BUS209 Auditing and Assurance Services

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BUS109 Financial Accounting
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

Auditing provides reasonable assurance to third party users of financial statements regarding the financial position of a company. This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of internal and external auditing practices. Students will examine the legal and ethical obligations of an auditor in forensic accounting and detection of fraud and error under auditing standards. They will also be able to identify and align regulatory frameworks and auditing standards while performing auditing practices using quantitative methods.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Investigate the statutory duties and ethical responsibilities of auditors taking into account the Australian and international auditing and assurance standards.
ULO2 Explore the nature of auditing and assurance services and dissect key concepts in auditing procedures.
ULO3 Critique topical issues in current auditing theory and practice.
ULO4 Design an audit plan taking into consideration the appropriate procedures to reduce the audit risks to an acceptable level.
ULO5 Develop audit procedures to collect sufficient evidence and produce an audit report.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Auditing and Assurance services: ethics and responsibilities
2. Audit reports
3. Performance engagements
4. Fraud management and audit risk
5. Risk assessment
6. Employee fraud
7. Revenue and collection cycle
8. Acquisition and expenditure cycle
9. Production cycle
10. Finance and investment cycle
11. Completing the audit
12. Other auditing services


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam 30% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 2: Group Assignment 30% 12
Assessment 3: Final Exam 40% Final exam week


The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.