Winter Semester 2003



IMSE 5275

Managerial Accounting Software Application


Description (from Graduate Announcement 2000-2002, page 120):  This course applies concepts and techniques of marketing management on business and engineering systems case studies.  Specifications for some of these systems will be developed utilizing ERP software such as SAP R/3 application development software.



1.      Lay firm groundwork in basic marketing-management concepts and terminology.

2.      Introduce the SAP R/3 ERP software.

3.      Achieve familiarity with the Financial Accounting (“FI”) module of SAP R/3.

4.      Achieve familiarity with the Controlling (“CO”) module of SAP R/3.

5.      Become acquainted with the other two Financials modules of SAP R/3, Asset Management (“AM”) and Project Systems (“PS”)

6.      Gain hands-on computer-laboratory experience in the use of these modules.


Required texts:

Brinkmann, Sandra, and Axel Zeilinger.  2000.  SAP R/3 Financial Accounting.  Harlow, United Kingdom:  Pearson Education Limited.

Schicht, Gabriele, and Andrea Schmieden.  2001.  Flying Start with SAP R/3:  A Guide to Get You Up and Running.  Harlow, United Kingdon:  Pearson Education Limited.


Recommended texts:

Larocca, Danielle.  1999.  Sams Teach Yourself SAP R/3 in 24 Hours.  Indianapolis, Indiana:  Sams Publishing.

Nowak, David, and Quentin Hurst.  2000.  Configuring SAP R/3 FI/CO:  The Essential Resource for Configuring the Financial and Controlling Modules.  Alameda, California:  Sybex, Incorporated.


References (alphabetically by first or only author)


Bancroft, Nancy H., Henning Seip, and Andrea Sprengel.  1998.  Implementing SAP R/3:  How to Introduce a Large System into a Large Organization, 2nd edition.  Greenwich, Connecticut:  Manning Publications Company.

Buck-Emden, Rüdiger.  2000.  The SAP R/3 System:  An Introduction to ERP and Business Software Technology.  Harlow, England:  Addison-Wesley, an imprint of Pearson Education Limited.

Curran, Thomas A., and Andrew Ladd.  2000.  SAP R/3 Business Blueprint:  Understanding Enterprise Supply Chain Management, 2nd edition.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall Incorporated.

O’Leary, Daniel E.  2000.  Enterprise Resource Planning Systems:  Systems, Life Cycle, Electronic Commerce, and Risk.  Cambridge, United Kingdom:  Cambridge University Press.


Course Outline:

1.      Financial groundwork of basic terminology and concepts

2.      Introduction of SAP R/3 (“hands-on”)

3.      The SAP R/3 “FI” module (“hands-on”), including functionality such as:

i)        General Ledger Accounting (“GL”)

ii)       Accounts Payable (“AP”)

iii)     Accounts Receivable (“AR”)

iv)     Asset Accounting

v)      Funds Management

vi)     Special Purpose Ledger

vii)   Travel Management

viii)  Legal Considerations (“LC”)

4.      The SAP R/3 “CO” module (“hands-on), including functionality such as:

i)        Cost Center Accounting (“CCA”)

ii)       Product Cost Controlling (“PC”)

iii)     Activity-Based Costing (“ABC”)

5.      Overview and recapitulation


Grading Administration:

            Laboratory and homework assignments             30%

            Midterm (26 February)                                     35%

            Final examination (23 April)                              35%


Statement from Office of the Provost on academic ethics.  Specifically, this class runs under the honor code governing all College of Engineering classes.


Internet Resources:


If you have not already done so pertinent to a previous course, enroll as a student at the web site  Then enroll as a student in this course using password “IMSE5275”.  I urgently recommend vigorous participation in the course via this web site resource.


The university’s Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology laboratory page:

provides very helpful manuals and on-line tutorials.


The web site provides useful introductory information on ERP.


The SAP R/3 “commercial headquarters” web page is:  A university-correlated, related page is at


The site provides overview of SAP business objects.


The site provides access to a wide variety of “white papers” on SAP usage.