Online · School of Business · Accounting, Economics, and Finance
- Section 8WK
- 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
- Modified 01/29/2020
A study of auditing standards and related auditing procedures. Topics include: evaluation of internal control and preparation of the audit program; examination of financial statements and preparation of working papers; and auditors’ reports and opinions.
Those who elect to begin their career in the public accounting arena will obviously need to know the basics of their profession of auditing, as will those who begin their career in private accounting or governmental accounting and then enter public accounting. In addition, those who never work as auditors themselves may find themselves asked by their employer to assist the outside auditor in his or her work; in this case, it is very helpful to be familiar with basic auditing theory and procedures. A knowledge of auditing, especially the limitations thereof, is also helpful to users of financial data in order to appreciate the degree to which they should rely on the published financial statements.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the purpose of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards for both public and private companies.
- Critically evaluate the application of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards in selected instances in achieving the audit objectives inherent in said standards.
- Critically evaluate the application of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards in selected instances in achieving the audit objectives of an auditor who possesses a Christian worldview.
The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.
Louwers, T. J., Ramsay, R. J., Sinason, D. H., Strawser, J. R., & Thibodeau, J. C. (2018). Auditing & assurance services – With CD (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Disclaimer: The above resource provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.
Additional Materials for Learning
- Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
- Internet access (broadband recommended)
- Blackboard recommended browsers
- Microsoft Office
- Holy Bible
- Access to a scanner
- APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Group Discussion Board Forums (4)
For this collaborative discussion board, the student will compose a 400–500-word thread within his or her assigned group forum in each of the assigned modules/weeks. Each thread must cite at least 2 sources in current APA format. In the following modules/weeks, the student will submit a reply to the thread of at least 1 classmate from the previous module/week. Each reply must be at least 200 words.
Connect Review Questions
The student will complete assigned questions in Connect to test their knowledge and understanding of proper auditing procedures.
The student will complete both a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, consist of multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Course Requirements Checklist
Group Discussion Board Forums
Thread (4 at 75 pts ea)
Reply (4 at 50 pts ea)
Connect Review Questions
Late Assignment Policy
Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.
If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.
Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:
- Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
- Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
- Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
- Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
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Textbooks: Louwers et al., Auditing & Assurance Services (2018).
Reading & Study
Louwers et al.: chs. 1–2
Course Requirements Checklist
Group DB Forum 1 – Thread
Louwers et al.: ch. 3, Module A
Group DB Forum 1 – Reply
Louwers et al.: chs. 4–5
Group DB Forum 2 – Thread
Louwers et al.: ch. 6, Module B
Group DB Forum 2 – Reply
Louwers et al.: chs. 7–8
Group DB Forum 3 – Thread
Louwers et al.: ch. 9, Module E
Group DB Forum 3 – Reply
Louwers et al.: chs. 10–11
Group DB Forum 4 – Thread
Louwers et al.: ch. 12, Module F
Group DB Forum 4 – Reply
DB = Discussion Board
NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.