ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required

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ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required

Abstract

In the current accounting world, accounting graduates are expected to be highly skilled and
having a wide range of competences and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of the job
market. Most accounting employers find that the most demanded skills in accounting are absent
in accounting graduates and hence there is a need to influence their learning programs to include
these skills. The main purpose of the study was to examine and establish the degree of
expectation gap between the skills possessed by accounting graduates and skills required by
accounting employers in the job market. This study was based on focal theory of accounting.
Exploratory research design was used in the study and positivism research philosophy was
employed. Survey research strategy was used to gather data from a large sample size in order to
answer the research questions and achieve research objectives. Survey method was used to
gather data from accounting employers drawn from across various organizations and sectors in
Australia. The study findings indicated that there is an expectation gap whereby accounting
graduates possess generic skills while accounting employers require information technology
skills from the graduates.

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ACCT5011 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
Semester 2, 2017
Research project (60%)
Value:
This individual assessment task is worth 60% of your final mark. It consists of two components:
a video presentation (20%) and a written report (40%).
Submission:
 The hard copy of your report must be submitted to the pigeon hole of your lecturer located
on level 4 in Building 407 on the due date and time.
 You must submit an assignment cover sheet with your hard copy of your report.
Assignment coversheets are available at the front office of School of Accounting (level 4,
Building 407) and on the Blackboard. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
 The soft copy of your report must also be submitted via Turnitin on Blackboard by the due
date and time.
 The video presentation must be made in MP4 format and downloaded to a USB drive.
Attach this in a plastic envelope to the hard copy of the research report.
 Please use the following format to name your report file: “Student
ID_ACCT5011_S2_2017_ProjectReport”.
 For example, for a student with a student ID 1234567, the file name should be
1234567_ACCT5011_S2_2017_ProjectReport.
 Similarly, for example, for a student with a student ID 1234567, the video file should be
named 1234567_ACCT5011_S2_2017_Video. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
Referencing:
 You must use only journal articles and books (not textbooks) to support your arguments
or analyses. Do NOT use another student’s paper or a website as your reference. This
report must be your own work.
 All your references must be properly cited in your content and included in the reference list
at the end of the report.
 The referencing style for this unit is Chicago 16.
 Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. Students should get familiar with Curtin policy
on plagiarism to avoid committing the offence. Student Guidelines for Avoiding
Plagiarism and Student Checklist to Prevent Plagiarism can be downloaded from
http://academicintegrity.curtin.edu.au/global/studentbook.cfm. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
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Requirements:
Each student is required to select a topic and conduct a simple empirical research. The topic or research
question must be relevant to this unit and in an area of interest to the student. Guidance and feedback on
the topic selected will be provided through the submission of a research proposal. A list of potential
topics will be discussed in the first seminar. The topic should be selected with the following matters in
mind:
 It presents the student with sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their research ability.
 It is expressed in a way that requires a conclusion.
 It provides the student with the opportunity to display their deductive and reasoning skills.
 It is relevant to the unit and preferably is a topical issue. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
Please send your instructor an email to register your topic. In all cases, students are encouraged to
discuss their choice of topic with the instructor prior to commencing the project.
Written Research Project Report
The main part of the written research report should not be more than 3000 words (exclude cover page,
abstract, references, and attachments). You are advised that it is essential to cite your sources properly
in the body of your essay, using the Chicago referencing style. Similarly, your referencing to sources is
to use the Chicago referencing style. The essay is to be preceded by an abstract, of one or two paragraphs,
in italics, at the beginning of the report. Please insert page number and student name on every page
of the report. Your proposal must be typed using Times New Roman font size 12, 1.5 line spacing and
2.5 cm margins on all sides. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
Some of the sections will need to be divided into subheadings that are appropriate for your particular
topic. The marking guide gives details of how the marks will be allocated for the report. A copy of the
marking guide should be attached to your assignment.
Your report should include at least the following sections;
 Assignment cover page (only hard copy is required): student number, project title, word count
 Abstract (1 to 2 paragraph)
 Introduction
 Review of literature
 Research method
 Results
 Discussion
Conclusions
 References
 Attachments (if any, as appendices)
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Video Presentation
Every student must present and appear on the video for 8-10 minutes.
Your video presentation must include the following:
1. Introduction
a. Introduce yourself
b. State your topic
c. Outline the structure of your talk
2. Discussion
a. Address your topic
b. Be selective – you can choose part of the topic to address
c. The right amount of detail is what will fit in the time you have
d. Look at the marking guide – addressing your topic is only part of the marks
3. Conclusion
a. Sum up the key points of your talk
b. Say “goodbye”
4. References
Using material without acknowledgment (referencing) is plagiarism (cheating). Your
reference list should also be included at the conclusion of your video. If you can’t
work out how to edit your video to put in a list of credits/ references then hold up a
sheet of paper, with a list of references, to the camera. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
Material to help you
 The marking guide showing the allocation of marks is available on Blackboard.
 An example video about general presentation skills and using video software will be shown
in class.
 Various instructions on how to use editing software are available on the Blackboard.
 Search online for other guides.
 The choice of software and recording devices you use is up to you. We cannot teach you
how to use them.
 Two video cameras are available for use by Bentley students on a short-term basis (a
maximum of 24 hours). These can be loaned from the School of Accounting Reception area
by students currently enrolled in the unit. You need to provide your student ID card to be
held by the reception area until the camera is returned. Students are responsible for any
damage to the cameras while they are in their care. Video files in MP4 format can be directly
downloaded onto an SD card. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
Submission:
The soft copy of your video in MP4 format and downloaded to a USB drive and attached or
in a plastic envelope with the marking guide. These must be submitted to your tutor’s
mailbox by the deadline.
Late submissions will be subjected to penalties (please refer to unit outline for more details).

