Success?
• You have challenged yourself, actively participated, you’ve learned along the way, and ultimately
had fun doing it.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:
• Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning, by Ellen F. Monk and Bret J. Wagner, Course
Technology a Division of Thompson Learning, 2006, ISBN 0-619-21663-8
• Sam’s Teach Yourself SAP R/3 in 24 Hours, by George W. Anderson and Danielle Larocca,
Sam’s Publishing, 2006, ISBN 0-672-32822-4
• Proficiency in webCT – recommend checking DAILY during the week (grades, e-mail,
discussion items, announcements, course notes, and assignments will be out there)
• E-mail address and internet access.
• Scantrons for tests (Form No. 882-E).
• Other materials will be posted on webCT, handed out in class, and/or announced as needed
as we progress.

COURSE POLICIES / INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS:


Student Responsibilities – IT’S UP TO YOU! - The grade that you make and the degree that you
take this subject matter and actively learn it is your responsibility. I do not give
you a grade; you earn it. But here are some tips on what I am looking for………
Be Prepared! - Prior to class, you should complete assigned readings and
homework, read through notes and actively participate in discussions.
Individual Participation - You, individually, and the class, collectively, will benefit
from your participation in class discussions. For each class, you should be
prepared to participate in a meaningful way. This will help everyone learn more
and will make the class a fun experience.
Attendance - Class attendance is extremely important and your grades will
reflect the amount of time you spend in class/lab (as well at the time you put in
outside of class time). If a class is missed, it is the student’s responsibility to
determine the announcements and material presented in class. Anything discussed
in class, whether covered in the text or not, is fair game for exam coverage.
Cell Phones – Cell phones MUST be turned off when you enter class.

Class Format
I believe that you will learn more in a facilitated learning environment. What does this mean? Your
active participation in discussions will enable you to learn and retain more of the information. I see
myself as the facilitator of your learning experience. It is up to you the degree to which you
choose to learn. I have one set of experiences. All of us have different experiences that can add
to the discussion. If you have a question, please ask it in class. Chances are you are not the only
one with the question. When you share, we all learn. If you have any concerns at all, please talk
with me.
GRADE BREAK DOWN
Points
Exam #1 (20%) 100
Exam #2 (20%) 100
Final Exam (Cumulative) (20%) 100
Homework (10 at 20 points 200
each) (40%)
TOTAL POINTS 500

Exams
You can expect exams to cover any material from class discussions, the required books, any notes on
webCT or handed out. Exams may consist of multiple-choice, essay, short answer, or problems. All
exams will be given during the regular class period in our classroom (NOT the lab) starting at he
very beginning of class. You may be required to present a UTD student identification card or
driver’s license at any examination. I will have a short review of what will be covered on the exams
in a class before the exam. If you are not in class, I will not review this information with you
individually. This review is just one of the perks of coming to class.

Make-up Exams
If you have a valid reason to miss an exam, you must get in touch with me within a reasonably
sufficient time BEFORE the exam (in person, through webCT e-mail or via phone) in order to be
granted a make-up. I get to determine whether you provided reasonable time to me and have a valid
reason to miss the exam. For personal illness, I require a signed, physician’s excuse. With a valid,
PRE-APPROVED excuse, a make-up will be granted. If you do not talk with me and have an approval
BEFORE I give the exam you have missed, you will receive a zero (0) for that exam.

Homework
The homework assignments will be worth 200 points - 10 individual assignments at 20 points each.
There will be 11 homework assignments assigned. The lowest grade will be dropped. Homework due
dates can be found in the Assignments area of webCT. Generally these will be assigned in class
during the lab portion of class and/or will be posted on webCT. You must complete all required
parts of homework to receive full credit.

Homework must be submitted through webCT functionality BEFORE the assigned time if you will
not be in class or can be turned in IN PERSON at the beginning of class. If you turn the homework
in after the start of class IN PERSON, you will receive a –5 points on the homework assignment.
No late work will be accepted for ANY homework assignments other than this exception. You will
receive a zero (0) if an assignment is not turned in by the due date and time. Do not wait until the
last minute to upload these because if you are even a minute late, webCT will not accept your
submission. With webCT, you can always turn your homework in early if you need to, you can turn it
in through webCT e-mail, regular e-mail, in class at the beginning of class or faxing if you have
problems. It is your responsibility to make sure your homework is turned in by the assigned time.

All homework assignments must be typed and professional (i.e., proper use of spelling and grammar)
or points will be deducted. Homework you provide must be your own. If you do not complete an
assignment that you said you completed (when validated in the SAP system), at a minimum, you will
receive zero (0) points for that assignment. In addition to this, I consider submitting someone
else’s work as your own as plagiarism and subject to university policies associated with academic
dishonesty.

