You are here:

Integrating Information Technology into an Accounting Communication Class

Business Communication Quarterly Volume 70, Number 3, ISSN 1080-5699


In the accounting communication class, which includes both writing and making presentations, the article-based memo has always been the first assignment, in which students learn business formats and writing style, use of headings, audience analysis, and adapting material for different audiences. As part of a large project to revise the accounting curriculum beginning in June 2006, the topic of the article-based memo in the fall of 2006 was limited to a series of systems topics that would eventually be added to the accounting curriculum. In this way students would receive early exposure to the topics that are important to large accounting firms who hire the students. This article describes the results of the assignment change, which showed that students had more difficulty writing about technology, especially new and somewhat untried technology, than they had in the past writing about accounting and business issues. Although this is a good sign about the topics being needed in the accounting curriculum, it did not make for a successful writing assignment, as the original intent of the assignments was to show how a topic could be written up differently for different audiences. Students also had more difficulty presenting with few notes as the material was very new to them and in some cases quite difficult to explain to an audience. Knowledge of systems and technologies used by accounting firms increased, but the quality of the writing suffered. (Contains 1 table.)


Vik, G.N. (2007). Integrating Information Technology into an Accounting Communication Class. Business Communication Quarterly, 70(3), 324-327. Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 19, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.