Evaluating The Importance Of Competencies Within Accounting Information Systems Curricula

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Richard B. Dull
Sally A. Webber
Barbara Apostolou
John M. Hassell

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accounting information systems, AIS

Abstract

In International Education Guideline No. 11, the International Federation of Accountants identified the essential information technology (IT) competencies, knowledge, and skills required for entry-level accounting positions. These IT competencies are classified into three categories: (1) IT concepts for business systems (nine competencies), (2) internal control in computer-based business systems (six competencies), and (3) the roles of the professional accountant in information systems (18 competencies classified into three subcategories). In this exploratory study, we surveyed accounting information systems educators about the relative importance of the IFAC competencies to prepare undergraduate students for entry-level accounting positions. The results provide accounting educators with an understanding of current practice regarding the relative emphasis placed on IT competencies in AIS courses. Using this information, the results may be used to guide the allocation of resources within the AIS curriculum.

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