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Writing Audit Reports by Objectives

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Dec 12 - Dec 14, 2017
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-THU
Washington , DC $899 O
Feb 06 - Feb 08, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-THU
San Francisco , CA $899 O
Jun 05 - Jun 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-THU
Atlanta , GA $899 O
Jul 10 - Jul 12, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , TUE-THU
Washington , DC $899 O
Aug 22 - Aug 24, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-FRI
Washington , DC $899 O
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Course overview

Accepted practice in performance auditing is to begin an audit with objectives based on user needs and to develop a report that answers those objectives. This course is grounded on the concept that using audit objectives as the logical, integrated basis from planning through reporting helps you organize your message and write reports that succinctly communicate the audit results. In practice exercises, write audit objectives that, when answered, will tell audit results as a story. In a case exercise, use a report conference to reach agreement on the message before writing; organize the report message to answer the audit objectives, and; write a finding synopsis.

This course aligns with the following DoD FM competency:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Audit Reporting 5 24

Who should attend?

Auditors who want to enhance their report-writing skills. This course is also beneficial for anyone preparing to take the CGAP Exam. Level: Intermediate.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the effect objectives have on findings and message formulation
  • Design a report to solve the problem of multiple audiences
  • Write objectives for process-oriented and results-oriented audits that identify performance aspects and finding elements to be developed and form an outline for the report
  • Organize a finding that answers the audit objectives using different outline methods and advance organizers such as captions and topic sentences
  • Apply general guidelines for selecting appropriate visual aids

Course outline

  • Module 1 – How Report Structure Serves Various Audiences

  • Module 2 – How Auditing and Reporting Form a Coherent Process

  • Module 3 – How Objectives Determine Finding Content

  • Module 4 – How an Audit Plan is Built From Objectives

  • Module 5 – How to Move From Data to Findings

  • Module 6 – How to Use Advance Organizers for a Coherent Report

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