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Auditing and Assurance Services - ATAX0060

School:  Aus School of Tax and Bus Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: ATAX Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: ATAX0015
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course examines the practice of auditing and the concepts which underlie the practice. It examines the shift from the traditional auditing services where a high level of assurance is provided to the demand for lower levels of assurance for products other than the financial report. The focus of attention is on the financial report audit carried out under the provisions of the Australian Corporations Securities Legislation. New audit methodologies are also examined. The course provides an overview of the audit process as it exists in Australia. It is broken into a number of modules, each forming part of the audit process.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

ATAX0015 Intermediate Financial Accounting is the prerequisite for this course.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of this course are to:
  • Develop students' understanding of the audit function and of the reasons for an audit
  • Familiarise students with the professional, legal, commercial and regulatory constraints within which audits are carried out
  • Examine techniques used by auditors including risk analysis, evidence collection and evaluation, and audit reporting
  • Familiarise students with current developments in audit practice and research
  • Explain the nature and importance of professional ethics
  • Familiarise students with the requirements of the professional code of conduct

Main Topics

  • The auditing and assurance framework
  • The audit process, risk and planning
  • Risk assessment and internal controls
  • Evidence collection
  • IT and the auditor
  • Completion and reporting
  • Ethics, auditors and the law
  • The public sector and current issues


2 assignments
3 online multiple choice quizzes
1 exam

Course Texts

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 1 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 February.

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 2 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 July.

Refer to Course Profile supplied by Lecturer.

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