ACC 5218 Auditing Practice

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
ACC 5218 48052 3, 2005 WEB Auditing Practice 1.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOBUS
Academic org: FOB008
Student contribution band: 2
ASCED code: 080101



Moderator: Alan Keighran


Pre-requisite: ACC5215


This course introduces the concepts and practices of company financial report audits within the assurance framework. It deals primarily with the process by which the external company auditor, within the Australian professional, ethical and legal framework, appraises and reports on the truth and fairness of the company's financial statements. The course is oriented towards the auditing profession and, in keeping with current practice, adopts a risk-based audit approach and follows the International Standards on Auditing. The course looks at how financial statement audits are conducted in computer-based and manual environments for selected systems. Limited practical exposure to auditing is provided through requiring students to complete a case study as part of the assessment for the course.


Completion of this course should enable students to:

  1. explain the need for an independent audit;
  2. appreciate the various auditing standards and procedures and the application of these to the conduct of an audit;
  3. follow the development of case law and statute law in respect of the definition of the auditor's responsibilities;
  4. appreciate the audit process, beginning with the planning phase, through the documentation stages, to the testing (interim and final), evaluation and reporting stages;
  5. appreciate the concepts of internal controls and audit testing procedures;
  6. understand the principles and application of audit sampling techniques;
  7. appreciate the internal controls associated with the audit of computer information systems;
  8. decide on the appropriateness of different types of audit reports and prepare such audit reports.


Description Weighting (%)
1. Assurance and the Auditing Profession
2. The Financial Report Audit and Professional Standards
3. The Audit Process and Audit Evidence
4. Internal Control
5. Audit Testing I
6. Audit Testing II
7. CIS Auditing I - Controls
8. CIS Auditing II - Techniques
9. Audit Sampling
10. Completing the Audit and Audit Reporting
11. Legal Responsibility and Liability of Auditors
12. Professional Ethics and Independence

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed:

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Carroll, N & McBride, P (eds) 2005, Auditing and assurance handbook 2005, Prentice Hall, Sydney, Australia.
(OR Kemp, S & Knapp, J (eds) 2005, CA Auditing and assurance handbook 2005, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland. (Alternatively, students may refer to the Auditing Standards, Auditing Guidance and Professional Statements, and the Joint Code of Professional Conduct, from either the CPA Australia or ICAA Members' Handbook))

Leung, P, Coram, P, Cooper, BJ, Cosserat, G & Gill, GS 2004, Modern auditing and assurance services, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Arens, AA, Best, PJ, Shailer, GEP, Fiedler, BA, Elder, RJ & Beasley, MS 2005, Auditing and assurance services in Australia: an integrated approach, 6th edn, Prentice-Hall, Australia.

Gay, G & Simnett, R 2005, Auditing and assurance services in Australia, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney.

Schelluch, P, Topple, S, Jubb, C, Rittenberg, L & Schwieger, B 2004, Assurance and auditing: concepts for a changing environment, Thomson Learning Australia, Southbank, Victoria.
(revised edition)


Assessment 45.00
Directed Study 56.00
Private Study 69.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
CASE STUDY 60.00 30.00 19 Dec 2005
CMA TEST 100.00 5.00 06 Jan 2006
3 HOUR EXAMINATION 100.00 65.00 END S3 (see note 1)
The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must attempt all assignment questions. To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the examination.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 20% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment will apply for each working day late.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all of the summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in the examination and at least 50% of the available weighted marks for the summative assessment items.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are NOT permitted to bring any books, notes, dictionaries or handbooks into the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students are not permitted to take any computers, mobile telephones, pagers or other electronic means of communication into the examination room.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL Students should also read the Faculty of Business Guide to Policies and Procedures of the Faculty which can be found at the URL


1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. (ii) If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of an assignment submitted for assessment purposes. This should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made. (iii) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. If students submit assignments after the due date and wish to claim extenuating circumstances then they shall provide validated documentary evidence with the assignment, explaining the circumstances. The Examiner shall consider the statement accompanying a late assignment and decide on the outcome. (iv) Assignments are to be submitted in the appropriate manner. (v) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.
2. Course Weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.
3. Dishonest Actions: (i) Any student who is alleged to have performed a dishonest action relating to any assessment in the course will have a course of action taken against him/her as outlined in the Academic Regulations. (ii) Pieces of assessment should be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the Examiner. (iii) Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism, that is, taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive, which occurs when paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence which are copied directly, are not enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately footnoted or referenced in the text; direct quotations are not used, but text is paraphrased or summarised, and the source of the material is not acknowledged by footnoting or other reference in the text.


  1. Learning Resources: Prescribed text and materials (see above); recommended reference materials (see above); and course Website accessible via USQConnect.