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ACCT20079 Forensic Accounting
Forensic Accounting
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General Information

Overview

Fraud is a major problem, estimated to cost Australia over $3 billion each year. The incidence of fraud and corporate failure is increasing along with its cost. This unit is designed to provide you with an understanding of the risks of fraud or corporate failure occurring and an appreciation for the subsequent forensic review and processes. You will learn appropriate preventive and detective methods, examine the wide range of fraud threats to individuals and organisations, and appreciate the relevant legal resolution processes.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisiteACCT20075 Auditing and EthicsLAWS20058 Australian Commercial Law

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Take Home Exam
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle

Feedback

The unit benefitted from its use of real-world, in-class activities and the practical experience of the teaching staff.

Recommendation

The use of these teaching strategies and teaching team will be continued.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the source of potential fraud threats to organisations
  2. Apply Fraud Triangle Theory to identify potential fraudsters
  3. Distinguish known fraud methods and identify internal controls that reduce opportunities for fraud
  4. Recognise and understand accounting symptoms of fraud, and follow investigation processes
  5. Detect symptoms of financial statement fraud
  6. Distinguish the criminal and civil legal processes for resolving alleged fraud.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Fraud Examination 6 (2018)

Authors: Albrecht et al
Cengage Learning
United States
ISBN: 9781337619677
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). 

The eBook is available at the Cengage website here: https://www.cengagebrain.com.au/shop/isbn/9781337619677?cid=ausprodpage

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter Best Unit Coordinator
p.best@cqu.edu.au
Robert Grose Unit Coordinator
r.grose@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud – Nature, Perpetrators &
Motivation
Fraud in Australia

Chapter

ALB ch 1-2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud Methods – Manual and IT
Environments

Chapter

ALB ch 14, 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 Open 24 July 9:00 AEST

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud Prevention

Chapter

ALB ch 3-4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 Close 31 July 9:00 AEST

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud Detection
Data Driven Detection

Chapter

ALB ch 5-6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 Open 7 August 9:00 AEST

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud Investigation
Inquiry Methods

Chapter

ALB ch 7-10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 Close 14 August 9:00 AEST

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Self-Study

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Management Fraud
Detection methods, including ratio
analysis

Chapter

ALB ch 11-13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 Open 28 August 9:00 AEST


Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Identity Fraud

Chapter

ALB ch 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 Close 4 September 9:00 AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Other Types of Fraud e.g. Taxation,
Elderly, Insurance

Chapter

ALB ch 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 4 Open 11 September 9:00 AEST

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Not-for-Profit Sector
In-class test (20%)

Chapter

Readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 4 Close 18 September 9:00 AEST.
Practical Assessment Part B: Take-home Test of 1 hour will be held in Week 9 at a scheduled time, worth 20% of marks for the unit.

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Medicare Fraud
Corporate Failure

Chapter

Readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 5 Open 25 September 9:00 AEST

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Fraud Resolution
Expert Witness

Chapter

ALB ch 18

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 5 Close 2 October 9:00 AEST

Practical Assessment Part A: Report due Friday 2 October 9:00 AEST worth 10% of marks for the unit.

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Unit Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
FORTNIGHTLY ONLINE QUIZ

Task Description

Five (5) fortnightly online quizzes are required to be completed. Each quiz is to be completed individually, is open for approximately 7 days, and covers the preceding 2 weeks of classes. Each quiz consists of a set of multiple-choice questions and is marked out of 15. The weighting for quiz results is 10% of the total marks.


Number of Quizzes

5


Frequency of Quizzes

Fortnightly


Assessment Due Date

Fortnightly quizzes will open on Friday at 9:00 AEST and will close on the following Friday at 9:00 AEST. Quiz 1 opens on Friday in Week 2 and closes on Friday in Week 3. Quiz 2 opens on Friday in Week 4 and closes on Friday in Week 5. And, so on.


Return Date to Students

Your results of the quiz will be automatically generated and will be displayed upon completion of the quiz. You can access your results again on the unit website via the Gradebook. You willl be able to check your quiz for incorrect answers after the quiz has closed.


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment item will assess your problem-solving skills in relation to the forensic accounting concepts covered in the prior 2 weeks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Each quiz is to be completed online within Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Distinguish the source of potential fraud threats to organisations
  • Apply Fraud Triangle Theory to identify potential fraudsters
  • Distinguish known fraud methods and identify internal controls that reduce opportunities for fraud


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

Task Description

This assessment has 2 parts - Part A Report (10%) and Part B In-Class Test (20%).

Part A Report (10%) This is a group assessment – 1-2 students per group. The group submits a written report on a chosen topic. Each student in the group will receive the same mark for the report. Word length for the report – 1500 words. You should refer to at least 5 sources in preparing your report using APA referencing. Topics and rubric will be available on Moodle. Submit your report via Moodle by the due date.

Part B Take-Home Test (20%) This is a 1-hour take-home test to be held at a scheduled time in Week 9. Two case studies with short-answer questions will be based on material covered in Weeks 1-5. Students may refer to lecture notes and the eBook, but not other Internet resources.


Assessment Due Date

Part A: Report: Report is due in Week 11 on Friday 2 October, 9:00 AEST. Part B Take-Home Test: Conducted at a scheduled time in Week 9.


Return Date to Students

Part A Report: Within 7 days of the due date. Part B Take-Home Test: Within 7 days of the due date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Part A: Report Report: Use of sources, correct referencing, structure of report, synthesis and conclusions, quality of writing, grammar, syntax and spelling. Please refer to marking rubric on Moodle.

Part B: Take-Home Test The test will examine students' ability in identifying relevant theory and demonstrating knowledge, applying relevant theory and knowledge to solve problems, and quality of writing, grammar, syntax and spelling.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Part A Report and Part B Take-Home Test to be submitted via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply Fraud Triangle Theory to identify potential fraudsters
  • Distinguish known fraud methods and identify internal controls that reduce opportunities for fraud
  • Recognise and understand accounting symptoms of fraud, and follow investigation processes
  • Detect symptoms of financial statement fraud
  • Distinguish the criminal and civil legal processes for resolving alleged fraud.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Take Home Exam

Assessment Title
TAKE-HOME EXAM

Task Description

The take-home exam will be posted to Moodle at the date and time scheduled for the exam. This document is to be downloaded, completed and resubmitted by the due time. The duration of the exam will be 3.5 hours, allowing for downloading, completion and submission. Late submissions will not be marked. Further information is available on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

During the examination period.


Return Date to Students

Results will be released after approval of grades.


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

The paper will examine students' ability in identifying relevant theory and demonstrating knowledge, applying relevant theory and knowledge to solve problems, and quality of writing, grammar, syntax and spelling.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The take-home exam paper is to be submitted via Moodle by the due date and time.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Distinguish the source of potential fraud threats to organisations
  • Apply Fraud Triangle Theory to identify potential fraudsters
  • Distinguish known fraud methods and identify internal controls that reduce opportunities for fraud
  • Recognise and understand accounting symptoms of fraud, and follow investigation processes
  • Detect symptoms of financial statement fraud
  • Distinguish the criminal and civil legal processes for resolving alleged fraud.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?