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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

Overview

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Information systems (IS) are important assets to business organizations and are ubiquitous in our daily lives.

With the latest IS technologies emerging, such as Big Data, FinTech, Virtual Banks, there are more concerns from the public on how organizations maintain systems’ integrity, such as data privacy, information security, the compliance to the government regulations. Management in organizations also need to be assured that systems work the way they expected. IS auditors play a crucial role in handling these issues.

In the course “Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance”, you will explore risks of information systems, and how to mitigate the risks by proper IS Controls. You will also get familiar with the IS Audit procedures and how they are applied during the IS development throughout the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

Finally, you will get to observe how we can make the system changes more manageable using formal IS Management practices, such as Change Management Controls and Emergency Changes.

The conversations between the course instructor - Prof. Percy Dias, and the IS auditing practitioner will give you a concrete idea on how IS auditors perform their duties, the qualities to become IS auditors and future prospects of IS auditing industry.

This course is suitable for students and graduates from Information Systems, Information Technology and Computer Science, and IT practitioners who are interested to get into the IS auditing field. It is also a good starting point for learners who would like to pursue further studies for IS audit certifications – such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Information Systems (IS) Auditing
    • IS Auditing is related to risks, controls and assurance. In the first module, Prof. Dias introduces what risk is about. Getting deeper to risk, the 3-step risk management process is elaborated. To manage risks, controls need to be established. Prof. Dias also demonstrates with daily examples on what the controls are.
  • Perform IS auditing
    • You may have heard of financial auditing, do you know the difference between IS auditing and financial auditing? You are going to explore more about IS auditing through the conversation between Prof. Dias and the IS audit practitioner. Prof. Dias then explains the general IS audit procedures and two major testings that IS auditors/compliance officers have to conduct. Prof. Dias also explains the procedure to obtain evidence in order to produce justified audit reports.
  • Business Application Development and the Roles of IS Auditors
    • IT practitioners develop business applications following the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). IS auditors are in place to ensure the controls are implemented to mitigate the risks of developing application systems throughout the SDLC. Prof. Dias is going to review what IT practitioners usually do, and further elaborate the role that IS auditors play in different phases of SDLC.
  • IS Maintenance and Control
    • Information systems seldom remain static, it is common for users to make change requests to add new features, or refine existing functions some time after the information system launches. Organizations should follow a formal procedure to make the changes in their systems manageable. Prof. Dias is going to give you an overview on the change management controls which organizations should follow. Different kinds of maintenance practices, and Emergency Controls are also discussed in this module. Finally, Percy's conversations with the IS audit practitioner give you better insights on the future development of IS audit and how IS audit support the newly emerged FinTech industry.

Taught by

Garvin Percy DIAS

Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 395 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 2231 ratings

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  • Profile image for Sean Reymund Magcamit
    Sean Reymund Magcamit
    This is the first course that I have taken in Coursera. As an internal auditing student, I would say that this course helped me a lot to gain more knowledge when it comes to information systems. The lessons/topics on the first week of the course are already very familiar to me as we already tackled them in my actual course (internal auditing). The following weeks/topics are very new to me, and I spend so much time understanding them very well. I chose to take this course because it will help me gain knowledge when I take the CISA examination someday. I also want to use my time wisely during this time of pandemic so I decided to enroll to this course.
  • Anonymous
    Most of the financial data we are auditing heavily relies with IT structures in which we are not completely capacitated to perform IT audit. With this course, it provided me the basic information I need and gave me different insights on how to apply and integrate certain audit procedures from IT audit to financial audit. I also highly recommend this course to those who would like to explore a career in IT audit as it gives you a jumping point and at the same time a bird's eye-view of the future career, and most especially because the course offered a comprehensive discussion on the significant parts of IT audit.
  • Anonymous
    This course was great well explained, and in full detail. I found the experience well challenge, very introducing, and mind stimulating. Ms. Gloria Luk explained her knowledgeable insight of the future tech involvement, and how an IS auditor should prepare...
  • Anonymous
    Prof. Dias make it easy for the newly IT people who just started and want to pursue their career in the field of IT. He initial make our base strong by sharing his best knowledge and conduct interview was very helpful for us to getting aware what is happening in IT environment these days. Thankful to having a very keen professor like Prof. Dias who make me more convinced to learn more about IS/IT related course.
  • Profile image for Srikanth Y
    Srikanth Y
    A very interesting and insightful course.

    The various modules were explicitly detailed.

    The interview sessions were very necessary as they described real-life scenarios where an information system auditor can function.

    Also, they also helped me understand that an IS auditor is not limited to a particular sector

    I hope to take this knowledge along as I broaden my scope in the industry.

    Great Job Prof. Dias.
  • Profile image for Precious Eyakndue
    Precious Eyakndue
    A very interesting and insightful course.

    The various modules were explicitly detailed.

    The interview sessions were very necessary as they described real-life scenarios where an information system auditor can function.

    Also, they also helped me understand that an IS auditor is not limited to a particular sector

    I hope to take this knowledge along as I broaden my scope in the industry.

    Great Job Prof. Dias.
  • Amit Kaushik
    I would like to thank Prof Dias and Hong Kong University.
    Course is well paced and informative.
    I recommend the course to beginners in the field of IS Auditors.
    However, I also feel that course is slightly outdated and discusses only one SDLC technique. The course is also not having any real life case studies to give an overall practitioners approach to the auditing role.

    All in all a good course recommended.
  • Profile image for John Kennedy
    John Kennedy
    A very good course. for information Security auditor, As a beginner, this course is very useful and informative. it is important to be familiar with IT Audits. This course is an essential part of the IT studies which I believe shall be included in the undergrad program as an elective and the students should opt for this course.

    As far as my experience is concerned with this course, specifically with Prof. Dias, it was an amazing experience of learning with him, and the way he was demonstrating things was commendable. The interviews in between also play a key role which helps you understand the market of the IS Audits. Beautifully designed course. much apprciated.
  • Anonymous
    Well-run course. Allows you to understand the basic principles of IS auditing. Very useful.

    Very well put together, clear course. Relevant exercises. Good distribution of points.

    Interesting, on the other hand a little too much material.

    Very well presented, PowerPoint helps to assimilate the material. Before class I was not

    particularly motivated and I found myself really enjoying the course.
  • Anonymous
    Hello, I've finished this course. In this course from week 1 - 4, I've got a lof of new knowledge and information about Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance. From the experts we can learn about explore risks of information systems and how to mitigate the risks by proper IS Controls. We will learn about IS Audit procedures and how they are applied during the IS development throughout the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). And from the experts too, we will know their experience. So, the conclusion about this course is I'm very satisfied and happy to get a chance to learn about IS Audit. Thank you, Coursera.
  • Anonymous
    Information systems Auditing, Controls and assurance was really an interesting course. I really enjoyed completing this course. This course has gave me a lot of knowledge and I also learned a lot of new things. I believe that this course will surely be a boost to my career. It will surely enhance my knowledge upto a new level. I have a keen interest in finance. This course proves to be an add on to my knowledge. I was really looking forward to the certificate which I will get for the hard work that I had done in completing this course and passing all the quiz.
  • Anonymous
    I have never DONE any course or unit related with AUDITING but this one really opened my eyes and mind to ways AUDITORS operate ,the importance of Auditing and how crucial auditing is to different organisations,its a whole new avenue for me , my mind now see things in many different angles am even trying to figure out whether if i AUDIT the way i work as a Technician whether i followed the laid down basic Audit Procedures.

    Thankyou Kudos for an Extremely Good Job.
  • Anonymous
    The course was a very insightful one, it reminded me of being discipline as I took longer than the initial stipulated time. I love the fact that it has that benefit of pushing the date ahead just incase you get overwhelmed with other life happenings. I was active with the discussions as I was not able to identify with my course mates timings but I would log in to just broaden my insights about something.
    I am glad to have enrolled for the course.
  • Anonymous
    The course was designed such that without any prior knowledge also one can easily understand the concept . I am very satisfied with the course and it was very clearly explained by the Professor. Each and every module was very interesting . Now i got clear knowledge about the IS auditing, controls and the role of IS auditor and when an IS audit is needed. Thank you for the Course era who is extending the courses without charging any fee.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative, clear with examples.

    Easy to understand even for not IT background students

    Would like to thank all the professors for knowledge sharing.

    Thanks

    Satish Udreshe
  • Anonymous
    I would like to thank Prof Dias and Hong Kong University.

    Course is well paced and informative.

    I recommend the course to beginners in the field of IS Auditors.

    However, I also feel that course is slightly outdated and discusses only one SDLC technique. The course is also not having any real life case studies to give an overall practitioners approach to the auditing role.

    All in all a good course recommended.
  • Anonymous
    For those new to IT who wish to pursue a career in the sector, Prof. Dias makes things simple. He first strengthened our foundation by imparting his finest expertise, and the interview he conducted helped us understand what is going on in the modern IT world. I'm appreciative of having a knowledgeable lecturer like Prof. Dias who has strengthened my desire to study more about IS/IT-related courses.
  • Anonymous
    Brilliant course by all standards. I highly recommend this course for everyone who wants to grow in the audit field
  • Profile image for Samuel Atina Migiro
    Samuel Atina Migiro
    The course has touched on every bit of IS auditing, and being new in this field it has really helped me to know how go about with IS Audit.
    The Change management process was well highlighted nd the discussions with Ms. Gloria Luk and Prof. Percy Dias on the Future Development of IS Auditing was an eye opener on the way forward in regards to IS Audit.
  • Anonymous
    this is an extensive course that is very ell prepared and easy to understand i have a lot of knowledge now thanks to the course. i understand risk better, and how IS auditing is a very importanant field in any organisation. It is extensive and very clear good job to the lecturer, I hope he releases more courses that are similar. Great job

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