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Unit information: Auditing and Assurance Services in 2015/16

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Unit name Auditing and Assurance Services
Unit code EFIMM0007
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lu
Open unit status Not open

International Financial Accounting



School/department School of Economics, Finance and Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit will cover five core components:

  • The auditing profession and associated regulation and reports;
  • Key auditing concepts;
  • Selected tests for accounting cycles;
  • Computer-aided auditing techniques; and
  • The underlying theoretical framework of auditing.


By the end of the unit, students will have:

  • An understanding of the auditing profession and current issues affecting it;
  • Knowledge of fundamental auditing concepts and the underpinning theoretical framework;
  • Key skills required to conduct, interpret and understand some key auditing procedures;
  • Used and analysed the potential for computer aided auditing techniques.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Explain key auditing concepts;
  2. Understand, conduct and interpret key auditing procedures;
  3. Interpret audit reports;
  4. Critically evaluate issues affecting the auditing profession;
  5. Improve analytical and report writing skills.

Teaching details

Lectures, tutorials and practice in computer lab.

Assessment Details


2-hour close book exam (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4) 65%

Coursework (Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5) 35%

In addition there will be ongoing formative homework exercises to consolidate knowledge each week after lectures and to work through during tutorials and computer exercises.

Reading and References

Arens, Elder and Beasley, Auditing and Assurance Services, 14e

Messier, Glover and Prawitt, Auditing and Assurance Services: A Systematic Approach, 8e

Whittington and Pany, Principles of Auditing & Other Assurance Services, 18e

Plus: Various research papers and regulatory reports