ACCTING 7009 - Auditing & Assurance Services (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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 2
    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
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Saj

    Course Timetable

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

  • 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required 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 ( CPA Australia) (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand) ( Auditing and Assurance Standards Board) (Financial Reporting Council) (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
    Weekly lecture and tutorial outlines (which, include tutorial questions)
    Lecture exercises
    Assessment information
    Links to useful websites
    Model answers to weekly questions
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The prime delivery mode is through one lecture and one tutorial per week. Lectures are of one hour fifty minutes duration. Lectures are recorded, and are posted on Canvas.

    Tutorial classes of fifty minutes duration and commence in week two. Tutorials are an essential component of this course. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the Lecturer-in-Charge, but should be aware that such a request may not be approved. Students are strongly advised to attend all tutorials.

    Students are expected to come to tutorials well prepared to discuss a set of Tutorial Questions that are provided in the weekly Lecture and Tutroial Outline. 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.

    Answers to Tutorial Questions will be provided at the end of each teaching week through MyUni. Answers to Tutorial Questions are not marked.

    Each week students are also required to complete six Weekly Questions, which are also provided in the weekly Lecture and Tutorial Outline

    Answers to the Weekly Questions from weeks 3 to 10 will be marked and the marks will be counted towards the overall mark for the semester. (Please see the information on assessment below).

    Model answers and the marking guide for the Weekly Questions questions will be posted to MyUni at the end of the week.

    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. 

    The following topics are covered in this course. For a more detailed outline of what is covered each week, please see the document titled, "Overview of Topics", which can be found under "Lecture and Tutorial Outlines" on the MyUni site for this course.

    Week 1: Introduction to assurance and auditing; an overview of the auditing process.

    Week 2: Understanding the role of management in the preparation of financial reports. Fundamental audit concepts.

    Week 3: Fundamental audit concepts.

    Week 4: Fundamental audit concepts.

    Week 5: Fundamental audit concepts.

    Week 6: Client acceptance. Planning the audit: knowledge of the business and evaluating business risk.

    Week 7: Planning the audit: Assessing specific business risks and materiality; and Understanding and assessing internal control.

    Week 8: Tests of controls, and substantive tests.

    Week 9: Completing the Audit. The Auditor’s reporting obligations.

    Week 10: The professional and regulatory environment: Ethics.

    Week 11: The professional and regulatory environment: Legal issues affecting auditors.

    Week 12: Contemporary Issues in Auditing.

    Revision Lecture

  • 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

    ITEM                                                                                    Due Date                                                        Weighting  Learning Outcomes
    Weekly Questions from weeks 3,4,5  and 6 The following Monday at 9.00am 10% 1
    Weekly Questions from weeks 7,8,9 and 10 The following Monday at 9.00am 10% 1
    Assignment Tuesday Week 9 at 9.00am 20% 1,2,3,4 and 6
    Online Exam Exam Period 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Assessment Detail
    Explanation of each assessable item is as follows:

    Weekly Questions from Weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6: 10%
    Each week, students are required to answer six questions from the Lecture and Tutorial Outline for the week. From weeks 3 to 6, answers to the Weekly Questions are to be submitted through the Quizzes function of MyUni by 9.00am on the following Monday. For example, answers to the six Weekly Questions from the Lecture and Tutorial Outline for Week 3 (week beginning Monday August 10th) are due at 9.00 am on the Monday of Week 4. Answers to the questions for each week will be marked out of 10. The marks for weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be averaged to yield a mark out of 10 that will be included in the overall marks for the course.

    Model answers and the marking guide for each week's questions will be posted to MyUni at the end of the week.

    Weekly Questions from Weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10: 10%
    From weeks 7 to 10, answers to the Weekly Questions are to be submitted through the Quizzes function of MyUni by 9.00am on the following Monday*. Answers to the questions for each week will be marked out of 10. The marks for weeks 7,8,9 and 10 will be averaged to yield a mark out of 10 that will be included in the overall marks for the course.

    Model answers and the marking guide for each week's questions will be posted to MyUni at the end of the week.

    * There is a Public Holiday on Monday October 5th. For that week, the answers to the Weekly Questions will be due at 9.00am on Tuesday Week 9.

    Assignment: 20% . The assignment requirements will be available in Week 1.

    Final Exam 60%
    A 3-hour exam will be held during the semester 2 exam period. The exam is open book.

    To pass this course, students must achieve an overall grade of 50% and also achieve at least 50% in the final exam. Students who fail to meet both criteria will be awarded a mark of no more than 49.

    None of the assessment in this course is redeemable. Failure to complete any assessment item in accordance with the requirements will result in forfeiture of the marks allocated to that assessment item.

    Extensions to the due date for assessable items will only be given in exceptional circumstances.
    Answers to weekly questions are to be submitted through the Quizzes Function on MyUni

    The assignment is to be submitted through turnitin
    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 ( 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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