Executive Certificate in Audit Analytics - HKU SPACE: Accounting courses
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Accounting & Finance Accounting

Executive Certificate in Audit Analytics

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
3 months
English supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
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Deadline on 12 Apr 2021 (Mon)
2867 8409
2861 0278
April 2021 intake is confirmed to commence as scheduled. Please apply ASAP!

Want to be a Digital Auditor/Accountant before anyone else? If you want to excel at work, upgrade yourself with digital technology.
Take this Executive Certificate in Audit Analytics. Tools include ACL/ IDEA/ R/ WEKA/ TABLEAU.

Accounting and Auditing professionals need to be equipped with analytics technology in the new era.

The basic commercial landscape is rapidly shifting towards automated processes and data-backed decision making, and auditing is no different. In recent years, audit analytics has drawn great attention in the accounting and audit profession due to the increase in demand for enahncing audit quality by regulators, creditors, and investors; many audit firms and internal auditors have applied audit analytics to their audit processes.

In response to this trend, this programme aims to provide students with the basics of the application of analytics in the auditing process in current ubiquitous computer-based information systems and their application in organisations.

Student Comments:

  • student comments (201909)
  • There are not many courses offered in market focus on Audit Analytics which is a growing trend nowadays!

This programme aims at introducing students the concept of audit analytics, the basic audit analytics tools, and the application of various analytical methods in both internal and external audit processes. And the accounting and auditing professionals will be equipped with the technology in the new era.


Assessment and Award

  • Assessment is based on an in-class exercise (30%) and an individual assignment of a case study (70%).
  •  To be eligible for the award of Executive Certificate in Audit Analytics, students should obtain at least 50% overall marks of assessment and 70% attendance.

Module: Audit Analytics


1. Introduction

- Competing on analytics

- Data analytics in auditing & continuous auditing (application, evolving approaches, and benefits)

- Introduction to audit analytics related software & tools

- Audit software (e.g. ACL, IDEA)

- Visualization package (e.g. TABLEAU, QLIKVIEW)

- Statistical packages (R Studio, SAS, SPSS)

2. Audit analytics in analytical procedures (I)

- Descriptive analysis (Demonstration using ACL)

- Data analysis – Part 1 (Demonstration using ACL)

3. Audit analytics in analytical procedures (II)

- Data analysis – Part 2 (Demonstration using ACL)

- Benford analysis

- Identifying duplicated records

- ACL scripting and functions (Date & time, text manipulation and searching)

- Developing audit trail and workpapers

4. Audit analytics in analytical procedures (III)

- Advanced data analytics practice

5. Introduction to Audit Exploratory Analytics and Risk Assessment

- Data visualization using Tableau

- Ratio analysis

- Continuous assessment

- Structured data, big data and open data

6. Audit Exploratory Analytics (I)

- Data interpretation concepts for Visualized Analytics

- Visualized Analytics – Part 1 (Demonstration using Tableau)

7. Audit Exploratory Analytics (II)

- Visualized Analytics – Part 2 (Demonstration using Tableau)

8. Audit Exploratory Analytics (III)

- Advanced data analytics practice

9. Audit Exploratory Analytics (IV)

- Project presentation for Audi Exploratory Analytics

10. Data mining in Audit (I)

- Data mining techniques – Part 1 (Demonstration using R Studio)

11. Data mining in Audit (II)

- Data mining techniques – Part 2 (Demonstration using R Studio)

24-hour of face-to-face lectures and
6-hour of computer aided workshops
Total hours: 30




Mr. Yiu was an Associate Director of one of the Big-4 firms and is currently working for an internal audit function of a leading bank in Hong Kong. He has extensive external and internal audit experience and served as a lecturer of various academic programmes and professional courses in the past 7 years.

Guest Lecturer

Ms. Sarah So

Ms. So is a Data Science Specialist and has been working in IT audit for Bank of China and Hang Seng Bank for a number of years.  She is experienced in analyzing banking business data in performing compliance surveillance to uncover anomalies, control gaps, fraud and non-compliance cases. 

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Schedule for April 2021 Intake (Tentative)


Lecture Date Time
1 30/04/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
2 07/05/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
3 14/05/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
4 21/05/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
5 28/05/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
6 04/06/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
7 11/06/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
8 18/06/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
9 25/06/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00
10 02/07/2021 Fri 19:00 - 22:00

Venue: Hong Kong Island  (Detailed schedule will be sent to students later)

* The schedule is subject to change when necessary.

Applicants shall:

i)  hold a bachelor's degree awarded by a recognised university of equivalent; or
ii) hold an Associate Degree / a Higher Diploma or equivalent, and have at least 2 years of work experience; or
iii) have relevant professional qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications and substantial senior level work experience will be considered on individual merits.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7000
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$6300 (ENROLL in the course on or before 16 April 2021)
  • Alumni Rate : HK$6300

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Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit http://www.ppshk.com.

    *Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”.

    *HKU SPACE MasterCard cardholders who wish to enjoy 10-month interest free instalment scheme must pay  their tuition fees in person at any our HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

A. In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.
B. Online

Selected programmes offer online continuing enrolment service. Programme staff will inform students if they offer this service and offer further enrolment details.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS  or WeChat Pay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS or WeChat Pay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services for details.


  • For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, WeChat Pay, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
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  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For additional certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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