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ACCT6007: Contemporary Issues in Auditing

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The focus of this unit is the development of knowledge and understanding of the key elements of the 'corporate financial report' audit process with particular reference to Australian Auditing Standards. Auditor's duties and responsibilities are considered before moving to planning the audit, performing the audit and arriving at an audit opinion. Students are exposed to the techniques used by auditors in carrying out audit procedures and evaluating audit evidence. Students are expected to further develop their critical thinking skills through applying technical audit principles to real-world auditing problems and corporate case studies. Students develop an appreciation for the essential role the auditor and the audit function play in enhancing the quality of financial statements and corporate governance. In this context, the unit critically examines contemporary audit issues, recent audit headlines and challenges faced by the audit profession in the Australian and global environment.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ACCT6007
Academic unit Accounting
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Angela Hecimovic,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam hurdle task Final exam
Extended answer and MCQ
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test Mid-semester exam
Short answer and MCQ
30% Mid-semester exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group case study
Case study
20% Week 11
Due date: 18 May 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 01 Jun 2020
4000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Mid-semester exam: This exam will cover material from weeks 1-5 inclusive.
  • Group case study: This assessment aims to test students' ability to integrate skills learnt in this unit to critically analyse a real company from the auditor's perspective, and within the framework of auditing standards. Students within a group (5/6 students from the same stream) are expected to undertake both independent and collaborative research.
  • Final exam: The final exam is based on all the material and work covered in this unit for the entire semester. This exam will be closed book and calculators will not be permitted. The final exam is listed as a HURDLE TASK which means you must complete the assessment in order to pass the unit. Students who fail to complete this assessment, even when their aggregate mark for the entire unit of study is above 50%, will be given a Fail grade for this unit. As a result, a student's academic transcript will show a Fail grade and the actual mark achieved if the final mark of the unit is between 0-49 and a Fail grade and a capped moderated mark of 49 for all other final marks.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Welcome and overview of audit and assurance Seminar (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Planning 1: Risk assessment and the audit process Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Planning 2: Risk assessment and audit risk, materiality and analytics Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Planning 3: Risk assessment and internal controls Seminar (3 hr) LO2
Week 05 Audit evidence and assertions in practice Seminar (3 hr) LO2
Week 07 Execution of Audit: Testing of controls Seminar (3 hr) LO2
Week 08 Execution of Audit: Substantive testing, use of experts, use of internal auditors Seminar (3 hr) LO2
Week 09 Completion of Audit: Subsequent events, going concern, audit reports and opinions Seminar (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 The Fundamental Principles of Professional Ethics Seminar (3 hr) LO3
Week 11 Legal Liability and the Auditor’s relationships with Others including Audit Committee Seminar (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 12 Contemporary audit issues Internationally and in Australia Seminar (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 13 Unit review: Final practice exam including professional application questions Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. This is a blended learning unit with various student resources pre/post and within seminars. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Moroney, R., Campbell, F. and Hamilton, J. (2017), Auditing: A Practical Approach, Wiley, Milton, 3rd Edition.

We recommend the E-Book as there are some great short EY Videos so you can gain insights from current audit practitioners-see Canvas for details.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand, discuss, and explain the audit and assurance framework, audit processes, and the assurance function impact on users of corporate financial statements
  • LO2. describe and critically evaluate the concepts of audit risk and assurance, and follow audit testing procedures (including computer-assisted auditing testing techniques) grouped by financial report and audit assertions, for major transaction types and account balances across the accounting cycles
  • LO3. apply a critical understanding of the relationship between accounting and auditing in theory and in practice, and critically evaluate audit evidence, solve routine and complex auditing problems in straightforward and/or unfamiliar contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory, and global perspectives to make reasonable judgements both in an individual and group setting
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of ethical challenges surrounding the audit profession and follow the development of case law in respect of the definition of auditor's responsibilities to clients and to third parties.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

More information can be found on Canvas.

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Please attend your allocated Stream as per your Timetable as class size cannot be exceeded due to WHS Standards and Student Safety.


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