Prototyped expert decision support system for internal audit planning

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Prototyped expert decision support system for internal audit planning


Author: Cheng, Vincent Wai-ming
Title: Prototyped expert decision support system for internal audit planning
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Auditing, Internal
Decision support systems
Expert systems (Computer science)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Computing
Pages: 88, [67] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record:
Abstract: This paper reports on the development of a prototyped expert decision support system (EDSS) for the internal audit planning. The prototype combines aspects of expert system and decision support technology, and applies them in to the internal audit field. Risk assessment is a beginning step to formulate an annual audit plan. The subjective judgment on the audit risk, task workload and the demand of flexible audit plan in response of changing environment arouse the interest in the application of EDSS to audit domain. This prototype can be used to provide internal auditors a systematic and consistent risk assessment, and to recommend ranking and workload of the audit job. In addition, it optimizes the audit resources available by matching with the audit resources required for each project while maintaining an acceptable level of risk. The prototype was tested by internal audit professionals using actual cases, and evaluated by carrying out the user-acceptance testing. The evaluation results showed that the prototype can prepare the annual audit plan in an effective and efficient way. This paper discusses the background, design, implementation and evaluation of this prototype EDSS for internal audit planning, and highlights the limitation of the system and future enhancement work.

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