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FAQ’s
1. How do I decide what topic I should use for my video?
It is the same topic you chose for your research project.
2. What device should I use to record my video?
You can record your video using any device capable of recording in MP4 format; this
includes your phone, iPad, video camera or webcam. The video must be downloaded from
the device before submission. The video cannot be marked from your device.
3. What editing software should I use to edit my video?
You can edit your video using any video editing software you wish but you must produce
the final version in MP4 format. Some free packages you could consider are:
– Wondershare
– Windows Movie Maker
– Camtasia
Have a look at this website for other ideas and a critique of free editing software:
http://www.techradar.com/au/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264
4. I used a free editing package and it has placed a “watermark” on the final version of
my video – what do I do?
Nothing – as long as your tutor can still see & hear what you have done through the
watermark then you will not be penalised. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
5. Will how to use the editing software be explained in class?
No. We do encourage you to use editing software as it is a useful skill but we cannot
provide support for editing software. Sample videos are given to help you with
presentation skills and to show you the benefits of editing, but it is up to you to learn how
to use the software you choose.
6. How do I get help on using editing software?
Some material is provided in Blackboard and a demonstration is provided during the
lecture but you will need to find other resources to help you. Depending on the software
you have chosen to use there is usually learning videos and other resources available
through u-tube, the product vendor’s website, or other internet sources.
7. What format should I submit my video in?
MP4 – if you submit in another format and it does not run on your tutor’s computer then it
cannot be marked. If you wish for some reason to submit in another format then you must
check with your tutor first to test for compatibility and get permission. It is your
responsibility to ensure your submission can be viewed and marked.
8. My video requires a special viewer or application to be downloaded to enable it to be
viewed – is this OK?
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NO – your video must be capable of being viewed without your tutor having to download
any additional software.
9. What do I hand in?
Refer to the submission guidelines.
10. How do I submit my work?
Your electronic copy of the video should be submitted in MP4 format on a USB drive –
make sure you keep a backup copy! Don’t forget if your work is misplaced or cannot be
played it is your responsibility to provide a backup copy.
11. Do I need to actually appear in the video?
Yes – each student must speak in the video for 8-10 minutes. You can be replaced on
screen for a reasonable time by effects or diagrams etc. If you do not appear and speak
you have not presented and you will be awarded no marks. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
ACCT5011 Advanced AIS: Marking Guide
Name: __________________________________________ Student Number: ______________
Name: __________________________________________ Student Number: ______________
Name: __________________________________________ Student Number: ______________
Item Max
Marks
Selfassessment
Lecturer’s
assessment
Follow all submission requirements (e.g., including self-assessment, not
exceeding word limit)
10
Individual sections of report
 Abstract: Complete, precise and relevant 10
 Introduction: relevant and logical introduction to research
question
25
 Research question: clear, importance, well justified; clear
explanation of constructs of interests
50
 Literature review: quantity, quality, organization 50
 Research method: complete and clear description 35
 Results: complete and consistent with data collected, related to
