ACCT20075 - Auditing and Ethics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the nature and purpose of audit and assurance and the regulatory and professional environment in which it operates. It specifically addresses issues dealing with the auditing standards and practice statements, ethics, current developments and legal liability. You are introduced to statistical and non-statistical sampling as well as audit methodology, planning and internal control. In this unit you will gain an understanding of the role of auditing standards, and their application to the audit process.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: ACCT20071 Foundations of Financial Accounting

Anti-Requisite: ACCT20040 Auditing and Ethical Practice

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Take Home Exam 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 39.55% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation
Student comment from survey 'Second assessment should be close-book because it helps to revise more for final exams'
The second assessment to be redesigned and will eliminate the open-book test and give students the opportunity for deeper learning.
Action Taken
Second assessment was revised and the in-class test was replaced with a written report designed to assist students to develop critical analysis skills in relation to the audit.
Source: Unit Evaluation
A student commented that he/she did not have enough detail on the instructions for the written assessment task and therefore made an incorrect assumption regarding referencing.
The feedback sheet from the previous term showing the areas that students did well in and where students lost marks, will be provided to help guide current students in the assessment task.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the nature and purpose of auditing within the regulatory and professional environment
  2. Critically evaluate and discuss the audit and assurance process and the role of the auditing standards
  3. Critically evaluate and report on the ethical and legal aspects of planning, executing and reporting on a financial audit
  4. Define the fundamental principles of professional ethics and explain how the ethical rules apply to auditors.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam