Course Content & Structure

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered over 5 full-day sessions (9:15am - 4.30pm) between September 2022 and February 2023.  Students can attend lectures in class in Dublin and also online via live streaming. Participants will be given access to our online learning management system, Canvas, where additional resources and acticities will be made available.

The availability of the in class option will depend on Government advice at the time of commencement. We may not be in a position to offer any in class option. 

In order to gain the Diploma, participants must successfully complete an assignment during the course and an assessment at the end of the course.

Course Content & Schedule

 

SESSION 1:

SUBJECT: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ACCOUNTING
DATE: 9th SEPTEMBER 2022

  • Intro to Forensic Accounting 
  • Into to the Courts & Irish legal system
  • Source of assignments and referrals for a forensic accountant
  • Role of the forensic accountant as an expert - identify any conflicts
  • Appointment & Letters of engagement (AML compliance, Take-on & Disclosure)
  • Post-appointment: resources, expertise, meeting set deadlines, users of report

SESSION 2:

SUBJECT: FINANCIAL CRIME INC
WHISTLEBLOWING & EMPLOYEE INVESTIGATIONS
DATE: 14th OCTOBER 2022
 

  • Different types of financial crime
  • Outset of an investigation
  • Performing an investigation
  • Outline and contents of a report
  • Securing evidence of data and hard copy material, including documentation
  • Introduction to report writing, including class assignment (report writing exercise)

SESSION 3:

SUBJECT: REPORT WRITING & CONSIDERATION OF DATA ANALYTICS IN REPORTS
DATE:  18th NOVEMBER 2022

  • Use of Data Analytics in Investigations
  • Drafting & Preparation of  reports
  • Report writing & use of other experts
  • Interviewing Techniques: Role play
  • Interviewing Techniques: Feedback

SESSION 4:

SUBJECT: OTHER AREAS OF CONSIDERATIONS IN INVESTIGATIONS
DATE: 20th JANUARY 2023

  • Digital Forensics
  • SME investigation examples
  • Digital evidence recovery, use of an IT expert and technologies available
  • What is cyber crime?
  • Data Privacy / GDPR
  • Public and Media Awareness

SESSION 5:

SUBJECT: ROLE OF THE EXPERT WITNESS & TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS
DATE: 24th FEBRUARY 2023

  • Dos & Don'ts of Expert Evidence - importance of preparation for court
  • Provision of Expert Evidence to the Court - Role Play (mock case)
  • ADR - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Expert Determinations
  • Wrap-up: Case / Assignment details
  • Course Conclusion / Feedback

 

Developed in conjunction with Grant Thornton


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