Course Syllabus University of Texas at Dallas Internal Audit Course Information Course Number/Section Course Title Course Location Term Days & Times
AIM 6380 Internal Audit SOM 2.902 Spring, 2007 Wednesday 7 PM – 9:45 PM
Professor Contact Information Professor Mark Salamasick CIA, CISA, CSP Office Phone 972-883-4729 Email Address [email protected]
Do not send homework to this Email address only post homework to webct Office Location SOM 4.218 Office Hours Wednesday and Thursdays, and other times by appointment, however prefer appointment Other Information Internal Audit Program Website: som.utdallas.edu/iaep UTD Internal Audit Student Chapter Website: www.utdallas.edu/orgs/iia Course Information in webct Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions -
The prerequisite for the class is that you have an undergraduate degree or be in the last 15 hours of the degree program. Fast track students are also encouraged to take this course with the approval of their advisor.
The other prerequisite for the class is that you have a strong desire to learn about Internal Audit. You should also have a strong interest in completing the fifteen credit hour program in Internal Audit and passing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam .
Course Description The course will cover internal audit from a broad perspective that includes information technology, business processes, and accounting systems. Topics include internal auditing standards, risk assessment, governance, ethics, audit techniques, and emerging issues. The course covers the design of business processes and the implementation of key control concepts and will use a case study approach that addresses tactical, strategic, systems, and operational areas. Improvement in effectiveness and efficiency will be covered in the areas of operations, finance and technology. The course is open to all majors with an interest in the design and testing of controls for improving management processes. This is the first course leading to Internal Auditor Educators Partnership Certificate and will prepare students to sit for the Certified Internal Auditor Exam.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes 1. Be able to discuss internal audit standards, guidelines, and emerging issues such as the new COSO model and Sarbanes Oxley. 2. Be able to understand risks, controls, development of an audit program along with execution of fieldwork and the final audit report preparation and presentation. 3. Be able to distinguish between various industries differences in major processes, risk and evaluation of operational data. 4. Be able to discuss the importance of business process in the internal audit process along with the variances of audit groups based on industry and other environmental factors. 5. Be able to pass parts one and two of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam. 6. Be able to work with internal audit groups in a group setting. 7. Network with internal auditors in the DFW and internationally. 8. Learn the concepts of efficient and effectively controlled environments. Also, be able to explain why these controls may not be necessary. 9. Develop skills necessary to be able to perform an internal audit and prepare an internal audit report. 10. Be able to describe some of the common features of audit software and be able to describe scenarios where to integrate into audit practice. Required Textbooks and Materials ·
A new textbook on Internal Audit is currently in the final stages of being written with six co-authors. The textbook to be published by IIA International and will be titled “Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services”, Urton Anderson, Mike Head, Sri Ramamoorti, Kurt Reding, Mark Salamasick, Cris Shreve, and Paul Sobel to be published for the Fall, 2007. UT Austin and UT Dallas piloted the text last semester and portions of it the semester before. A few additional schools will pilot the material this semester. You will have access to an electronic copy of the text which will be available in webct and is available at no cost.
The Goal, A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Second Revised Edition, Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox, 1992. The edition of the book doesn’t really matter. You can obtain from Half Price books, online or many other sources.
CIA Model Exam Questions 2004 from the IIA International. Cost is $25 for IIA members.
CIA Review Materials, Gleim (Parts 1 and 2 required for the course, but exam is all 4 Parts) . 12th Edition is the current Edition. The material is available directly from Gleim at a discount to UTD students by calling their toll free number (800) 8745346. You also have the option to buy the CD version, audio or online version which is completely up to you. The SOM lab will have the CD questions loaded for your use.
Student Membership in IIA International which is required and available for $30. See www.theiia.org. This will give you membership to the IIA for one year with subscription to the magazine and access to restricted areas of the website. You should also join the UTD student IIA chapter which is $15 per semester and you
eligible to interview for internships, full time positions, resume book, company visits, free attendance at Dallas IIA Chapter meetings and much more. For those also interested in IT Audit it is recommended that you join the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) with information available at www.isaca.org. ·
Access to the Protiviti website is provided to students free of charge in this program. You will be provided with ID and password to this site.
