Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Managing Business Processes with SAP

Course summary

Course code: COMP1708
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Accounting and Finance
Course Coordinator(s): Gerhard Kristandl


Pre and co requisites

ACCO1124, COMP1236


The aim of this course it to learn, understand and apply knowledge of information systems and tools within the management accounting field, with a focus on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software from SAP. Students will learn how to navigate in an ERP system; they will theoretically and practically learn to apply knowledge in Sales & Distribution (SD) processes, Materials Management (MM) processes, and their links to Financial (FI) and Management Accounting (CO) processes in theory and practice. Students will gain benefit from the University of Greenwich’s membership to the SAP University Alliance Program, including live access to a pre-configured dataset of fictional company Global Bike Inc. (GBI).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Critically review and understand ERP SAP system fundamentals, infrastructure and functionality

2. Critically evaluate the integrative nature of ERP systems and its importance to the work of accountants

3. Consolidate and extend theoretical knowledge about processes in and links between the following areas:
• Sales & Distribution (SD)
• Materials Management (MM)
• Production Planning (PP)
• Financial Accounting (FI)
• Management Accounting (Controlling, CO)

4. Exercise judgement about the application of business decision support systems

Indicative content

1. Introduction to ERP systems, fundamentals, functionality; 2. Navigation in SAP: easy access menu, design, help functions, favourites, transaction codes and search, user profile; 3. Sales and Distribution processes: functionality, structure, master data, sales order process; 4. Materials Management: functionality, structure, procure-to-pay process; 5. Production Planning: functionality, structure, production planning and execution cycle; 6. Financial Accounting: customer accounts, vendor accounts, FI processes, reporting, audit trails; 7. Management Accounting/Controlling: costing, allocation, distribution, assessment, link to other SAP modules.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will use 2-hour IT lab sessions to introduce students to the areas outlined above. These lab sessions will include both lecture-type teaching, guided learning, and direct application of concepts learned on university computers and access to SAP.


Portfolio - 100%
The portfolio will consist of homework where students will be perform tasks in SAP between sessions (40% of portfolio), an in-class test (40%) where students are confronted with a series of business transactions to be applied in the system, and two in-class multiple choice quizzes to test the theoretical knowledge about the concepts taught in class (20%).
Pass mark - 40%