Accounting data analytics exposes MAcc students to the role of big data in accounting and the information technology tools and techniques used by accountants and auditors to produce more timely and accurate reports. Topics include advanced excel, data modeling, statistical sampling and cluster analysis, business intelligence, and XBRL generation and analysis. The course covers data analytics covering four major themes: financial reporting, performance evaluation, audit analytics, and tax. Each theme includes handson instruction using commercial and open source software and requires students to complete a related data analysis project. Accounting data analytics is different from other database and information systems courses in that it shows students how to use specific tools to complete projects and develop an analytical mindset with a specific focus on accounting and auditing processes.
This is primarily a project-based course. The students complete three projects, showing their mastery of the tools, decisions, and the steps they followed to reach their conclusions. The final project evaluates general understanding of the concepts discussed throughout the semester and communication of complex ideas.
Prerequisite(s): BUSACC 1236 Accounting Information Systems
Special considerations: Course is primarily reserved for MS in Accounting students and therefore has limited MBA seating.