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AC 860 PA - Advanced Accounting Information Systems


Online via Instructure Canvas


AC 353 Accounting Information Systems


Dr. George Durler


Cremer Hall 311


MW 3:00 - 4:00, TR 1:30 - 3:00, R 11:-00 - 11:45 See schedule at www.emporia.edu/~mdurler/CurrentOffice.pdf and by appointment (see Dr. Durler's schedule on his web page) Also available via Zoom (similar to Skype) by appointment


Office: 341-5476, Fax: 341-6346, Department office: 341-5346 e-mail: mdurler@emporia.edu web page: www.emporia.edu/~mdurler


Please see the book listing at http://www.emporia.edu/~mdurler/cursem.html for a complete list of the four books for the course. These are trade books, not textbooks so some of the use of the books will be a joint effort of the instructor and students.


Material supplied through ESU's Canvas Internet Website. All students


are expected to access their Canvas account daily and keep their profiles current. SAP project using the GUI downloaded to your own computer or using the one on the School of Business Skylab site.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an advanced accounting systems class and seeks to examine the linkages between information systems and accounting and to prepare students to be a trusted business advisor. The course provides an overview of how to understand, analyze, and control computerized information systems

COURSE OUTCOMES: The student should:

• Demonstrate an awareness of the use of XBRLin financial reporting

• Create queries of a relational database

• Determine useful strategies for using data analysis and mining for decision making.

• Show an awareness of cyber security issues controls.

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COURSE EVALUATION PROCESS: Assessment of your comprehension of the course material will be determined from a combination of exams, papers, and presentations. Distribution of possible points for your grade is as follows:



Discussion participation

up to




Quizzes over content in books

up to




SAP project

up to




Problems and other assignments

up to




Current Issue submission (2 at 15 each





Total possible points





Note that Dr. Durler reserves the right to change this schedule and add or remove items. This is very likely as the content of this course is totally new this semester. The actual points may be substantially less than indicated above.

Grade distribution:

A 90% - 100%


60% - 69%

B 80% - 89%


Below 60%

C 70% - 79%

Graduate students are expected to expend substantially more effort and demonstrate substantially more knowledge than undergraduate students to achieve these percentages. Be prepared to work and take initiative in doing more than the minimum.

Discussion Participation: Each student is expected to participate in the threaded discussions by commenting on the questions posted by the instructor and classmates. Instructure Canvas has features for

various media as well as text to be added to discussions. It will be up to the each student whether to use

those features.

threaded discussion. Each student must contribute at least one comment per case. The "standard" score for adequate comments is 7 out of 10. Only outstanding comments will receive a score of 10. The actual number of discussion forums will be determined as the semester progresses.

Dr. Durler will evaluate each student's participation to award up to 10 points for each

Quizzes: Each topic area will have a series of quizzes based on chapters, topics, or other criteria. The plan is to have each quiz worth 15 points consisting of either multiple choice, multiple answer or essay questions. If essay questions are used typically there will be a choice of questions to answer so students can concentrate their answers on topics they are most familiar with.

Projects and Problems: Various projects may be assigned during the semester. At least one project will be an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project using SAP which ESU has access to through the SAP University Alliance. Our access is hosted by California State University-Chico. Other projects and problems planned include using SQL to access data in a relational database and some sort of data mining and analysis project .

Current Issues: We have a discussion forum set up on Instructure Canvas. Students will be expected to post news items they find related to current issues in the accounting information systems area and/or topics included in the course. Each student is required to submit at least two items but you can post more. Though there is no specific due date for this, if a large number of students wait until close to the end of the semester to post items Dr. Durler will consider those less valuable in points than those posted earlier.

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Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one’s own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).

The faculty member in whose course or under whose tutelage an act of academic dishonesty occurs has the option of failing the student for the academic hours in question, or for any components or requirements for that course. Departments, schools, and colleges may have provisions for more severe penalties. Emporia State University may impose penalties for academic dishonesty up to and including expulsion from the student's major or from the University. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty shall be grounds to deny admission to a department or program.

In addition to the penalties above, the faculty member shall notify in writing his/her department chair and

the registrar of the infraction. The department chair shall forward a report of the infraction to the Provost

and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life. The registrar shall block the student from

withdrawing from the course to avoid the penalties that result from the infraction (Emphasis added). The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life shall act as the record keeper for student academic infractions. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life will notify the student in writing that an infraction has been reported and inform the student of the right to appeal and of the appropriate appeal procedures. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life shall notify the student, the department chair, and the faculty member who initiated the proceedings, of any additional action taken beyond those already imposed by the faculty member. Should a single infraction be so egregious, or should a student have a record of multiple infractions, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life may impose additional penalties, including expulsion

of the student from the University.

The student has the right to appeal the charge of academic dishonesty (see the section entitled “Student Conduct” in the University Policy Manual). If after an appeal it is found that the student did not commit an act of academic dishonesty, no penalties will be imposed on the student.