Changes
The topics to be covered and schedule for class meetings are subject to change at the instructor’s
discretion. Changes will be announced in class and/or will be posted on webCT. It is a good idea to
check webCT frequently. It is your responsibility to keep up with what is expected of you.

Topics and Schedule

In Class Activities To Do by today


Week 1: 1/12 Syllabus ERP: Ch. 2
Class Introduction and Overview
Integrated Accounting Information Systems / SAP S24: Hour 1
Overview
NetWeaver and the ERP Central Component (ECC)
Week 2: 1/19 Topics: Det. your webCT ID &
Integrated Accounting Information Systems – financial password BEFORE this
accounting and managerial accounting components class. Log onto webCT to
Business functions and processes, SAP Basics find out what SAP ID is
Lab Time:
General Navigation in SAP, webCT walk-through ERP: Ch. 1
S24: Hour 2
Week 3: 1/26 Topics: ERP Ch: 7
Process Modeling, Process Improvement, ERP
Implementations and Implementation Tools, S24: Hours 7, 8 and 9
Methodologies and the IMG
Lab Time:
General Navigation and Master Data in SAP

Week 4: 2/2 Topics: S24: Hours 3, 5 and 6


Database basics, master data in SAP
Review for Test 1
Lab Time:
Master Data in SAP

Week 5: 2/9 Test 1 (4:00pm – 5:30pm) In classroom

Week 6: 2/16 Topics: ERP: Ch. 3


The Sales Order Process Logistics (SD Module) “Sell” S24: Hours 10 & 11
(COM Customer Order Management) and Accounts
Receivable
More on SAP NetWeaver, SAP ECC and R/3
Lab Time:
Sales Transactions and related accounting journal entries
Week 7: 2/23 Topics: ERP: Ch. 4
Supply Chain Management
Production (PP Module) “Make”
How Production Journal Entries occur “behind the
scenes”
Lab Time:
Production Planning and Execution
Week 8: 3/2 Topics: S24: Hour 21
Materials Management (MM Module) “Buy” and
accounts payable
SAP SCM, CRM, PLM, SRM
Lab Time:
Set-up a vendor, procure from and pay a vendor and
related journal entries “behind the scenes”
Week 9: 3/9 Spring Break Enjoy!
Week 10: 3/16 Topics: ERP: Ch. 6
Organization and Human Resource Management (HR
Module). Travel Mgt and Payroll
Review for Test 2
Lab Time:
HR and Payroll Processes
Week 11: 3/24 Test 2 (4:00pm – 5:30pm) In classroom
Week 12: 3/30 Topics: ERP: Ch. 5
SAP Financials / FICO – An overview S24: Hours 12 & 13
Financial Accounting (FI Module) “Track”
SAP BI, KW, and MDM
Lab Time:
Chart of Accounts, General Ledger, FI / Journal Entries
Week 13: 4/6 Topics: S23: Hours 23 & 24
Controlling (CO Module) “Track”
Business Planning and Controlling
Capital Asset Management
SAP Support Overview and Additional SAP Resources
Lab Time:
Controlling – use of management accounting information
for decision-making
Week 14: 4/13 Topics: ERP: Ch. 8
Reporting Basics and Reporting Tools in SAP and S24: Hours 19, 20 and 22
Integration with Microsoft Office
ERP and E-commerce
What’s next for enterprise accounting systems?
Review for Final
Lab Time:
Reporting – with focus on financial accounting reporting
and management accounting reports
S24: Hour 18 and 19
Week 15: 4/20 FINAL (4:00pm – 5:30pm) In classroom
Week 16: 4/27 No class!

ERP – Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning


S24 – Sam’s Teach Yourself SAP R/3 in 24 Hours
Academic Honesty
All students in the class are expected to behave in accordance with academic integrity. Strict
adherence to the Policy on Cheating as stated in the Regent’s Rules and Regulations, Part One,
Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, subdivision 3.22 is expected. This policy reads:
Students are expected to be above reproach in all-scholastic activities.
Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary
penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from
the university. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating,
plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that
are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination
for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or
attempt to commit such acts.
Academic dishonesty of any type, will NOT be tolerated in this class and will be reported to the
Dean of Students.

Grade Contests / Grade Records


If you believe there is an error on any grade, you are to let my Teaching Assistant know in writing
via webCT e-mail and copy me what you believe may be in error and why you believe it is wrong. This
written contest is to be given within one week of the date that the test/individual assignment is
returned/ discussed in class and/or posted on webCT. If the contest is related to the final exam,
you are to present the written contest to me within one week after the day grades are posted on
the Internet by the registrar’s office. You may write by means of e-mail. If there is a mistake, I
will be glad to correct the grade. All scores for all assignments will be posted confidentially on
webCT. ALL errors must be corrected before the final exam date.

Exam Retention
I retain all exams. An exam that “walks” away either intentionally or accidentally WILL receive a
grade of zero (0).