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Financial Fraud Investigations - Course Descriptions

FFI 701 Internal Controls & Corporate Governance
This course will examine the critical nature of the relationship that exists between corporate governance, management, internal controls, risk management and fraud. Students will explore case studies of fraud that resulted from poor internal controls, poor governance structures, and management’s ability to override the internal controls. Students will research the history of the role internal controls have played in the audit and business functions, and the legal environment surrounding internal controls. Students should be able to identify internal control failures or deficiencies and prepare examinations based on findings.

FFI 702 Fraud and the Law
The course will cover criminal and civil law related to fraud and other matters that are particular to fraud examinations. The course will examine the implications of fraud on society and the regulatory environment. The course is research intensive and requires students to become competent in writing legal briefs. The course will cover laws related to cybercrime and how cybercrime has impacted the structure of law.

FFI 706 Legal Elements of Fraud & Litigation Support
An examination of procedural and substantive elements of fraud and litigation will be examined. Rules of evidence, court procedures, and other matters in the legal system will be evaluated. The course will also cover an examination of the role the fraud examiner plays in the criminal and civil procedures. Students will be introduced to how conduct investigations and limitations imposed on the collection of evidence as matters of law. Students will also be introduced to expert witness testifying and compiling a fraud report. Prerequisite FFI 702 Fraud & the Law

FFI 708 Introduction to Computer Forensics
An introduction to the art of computer forensics and the role it plays in fraud examinations. The course will also introduce students to cyber security and cybercrime. Students will conduct research studies of fraud cases and the limitations of information systems.

FFI 712 Information Security Assurance I
The course will develop an understanding the information system and the best practices for protecting the system. Case studies will be completed examining failures in IT security. Students will examine and report on best practices in IT security. Students will examine and report on best practices in IT security, and examine the influence of IT on the accounting information system. Prerequisite FFI 704 Introduction to Computer Forensics

FFI 714 Information & Security Assurance II
Continuation of Information & Security Assurance I and will cover major advanced topics in security assurance and case studies in cybercrime. Case studies will be completed examining failures in IT security. Students will examine and report on best practices in IT security, and examine the influence of IT on the accounting information system. Prerequisite 705 Information & Security Assurance II

FFI 717 Advanced Issues in Cybercrime
The course will cover more advanced issues and cases in Cybercrime. Students will be required to research cases in cybercrime and prepare a class presentation on the crime, how it was uncovered, and the procedures used in the investigation. The course will also cover how cybercrime has evolved, and continues to evolve in the contemporary environment. Students will report on how investigations, detection and protection have attempted to keep pace with fraudulent activity. Prerequisite FFI 704 Introduction to Computer Forensics

FFI 720 Advanced Topics in Criminal Investigations
The course will cover ethical issues, advanced issues in litigation support, and rules of evidence in criminal investigations. Students will research cases of fraud where there was a failure in the process and report on why those failures that occurred during the investigation.

FFI 722 Advanced Topics in Corporate Investigations
The course will cover topics specific to employee law and rights, common issues in fraud examinations as internal security measures, and case studies of civil and criminal cases of internal investigations. Students will also cover the timing of calling in law enforcement and how to document and collect evidence prior to the calling in law enforcement.

FFI 725 Contemporary Issues in Forensic Accounting Theory
Students will examine the most common, and most costly, fraudulent financial reporting cases, and how the failures within the business environment and the accounting profession contributed to the behavior. Students will research how accounting theory is shifting in relation to the fraudulent practices and movement towards transparency. Students will also explore how accounting information systems can be used to cover up abuse and embezzlement.

FFI 727 Business and Asset Valuation
The course will cover contemporary theory in business and asset valuation, loss calculations and other forensic accounting tools for civil litigation proceedings, such as valuing matrimonial (personal) property. Students will research cases relating to civil litigation, and report on conflicting valuations by opposing parties, and why there was a conflict.

FFI 730 Advanced Topics in Civil Litigation
The course will cover topics specific to civil litigation, including matrimony, valuation, business loss and other civil litigation matters. Advanced issues in litigation support for civil litigation will also be covered.

FFI 735 Advanced Topics in Fraud Examinations
This is a capstone course where students will research with, or intern with, professionals in the field of fraud examinations of their chosen specialty. Advanced issues in procedures, reports, advances in the field, expert witness testifying, and other issues will be covered. The course requires a thesis in the student’s chosen specialty. The thesis topic should be developed in earlier classes and discussed with the student’s mentor/advisor. The thesis is 50 pages minimum, APA format, and to be defended before a board of three professors from the students classes. Students must complete a nine course sequence prior to taking this class.