The Diploma in Computer Based Accounting is a Diploma Program of one year duration. The program is conducted over two semesters encompassing eight courses of study (course units) and a mini project on accounting software development.
During the first semester, students are required to take four course units (45 hours each) and during the second semester, four more course units (2 nos. of 60 hours each and 2 nos. of 45 hours each). The study sessions will include practical works as well. This will be followed by a mini project on accounting software development for duration of three months.
In order to be qualified for the diploma, participants are required to obtain a pass for each of the course units and for the mini project on accounting software development. Successful participants will be awarded the Diploma in Computer Based Accounting.
Information Technology (IT) is imperative to the success of any organization in the current dynamic and competitive business environment. In conjunction with the development of IT, Accounting has also expanded its scope and horizons. It is evident that in order to be successful in a career in Accounting one should be adequately exposed to IT in general and Computer Based Applications in accounting in particular.
Subjects offered in this program are designed to provide participants with adequate knowledge and skills in the applications of Accounting and Finance in a computerized environment. Thus, it is aimed to enable participants enhance their careers in the Accounting profession by acquiring the newest knowledge and skills in relation to Computer Based Accounting.
The Program of study will:
- Provide an opportunity to school leavers (after successful completion of their advanced level examination) to enter a career in the field of IT based Accounting;
- Provide participants with hands-on experience in computer applications in Accounting with a view to enhance their effectiveness at work;
- Facilitate participants to make good use of available accounting resources in the work environment; and
- Generate funds required for sustainability of activities that has been started under the IRQUE project, aimed at enhancement of quality of undergraduate level education.
Those who seek a career in or are already engaged in Accounting/ Finance related functions in private/ public sector organizations.
The Emerging Opportunities
At present it is difficult to find an organization which does not depend on a computerized environment in accomplishing organizational tasks. With the advent of computer applications the Accounting functions and processes have been appreciably simplified. Therefore, those who in addition to the theoretical knowledge of accounting possess proficiency in computer based accounting will have a distinct competitive edge in the current job market conditions.
Dr. W.G.S. Kelum
Department of Accounting
Mr. U. S. U. K. Rodrigo
Program Co- Coordinator
Department of Accounting