Faculty of Business and Economics

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit encompasses the nature and purpose of audit and assurance services, and the regulatory and professional environment in which they operate. Students apply professional, ethical and legal requirements stemming from the assurance framework and applicable auditing pronouncements to 'real world' scenarios.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically evaluate the demand for and the limitations of audit and assurance services
  2. explain the regulatory ethical and professional requirements applicable to assurance services
  3. understand the assurance framework and apply judgement to determine audit strategy and procedures, appropriateness of evidence gathered and conclusions reached
  4. analyse the auditor's role in corporate governance with emphasis on the detection and reporting of frauds and errors
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills to resolve ethical dilemmas and professional issues faced by audit practitioners.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael De Martinis (First Semester)
Professor Robyn Moroney (Second Semester)


Students must have passed one of the following units: ACC2100, AFC2120, ACC2120.


ACF3631, AFF2631, ACC3160, AFC3160, ACB3041, AFW3041, ACW3041, AFG3041, ACG3041, ACF3600, AFF3631.