Courses & Units

Assurance and Audit Services BFA713


In this unit, you will examine the role of auditing, focusing particularly on the role of the external auditor in assessing the validity and reliability of financial information of publicly listed companies. The unit highlights the audit function and the important role it plays as a systematic process of evaluation of evidence that culminates in the expression of an audit opinion. You will review the fundamental concepts of auditing, the objectives and limitations of an audit, basic audit techniques and procedures, as well as the professional and legal framework within which auditors operate.


Unit name Assurance and Audit Services
Unit code BFA713
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting
Coordinator Doctor Mitali Panchal
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess different types of risk with respect to audit and assurance concepts, professional principles, and the regulatory and ethical environment.
  • Critique the relative strengths of auditing and assurance theories and frameworks for sustainable business practices
  • Develop an audit plan to support the performance of a quality audit in complex business environments
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080101 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Teaching Pattern

4 x 3-hour workshops (in addition a 1-hour orientation workshop will held in week 1)

Weekly pre-recorded lectures on MyLO

AssessmentLetter of Engagement (10%)|Presentation (10%)|Exam (40%)|Systematic review (40%)
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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

Gay, G. and Simnett, R. (2018). Auditing & Assurance Services in Australia. 7th Revised Edition. Melbourne: McGraw-Hill. Available in hardcopy book and e-book formats: Ask the Co-op Bookshop for details.

Australian Auditing Standards; Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants; Online access via (Auditing Standards).

Code of Ethics for Professional Accountant; (APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants).

If you choose to view the Standards and APES 110 online, you are responsible for ensuring you have reliable electronic access throughout semester. The documents can be saved to a device, but they are too long to print.



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