Sunday, 5 January 2014

CA Inter Information Technology New Syllabus

CA Intermediate (IPC -Integrated Professional Competence ) Information Technology New Syllabus:

  • Revised course content for Information technology subject for IPC (CA Inter) and applicable from November 2014 Examination on-wards. 
  • Section A in CA Inter group 2 : Information Technology (50 Marks only) 
  • Level of Knowledge: Working Knowledge 
  • Objective of IT subject in CA Inter : To develop understanding of Information Technology as a key enabler and facilitator of implementing Information Systems in enterprises and their impact on business processes and controls.

Course Contents: 

Chapter 1: Business Process Management & IT :

Introduction to various Business processes – Accounting, Finances, Sale, Purchase etc., 
Business Process Automation – Benefits & Risks, Approach to mapping systems : Entity 
Diagrams, Data Flow Diagrams, Systems Flow diagrams, Decision trees/tables, Accounting 
systems vs. Value chain automation, Information as a business asset, Impact of IT on business 
processes, Business Risks of failure of IT, Business Process Re-engineering 

Chapter 2: Information Systems and IT Fundamentals 

Understand importance of IT in business and relevance to Audit with case studies, Understand 
working of computers and networks in business process automation from business information 
perspective, Concepts of Computing (Definition provided by ACM/IEEE and overview of 
related terminologies), Overview of IS Layers – Applications, DBMS, systems software, 
hardware, networks & links and people, Overview of Information Systems life cycle and key 
phases, Computing Technologies & Hardware – Servers, end points, popular computing 
architectures, emerging computing architectures & delivery models – example: SaaS, Cloud 
Computing, Mobile computing, etc., Example: Overview of latest devices/technologies – i5, 
Bluetooth, Tablet, Wi-Fi, Android, Touchpad, iPad, iPod, Laptop, Notebook, Smartphone, 
Ultra- Mobile PC etc.) 

Chapter 3: Telecommunication and Networks 

Fundamentals of telecommunication, Components and functions of Telecommunication 
Systems, Data networks – types of architecture, LAN, WAN, Wireless, private and public 
networks etc., Overview of computing architectures – centralised, de-centralised, 
mainframe, client-server, thin-thick client etc., Network Fundamentals – Components, 
Standards and protocols, Network risks & controls – VPN, Encryption, Secure protocols, 
Network administration and management – concepts and issues, How information systems are 
facilitated through telecommunications, How Internet works, Internet architecture, key 
concepts, risks and controls, e-Commerce and M-commerce technologies 

Chapter 4: Business Information Systems 

Information Systems and their role in businesses, IT as a business enabler & driver – ERP, Core 
Banking System, CRM, SCM, HRMS, Payment Mechanisms, The relationship between 
organisations, information systems and business processes, Accounting Information Systems 
and linkages to Operational systems, Business Reporting, MIS & IT, Organisation Roles & 
responsibilities and table or authorities, importance of access controls, privilege controls, 
Specialised systems - MIS, DSS, Business Intelligence, Expert Systems, Artificial Intelligence, 
Knowledge Management systems etc. 

Chapter 5: Business process automation through Application software 

Business Applications – overview and types, Business Process Automation, relevant controls 
and information systems, Information Processing & Delivery channels and their role in 
Information Systems, Key types of Application Controls and their need, Emerging concepts – 
Virtualisation, Grid Computing, Cloud delivery model

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