Assignments are to be submitted by one of the following means;
· The assignment must be lodged on or before the due date indicated in the assignment details.
· Submit your Assignment as one document, using PDF or Word doc format1 .
· The assignment must conform to the requirements set out in this assignment
· The assignment must be lodged online via the ACT504 Learnline Assignment Lodgement link on the ACT504 Learnline site.
· Ensure your file is named using a file naming convention that allows the lecturer to identify to whom it belongs. Failure to use an acceptable file naming convention may result in your assignment lodgement being rejected (be
sure to indicate Name and Student Number on the front cover).
DO NOT LODGE VIA EMAIL or FAX - assignments lodged by email or fax will not be accepted.
KEEP A COPY - Ensure you have a copy of the assignment lodged.
Coversheets are no longer required.
Students will now be required to affirm at the point of submission that the work they are submitting is their original work.
This is built into the submission point.
The submission text reads as follows:
By clicking the SUBMIT button I certify that this assignment is my own work, based on my own personal study and research, and that I have acknowledged all material and sources in the preparation of this assignment, whether they be books, articles reports, lecture notes, images, videos, any other kind of document or personal communication.
I also certify that this assignment has not previously been submitted for assessment in any other course or at any other time in the same course (except as a DRAFT submission) and that I have not copied in part or whole or otherwise plagiarised the work of other students and/or persons.
I have read Charles Darwin University's Academic and Scientific Misconduct Policy (pol-001) and Student Breach of Academic Integrity Procedures http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/procedures/pro-092.pdf and understand its implications.
1 Instructions for creating PDF documents and/or combining documents of different formats are provided on the Learnline site.
The assignment may be completed manually, or with the use of an electronic spreadsheet, word processing software or with the use of accounting software. Marks may be deducted for illegible or partially illegible papers. If completed using multiple
file formats or manually, the document must be combined into one document, in PDF format2.
As a general rule resubmission of assessment items is NOT possible, however the Lecturer may ask for resubmission if it is deemed appropriate. Details for such resubmission will be made available by the Lecturer if and when the situation occurs.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of material written or produced by others or a rework of your own material. All sources of information and ideas used in assignments must be referenced. This applies whether the information is from a book, journal article, the internet, or a previous essay you wrote or the assignment of a friend. Plagiarism policy is available at:
http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/policies/pol-001.pdf and Student Breach of Academic Integrity Procedures
Use Harvard Referencing Style.
Exceptions will only be made where assignments are late due to special circumstances that are supported by documentary evidence, and may be subject to a penalty of 5% of assignment marks per day. Partially completed assignments will be accepted with appropriate loss of marks for the incomplete portion.
This application form, explanation and instructions is available on the ACT504 CDU Learnline course site or direct
Please note that it is now Faculty policy that all extension requests must be approved by the Head of School. The lecturer is no longer able to personally approve extension requests.
Leaving a request for an extension, special assessment or special consideration until the last moment, based on grounds that students could have reasonably been able to foresee, may result in the application being rejected.
Ensure that you maintain suitable backup copies of your assignment during preparation, before completion and after lodgement. Loss of data/assignment due to failure to maintain a suitable backup will not constitute grounds for an extension.
2 Instructions for creating PDF documents and/or combining documents of different formats are provided on the Learnline site.
Part A (20 marks)
You are an audit partner with R David & Associates, a large and experienced audit firm.
You have been approached to accept the audit of Darwin Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (DPPL), a medium-sized chemical manufacturer. The manufacture of the chemicals results in highly toxic waste and DPPL is currently under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency for a significant spill of toxic chemicals into a nearby river. The media have reported that senior employees were allegedly involved in trying to cover up the spill.
Identify and explain the key ethical matter regarding DPPL and its management that you should consider before making the decision to accept the engagement. (2 Marks)
Darwin Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (DPPL) imports a number of pharmaceutical products. In order to hedge its foreign currency transactions, DPPL entered into a number of forward rate agreements this year. Prior to this time DPPL had had little exposure to derivative instruments, but a series of bad experiences resulting from fluctuating exchange rates convinced the company that a hedging strategy was necessary. During planning for the audit of DPPL, the company’s hedging arrangements were identified as inherently risky and increased testing was carried out in this area. A number of small errors were noted in accounting for hedge transactions, but there did not appear to be any material errors and as such no adjustments were made. A review of the audit file suggests that the errors noted were a result of inexperience and poor controls in the area. While all of the errors were brought to the attention of the treasurer, who is responsible for the company’s hedging strategy, no further action has been taken to date.
Outline what further action the auditor should take in response to the errors and control weaknesses identified. Justify your response. (2 Marks)
In February 2012, the Australian Accounting Standards Boards decided at its meeting to propose the withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality. There were several reasons for this proposal which includes: there is no International Reporting Standard equivalent and it does not look like there will be, since 2005 there has been the gradual withdrawal of additional Australian guidance from a number of Australian Accounting Standards, and there is now an updated guidance on materiality in the IASB Conceptual Framework.
The major impact of the withdrawal of AASB 1031 is the removal of the specific quantitative guidance for materiality. The withdrawal of AASB 1031 became effective to annual reporting beginning on or after 1 July 2015.
1. Summarize the significant changes with AASB 1031 Materiality (issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Boards - AASB) from 1995 to 2015. (10 Marks)
2. Prior to the withdrawal of AASB 1031 and with reference to the AASB 1031 Materiality (issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Boards - AASB) and the ASA 320 Materiality in Planning and Performing an Audit and ASA 450 Evaluation of Misstatements Identified during an Audit (issued by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board – AUASB), (15 Marks):
a. Define materiality.
b. Outline the qualitative and quantitative guidelines of materiality.
c. How the concepts and constructs of “materiality” influence the auditors’ professional judgment on misstatements.
3. Post withdrawal of AASB 1031, would this harmonise/bring uniformity to auditors’ assessment of materiality misstatements or would this bring disparity to auditors’ assessment of misstatements? What other influence this would bring to the auditors’ judgment on misstatements? Discuss your answer and rationale. (Support your answers with the relevant Australian Accounting Standards and Australian Auditing Standards as well as published Peer-reviewed Academic Journals and Articles.) (15 Marks)
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