research question. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
50
 Discussion: well supported arguments based on results 50
 Conclusions: consistent with results/discussion, ties results to
research questions, includes limitations and future research
30
Organization of report
 Logical and smooth transitions between paragraphs/sections 10
 Referencing
 Complies with Chicago reference method throughout the report 10
 Quality of in-text citation – summaries and citation (e.g., not
overuse direct quotation, gives page number in case of direct
quotations)
15
 Quality of reference list – complete and accurate 15
Presentation
 Professional appearance: use of appropriate headings and layout 10
 Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation 20
 Appropriate presentation of results (e.g., use of graphs, number
and name tables/figures) ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
10
TOTAL 400
Final mark /40
General comments:
Last Updated: 23/2/2016
ACCT5011 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
Assignment – Video Presentation Marking Guide
1. Student Number: __________________________ Name: _________________________________________
2. Student Number: __________________________ Name: _________________________________________
3. Student Number: __________________________ Name: _________________________________________
Refer to the marking rubric for details of expectations in each category.
Circle the awarded mark for each category – part marks can be awarded
Very
poor
effort
Poor
effort
Meets
expectations
Exceeds
expectations
Excellent
Presentation
– Logical structure of presentation (Introduction, discussion,
conclusion) ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.
– Smooth transition between speakers/ segments
0 1 – 4 5 6 – 9 10
Content
– Identified key issues of topic
– Discussed key issues
– Clear & supported conclusion/ summation
– Logical structure of discussion
0 1-29 30 31 – 49 50
Video techniques
– Use of text
– Use of editing techniques
– Inclusion of supporting material (e.g. diagrams, tables, role plays,
documents)
– Sound used to good effect
0 1-14 15 16 – 29 30
Research
– Topic was well researched
– Complete list of references
0 1 – 4 5 6 – 9 10
Creativity (Bonus marks – Note: total marks cannot exceed 100)
– The video is creative and has ‘wow’ moments n/a n/a n/a 1 – 9 10
Timing (Penalty)
– All students speak/present for the same length of time in the video
– Length of video – time limit (exceeded or not)
-10
-10
0
0
Total marks awarded out of 100:
Total marks awarded out of 20
Tutor’s comments
This is your final recorded mark. ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required.

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ACCT5011 – Employers Perspective of Accounting Graduate IT Skills Required

Abstract

In the current accounting world, accounting graduates are expected to be highly skilled and
having a wide range of competences and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of the job
market. Most accounting employers find that the most demanded skills in accounting are absent
in accounting graduates and hence there is a need to influence their learning programs to include
these skills. The main purpose of the study was to examine and establish the degree of
expectation gap between the skills possessed by accounting graduates and skills required by
accounting employers in the job market. This study was based on focal theory of accounting.
Exploratory research design was used in the study and positivism research philosophy was
employed. Survey research strategy was used to gather data from a large sample size in order to
answer the research questions and achieve research objectives. Survey method was used to
gather data from accounting employers drawn from across various organizations and sectors in
Australia. The study findings indicated that there is an expectation gap whereby accounting
graduates possess generic skills while accounting employers require information technology
skills from the graduates….

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