Suggested Course Materials Suggested Readings/Texts The course will have numerous handouts and case studies that will be used to stimulate class discussion. It is your responsibility to obtain all handouts if class periods are missed. Information will be available in webct. Numerous presentations will be used to compliment the course with current material and most speakers will provide copies of materials for posting on webct. Assignments & Academic Calendar Topics, Reading Assignments, Due Dates, Exam Dates Class Audit Project: One of the most beneficial portions of the class is to get actual internal audit work experience. We have integrated doing just that into this class since the first year of starting the program. Since the program has grown we have also made this into an even more beneficial experience for you while assisting some audit organizations complete their audit plans. You have the opportunity to work on an audit with UTD, UT Southwest Medical, City of Garland or City of Irving. You will be interviewing to work on this assignment to get on one of the audits. You can also choose not to work on an audit and work on the alternative project. During the first class you will receive more information about the audits along with the requirements of the audit. Typically the audits will require 5 to 10 hours outside of class per week. Alternate Class Project: For those deciding not to work on the Internal Audit class project or those not making it through the interview process the required assignment you will have the opportunity to work on an alternative project. The number of students selected will vary based on the number of audits each audit group will take along with the backgrounds of the students in the class. We try to give most students the option of working on one of these actual audits, however due to the increase in size of the class this is no longer possible. So if you don’t have adequate time and can’t make commitments for the actual audit please tell us now and select the alternative project as you are taking away a slot for student that will make the time and benefit from this project. The alternative project this semester involves each student selecting a business process to document, evaluate the risk, document the audit program and determine typical areas for improvement. Each student will have to develop a proposal of what they will select and come up with a plan to complete the project. Other proposals for the alternative project can be discussed and proposed to the instructor, but require pre-approval early in the semester.
Tests: Two tests will be given during the semester to test your preparedness for the actual CIA exam. Students will be expected to study and learn the exam material outside of class and be prepared with any questions during the class. Saturday review sessions for the CIA will be established if desired by students. In addition a significantly reduced rate of $30 per part is available to students, but you must register online at www.dallasiia.org. NO late student registrations will be permitted since seating is limited. This review session is conducted by Dr. Glenn Sumners who runs the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU. The review sessions are held all day on April 20-23. Each part is covered on consecutive dates. Class Portal and Current Topics: A number of websites will be valuable resources during the course of the semester. All students will have free access to the subscription service of the Protiviti KnowledgeLeader site. We are one of only few classes in the country to have this access and you need to take advantage of the resource during the class. This will allow us to be very current on our topical coverage along with indexed links to numerous other sources. You will have an id and password that is issued for use during this class. Current topics from the site will be discussed during the class. You will also receive a twice a month newsletter from Protiviti of current audit events. You are expected to follow-up and read accordingly for discussion in class. IIA International Webcasts: Monthly webcasts are provided to UTD as part of the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program and will be available live to students in the program along with those in this class. There will be a short discussion afterwards in the room of the broadcast. All webcasts will be in held in a SOM room to be decided and are on topics that would be beneficial for those entering the internal audit profession. Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors-www.dallasiia.org The local IIA Chapter has monthly meetings. Three meetings will be held during the timeframe of the fall semester and you are strongly encouraged to attend. The dates are set at January 11, February 1, March 1, April 5 and May TBD, 2007. You are invited to attend the luncheon meetings from the Dallas Chapter of the IIA at a reduced rate of $15 and free if you are a member of the IIA student chapter and IIA International as long as you guarantee that you will show. These meetings offer you an opportunity to network with audit professionals, hear great speakers, and learn more what is going on in the Dallas area. The local chapter http://www.dallasiia.org/ has more than 1,800 members and is one of the only platinum chapters in the world. The national IIA site is www.theiia.org. IIA Student Chapter During the fall semester of 2003 a student chapter of the IIA was formed at the University. Participation in the chapter is requirement for all those in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program and participation highly recommended for others interested in Internal Audit.
We continue to need assistance with the student chapter and the chapter will be having meetings, site visits, mock interviews, internship opportunities, golf outings, and a resume book. Information Sessions about the program will be held throughout the year with participation from the student’s chapter. This will be a great opportunity for those wanting to get full time employment, internships, learn more about the program, network with many companies throughout the country along with IIA International. During the summer of 2005 three students from the student chapter participated in the Endorsed Internal Audit Program at International Conference in Chicago. In 2006 the International Conference was in Houston and we had 15 students volunteer and participate in the students activities. A group of students has started planning for the International Conference in 2007 in Amsterdam. North Texas ISACA Meetings and Calendar – www.isacantx.org The North Texas Chapter of ISACA Meetings are recommended attendance and available at a discount rate of $10 for students. The meetings are planned for Thursday at lunch time. The first next meeting is the joint meeting with IIA on January 11, then on February 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10. You need to register ahead of time to attend these meetings. The local ISACA chapter has over 1,000 members and is very important for those serious about getting into Information Technology Audit. The national website for ISACA is www.isaca.org.
Class Schedule: The class schedule is subject to change, based on the needs of the students. We will have many guest speakers for the class in addition many case studies to cover. Changes to the class will be discussed as the need arises.
