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Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts and practice of auditing, the way the profession has developed and the way the profession is meeting current business and social needs. In addition, the use of statistical techniques and EDP systems in auditing will be reviewed.

Unit content

This unit comprises an introduction and four modules, and is based on a 120-hour workload for the student. The list below shows in brackets, the recommended number of weeks for the Introduction and each module as well as content for each module:

Introduction and perception (1 week).

Module 1: Overview, client acceptance and evidence (3 weeks):

  • Overview
  • Ethics, legal liability & client acceptance
  • Evidence & workpapers

Module 2: Planning and sampling (3 weeks):

  • Understanding the client (what to look out for)
  • Assessing audit risk & materiality (using what you find)
  • Types of procedures & sampling

Module 3: Execution, controls and substantive strategy (4 weeks):

  • Understanding (the design of) internal controls
  • Testing internal controls operate effectively
  • Significance of substantive procedures
  • Testing transactions & balances

Module 4: Concluding and reporting (1 week):

  • Completing the audit, documentation & reporting the audit opinion

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the meaning and nature of auditing and assurance servicesKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
2identify and apply key auditing standards, ethical and quality control requirements for audit and assurance engagementsIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3analyse and evaluate the significance of materiality and risk to the steps in the audit process for gathering evidenceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
4discuss the importance of internal controls and computers to the audit processKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5identify and apply various audit sampling methodsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6apply and evaluate the use of different types of audit opinions on financial reports.Intellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the meaning and nature of auditing and assurance services
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. identify and apply key auditing standards, ethical and quality control requirements for audit and assurance engagements
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. analyse and evaluate the significance of materiality and risk to the steps in the audit process for gathering evidence
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. discuss the importance of internal controls and computers to the audit process
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. identify and apply various audit sampling methods
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. apply and evaluate the use of different types of audit opinions on financial reports.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • This Handbook contains the Australian Auditing Standards referred to throughout the unit. Students are encouraged to make use of the most recent edition of the Handbook due to the evolving nature of auditing standards. Just be aware that if you are accessing pdf version of individual standards from AUASB website (they are free) then make sure to download them as required.: CAANZ, 2020, Auditing, Assurance and Ethics Handbook 2020, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Milton, Queensland. ISBN: 9780730384229.
  • This text is integral to your learning & final examination with at least 50% of activities being derived from the case study. Available from the Co-op Bookshop: Trussel, J & Frazer, JD, 2012, The Lakeside Company: Case Studies in Auditing, 12th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN: 13-9780132567251.
  • This text is referred to and used throughout the unit. The e-text is strongly recommended though a much more expensive printed version is available. PLEASE NOTE the link to the publisher website for purchase: http://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/auditing-a-practical-approach-3rd-edition/: Moroney, R, Campbell, F & Hamilton, J, 2017, Auditing: A Practical Approach, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Milton, Queensland. ISBN: 978-0-7303-2649-6.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board5%
Discussion board/wiki25%
Discussion board/wiki20%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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