Writing Audit Reports by Objectives (AUDT8511)

Writing Audit Reports by Objectives

Writing Audit Reports by Objectives


Accepted practice in performance auditing is to begin an audit with objectives based on user needs and to develop a report that answers those objectives. This course is grounded on the concept that using audit objectives as the logical, integrated basis from planning through reporting helps you organize your message and write reports that succinctly communicate the audit results. In practice exercises, write audit objectives that, when answered, will tell audit results as a story. In a case exercise, use a report conference to reach agreement on the message before writing; organize the report message to answer the audit objectives, and; write a finding synopsis.

Who Should Attend?

Auditors who want to enhance their report-writing skills.




CPE: 24.0

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Design a report to solve the problem of multiple audiences
  • Explain the effect objectives have on findings and message formulation
  • Write objectives for process-oriented and results-oriented audits that identify performance aspects and finding elements to be developed and form an outline for the report
  • Organize a finding that answers the audit objectives using different methods and advance organizers such as captions and topic sentences
  • Apply general guidelines for selecting appropriate visual aids

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Module 1: How Report Structure Serves Various Audiences

Module 2: How Auditing and Reporting Form a Coherent Process

Module 3: How Objectives Determine Finding Content

Module 4: How an Audit Plan is Built From Objectives

Module 5: How to Move From Data to Findings

Module 6: How to Use Advance Organizers for a Coherent Report

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