Accounting Info System Discussion questions

Discussion questions is taken from: Romner y, M. B., & Steinbart, P. J. (2012). Accounting information systems. (12th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Week 1

1a.Firms realize that in order to make money, they have to invest money. This can be attributed to the information that the firm relies on. As discussed in the text, there are seven characteristics of useful information. From the first e-Activity and assuming that you are new CFO of Strayer University, identify the top-three characteristics you would rely on the most for improving the profitability of the firm. Provide an example of how each characteristic would directly help the firm in terms of profitability.

1b.On the other hand, public and private firms are accountable to a wide range of regulators and stakeholders. Of the seven characteristics, identify the top three that would be applicable to meeting the needs of regulators and stakeholders. Provide an example of how each characteristic would directly help the firm in terms of meeting the needs of these key regulators and stakeholders.

2a.some of the world’s most successful companies (Fortune 500) operate multiple lines of business. Despite this fact, many of these firms rely on a single AIS. From the second e-Activity, for the business you researched, examine how its lines of business would affect the design of a new AIS.

2b.If the business was selecting a new AIS, examine how the business model would affect the design of a new AIS.

Week 2 have been assigned to analyze the accounting information for a Fortune 500 corporation. From the e-Activity, evaluate which tools you would use to analyze its business processes, indicating your rationale.

1b.On the other hand, resources, such as accountants, business analysts, and I/T specialists who rely on documentation tools, will need proper training on these tools. You have been given the responsibility of familiarizing your team with these tools. Evaluate which techniques, in terms of their appropriateness, you would use to get your team ready for its first assignment—the evaluation of a firm’s internal control structure.

2a.Read the David Miller case from Chapter 5. After reading the case, describe a reason why someone who has been entrusted with the firm’s assets would commit a fraudulent act against the company. Based upon your understanding of the case and your professional and personal experience, recommend a series of actions that should have been taken in order to prevent this.

2b.Now that the damage has been done by Mr. Miller after his last episode, the blame game begins. Review all of the parties who contributed to his ability to commit these acts, recommend who should be held liable, and suggest the punishment for the liable party / parties.