Undergraduate students with little work experience have difficulty beginning to learn managerial accounting and information systems concepts. These students have little frame of reference to determine specific information needs for managerial decisions. One way to attempt to bridge this gap between conceptual information requirements and real world business processes is to design assignments that take advantage of experiences common to many students, for example, searching for an apartment or a place to live. Students’ prior experiences should aid learning about the conceptual task of defining information needs. With this in mind, we ask students to define the information requirements for deciding on an apartment. This is an introductory exercise that can be used in either an accounting information systems (AIS) course focused on defining information requirements or in a managerial accounting course focused on information requirements for decision making.

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Delwyn D. DeVries, Assistant Professor, Belmont University
Tanya Lee, Assistant Professor, Robert Morris University
Read The Apartment Hunt: A Short Case to Bridge the Gap between Students Lack of Business Experience and Learning to Define Information Requirements in Accounting Information Systems or Managerial Accounting Courses.