Planning Audit Assignments (AUDT8451)

Planning Audit Assignments

Planning Audit Assignments


Careful planning is the foundation of success in quickly completing quality performance audits. Recognizing that audits are projects, a structured approach is presented for planning. In this approach, you will learn:

  1. A risk method to apply in identifying value-added subjects and issues for audit;
  2. How to formulate audit objectives that meet standards, make clear what an audit is to accomplish, and provide for obtaining evidence to determine the nature and extent of identified problems;
  3. How to apply a step-by-step process in selecting the scope of work and methodology for obtaining evidence to answer the audit objectives;
  4. How to document the audit plan using a design matrix, and
  5. Factors to consider in assigning staff to conduct the audit.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced performance auditors. Participants should be familiar with the material covered in Basic Governmental Auditing (AUDT7001G).




16.0 CPE's

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the central role of objectives in performance auditing
  • Use risk assessment to identify areas of vulnerability and performance improvement for audit
  • Write objectives that make clear what the audit is to accomplish; provide direction for planning and fieldwork, facilitate report writing; and meet auditing standards
  • Apply a step-by-step approach in designing audits to achieve the objectives and use a matrix to document the design
  • Cite factors to consider in determining staff and other resource needs

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Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Audit Selection Phase

Module 3: Survey Phase

Module 4: Planning Phase: Defining Audit Objectives

Module 5: Planning Phase: Selecting Scope and Methodology

Module 6: Determining Staff and other Resource Needs

Module 7: Planning - Practice Application

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