“Internal Auditors: A critical evaluation of their success or otherwise in combating fraud.”

“Internal Auditors: A critical evaluation of their success or otherwise in combating fraud.”

Do not just describe the role of internal auditors.  This essay is about combatting fraud and should therefore include reference to actual cases as well as a discussion about the circumstances or criteria, which would make them successful.
Up to 3 marks credited for each cogently explained relevant point, with overall award in line with the module assessment criteria grid.

In addition, by way of further explanation, your submission will be expected to demonstrate the following qualities in order to achieve a good mark:

1.     Answering the central focus of the assignment topic.
2.     A critical appreciation of relevant literature and its use to support argument, substantiate model(s) and other aspects of the assignment.
3.     A clear listing of references and/or bibliography.
4.     Ability to analyse relevant theoretical concepts in a critical manner, evaluation of material, indication of gaps in the literature.
5.     Logical flow of ideas and treatment; imaginative approaches; appropriate
selection of real world factors related to the model(s) or specific assignment topic.
6.     Ability to analyse material from a variety of appropriate relevant perspectives.
7.     Presentation, structure, appropriateness of methodology, breaking into section headings/subheadings, tidiness.
8.     A strong conclusion.

Please use references that can be accessed online.

Learning Outcome    Fail
< 40%    Pass
60-69%    Distinction
LO 1 to 5
Mainly descriptive with no discussion

Tendency to be
descriptive with limited discussion of issues
Sound analysis of issues and implications
Critical and reasoned analysis of issues and implications
Perceptive and insightful analysis of issues and implications

Limited issues identified with no or little knowledge of the topic
Some issues identified with limited knowledge of topic
Identification of some key issues with clear knowledge of topic
Identification of key issues with good knowledge of topic
Identification of key and potential issues with excellent understanding of topic

No or limited literature review
Weak use of literature
Sound literature review with an appropriate listing of references
Critical use and consideration of literature with a good listing of references
Perceptive use and critique of literature with an excellent listing of references

No or limited attempt to conclude

Some attempt to conclude
Competent attempt to conclude
Critical and reasoned conclusion
Perceptive and insightful conclusions
LO  3, 4 and 5
No or poor practical application to situation

Inappropriate or insufficient application of appropriate skills and knowledge

Limited practical application to situation

Applies some key skills and knowledge but not necessarily in an entirely appropriate manner

Competent attempt to relate to situation

Applies some key skills and knowledge appropriately
Reasoned application to situation

Applies key skills and knowledge appropriately
Insightful application to situation

Applies all skills and knowledge appropriately

LO1    Understand the meaning and purpose of forensic accounting.
LO2    Understand the nature and extent of financial crime and financial dispute resolution.
LO3    Demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques used in forensic accounting engagements, including the identification and quantification of admissible evidence.
LO4    Evaluate situational, systems and security weaknesses in organisations and to design and recommend measures to minimise the associated downside risks.
LO5    Apply the methodologies by means of which organisations and individuals can plan to manage the risks associated with their business and personal financial exposures.


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