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HI5019 Analysing an Accounting Information System Assessment 1 Answer

ASSESSMENT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Trimester
T2 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:
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of Accounting Information System.
  • Articulate the various transaction cycles, financial reporting, and management reporting systems to technical and non- technical stakeholders.
  • Evaluate various internal control process of an accounting information system.

ASSIGNMENT DETAILS

Analysing the Accounting Information System of HARDA Fashion.

HARDA Fashion sells ready-to-wear fashion clothes to teenagers. The company has a 20-store chain concentrated in the north-eastern part of the United States of America. Each store has the experienced full-time staff consist of a manager and an assistant manager. The full-time staff is paid a fixed salary. The full-time staff is assisted with a cashier and a sales assistant who have comparatively less experience. The cashier and sales assistant are paid hourly wages plus the commission based on the volume of sales. HARDA Fashion uses unsophisticated cash registered with four-parts sales invoice to record each financial transaction. These sales invoices for the sales transaction irrespective of the payment type.

The record-keeping starts with the sales assistant on the sales floor. The sales assistant fills the sales invoices manually by providing the following information:

  1. Records his or her employee number.
  2. Enters the transaction details including clothes item number, description, quantity, and the unit price.
  3. Totals the sales invoice.
  4. Calculates the discounts manually when appropriate.
  5. Calculates the sales tax.
  6. Finalise the sales invoice after calculating the grand total.

The sales assistant then forwards the sale invoice to the cashier and keeps one copy in the sales book.

The cashier reviews this sales invoice and enters in the cash register. The cash register mechanically validates the invoice, automatically assigning a consecutive number to the transaction. The cashier is also responsible for getting credit approval on charge sales and approving sales paid by cheque. The cashier gives (1) one copy of the invoice to the customer,

  1. retains the second copy as a store copy, and (3) the third for a bankcard, if a deposit is needed. Returns are handled in exactly the reverse manner, with the cashier issuing a return slip.

At the end of each day, the cashier sequentially orders the sales invoices and takes cash register totals for cash, bankcard, cheque sales, and cash and credit card return. These totals are reconciled by the assistant manager to the cash register tapes, the total of the consecutively numbered sales invoices, and the return slips. The assistant manager prepares a daily reconciliation report for the store manager’s review.

The manager reviews cash, cheque, and credit card sales and then prepares the daily bank deposit (credit card sales invoices are included in the deposit). The manager makes the deposit at the bank and files the validated deposit slip.

The cash register tapes, sales invoices, and return slips are forwarded daily to the central data processing department at corporate headquarters for processing. The data processing department returns a weekly sales and commission activity report to the manager for review.

Required

Prepare a report to Chief Executive Officer of HARDA Fashion to evaluate its processes, risks, and internal controls for its revenue cycle. In your report, you need to include the following items:

  1. Identify six strengths in HARDA’s system for controlling sales transactions.
  2. For each strength identified, explain what problem(s) HARDA Fashion has avoided by incorporating the strengths in the system for controlling sales transactions.
  3. Identify two situational pressures in a company like HARDA Fashion that would increase the likelihood of fraud.
  4. Explain why some companies would choose to install a distributed computer system rather than a centralised one.

Assignment Structure

The report should include the following components:

  • Assignment Cover Page clearly stating your name and student number.
  • A table of contents.
  • Executive summary.
  • The introduction.
  • Body of the report with sections to answer the above issues and with appropriate section headings.
  • Conclusion and recommendations.
  • List of references.

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