Forensic Business Processes

Subject ACCT90026 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 (261AL) and Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics (F02AA).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Jennifer Grafton


MBS @ Berkeley Street
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the field of forensic accounting. The subject examines in-depth the elements of forensic accounting investigations in the context of the Australian legal system. Specific issues in dispute analysis are covered including, the quantification of loss, business valuation in the context of disputes, and the preparation of expert witness reports. The legal underpinnings of forensic accounting investigations, such torts, contract law and the law of the expert witness are reviewed. Further, the subject covers the role of the forensic accountant in the investigation of fraud and the management of fraud risk within organisations, including both fraud prevention and detection.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role of the forensic accountant in fraud investigations and dispute analysis;
  • Explain the legal requirements and practice considerations of acting as an expert witness;
  • Describe the Australian legal framework for fraud investigations and dispute analysis;
  • Explain the procedures for collecting evidence that are consistent with the requirements of courts of law in Australia;
  • Explain and analyse governance mechanisms and accountability frameworks for the prevention of fraud;
  • Explain and apply fraud detection mechanisms; and
  • Apply the knowledge gained throughout this subject to analyse case studies and produce practical and effective recommendations for the conduct of investigative cases in business forensics.
  • One 2-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • 3000 word group assignment due late in the semester (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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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;
  • 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; and
  • Critical thinking.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Business Forensics
Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Management (Accounting and Finance)

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