• Offered by Research School of Accounting
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Business
  • Areas of interest Accounting
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alicia Jiang
    • Eunice Khoo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

This course is primarily focused on the external audit of corporate financial statements while also covering other assurance services, professional ethics, and legal liabilities.  The lectures presented are structured to correspond with auditing process in theory and practice, and inevitably integrate Australian and International Auditing Standards.

The majority of the lectures deal with the various activities undertaken by external auditors.  The main stages of the audit process are addressed including risk analysis in auditing, audit planning and documentation, fraud auditing, gathering and evaluating audit evidence (including performance of tests of controls and substantive audit procedures) and the formation of the audit opinion. Other topics, including auditors' legal responsibilities, audit quality and ethics, and other assurance services, are also dealt with as special topics. 

The lectures mainly deal with the concepts underlying the methodology, while the tutorial assignments are used to demonstrate how the methodology is applied in practical situations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. discuss the need for an independent or external audit and describe briefly the development of the role of the assurance provider in modern business society;
  2. explain the regulatory environment in which the external auditor operates and apply relevant rules, standards and pronouncements to the conduct of a financial report audit and other assurance engagements;
  3. describe the quality control procedures necessary to ensure that a competent assurance engagement is performed, and apply professional ethics including Code of Conduct to specific scenarios;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the financial report audit process, beginning with accepting clients through to the formation of audit opinion and communication of the results to the client;
  5. describe the various levels of persuasiveness of different types of audit evidence and explain the broad principles of audit sampling techniques;
  6. identify assertions at risk of material misstatement and apply appropriate audit procedures to test the assertions identified for major transaction types and account balances;
  7. describe auditors’ legal liabilities, and be able to apply case law in making a judgment whether auditors might be liable to certain parties;
  8. describe other assurance and non-assurance services provided by the auditing and assurance profession, and, for assurance services, understand the level of assurance provided;
  9. communicate effectively in written form about auditing related issues and problems using appropriate arguments and reflections.

Other Information

Indicative Assessment

  1. Typical assessment may include, but not restricted to, class participation, assignment(s), quizzes and examination(s). (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]

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Workload

Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours a week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BUSN2015 and must also have completed or currently be studying BUSN2101 or LAWS2203.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary.

Assumed Knowledge

 

The course is designed to be taken in the final year of an accounting major.  You are expected to have retained familiarity with the concepts studied in previous accounting, introductory commercial law, information systems and introductory statistics courses.

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2429 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5211 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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