A chair of a department or director of a program may request from the Provost and Vice President for

Academic Affairs and Student Life a list of all currently enrolled ESU students within that major or program who have committed acts of academic dishonesty. This request may be a standing request to be filled automatically during each semester until the request is rescinded by the chair or director. In addition, a chair of a department or director of a program may submit to the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life a list of applicants to a program or major and the chair or director may be informed if any of the applicants has committed any acts of academic dishonesty.

Prior to the beginning of the next academic year, the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life shall send to the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate a list containing nonspecific student identifiers, such as Student 1, Student 2, etc., their specific academic infraction(s) reported to the Provost’s office, the total number of infractions that have been reported for each student, and any actions taken by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life. (3D.0701 ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY)

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any assignment with a significant quantity of "cut and paste" from sources will be considered an incidence of plagiarism. Repeatedly submitting assignments consisting of "cut and paste" work will be considered cheating and reported for University discipline. Submissions are expected to reflect YOUR understanding of the material, not your ability to copy from the authors or other sources. Using ANY source for answers and not referencing the source as a citation will also be considered plagiarism and cheating. You are encouraged to share your knowledge and experience with your fellow students, however the final product of exams and assessments are meant to be individual efforts and those that are not may be punished by failure (score of zero) on that assignment

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and referral to the appropriate University offices. Do NOT work together to complete an assignment except for those designated as a team assignment. Once you have completed it, then you may compare your results with another student if desired.

DISABLED STUDENT POLICY: Please contact the instructor immediately if (1) you have or think you have a disability or medical condition which may affect your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and for which you wish to discuss accommodations of class related activities or schedules, (2) you may require medical attention during class, or (3) you may need special emergency evacuation preparations of procedures.

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential. Contact the Office of Disability Services and Non-Traditional Student Programs at 211 S. Morse Hall in person or at 620/341-6637 Voice, 620/341-6646 TTY, or via e-mail disabser@emporia.edu. Accommodations are provided on an individualized, as-needed basis after needs and circumstances have been evaluated.


OFFICE HOURS, PHONE CALLS & ZOOM: In general, I have an open door policy, if I am in my office I am usually willing to visit with you in person or on the phone. During office hours I will normally set aside any other work to talk to you. However, outside of office hours I may occasionally ask you to come or call back later if I am involved in a project. Occasionally, it may be necessary to cancel office hours due to meetings or other obligations. I will try to notify the class ahead of time at those times. Since this is an online course the preferred method of contacting Dr. Durler is via an email message. Please do NOT use the mail system within Canvas. However, Dr. Durler typically is not available to check email on weekends. There will be no guaranteed response time but timely responses are intended.

Zoom: This semester I will also be available via Zoom (similar to Skype) by appointment and ad hoc. I do not intend to have specific times I will be in a Zoom meeting. Instead, I will provide a Zoom URL. If you access Zoom via that URL, Zoom sends me a notification that someone is waiting. Wait, if I am available, I will join the meeting to visit with you.

POSTING OF GRADES: I do NOT post grades. Canvas has features for tracking your grades. However not all assessment in the course may be done through this system, therefore what is shown there may incomplete. However, until the end of the semester Canvas does not use unsubmitted or ungraded assignment in determining your percentage, thus it is an inflated percent. Periodically Dr. Durler will try to provide each student with their status in the course. Per University policy, (3H.03 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY USAGE) I can not send you grade information by e-mail or phone due to privacy concerns unless encrypted and at this time no acceptable encryption is available. No one else may obtain your scores without prior written permission from you and the approval of the instructor (this is the law).

DISCUSSION BOARD: A discussion board forum for complaints, comments, and suggestions for this course is available on Canvas. So that you feel free to post there, Dr. Durler will not respond to a posting unless the person making the post requests a response. However, Dr. Durler does "subscribe" to the forum so you can be assured any post is read. This forum is available so you can make comments and suggestions during the semester, when modifications can still be made, instead of with the course

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evaluation when it is too late to make changes. I encourage you to post on this forum. Unfortunately, unlike our previous LMS, Canvas does not allow for anonymous postings.


student's absences from class, disruptive behavior, lack of prerequisites, or academic dishonesty. (4E.13 FACULTY INITIATED STUDENT WITHDRAWAL policy) Students who decide to withdraw and

receive an automatic "W" must complete the formal withdrawal procedure by .Friday, October 28,

2016 After that date, a student may not withdraw from the class nor may the instructor assign a "W".

The instructor reserves the option to initiate a student withdrawal for

COURSE TOPICS AND EXTENT OF COVERAGE: A tentative schedule of case topics is provided

below and separately on Canvas. The schedule most likely will change as we progress through the


during the semester.

The actual assignments schedule for the course will be available on Canvas and updated as

semester. during the semester. The actual assignments schedule for the course will be available on Canvas

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