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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

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Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 281 reviews

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  • 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
    Brilliant course by all standards. I highly recommend this course for everyone who wants to grow in the audit field
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    John Kennedy
    4
    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
    First of all, i would like to thank Prof. Dias according to the way he gave this course, and also his techniques including interviews, the given time about self thinking about the what you think, order of the chapters/parts of the course, all of them...
  • Anonymous
    I really appreciate the tutelage in this course, the professor explains from the basics. I also appreciate the fact that the professor pauses to allow us think about what he's teaching and let it sink in. Generally the course has helped me entered into the role of an information security auditor and try to figure out how to resolve issues, not just textbook examples but realistic examples also. The course has really benefitted me, I look forward to handling roles in in information systems audits in the nearest future. If there's something I appreciate here in this course is to look at every case from the angle of a criminal, plug every holes and seal links especially by ensuring audit trails wherever change management is to be installed.
  • 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.
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    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.
  • Romel O. Bacolod
    3
    Everything in this course is helpful enough for my studies and I can say that I've gained a lot of new ideas. All in all it was fun and exciting journey. Thanks that this online course existed.
  • 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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    Julius Kenneth Okurut
    1
    I am thankful to HKU and particularly Prof Dias for very interactive course. As a certified Public Accountant my Interest in IS Audit has been enlightened and I look to pursuing full certification in IS Audit.
  • Anonymous
    Learnt a lot about information system risks and controls. Various case studies were given which made it interesting. The presentations were visually engaging and made It easier to learn.
  • 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 Sri Kanth
    Sri Kanth
    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 Saifullah Khan
    Saifullah Khan
    2

    Saifullah Khan 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.
  • Profile image for Radhika Mittal
    Radhika Mittal
    1
    This course is very helpful in understanding the concept relating to information system auditing. Sir has cleared all the doubts , and speed is also perfect. Really grateful.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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