Schedule Week Date
January 10, 2007
-Introductions -Internal Audit Project Discussion -Student Chapter Presentation -Resume Review Discussion -Overview of the Audit Process and COSO Model
January 17, 2007
January 24 2007 January 24 2007
-Risk Assessment Process and Audit Planning- UTD Audit -Interviews for Audit Assignments -Business Processes and Business Risks –JC Penny-Complete Reading of The Goal
September 8, 9, 10, and 11
January 31, 2007
February 7, 2007
February 14, 2007
-CIA Review Session at UTD Executive Education -The Professional Practices Framework: Ethics and Standards of Practice -Assurance Engagement Planning -Performing the Assurance Engagement -Reporting Assurance Engagement Outcomes and Performing FollowUp Reviews
Quiz/Case Text Study Chapter Chapter 1
Assignment #1 (Due)
During the day Chapter 4
Case Study 1 (Due)
Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Case Study 2
7 8 N/A 9 10 11 12 N/A
February 21, 2007 February 28, 2007
-Internal Control and Test-Part 1 -Current State of SOX and audit integration
March 14, 2007 March 21, 2007 March 28, 2007 April 4, 2007
-Corporate Governance and Risk Management -IT Risk Management and Audit -Fraud Risk and Controls -Performing the Consulting Engagement CIA Exam – UTD Executive Education
November 15 and November 16, 2006 April 11, 2007
April 18, 2007
April 20-23, 2007
April 25, 2007
May 16 and May 17, 2007
- Managing the Internal Audit Process -Begin Project Presentations Optional – CIA Preparation Sessions Must Register in advance - Complete Project Presentations - Part II of CIA Exam - Optional CIA Exam
Case Study 3
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 12
Chapter 8 Case Study 4
Your grade will consist of the following: Percent 2 CIA Review Exams Case Studies Class Audit Project Class Assignments and Class Participation Total Points Course Policies
25% 25% 25% 25% ___ 100%
Make-up exams There are no excused absences from the exams without a written excuse from a doctor or the academic dean. If there is a serious scheduling conflict, it is your responsibility to let
the instructor know well in advance. All students should plan on taking exams as scheduled and if a conflict exists the exam should be scheduled prior to the exam date. Late Work Since much of your work will be case study and projects it is imperative that you start these projects early and meet with you teams. After teaching this course a number of semesters those teams that start the process late tend to not perform as well on various projects. Team issues should be dealt with early in project so adjustments can be made quickly. Class Assignments All assignments should be completed and turned in on time. A significant reduction or zero points will be received for late assignments. A number of assignments will require you to prepare the assignment in PowerPoint and make a short presentation in class. Due to the increase in class size all groups may or may not be able to give a class presentation, but you should be prepared to give the presentation at any point. Most of these assignments will be due the Tuesday before class and should be posted to WebCT by each person in the group. Please do not send homework to my email or my TA’s email address! Also do not send to our webct email accounts it should be uploaded to webct in the assignment area. Do not wait to the last minute to upload the assignment as the clock for the webct server may not be the same as your time. Class Attendance Notify the instructor in advance, if possible, if you cannot attend class. Class attendance is extremely important since many of the topics and guest speakers are unique to the class discussion. We will also be working on class projects involving actual audits with the UTD Audit Department, UT Southwest Medical, City of Garland and City of Irving. Meetings will be set up outside of class time for these groups to meet. If you know that will be a problem make a decision to sign up for the alternative project versus the audit project. Since this is an extremely fast paced class I have found that those missing the first class have a lot of difficulty during the entire semester. If you fall in this category you need to discuss with the TA to make sure you understand the requirements of the class. The first and second class are the most important classes during the entire semester! Classroom Citizenship Discussion in class is the best way to learn as many of you bring varied backgrounds that can add different views to the class. Since this course has significant involvement with internal audit professions and the Dallas IIA it is imperative that students conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism. All students will have opportunities for employment at many companies through this program so keep in mind that your conduct is a reflection of the program and can impact the opportunities of others. We will also have many guest speakers along with individuals visiting class periodically.
Field Trip Policies / Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities The course projects may require students to perform audit work off campus at one of the various audit locations in addition to areas around the UTD campus. It is imperative that students maintain the confidentiality as they work on these projects. In addition there will be many opportunities to visit various companies and perform site visits. These activities are tied to the UTD IIA Student Chapter. Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391). A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.
Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.
Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university
encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.
Withdrawal from Class The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.
Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.
Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.
Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:
The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.
Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.
Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address given below. Additional information is available from the office of the school dean. (http://www.utdallas.edu/Business Affairs/Travel_Risk_Activities.htm)
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