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ERIC Number: ED317174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of New Technology on Accounting Education.
Shaoul, Jean
The introduction of computers in the Department of Accounting and Finance at Manchester University is described. General background outlining the increasing need for microcomputers in the accounting curriculum (including financial modelling tools and decision support systems such as linear programming, statistical packages, and simulation) is followed by a description of the process by which information was gathered on the use of microcomputer application packages by the accounting profession and industry in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The educational implications of microcomputer use are then addressed, including: (1) the need for training students in their use; (2) effects on the social process of learning and on the complexity of case study material that can be employed; (3) effects on the organization and scheduling of classes; and (4) effects of word processing on students' writing skills. The applications of microcomputers in the curriculum are outlined. It is noted that finance, management, and financial accounting were the most appropriate subject areas for microcomputer applications and that spreadsheets and database management systems were the most obvious software packages. Plans for future development of computer applications are described. Two appendixes provide data on the use of microcomputers in the accounting profession. (3 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States