The Master of Accountancy program at the University of Tennessee has made great efforts to integrate technology into the curriculum to provide the students with experience in using the tools used by the profession. As such, each student is required to purchase a laptop that meets the minimum requirements listed at the bottom of this page. An examination of how each of the concentrations use technology resoucres may be found below.
For today’s auditor, the ability to use technology is as important as understanding accounting and auditing methodology. In the assurance concentration, students use Excel to perform financial statement and other analyses and to document audit findings, ACL (Audit Command Language)—a generalized audit software—to audit data, MS Access to perform advanced database projects, and Oracle to gain greater appreciation for sophisticated databases. Students also use the Internet and auditing/accounting standards databases for researching topics, PowerPoint and Word for creating presentations and writing reports, and Blackboard for course management and materials. Students use their laptops in various classes to take notes, work in-class exercises, and participate in in-class surveys. Finally, students use a variety of computer applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for course projects. Using technology is an integral component of the assurance concentration.
Technology is essential to effective tax consulting and is emphasized in the tax concentration in several ways. First, students have access to Internet tax research databases that contain statutes, regulations, court cases, and other authoritative material. These databases also contain expert commentary on tax questions and have powerful search engines to lead the researcher to relevant tax authorities. The two databases available are RIA Checkpoint and the CCH IntelliConnect. Students learn to use these databases in Acc 530 but use them throughout the tax curriculum. Second, students use their laptop computers in various classes to take notes, work in-class exercises, and perform online tax research while in class. Finally, students use a variety of computer applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for course projects and Blackboard for course management and materials. Thus, technology is an integral component of the tax concentration.
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