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HI6026 T2 2019 Audit, Assurance and Compliance

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Group Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 2019
Unit Code HI6026
Unit Title Audit, Assurance and Compliance
Assessment Type Group Assignment and Group Video Presentation
Assessment Title Auditors and Corporate Governance
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping) Students are required to research the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations and discuss how adoption of each ASX Corporate Governance principle, by the client company, will affect the auditor’s risk assessment process, the audit approach, the audit strategy and audit evidence.   Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the auditor’s professional, legal and ethical responsibilities to their clients and third parties (ULO 2)Understand the audit planning procedures, evaluate the business risk and assess the internal control (ULO 4)Prepare auditing procedures for transactions and balances by conducting control and substantive tests (ULO 5)
Weight 30% of the total assessments
Total Marks 30
Word limit Maximum 3,000 words
Due Date Week 9
Submission Guidelines All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.The assignment must be in MS Word format, single spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Purpose

Assignment Specifications

This assignment aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and higher order application abilities by researching the ASX Corporate Governance principles. Students will need to evaluate what the likely implications are for the auditor when the client company has adopted the ASX Corporate Governance principles in full.

The assignment structure must be as follows:

  1. Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet – Full Name, Student No., Campus, Session No.

2.  Executive Summary

  • The Executive summary should be concise and not involve too much detail.
    • It should make commentary on the main points only and follow the sequence of the report.
    • Write the Executive Summary after the report is completed, and once you have an overview of the whole text.
    • The Executive Summary appears on the first page of the report.
  • Contents Page – This needs to show a logical listing of all the sub-headings of the report’s contents. Note this is excluded from the total word count.
  • Introduction – A short paragraph which includes background, scope and the main points raised in order of importance. There should be a brief conclusion statement at the end of the Introduction.
  • Main Body Paragraphs with numbered sub-headings – Detailed information which elaborates on the main points raised in the Introduction. Each paragraph should begin with a clear topic sentence, then supporting sentences with facts and evidence obtained from research and finish with a concluding sentence at the end.
  • Conclusion – A logical and coherent evaluation based on a thorough and an objective assessment of the research performed.
  • Appendices – Include any additional explanatory information which is supplementary and/ or graphical to help communicate the main ideas made in the report. Refer to the appendices in the main body paragraphs, as and where appropriate. (Note this is excluded from the total word count.)

Assignment Topic – Auditors and Corporate Governance

Read the following extract from the Australian Accounting Review (AAR), which is a well-known and influential Accounting journal. As stated:

“Corporate governance is of growing importance in Australia, New Zealand and all over the world. Corporate governance interacts with auditing and it is useful to understand how corporate governance and auditing affect companies.”

Source: Hay, David & Stewart, Jenny & Redmayne, Nives. (2017). The Role of Auditing in Corporate Governance in Australia and New Zealand: A Research Synthesis: Auditing and Governance in Australia and New Zealand. Australian Accounting Review. 27. 10.1111/auar.12190. (Australian Accounting Review 27(1) · August 2017)

Required:

With reference to the “ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations”:

  • Identify and explain each of the eight ASX Corporate Governance principles and recommendations
  • Briefly explain what the likely effect of full adoption of each corporate governance principle and recommendation will have for the company
  • Explain how full adoption of the eight ASX Corporate Governance principles is likely to influence:
    • Risk assessment process
    • Audit approach
    • Audit strategy
    • Audit evidence

Resources and Reference Links:

  1. Textbook: Gay & Simnett, Auditing & Assurance Services in Australia, 6th Edn, McGraw Hill Education, 2017

Group Formation and Group Assignment

Students are required to work on the assignment in groups of 4 – 6, produce a group report and a short video presentation of approximately 10mins. Group membership will need to be communicated to the local campus lecturer in writing to the session lecturer by week 6.

Both assessment items must be submitted on Blackboard. The written assignment must be in a report format and submitted through safe-assign prior to final submission. The originality percentage should be as low as possible. The written submission must be double-checked, edited and rephrased if the originality percentage and plagiarism risk is noted as Medium or High, as per safe-assign.

Video Presentation

Students must use power-points slides with clear dot-points, noting the key information. The video presentation should be considered a professional business presentation, which would be viewed by colleagues in the Auditing profession. All students in the group must participate in the video or marks will be deducted. Video presentations should not exceed the 10mins time limit or marks will be deducted. Impressive video presentations may be played in class provided that consent is given.

