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Taking this course will provide an overview of the essential elements of internal and systems controls. Special consideration is given to understanding risk, internal control frameworks, corporate governance, legal requirements, the role of external and internal auditing, and systems controls.

Topics include: 

  • Risks and Internal Controls
  • Internal Control Framework
  • Types of Internal Controls
  • Governance and the Board of Directors
  • Legal Compliance
  • Role of External Auditors
  • Role of Internal Auditors
  • Systems Controls
  • Security Measures

The content covered in this course provides a pathway to developing your analytical and critical-thinking skills and closing skills gaps in a variety of relevant topics. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore risk and how internal controls can mitigate risk, and recognize the concepts of inherent risk, control risk and detection risk.
  • Identify the five components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organization's (COSO) internal control model.
  • Identify the Board of Directors role related to company operations and the shareholders.
  • Explore the internal control portions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act.
  • Recognize the role of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in providing guidance in auditing internal controls.
  • Explore the internal audit function and identify its scope.
  • Identify and recognize the internal control breakdowns and related risks that the internal audit function should report to management and the Board of Directors.
  • Identify and recognize the use of physical controls, logical controls, transaction controls, storage controls, and systems development controls.
  • Discover threats to information systems and ways to mitigate information security threats.
  • Explore the objective of a disaster recovery plan.
  • Explore business continuity planning.
Last updated/reviewed: June 12, 2021

