ACCTING 3502 - Auditing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ACCTING 3502 Course Auditing Coordinating Unit Accounting Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ACCTING 2501 Assumed Knowledge 48 units of Program attempted and passed Course Description Audit comprises a fundamental component of the recurrent and strategic activities of nearly all professional occupations. While a small group of jobs focus exclusively on internal and external audit tasks, the majority of commerce graduates will utilise the principles and practices of risk assessment, internal control, systems evaluation and forensic accountability in their professional lives. This course thus aims to provide an introduction to the principles and practices of auditing. In this context, it will also outline and critically examine contemporary audit issues and challenges.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jin Ma
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Tutorials commence in the second week of lectures.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Articulate knowledge of fundamental audit concepts. 2 Apply critical thinking skills and solve auditing problems through the use of case studies. 3 Demonstrate the use of Auditing, Assurance Standards and the Code of Ethics for professional Accountants. 4 Explain the legal framework under which Australian company audits are conducted and apply the professions code of conduct. 5 Demonstrate the ability to undertake research on significant auditing issues and to keep up-to-date with developments in auditing theory and practice. 6 Outline 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
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.
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
Students may find the following sources helpful in attempting to master the course material. All books listed below can be borrowed from the library.
Title: Audit and Assurance (First Edition).
Authors:Leung, P., Coram, P., Cooper, B.J. and Richardson, P.
Date of Publication: 2019.
Title: Auditing and Assurance Services A systematic Approach (4th Edition)
Authors: W F Messier Jr, S M Glover, and D F Prawitt 2006.
McGraw Hill Irwin
Understanding the New Auditing Standards Related to Risk Assessment
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2006.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
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
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)
www.apesb.org.au (Accounting professional and Ethical Standards Board)
Online LearningThis 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
- Assessment information
- Marks for in-course assessments
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe prime delivery mode is through one lecture and one tutorial per week. Lectures are of two hours duration.
Tutorial classes of one hour commence in Week 2. Tutorials are an important component of this course. Students are strongly advised to attend all tutorials.
Students are required to complete the assigned tutorial questions each week and be prepared to discuss questions in the tutorials. Solutions to questions will be provided.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.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
Topic 1 Introduction and Overview Topic 2 Ethics, Independence and Quality/Financial Statement Auditing Topic 3 Client Evaluation and Audit Planning Topic 4 Audit Risk Assessment Topic 5 Materiality and Audit Evidence Topic 6 Tests of Controls Topic 7 Substantive Procedures and Sampling Topic 8 Completing the Audit Topic 9 The Auditor's Report Topic 10 The Auditor's Legal Liability Topic 11 Contemporary Audit Research Topics
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Mid Semester Test Individual
30% 1,3,4,6 Final Exam Individual Exam Period 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6 TOTAL 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsPlease note that in order to pass this course you need a minimum mark of 40% for the final exam and 50% overall.
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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
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