Marking Criteria

Group Assignment Marking Criteria Weighting
Executive Summary 3%
Main Body of the Report 10%
Conclusion 3%
Punctuation, spelling, grammar, word choice, academic English expression 2%
Report presentation, formatting and effective use of any additional materials 1%
Correct referencing, In-text citation, acknowledgement of sources, consistency 1%
Weight 20%
Video Presentation Marking Criteria Weighting
Effective verbal communication of the key content in a professional manner. 4%
Effective use of power-point slides with clearly legible text in concise statements and effective coverage of the content in a professionally produced presentation, which is engaging and logically structured. 4%
Total length of the video presentation is within the 10mins limit and effective participation of all group members is noted. 2%
Weight 10%
Total Weight 30%

Marking Rubric

  Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Executive Summary (3 marks) Very effectively written synopsis with clear communication of the main points in a concise paragraph. (3 marks) Competently composed a strong synopsis. The main points are communicated well. (2.5 marks) Synopsis is well written with all the expected points raised. (2 marks) Synopsis is clearly written, but it is brief or has some errors. (1.5 mark) Synopsis is deficient and poorly written. Too brief. (0 – 1 mark)
Main Body Well organised There are valid There are valid Some Poorly organized;
Including contents. Main points raised with points raised, organization; no logical
Introduction points are logically a good argument paragraphing is main points progression;
(10 marks) ordered; sharp / thesis noted, and the are there but beginning and
  sense of statement, points in the they are ending are vague.
  structuring and paragraphing is introduction are disjointed; No structure.
  arrangement of key noted, and the explained in Minor Lacks substance.
  information. points in the more detail structuring No research
  Supporting details introduction are with supporting issues. noted.
  are specific to the explained in more evidence. (6.5 – 5 marks) (0 – 4.5 marks)
  main points and detail with (6.5 – 7.5    
  adequate facts and supporting marks)    
  other evidence is evidence.      
  provided and well- (7.5 – 8.5 marks)      
  articulated.        
  (8.5 – 10 marks)        
Conclusion Very well Conclusion is well Conclusion is Conclusion is Conclusion is
(3 marks) composed written as a logical and an noted and an poorly written
  conclusion with a concise summary evaluation is evaluation is with no
  clear and logical which logically made, but there presented, evaluation and no
  evaluation with evaluates the is some lack of but it is logical coherence.
  conclusive and main argument evidence or lacking in No evidence of
  persuasive with evidence depth of sufficient analysis. Poor
  statements based used and analysis, which detail or effort.
  on an intelligent examples. would have supporting (0 -1 mark)
  assessment of the (2.5 marks) improved the evidence.  
  evidence acquired.   overall Requires more  
  (3 marks)   persuasiveness analysis and  
      of the report. some proof-  
      (2 marks) reading.  
        (1.5 mark)  
Spelling and Grammar (2 marks) No errors. Well proofread. Clearly edited and refined prior to submission. (2 marks) Edited and refined prior to submission with one or two errors. (1.75 marks) Only minor errors. Needs some editing. (1.5 marks) Numerous minor errors. Not proofread or edited effectively. (1 mark) Numerous major and minor errors which distract from understanding and clarity. Not proofread. Not edited. Academic English level is low. (0 -1 mark)
Report Format and Presentation (1 mark) Very well formatted with sub-headings, page numbers, appendices, and effective use of tables/graphics (1 mark) Formatting is well set out and clear, but there are minor issues in subheadings, page numbers, appendices and/or graphics. (0.85 mark) Formatting is above standard and meets all the basic requirements with a contents page, sub- headings and page numbering. (0.75 mark) Formatting is coherent and clearly structured, but page numbers are missing or subheadings or contents page is brief (0.5 mark) No formatting or lack of structuring. (0 mark)
Referencing and Citation (1 mark) References are consistently correct using Harvard style or APA style. No missing citations. A strong reference list with relevant and credible sources used. Evidence of extensive research. (1 mark) References are consistently correct using Harvard style or APA style. No missing citations. References used are good, but not extensive. (0.85 mark) Generally correct referencing using Harvard style or APA style. More references required. (0.75 mark) Some References are used, but not used consistently. Not enough research done. (0.5 mark) References are missing or do not comply with correct referencing style. (0 mark)