Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fraud Examination Course

I am offering an online Fraud Examination course under the name: ACT 490 Special Topics: Fraud Examination.  You should have completed ACT211 before taking this course.  It is offered through the University Extension and UMASS Online therefore there is a charge for the course.  Please consult with UMASS Dartmouth's University Extension for more details.  Here's a link:

I would be happy to send you a copy of the syllabus.  The course starts on Jan 26th and will be accepting students until Jan. 30th, as long as there is space.  It is based on a model curriculum and textbook that has been adopted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  In speaking with students, I have always mentioned the value of the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designation.  It is very useful for accountants, auditors, white collar investigators, government agents, bank examiners etc. to either pursue the CFE or become familiar with fraud and white collar crime principles.  This course will next get you certified but it will provide an excellent background.  I have acquired some quality course materials from the ACFE for this course and I think all students will be happy with the structure and quality of this course.  It is a great way to fill a business major and this is the first time we have offered this course online. Personally, I hope it becomes a fixture in our program.

Even if you are not interested in this course, think about passing a link to this blog entry to friends or other contacts you might have.  Email me if you want a copy of the syllabus:

Here is a description of the course:

This is a course that introduces the student to the principles of Fraud Examination. The course will cover all of the major methods employees use to commit occupational fraud. Students will learn how and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved.  This course is 100% online via UMASS Dartmouth’s learning system called myCourses (Blackboard).  The course materials have been adopted from a model program developed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The course will not fully prepare a student for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation but is a good first step in that preparation and should be of interest to accounting students, auditors, internal auditors, bank examiners or anyone with an interest in fraud examination and white collar crime.  For UMASS Dartmouth Charlton College of Business students, this course covers a business elective.  For students taking this course to apply towards graduation requirements at other schools, please consult with your advisor as the applicability of these credits. Course prerequisites: (ACT 211 Financial Accounting)