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HOLMES
INSTITUTE
FACULTY OF HIGHER
EDUCATION
ASSESSMENT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Trimester T3 2020
Unit Code HI5019
Unit Title Strategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise
Assessment Type Assessment 1: Individual Assignment
Assessment Title Analysing an Accounting Information System
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping) Students are required to:
• Critically evaluate the purpose and role of accounting information systems in today’s business environment [ULO 1].
• Articulate the various transaction cycles, financial reporting, management reporting systems and ecommerce systems to technical and non-technical stakeholders [ULO 2].
• Appraise the risks inherent in computer-based systems/ERP, including the role of ethics and the various internal control processes that need to be in place [ULO 4].
Weight 20% of the total assessments.
Total Marks 20 Marks.
Word limit 2000 words ± 10%.
Due Date The written report is due in Week 7, dated 15th January 2021, on Friday at 11:59 PM.
Submission
Guidelines
• All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be in MS Word format, double spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.
• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Include a minimum of ten (10) references, at least five (5) from peerreviewed journal relevant to the unit.
ASSIGNMENT DETAILS
The Revenue Cycle of XYZ Limited.
After finishing your Master of Professional Accounting, you started your accounting consultancy in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. You got a high distinction in HI5019 Strategic Information System and preferred to analyse the business processes, risks and internal controls. XYZ is one of your clients, and the CEO of XYZ is delighted with your services. The head of the accounting department is concerned about their revenue cycle. Therefore, he has recently contacted you to evaluate their revenue cycle. During the initial meeting, you elaborate him that conceptually, the revenue cycle is a recurring set of business activities and related data processing operations associated with providing goods and services to customers and collecting their cash payments. This definition reveals that the revenue cycle can be categorised into (1) sales order processing procedures (SOPP), and (2) cash receipts procedures (CRP). The SOPP and CRP of XYZ are elaborated below. Therefore, you requested the head of the accounting department to describe the SOPP and the CRP of XYZ Limited separately. This description is given below.
SOPP of XYZ Limited
The sales department receives the unstandardised sales order since customer orders are mailed, e-mailed or faxed to the sales department. The sales clerk first converts the unstandardised sales order into the standardised sales order. For this purpose, the sales representative requests the missing information, if any. When the order is received, the sales clerk checks the customer’s creditworthiness of the customer from his computer terminal. Three years ago, the sales clerk requested the accounting department to provide him with a list of customers whose account receivables are written off. The sales clerk is still using this information to check the creditworthiness of the customers. The sales clerk is using the same procedure to check the creditworthiness of the new customers.
The customer’s order is rejected if the customer’s credit is not verified. The sales order processing is started after the credit verification. In particular, the sales clerk records the approved standardised sales order in the sales order system through his computer terminal. A digital copy of the order is distributed to the warehouse and the shipping department terminals for further processing. The computer system automatically records the sale in the sales journal. The clerk reviews this entry and files the hard copy of the customer order in the sales department.
As indicated above, the receipt of the digital sales order prompts on the computer terminal of the warehouse manager. Further, the stock release and the shipping notice are also accessible at the warehouse terminal. For further processing, the warehouse manager prints out the sales order, the stock release, and the shipping notice. Using the stock release copy, a warehouse clerk picks the selected items from the shelves and sends them to the shipping department along with the stock release and the shipping notice. The warehouse manager then updates the inventory subsidiary ledger and the general ledger control account from his computer terminal.
The shipping clerk receives the physical stock, the stock release, and the shipping notice from the warehouse manager. The shipping clerk matches them to the corresponding digital sales order displayed on his terminal. If everything matches, he prints out three hard copies of the bill of lading and a packing slip. The shipping clerk sends two copies of the bill of lading and the packing slip, along with the goods, to the carrier. The stock release copy and the shipping notice are sent to the accounts receivable department. The third bill of lading copy is filed in the shipping department.
Account receivable clerk receives the stock release and shipping notice from the shipping clerk. Then, the accounts receivable clerk manually creates a hard-copy invoice, which is immediately mailed to the customer. After mailing the invoice, the clerk uses information on the stock release to update the accounts receivable subsidiary ledger and general ledger from his computer terminal. After the records are updated, the clerk files the stock release and shipping notice in the accounts receivable department. Sometimes, the account receivable clerk reconciles the quantities from the sales order and adjusts the account receivables.
CRP of XYZ Limited
The payments of customers come directly to the general mailroom along with other mail items. The mail clerk performs the following tasks:
• Sorts the mail,
• Opens the customer payment envelope,
• Removes the customer’s check and remittance advice, and
• Reconciles the two documents.
To control the checks and remittance advices, the clerk manually prepares two hard copies of a remittance list. He sends one copy to the accounts receivable department, along with the corresponding remittance advices. The other copy of the remittance list accompanies the checks to the cash receipts department. Once the checks and remittance list arrive in the cash receipts department, the treasurer performs the following tasks:
• Reconciles the documents,
• Endorses the checks,
• Manually prepares three hard copies of a deposit slip,
• Updates the cash receipts journal and the general ledger from his computer terminal,
• Sends the checks and two copies of the deposit slip to the bank, and
• Files the third copy of the deposit slip and the remittance in the department.
