ACCTING 7009 - Auditing & Assurance Services (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The course examines the principles and practices of internal and external auditing. Topics: auditing as a component of recurrent and strategic activities, risk assessment, internal control, systems evaluation, forensic accountability, and contemporary audit issues and challenges.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 7009
    Course Auditing & Assurance Services (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ACCTING 7020
    Course Description The course examines the principles and practices of internal and external auditing. Topics: auditing as a component of recurrent and strategic activities, risk assessment, internal control, systems evaluation, forensic accountability, and contemporary audit issues and challenges.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Kelly Hamlyn

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Tutorials commence in the second week of lectures.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the role of management in the preparation of financial reports.
    2. Apply fundamental audit concepts.
    3. Identify and evaluate material business risks in accordance with Auditing Standards.
    4. Identify and test internal control procedures.
    5. Identify research on significant auditing issues and current developments in auditing theory and practice.
    6. Explain the role of auditing in society.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2,3,4,5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1,2,3,5,6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2,3,5,6

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    3,4

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1,3,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is one prescribed book for this subject:

    Title: Auditing and Assurance Services in Australia (Seventh Edition).
    Authors: Gay G. and Simnett R.
    Date of Publication: 2018
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill



    Recommended Resources
    Other resources in the Barr Smith Library

    Australian Financial Review

    Business Review Weekly

    Acuity (Journal of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand)

    In The Black (Journal of CPA Australia)

    The business sections of daily newspapers


    Web sites

    www.cpaaustralia.com.au ( CPA Australia)

    https://www.charteredaccountantsanz.com/ (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand)

    www.auasb.gov.au ( Auditing and Assurance Standards Board)

    www.frc.gov.au (Financial Reporting Council)

    www.asic.gov.au (Australian Securities and Investments Commission)
    Online Learning
    Online Learning
    This course uses Canvas extensively. The following material will be posted prior to and during the semester:
    Echo 360 recordings of lectures
    Handouts of lecture slides
    Tutorial questions
    Readings
    Assessment information
    Links to useful websites
    Announcements
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The prime delivery mode is through weekly lectures and tutorials. Lectures are up to one hour and fifty minutes total duration. Lectures are recorded

    Tutorial classes of one hour duration commence in the second week of the semester. Tutorials are an important component of this course. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. 

    The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School, and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that for this course students are expected to commit approximately nine hours of private study, that is, study outside classes. Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials through the term.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following topics are covered in this course. 

    Introduction and overview

    Ethics, Independence and Quality

    Financial Statement Auditing

    Client Evaluation and Audit Planning

    Audit Risk Assessment

    Materiality and Audit Evidence

    Tests of Controls

    Substantive Procedures and Sampling

    Auditing Transactions and Balances

    Completing the Audit

    The Auditor's Report

    The Auditor's Legal Liability

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Weekly Quizzes Individual

    Weeks 3-12

    20% 1,2,3,4,6
    Ethics Assignment Individual Week 4 15% 2,3,5,6
    Less Complex Entities Research Essay Individual or Group End of mid-semester break 15% 2,3,5,6
    Final Exam Individual Exam Period 50% 1,2,3,4,6

    Please Note:To pass this course, students must achieve a mark of 50% in the exam and 50% overall.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    As well as obtaining an overall pass grade of 50%, you are required to achieve a mark of 50% or more on the final exam to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Weekly Quizzes

    The quizzes commence in Week 3.  They will consist of short answer style and multiple choice questions.  Questions can come from any of the material covered to that point in the course.

    Ethics Assignment

    This assignment consists of answering a number of questions related to materials provided and your own research.  The assignment is to be completed individually.

    Less Complex Entities Assignment

    This assignment consists of answering a number of questions related to the Auditing and Assurance Standards Boards work on Less Complex Entities.  This assignment can be completed individually or in groups of up to four students.

    Final exam

    This exam will cover the whole course, accept for Ethics. It will comprise a range of different types of questions.  The exam will be three hours. You need to obtain at least 50% on this exam to pass the course.



    Submission
    The weekly quizzes commence from Week 3, and go to Week 12, with 10 quizzes in total.  The quiz is due by Sunday 5pm ACST in each week.

    The Ethics Assignment is due on the Friday of Week 4, at 5pm ACST.

    The Less Comples Entities Assignment is due the Friday of the second week of the Mid Semester Break, at 5pm ACST

    The final exam will be completed in the scheduled examination period.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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