Forensic Business Processes

Subject ACCT90026 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 36 hours of seminars
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester

Completion of an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, law or another relevant discipline or as approved by the Subject Co-ordinator. Entry into the Master of Accounting (261%) and Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics (F02AA).

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Taking an accounting perspective and in the context of the Australian legal framework, this subject introduces students to the law of the expert witness and the law of damages; dispute analysis, including the specific issues of quantification of loss, business valuation in the context of disputes, loss of income, and, preparing an expert witness report; fraud and corruption in Australia; fraud investigation and the role of the forensic accountant in the investigation of fraud; managing the risk of fraud; and regulatory issues associated with fraud control.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Understand the Australian legal framework and be able to distinguish between criminal and civil jurisdictions;
  • Explain the procedures for collecting evidence that are consistent with the requirements of courts of law in Australia;
  • Explain the legal requirements and practice considerations of acting as an expert witness;
  • Describe the legal procedures associated with courts of law in Australia;
  • Describe the processes used by legal practitioners dealing with regulatory authorities;
  • Apply the knowledge gained throughout this subject to analyse case studies so that practical and effective ways of proceeding in investigative cases in business forensics are demonstrated.
  • One 2-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • One group assignment of not more than 3000 words (30%)
  • Seminar preparation and participation (10%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Ability to understand legislation and legal processes across Australia's legal jurisdictions;
  • Capacity to investigative skills in relation to the recognition and collection of evidence;
  • Understanding of the role and procedural relationship between legal practitioners and regulatory authorities;
  • Oral and written communication skills specific to investigative processes;
  • Critical thinking.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics
Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting

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