What does the ACCA CERTDIF syllabus cover

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What does the ACCA CERTDIF syllabus cover

ACCA's CERTDIF is a leap into the future for finance professionals. Its a easy integration to Finance into the new world of emerging technologies like AI, Machine learning, Robotics etc.

So what is the syllabus of ACCA CERTDIF

The certificate is divided into 20 units, each lasting around one hour. The certificate structure includes learning materials, sharing experiences, and reflection through notes.

The syllabus is divided in four sections namely

  • Here and Now
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Future Disruption
  • Digital Transformation

The detailed topic wise of the syllabus is as under

 Introduction and overview

  • Overview
  • Pre-earning confidence questionnaire
  •  Background reading
  • The digital accountant: digital skills in a transformed world
  • The race for relevance: technology opportunities for the finance function
  •  My notes

1.Here and Now 

a.Big Data  
Big data characteristics
    Quiz: Big data
    Technology components
     The value of big data
    Big data types
     My notes

    b.Data analysis

    Different types of data analysis
      Quiz: Further analysis
      Discussion: self-analysis
       My notes

      c.Data Science  

      What is data science?
        Data scientists
        Algorithms
         Activity: Discovering technologies
        Activity: Deploying algorithms
         My notes

        d.Analytic Tools 

        Different analytic tools
          Quiz: The right tool for the job
          Discussion: Your toolbox
           My notes

          2. Emerging Technologies 

          a.Machine learning 

          The history of machine learning
            The process of machine learning 
            Algorithmic bias
            Applications of machine learning
            Quiz: You against the machine
             My notes

            b.Robotic Process automation 

            Robotic process automation in finance
              The robots are coming
              Robotic process automation in the finance function of the future
              Robotic process automation: the future of technology in financial services
              Discussion: the robots are here!
               My notes 

              c.Artificial intelligence& intelligence augmentation 

              Artificial intelligence
                AI in accounting
                Intelligence augmentation
                Discussion: the benefits of AI
                Discussion: you and AI
                 My notes

                 d.Data preparation, transformation, and infrastructure 

                Data types
                  Common issues
                  Tools for preparing data
                   My notes

                  e.Data Visualisation

                  What is data visualisation and why should I care?
                    How do I visualise data?
                    Discussion: data through your eyes
                     My notes

                    3. Future Disruptors 

                    a.Blockchain technology 
                    What is blockchain?
                      Cryptocurrencies
                      Applications of blockchain for accountants
                      Quiz: blockchain brain? 
                      b.Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
                      The history of bitcoin
                        What is bitcoin, and how does it work?
                        Beyond currency
                        Quiz: money matters
                        c.Deep learning
                        What is deep learning?
                          Deep learning algorithms
                          Deep learning in accounting
                           My notes

                          d.Embedded & self-serve analytics 

                          Why embed?

                            Examples: NFL and The Beatles

                            Where to embed?

                            Embedded analytics in accounting

                            4. Digital Transformation 

                            a.Digital transformation: the role of finance 

                            Video: digital transformation Q&A

                              Digital technology in accounting

                              Video: digitising finance departments

                              My notes

                              b.Roles and responsibilities 

                              Identifying opportunities and setting a strategy

                                Video: Opportunities and strategies

                                Creating the right culture

                                My notes

                                c.Managing digital change 

                                Driving innovation 

                                  Identifying risk

                                  Achieving digital changes

                                  Video: managing digital change Q&A

                                  d.Digitizing internal processes

                                  Digitising administrative processes

                                    Lean manufacturing

                                    Video: digitising internal processes Q&A

                                    Spare a thought for the humans

                                    e.Digitising products and services 

                                    Digitally enhancing products and services

                                      Common risks of digitising products and service

                                      Skills, credibility and infrastructure

                                      Examples: using data

                                      The course ends with an emphasis on the digital revolution, where do you fit in.

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