SOS: Accounting Information Systems and Cybersecurity Control Environment for Team Entrepreneurs

Fall 2019
Class Size: 15
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Dion Gouws square
strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting

This SOS is designed for the team entrepreneurs who have gone through the process of formulating a business model and strategy in the Evergreen Changemaker Lab. The majority of learning in this program will happen online .  The electronic texts for the course provide access to online resources.  Students will be responsible for attending a limited number of face-to-face classes on the Olympia campus.

Half of this SOS will be devoted to cyber security from a systems perspective and the other half to accounting data collection, controls, decision making and reporting.  The SOS will provide a learning environment in which students can acquire the tools necessary to be able to make predictions about financial expectations, to record and report on data gathered electronically and to understand the meaning of the control environment in order to establish adequate financial reporting controls. The team training learning methodology of the Evergreen MTA Changemaker Lab will be applied in this SOS. Team Entrepreneurs will form a training team to learn together and will receive coaching.

This SOS program will cover data collection and presentation in the accounting cycle with emphasis on inventories, cash, receivables, property, plant and equipment, investments, liabilities and stockholders equity. Team learners will gain an understanding of the use of and estimation of this data for purposes of budgeting, costing, variance analysis, cash flow analysis, cost volume profit analysis and business decision making.

To gain an understanding of the concept of and the importance of adequate controls a focus on the Cyber Security Control Environment will provide students with something familiar and relevant to relate to in order to gain an understanding of the essence of an effective financial reporting control environment.  News of large-scale cybersecurity threats and cyberattacks dominate the headlines in today’s Information Age; hackers exploiting vulnerabilities of a health care provider, foreign influence in elections, and new forms of ransomware underscore the importance of preparing for these types of emerging threats when launching new ventures. Cyber risk management has become a fundamental component of business operations. Understanding and mitigating risk is a topic that affects all of us in everyday life, and has become an essential skill for organizational leaders and entrepreneurs.

This SOS has variable credit options. Students only doing the financial and managerial accounting option may register for 8 credits. Students wishing to focus their studies on the internal control environment must select the 16 hour option which will cover the accounting as well as the cyber security control, governance and management environment. A 12 hour option is available for students not wishing to pursue the managerial component.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Business, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Computer Science


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 

Successful Completion of the Changemaker Lab Program. 

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 50 - 74% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 15

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 1:00 pm
SEM 2 C4107 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia