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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


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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).


  • 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


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    Abimbola Akinrele
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  • Anonymous
    The Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance course by HKUST on Coursera exceeded my expectations. Professor Dias's clear explanations and real-world examples made complex concepts understandable and engaging. The course structure provided a comprehensive overview of IS auditing, from risks and controls to assurance procedures. I particularly appreciated the focus on practical skills, including change management and emergency procedures. This course is a valuable resource for anyone interested in IS auditing, whether you're a student, IT professional, or aspiring auditor.
  • Anonymous
    The Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance course is a highly regarded course that provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the field of information systems auditing. I learned a lot in this course. The material was well-presented and the instructor was very engaging. I would definitely recommend this course to others.This course is a must for anyone who wants to pursue a career in information systems auditing. It covers all of the essential topics and provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.
  • Anonymous
    Very good course to start with especially deeper understanding on SDLC Audits.
    Its help a lot to understand the risk implications in a given practical scenario and help to think from the IS audit perspective on what is the best or the most suitable.
    a right fit course to start for any IS audit aspirants.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me understand the fundamentals of IS Audit and the entire process, as well as how we should assist managers and companies in making better decisions in real businesses and organizations. In addition, I learned that, in today's world, becoming a qualified and excellent IS Audit requires constant learning of new skills and technologies in order to provide administrators and customers with better advice on how to run their businesses and better assist customers in protecting their own rights and interests.
  • Anonymous
    It seems to be a very good course as it helped me to learn many things about Information system auditing. Prof. Dias has very well explained all the topics which helped me to understand very easily. And this course has obviously helped me to upgrade my knowledge and skills. Obviously this is the era of technology and information system auditing plays important role in this modern era. And this course will obviously help me to secure place in the areas of information system auditing.
  • Anonymous
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  • David Acheampong
    Amazing content. I really like the presentation and quality of the content. The learning areas, the pace at which lessons were presented, and the quiz were really helpful.
  • Anonymous
    The course is an eye opener for me and it will enhance my professional carrier.

    It is also flexible because you can do it at your own pace. Another thing is the interactive nature of the course and the fact that you do not have to move to a specific place to enable you do the course.

    Thanks to the organisers for coming up with this idea of making this course available to people around the world.

  • Anonymous
    Insightful and value adding course, I enjoyed the course at my own pace. The tools and reading materials were adequate to get insights into current and future trends in IT Auditing.
    The presentation was easy to follow and kept me interested. the course quizzes tested understanding rather than regurgitation. Nice way to start my middle-aged back to school journey. Thank you Prof. Dias.
  • Anonymous
    The course "Auditing, Controls, and Assurance of Information Systems" proved to be an extremely enriching and rewarding educational experience. From the outset, it was clear that the central goal was to provide students with a deep understanding of the fundamentals and essential practices related to information systems auditing in technological environments.
  • Anonymous
    it was really helpful for me I've achieved many important tips in this course program, I have understood data validation and the many kinds of checks like sequence check, limit check, limit check, range check, validity check, completeness check, duplicate and many more tips that were really useful for me and help full for my future education and acknowledgment and here I want to thanks from Hong kong university that enrolled me to this program and I could earn the knowledge
  • Anonymous
    IT was really nice course, where we laernd a lot about the is auditing , risk ,complaincs , change management.

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