Auditing and Assurance Services

Subject ACCT30004 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial
Total Time Commitment: Not available



ACCT30001 Financial Accounting or

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Topics include the rationale for auditing; auditing standards; audit objectives, concepts and procedures; audit techniques including statistical sampling and the audit of computer-based accounting systems; audit reports; the legal liability of auditors; the professional and ethical responsibilities of auditors; the statutory responsibilities and rights of auditors; contemporary auditing problems; and consideration of how research informs these auditing topics.

Learning Outcomes:

• Critically evaluate the theories regarding demand for and supply of audit and assurance services of both a financial and non-financial nature;
• Describe the environment in which audit and assurance providers operate, including ethical, and professional aspects;
• Assess client risks pertinent to the audit and assurance process;
• Apply the concepts and processes used by audit and assurance service providers to gather evidence and formulate judgments with respect to the underlying information;
• Describe the reports provided by audit and assurance providers, in their various forms, to various stakeholders;
• Synthesise current business and auditing issues as they relate to auditing and assurance services;
• Apply contemporary themes within the business media regarding auditing and assurance to current auditing and assurance practice


A 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%), a 1-hour mid-semester test (15%), and an assignment of not more than 1500 words, due late semester (15%). Successful completion of this subject requires a minimum 50% pass in the end-of-semester examination.

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

• High level of development: collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking
• Moderate level of development: written communication; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas

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