The accounts receivable clerk receives the remittance list and remittance advice from the mailroom and reconciles these two documents. He then updates the accounts receivable subsidiary ledger and the general ledger. Then, account receivable files the two documents in the department.
Required
Based on the above information, prepare a report for the CEO of XYZ Limited to evaluate their revenue cycle. In your report, you need to include the following items:
1. The CEO asks you to start the report from five general risks involved in the revenue cycle of any business. Further, indicate the physical and IT control against each risk.
2. Describe potential internal control weaknesses in the sales order processing procedures and cash receipts procedures of XYZ Limited.
3. Discuss the potential risks associated with the internal control weaknesses identified in Section (2) above.
4. Based on Section (3) above, what types are frauds are possible. Hint: we have discussed different types of frauds in the interactive tutorial and lectures. Your discussion should be based on these contents.
ASSIGNMENT STRUCTURE
The report should include the following components.
1. Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet
The Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet is available at the end of menu item Assessments on the Blackboard.
2. Executive Summary
The executive summary should be concise and not involve too much detail. It should make commentary on the main points only and follow the sequence of the report. Write the executive summary after the report is completed, and once you have an overview of the whole text.
3. Table of Contents
This needs to show a logical listing of all the sub-headings of the report’s contents. Note this is excluded from the total word count.
4. Introduction
Typically, the introduction is a short paragraph which includes background, scope and the main points raised in the order of importance. There should be a brief conclusion statement at the end of the introduction.
5. Main Body Paragraphs with Numbered Sub-headings
This section contains the detailed information which elaborates on the main points raised in the introduction. Each paragraph should begin with an exact topic sentence, then supporting sentences with facts and evidence obtained from research and finish with a concluding sentence at the end.
6. Conclusion
This section contains a logical and coherent evaluation based on a thorough and objective assessment of the research performed.
7. Appendices
This section includes any additional explanatory information which is supplementary and/or graphical to help communicate the main ideas made in the report. Refer to the appendices in the main body paragraphs, as and where appropriate. (Note this is excluded from the total word count.)
Note: The report should be grounded on relevant literature, and all references must be cited appropriately and included in the reference list.
Marking Criteria
Marking criteria Weighting in Total Grades
The general risks involved in the revenue cycle, and the physical and IT controls against each risk. 4%
The potential internal control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. 4%
The potential risks associated with the internal control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. 4%
The potential frauds in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. 4%
Presentation and Referencing. 4%
TOTAL Weight 20%
Marking Rubric
Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
(80-100%) (70-79%) (60-69%) (50-59%) (0-49%)
The general risks involved in the revenue cycle, and the physical and IT controls against each risk. [4 Marks] Present an excellent discussion on the
general risks involved in the revenue cycle,
and the physical and
IT controls against each risk. Present a very good discussion on the
general risks involved in the revenue cycle,
and the physical and
IT controls against each risk. Present a good discussion on the
general risks involved in the revenue cycle,
and the physical and
IT controls against each risk. Present a reasonable discussion on the
general risks involved in the revenue cycle,
and the physical and
IT controls against each risk. Present a weak or inadequate discussion
on the general risks involved in the
revenue cycle, and the physical and IT
controls against each risk.
The potential internal control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of
XYZ Limited. [4
Marks] Correctly identify all the potential internal
control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify most of the potential
internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify some of the potential internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify one to two potential internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Fail to identify the potential internal
control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited.
The potential risks associated with the internal control weaknesses in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ
Limited. [4 Marks] Correctly identify all the potential risks
associated with the internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify most of the potential risks
associated with the internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify some of the potential risks associated with the internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify one
to two potential risks
associated with the internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Fail to identify the potential risks
associated with the internal control
weaknesses in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited.
The frauds possible in the SOPP and CRP of
XYZ Limited. [4
Marks] Correctly identify all the frauds possible in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify most of the frauds possible in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify some of the frauds
possible in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Correctly identify one to two frauds possible in the SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited. Fail to identify the frauds possible in the
SOPP and CRP of XYZ Limited.
HI5019 T3 2020 Assessment 1: Individual Assignment 6
Presentation and
Referencing. [4 Marks] An extensive amount of high-quality
evidence from peerreviewed journal
articles and other
sources was included
and used effectively to support discussion. A broad range of quality peer-reviewed journal references and other sources was
included and used
effectively to support discussion. An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references was
included and used to support discussion. An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references was
included and used to a basic extent to support discussion. Little or no peerreviewed journal references were
included, and these were rarely used to support discussion effectively.
HI5019 T3 2020 Assessment 1: Individual Assignment 7
Academic Integrity
Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.
Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.
Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches
Plagiarism Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.
Collusion Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.
Copying Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.
Impersonation Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.
Contract cheating Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.
Data fabrication and falsification Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.
Source: INQAAHE, 2020
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