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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

The course is awarded Best Online Courses of the Year (2021 Edition) by Class Central (http://www.classcentral.com).
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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 208 reviews

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  • 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.
  • Romel O. Bacolod
    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.
  • Profile image for Julius Kenneth Okurut
    Julius Kenneth Okurut
    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.
  • Profile image for Radhika Mittal
    Radhika Mittal
    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 Saifullah Khan
    Saifullah Khan

    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.
  • Anonymous
    I've learned alot about this coursera.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...
  • Anonymous
    Thank you, Dr. Garvin Percy Dias, for an interesting and very simple way to teach about IS auditor course. Thank you for Goggle Coursera also for offering an awesome opportunity. Final week, learn about development, production, and test environment. What...
  • 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.
  • M.A.SAILESH KUMAR
    nice one teaches about the is auditors controls and assurance and it was really good, enjoyed each and every session and being a student it helped a lot in discovering new career prospects and also being 20 year old student in the verge of starting a career in finance sector it though me a lot with regard to this sector and also gave a lot of insights on how to develop as a person in the big four mnc's and also the weekly worksheet which were given was up to the mark and also me to learn about the controls and the assignments and tasks were so useful to start something new for myself as a person to develop myself in this finance sector.
  • Anonymous
    very insightful course and the length, material and pacing is just right. the tutor is very knowledgeable about the material. the quizzes were appropriate for testing the knowledge acquired in the videos.

    one small improvement suggestion would be the tutor should have talked more about protection of information assets and should have touched on the governance aspects of information systems and how is auditors can get involved.

    otherwise overall the course is okay for its purpose of providing the learner with general aspects of information systems auditing, controls and assurance.
  • Anonymous
    I completed my course.

    It was very helpful an mba pursuing student (IT Specialization) it helps to manage and control the risk in the organisation.

    Every topic was taught well by our dear professor, he gave a detailed explanation and the study materials was also helpful for more detailed insight.

    The change management, system maintenance practices and emergency change was explained well with practical examples. Grace also gave lot of industrial examples, as a student I got slight about the work of IS Auditor in the present industry and in banks or financial institutions.

    Thanks
  • Anonymous
    This course is perfect for students, fresh graduates and learners in Audit and Information System. The lecturer, Gavin Percy Dias is a professional in education. He tried to convey the material as simple as possible just like in-class learning. Unlike my previous course, the quiz is available for free user. There's still room for improvements however, especially on the delivery of the course itself in terms of diction, selection of sentences, advancement of materials because different words and sentences sometimes imply different meanings. Thank you Coursera!
  • 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.

    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.
  • Wow!

    This is one of the fantastic course I have ever come across about internet of things.

    I understand every content of the course. They made it so simple and understanding. You don't have to know all about coding before you can have the full knowledge of the course. I congratulate myself, I just become an IS AUDITOR.

    Honestly I can even train people to become an IS AUDITOR now. I really want to thank Coursera for this wonderful PRIVILEGE they provided on this platform.

    Thank You.
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    Club Tennis
    Un excelente curso , en el cual da a entender muy bien el papel de la auditoria SI y aporta pequeños ejemplos en las empresas y el impacto que puede llevar la no aplicación de auditorias y controles. el curso aunque esta en otro idioma con los subtítulos y traducción fue suficiente para entender muy bien además de que tanto un a persona sin conocimientos previos puede hacerse una buena idea y una persona con conocimientos puede mejorar y profundizar mucho más.
  • Anonymous
    I have really enjoyed this course, it gives you what you need to know as an aspiring IS Auditor. I will encourage others who are interested in IS Auditing to enroll in this course as well.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    This course gives a excellent introduction about IS auditing. Thanks to Prof. Dias for explaining the concepts in a plain manner. The real life examples ensure clarity and a appropriate balance between learning and loosening „entertainment“. The interviews in between help understand the role of IS audits. The course will provide me good opportunity to use my competencies as a Compliance Manager in my current organization.
  • Anonymous
    I dont like course as it just give information stuff only. nothing information give about standards l(ike ISO) , or regularties (like ITGC) , soc audits

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