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One Day Seminar: Learn to Summarise Audit Reports and Create Audit Digests for the Board

Course Code: COM408 CPE Hours: 8
Course Start Date: January 22, 2019 Course End Date: January 22, 2019
Time: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM Registration Deadline : January 18, 2019
Level of course: Level 2 Trainer: Stan Dormer
Competency areas: Communication [COM] Course venue: M Hotel Singapore/Oasia Hotel Novena
Course fee (IIA/ ISACA member): $770.40 (Inclusive of GST) Course fee (non-member): $995.10 (Inclusive of GST)
Other Memberships valid for discount: 10% off non-member rate for ISCA and ACCA member
Lunch Provided: Yes Tea Break: Yes
Course Overview:

Unlike grammar which is well-defined the art of abstracting is more like a craft than a set of rules and takes time to perfect. This 'hands-on' workshop with a focus on summaries in internal audit reports, the creation of digests from audit reports, and the creation of bulletins of completed audit work sets out the rules for elegant summaries.

This seminar is accompanied by a manual that contains course notes, examples and practical exercises

Internal auditors, particularly Audit Seniors of Heads of Audit. This seminar naturally follows on from the one-day basic audit report writing course.

Course description :

Upon completion participants will be able to:
• Put into practice key summarisation and abstraction skills;
• Deploy different strategies according to requirements; and
• Bring into play skills that will help you create more informative summaries, digests and bulletins.

Key summarisation and abstraction skills
• Summary and abstraction is a difficult skill
• What completed volume is required – what compression factor do I need?
• Marking up and extracting key fragments – what will be relevant to the reader
• Rearranging fragments to create a story
• Transitions and making connections – gluing fragments together
• Paraphrasing and using a thesaurus to assist variety to end repetition
• The long and the short of it – varying sentence length to avoid monotony
• Saying things more simply to save space and shrink word-count

Specific strategies for audit writers
• Executive summaries in audit reports – getting to the point quickly
• Extracting an overview from detailed issues and observations
• Eradicating bulk from an executive summary – creating a digest or bulletin
• Condensing reports into a digest letter or notes for an Audit Committee or The Board
• Writing so the non-expert will still be able to understand
• Active versus passive writing in summaries and abstracts
• Avoiding business jargon in digests, summaries and bulletins

Design – good design helps your summaries and abstracts
• Layout and typeface – how to help or hinder the reader's understanding
• How do I deal with numbers and facts – there are so many of them?
• Should I use colour coding or symbols to express ideas?
• What is whitespace and how should I use it?
• What about pictures, tables and graphs?
• I want to generate a report for an iPad or Tablet, or e-Reader what are the rules?

Mr Stan Dormer, BSc FIIA, is a recognised expert in the field of auditing, risk, information systems technologies and governance.

The Director of Education and Training for Mindgrove, UK Stan's career spans more than three decades of professional assignments. Stan's work has included research, risk and project management, IT security, compliance and auditing and the development of training and learning systems.

Internationally respected, Stan is highly regarded for his innovation, knowledge and enthusiasm within his subject areas.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and co-founder of the Institute's COMPACS series of conferences that ran for 21 years, Stan runs a variety of annual training programmes on the Institute's behalf.

Stan is the author of numerous IT articles and publications, as well as primary learning programmes supporting professional level qualifications (MIIA, PIIA, QiCA, CISA) for auditors. With his in-depth knowledge and expertise, Stan has run Master-Classes at numerous conferences including: SOPAC IIA Australia and NZ; Europe's biggest computer security event – COMPSEC; the Institute of Chartered Accountants' IT specialist forum – CHARTAC; CIPFA events; global ISACA events; the all-Ireland series of Computer Audit and Security Conferences – COSAC; the pan-African information security and control conferences – ISM; and the member meetings of The Open Group and the ACE Audit Automation series of conferences.

Stan was the inventor of the first practical Resident Continuous Audit Monitoring system embedded in an operating system. His developments include an integrated risk driven audit methodology, a formal approach to the development of Enterprise Risk Architectures, and most recently the successful development and use of Process Engineering methods in Auditing.

You can utilise the training credits which will expire on 31 May 2019 for this training/seminar,etc. Please contact to verify the availability of your training credits.

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Group Discount
Register as a group of 4 or more participants for the same course and enjoy a 10% group discount!
Applicable for participants from the same company registered within the same day. Discount will be indicated and processed on a single invoice.

Terms and Conditions
1. Registered participants will be liable for the full fee even in the event of non-attendance.
2. A processing fee of $100 will be imposed for any cancellation. Cancellation must be submitted in writing 7 days prior to the event date and subject to IIAS’s approval. Substitutions will be permitted and conditions will apply.
3. All registrations must "Proceed to Payment" to complete registration. Full payment must be received prior the course commencement.
4. Contact Person will be notified VIA EMAIL upon successful registration of the course. 
5. Complimentary parking will be provided on a first-come-first-served-basis.
6. IIAS reserves the right to revise the programme as necessary.
7. IIAS reserves the right to cancel or postpone the training should the minimum class size is not met.


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