Professional Auditing

Unit code: BAO5524 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Sydney
BAO5525 - Financial and Corporate Accounting
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study provides students with knowledge and appreciation of the objectives and limitations of an audit, including a theoretical understanding of key auditing principles, computer fraud and system and data security in relation to auditing, concepts and practices, which comprise the audit process. Specifically, the unit of study develops professional and technical skills by exploring some of the key tools used by auditors for collecting and evaluating evidence so as to enable them to express an opinion on the fair presentation of financial reports.

As such, the unit of study provides both a practical and conceptual approach to external, as well as internal and public sector auditing, enabling students to gain a complete picture of the audit process in light of contemporary audit issues. In addition, the unit of study aims to enhance a number of generic skills through both the formal components of assessment and the student's class participation both manually and through the use of computer software (MYOB).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically review why audit and assurance services are essential and argue their need in the current environment in which auditors operate, including legal, ethical and professional aspects;
  2. Interpret the key auditing principles, concepts and practices used by auditors to gather evidence and make judgments in order to form an audit opinion on the fair presentation of financial reports;
  3. Validate key audit procedures by using them in the audit of specific transactions and account balances in a large organisation; and
  4. Exemplify professional practice by acting ethically and responsibly in completing an audit collaboratively.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 10%
Critical analysis on auditing, ethics, and risk
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Applying audit theories/procedures to a practical situation on a real-life company (group)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
In-class test

Required reading

Auditing: a practical approach
Moroney, R., Campbell, F., & Hamilton, J. (2020).| John Wiley & Sons.

As part of a course

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