Module Overview

Accounting in the Digital Age

The aim of this module is to enable the accounting practitioner to understand the continuing impact of digital
technologies on their sector. A component of the module is to develop critical skills in information
management for decision making.

Module Code

ACCF H3012

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

et skills.

Semester 5 will focus on preparing students for external accreditation at expert level spreadsheet skills in addition they will investigate the impact of online exposure including security and CAATs.

Expert Spreadsheet Modelling

MANAGE WORKBOOK OPTIONS AND SETTINGS - Manage workbooks (copy macros between workbooks, reference data inother workbooks, enable macros in a workbook, manage workbook versions), Prepare workbooks for collaboration (restrictediting, protect worksheets and cell ranges, protect workbook structure, configure formula calculation options, managecomments), Use and configure language options (configure editing and display languages, use language-specific features).MANAGE AND FORMAT DATA - Fill cells based on existing data (fill cells by using Flash Fill, fill cells by using advanced FillSeries options), Format and validate data (create custom number formats, configure data validation, group and ungroup data,calculate data by inserting subtotals and totals, remove duplicate records), Apply advanced conditional formatting and filtering(create custom, conditional formatting rules, create conditional formatting rules that use formulas, manage conditional formattingrules). CREATE ADVANCED FORMULAS AND MACROS - Perform logical operations in formulas (perform logical operations byusing nested functions including the IF(), IFS(), SWITCH(), SUMIF(), AVERAGEIF(), COUNTIF(), SUMIFS(), AVERAGEIFS(),COUNTIFS(), MAXIFS(), MINIFS(), AND(), OR(), and NOT() functions), Look up data by using functions (look up data by usingthe VLOOKUP(), HLOOKUP(), MATCH(), and INDEX() functions), Use advanced date and time functions (reference date andtime by using the NOW() and TODAY() functions, calculate dates by using the WEEKDAY() and WORKDAY() functions), Performdata analysis (summarize data from multiple ranges by using the Consolidate feature, perform what-if analysis by using GoalSeek and Scenario Manager, forecast data by using the AND(), IF(), and NPER() functions, calculate financial data by using thePMT() function) Troubleshoot formulas (trace precedence and dependence, monitor cells and formulas by using the WatchWindow, validate formulas by using error checking rules, evaluate formulas), Create and modify simple macros (record simplemacros, name simple macros, edit simple macros) MANAGE ADVANCED CHARTS AND TABLES - Create and modify advancedcharts ( create and modify dual axis charts, create and modify charts including Box & Whisker, Combo, Funnel, Histogram, Map,Sunburst, and Waterfall charts), Create and modify PivotTables (create PivotTables, modify field selections and options, createslicers, group PivotTable data, add calculated fields, format data), Create and modify Pivot Charts (create Pivot Charts,manipulate options in existing Pivot Charts, apply styles to Pivot Charts, drill down into Pivot Chart details)

The Digital Business Environment

Digital Transformation; e-commerce business models and strategies.Security in online environments; security threats; technology solutions & tools; management policies, business procedures and public laws in creating security. CAATs.

Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATS)

The changing role of the auditor in the electronic environment. The challenges confronting the auditor e.g. Data Integrity and controls. The use of CAATS in systems testing and substantive audit testing. Types of CAATS commonly in use in auditing. The role of CAATS in the detection of fraud. The challenges facing today’s accountant with the use of CAAT’s.

In delivery of this pillar we will use applied learning approaches to enable students have a professional level of expertise in the use and application of spreadsheet tools. The student experience in the computer laboratories will reflect, as close as possible, the range of tools, application packages and practices that they will experience in work environment. Joint assessment will be carried out in conjunction with modules from the Decision Making and Risk Analysis, Compliance (Law & Tax), Financial Accounting & Reporting and finally Economics & Finance pillars, where practical. A key tenet of the pillar is the transfer of skill sets developed in the Data Management pillar into all aspects of the student activities and study in other pillars. We will use productivity tools in support of professional communications in the work environment. A major objective of the pillar is to ensure that graduates of the programme are recognised as having a professional level expertise in the use of spreadsheet tools. With this in mind, we will map relevant module learning outcomes to professional certification to facilitate external independent accreditation for students, in addition to the accreditation achieved in the University. This will enable students achieve expert level professional accreditation by year three prior to their work placement in semester 6. Modules in semesters 1 & 2 will focus of communication and presentation applications in addition to spreadshe

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100