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This subject introduces students to the field of forensic accounting. The subject examines in-depth the elements of forensic accounting investigations in the context of the Australian legal system. Specific issues in dispute analysis are covered including, the quantification of loss, business valuation in the context of disputes, and the preparation of expert witness reports. The legal underpinnings of forensic accounting investigations, such torts, contract law and the law of the expert witness are reviewed. Further, the subject covers the role of the forensic accountant in the investigation of fraud and the management of fraud risk within organisations, including both fraud prevention and detection.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the role of the forensic accountant in fraud investigations and dispute analysis;
- Explain the legal requirements and practice considerations of acting as an expert witness;
- Describe the Australian legal framework for fraud investigations and dispute analysis;
- Explain the procedures for collecting evidence that are consistent with the requirements of courts of law in Australia;
- Explain and analyse governance mechanisms and accountability frameworks for the prevention of fraud;
- Explain and apply fraud detection mechanisms; and
- Apply the knowledge gained throughout this subject to analyse case studies and produce practical and effective recommendations for the conduct of investigative cases in business forensics.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Ability to understand legislation and legal processes across Australia's legal jurisdictions;
- Investigative skills in relation to the recognition and collection of evidence;
- Understanding of the role and procedural relationship between legal practitioners and regulatory authorities;
- Oral and written communication skills specific to investigative processes; and
- Critical thinking.
Last updated: 16 March 2020