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Online Course

Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

Overview

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

4.8 rating, based on 83 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very useful and relevant. It explaine the technical aspects in simple words that could be easily understood. The course commenced with objective of IS audit, giving a perspective of risk exposure and the need for risk management including risk assessment and evaluation including internal controls. The technical portion was about SDLC was very detailed and Profession Dias teaching was simple and easy to understand. As part of the course, the different environment and phases along with the controls of change management at the end was very useful. I am confident with the learning of this course, would provide me better opportunity to use my competene as a Risk Manager in my current organization.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    ISACA has expanded my knowledge about information systems and how to manage them for better business output.

    I would like to extend appreciation to Prof. Dias for the good explanations and knowledgeable examples about IS Auditing practices.

    I would also like to appreciate Ms. Gloria for the experiential sharing about the roles of the IS Auditor.

    Finally appreciate Honk Konk university of Science and Technology for availing such resources to the world. A person like me from Uganda, Africa would have never had a chance to access such resourceful material.

    Thanks to my colleagues for the discussions and explanations.

    I look forward to the certification.
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    Saifullah K.

    Saifullah completed this course.

    As an IT graduate, 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 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 plays a key role which helps you understand the market of the IS Audits.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I think the whole course is very well done, although some of the detail I don't really understand by just viewing the video, but luckily it provide some article and review paper to read. I like how the course were divided into different part and let us understand better on the course, and the interview section is also a good opportunity to know what is happening in the real life situation. The quiz is very easy too if you pay attention to the whole courses. Overall I like this online courses.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have enjoyed the video lecture of Mr. Dias. As I have a background of Financial Auditing, the IS Audit is much helpful for the External Auditing process of Banking. Now a days only financial Auditing cannot support to form the opinion of Report as many companies financial transaction went completely automation, Specially fintech and banking sector. Thanks for helping to obtain the knowledge through online in this pandemic situation.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Advantages. Parallel running allows results to be compared to ensure that the new system is working without any errors. If errors are found, user can refer to the old system to resolve the problem and make modifications to the new system thus operation can continue under the old system while the problems are sorted out
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    Amir N.

    Amir completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    A great course for IS student who is learning IT Auditing. The questions are all reasonably and fairly hard for Intermediate and Advanced students. Details of learning and knowledge presenting are well delivered. Explanation on every topics and sub topics are good with detailed and with real life examples.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An Excellent IS Auditing course covering Risk Assessment Mitigation and having controls in place. Also covering procedures, case studies and various scenarios. Thanks to Prof. DIAS for explaining the concepts in easy to understand manner and with good examples.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    My journey was in this course amazing i learn a lot from this course instructor was great. Before that course my mind was blank about IS auditing now i think i can explain very well to other person that actually what is it. Now my mind is fresh and i am happy because i learn my favourt course
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The Course gives a good introduction about the IT Auditing.
    It explains how the real industry works. At least my company has similar procedure and guidelines.
    1. the Control and the Risk
    2. Auditing Procedure
    3. SDLC and the relation about audit
    4. Change and Change Request Process.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you very much for the course "Information Systems Auditing, Controls and Assurance", which was incredibly interesting and informative. Sincere thanks to the lecturer for the availability and interesting presentation of the material, as well as practical examples!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Professor DIAS is articulate and delivers the course in a simple, precise and and comprehensive manner. The art of pedagogy is evident in the delivery of this course and as such, a must-have certificate for current and aspiring Information Systems (Technology) Auditors.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is a very educational course, with a very in-depth breakdown of the syllabus. I would recommend this course to every Information Technology expert or anyone who is seeking a career in Information Technology.

    I am really glad I took this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This platform of learning is very skillful and most knowledgable in this pandemic. I have learned new concept and utilize my time in different activities and enrolled in many subject. This is best opporunity for students to get much more knowledge.
    Thankyou..
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Learning was made simplify and resources used are up to date . On the other hand the transcript needed to be edit of some words like okay, correct, yes, etc as this are usual words that does not really fix to be in transcript even though they were spoken
  • Relebohilekobeli@gmail.com completed this course.

    The course was worth it and I think with the concepts I learned from the instructor I am ready to face any job in the sections I am aiming at. The course is well delivered with clear examples trying to emphasis the and make students more understanding.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course really helpful. As a computer science student this course really highlighted the importance of IS auditor in SDLC. Many new inputs and knowledge gain from the instructor and interviewee who has real experience in the field.
  • Profile image for Mohamad Syazani Bin Shaharudin
    Mohamad S.

    Mohamad completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course really helpful. As a computer science student this course really highlighted the importance of IS auditor in SDLC. Many new inputs and knowledge gain from the instructor and interviewee who has real experience in the field.
  • Obogor O.

    Obogor completed this course.

    It was an interesting course. It was simplified that a non-IT person can grasp its content quickly.
    It has broaden my horizon on the subject matter.

    Thank you to the team.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am indeed satisfied and feel that I have value for money paid.

    It was indeed expository as relation to the course content.

    Thank you

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