107 Reviews (477 ratings)Reviews

5
Anonymous Author
A very comprehensive and informative course which served as a great review of key internal and systems controls. The instructor was engaging and effective in presenting content. The supporting materials were a bit more cumbersome to peruse through and reference along the way as there were separate files for each module. Nonetheless, I found the content helpful to reiterate and reinforce my overall competency in this arena.
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Anonymous Author
Mr.Tom taught the course very vivid and detailed, and he cited many examples to explained the concepts, and what's more, he requested the quizs in the Intermediate courses so that we could test our grasp of the knowledge of the course. Thanks for his innovation about the course.
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Member's Profile
This course had a lot of detailed information but still stayed focused on the main points of Internal and System Controls. I think this class is a great review if you already have some basic knowledge and if you have no knowledge it gives you plenty of information.
5
Anonymous Author
This course provides comprehensive and useful information about key elements of internal and systems controls. It suitable for the beginners and the experienced ones who want to review, update their knowledge either. The presentation is very clear and concise.
5
Anonymous Author
The is a very informative course. The way in which the concepts are presented is helpful and it is easy to understand. The instructor was engaging and was able to keep this interesting. This course could be useful across many levels of an organization.
5
Anonymous Author
Great course over Internal Controls in support to Financial Reporting. I was able to take away the key areas where external auditors must focus and the key reasons why. I would recommend this course to any entry level staff position.
4
Anonymous Author
The instructor is very good. He is very knowledgable of the subject matter. There’s a lot of valuable information and the presentation is very well organized. The materials used are also helpful and are outlined very well.
5
Anonymous Author
The information presented will be helpful in communicating with my team members and in discussions with internal and external audit. I was able to take away theories and terms that relate to my current responsibilities.
5
Member's Profile
Internal controls play a part of every company, public or private. This course refreshed my memory of CRIME, SOXs and COSO. All very important tools to establish in a small company and maintain in a large company.
5
Anonymous Author
If you are looking to establish internal controls in your company or even update/ modify your existing internal controls, this is a great course to use as a tool in understanding what is needed and required.
5
Anonymous Author
Thorough review of the internal control landscape. Instructor is engaging as a presenter, even if the material contains a lot of heavy legal/compliance like content. Has a focus on public companies.
5
Anonymous Author
Definitely, I enjoyed taking this course. Great overview of internal and system controls. The bringing together of the different elements and how they interact was very thorough and well explained.
5
Anonymous Author
Awesome course with lots of detail from frameworks and legal requirements to the application of controls by cycle. Ties together the roles of staff, management, c suite, board and auditors well.
4
Member's Profile
This course provided a solid overview of internal controls, but I felt it was a bit disjointed. It could have been organized better with greater cross-referencing to other segments.
5
Anonymous Author
I liked the exercises during the course. They helped me understand the content and remember it by practicing it. Beginner audits would benefit from this course.
5
Anonymous Author
This is my first course I am taking from Thomas and I am very happy with it. I feel like the lessons went much faster than they actually did. Great course.
5
Anonymous Author
Tom Coghland's presentation was very thorough. He touched on a lot of important topics and I highly recommend this class to both CMA and CPA candidates.
5
Anonymous Author
This is a good course about Internal Controls. It is laid out well and covers a lot of ground. The instructor is very clear and easy to follow.
5
Anonymous Author
This course provided a solid overview of internal and system controls. The facilitator provided good examples to illustrate the various controls.
5
Anonymous Author
Very comprehensive and a great course for both beginners and experienced auditors. There are really only 14 questions as 14 and 15 are duplicates.
5
Member's Profile
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Anonymous Author
The course went over a lot of basics. I would label this as a beginners course. Also the instructor just read the slides and talked very slow.
5
Member's Profile
This is a thorough and well structured course on internal controls. Certainly gave me food for thought. I can apply information to my work.
4
Anonymous Author
Course material was very helpful. Instructor followed the material written on the slides very closely. Good overview of internal controls.
5
Anonymous Author
The course is well organized. The topics are covered in a constructive way and supported by the examples provided by the presented.
4
Member's Profile
Good review of the subject matter. Covers all essential topics related to internal control and provides a good overview of systems.
4
Anonymous Author
Course covers the basics on internal controls from various perspectives, including management, internal audit and external audit.
5
Anonymous Author
This is a great course if you would like to learn more about internal controls. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.
4
Anonymous Author
Good overview of internal controls. There was a lot of material, but it was presented it in a way which was easy to understand.
4
Member's Profile
Good refresher course on internal controls, FCPA, and SOX ... did not have many systems controls questions in the test though.
5
Anonymous Author
Excellent course that provides a refresher for CPAs on the importance and different types of internal control mechanisims.
5
Anonymous Author
This course covered a lot from both the finance and IT side of auditing. Really helpful! I recommend for new auditors.
5
Anonymous Author
I took this as a refresher and it was very good. Glad that this was packaged in such an easy to follow set of modules.
3
Anonymous Author
Been a long while since I have reviewed Internal Control related topics - very effective reminder of all key elements
5
Member's Profile
good Course on Internal controls, Risk assessment and Audit function. All accountant need to go through this course.
5
Member's Profile
plenty of materials, quite a few of quizzes that help pass the final, pictures are used in the slides, great webinar
4
Anonymous Author
Great course! Easy to understand. The materials were quite detailed and made the final exam simple to work through.
5
Anonymous Author
The instructor was very effective in presenting the course work. The time allotted for the course was appropriate.
4
Anonymous Author
This course covers a lot of relevant issues to everyday work. gonna take what i learned back to my organization!
4
Anonymous Author
Good overview of basic oversight functions. Test includes the same question twice - appears to be an oversight.
4
Anonymous Author
Good review of general audit principles. Currently non-practicing and it was a good way to keep up knowledge.
5
Member's Profile
Really clear instructor, great slides, I like the mini quizzes throughout the course rather than at the end.
5
Member's Profile
Great content for overview on roles of external and internal auditors, and well as their responsibilities.
4
Anonymous Author
Good overview of internal controls. On the final exam, questions 14 and 15 appear to be the same question.
5
Anonymous Author
Very detailed class to help with understanding and information regarding internal control and other issues
5
Member's Profile
I liked the layout of the course and the review questions throughout. I feel like this was a good review.
5
Member's Profile
Great presentation. Very detailed and informative. Good review of knowledge that is easily forgotten
5
Member's Profile
great course content, lots of information that needs to be considered, insightful and well presented.
4
Member's Profile
I found this course to be a good review of topics that I don't use in my day to day work. thank you.
4
Member's Profile
Lenght of the class is good and narrative clear. Good class about internal controls and governance.
5
Anonymous Author
Very detailed and helpful information is provided. Slides are extremely-well written and organized.
5
Anonymous Author
Nice course. Does a really nice job of tying in internal controls with a business' I/T environment.
5
Member's Profile
Challenging course. Good general overview. Nice set up with review questions after each section.
4
Anonymous Author
This is a good overview of internal controls, the COSO framework, and related concepts. Thanks!
4
Anonymous Author
This course was a bit hard to follow, but I like the concepts and feel like I learned quite a bit.
4
Member's Profile
This course is very in-depth regarding auditing responsibilities. Lots of good information here!
5
Member's Profile
Very good course for refreshing about internal and system controls in addition to COSO framework.
5
Anonymous Author
This was a very thorough course presented in a logical manner for the new or advanced auditor.
5
Member's Profile
This was an interesting refresher course. I look forward to more classes from this instructor.
3
Member's Profile
The materials were somewhat dated. References were made to SAS 70 which is extremely old.
5
Anonymous Author
I think this was a good class but covered alot of material which made it hard to retain.
5
Member's Profile
Excellent course, overview of system controls - lots of examples, very clear and concise
5
Anonymous Author
This course covers a lot of topics in a short window with a reasonable level of detail.
5
Member's Profile
Materials are easy to follow and I liked having the review questions after each topic.
4
Member's Profile
Good comprehensive review of types of internal controls and system considerations.
5
Member's Profile
Overall, great in-depth knowledge and communication of the business topics at hand
3
Anonymous Author
Good instructor; just really hard content to stay on top of and pay attention to.
5
Anonymous Author
This course did a great job detailing the varying components of internal controls.
5
Member's Profile
Terrific overview of internal controls systems. Good breakdown of each component.
5
Anonymous Author
Very good refresher for CPE credits. Instructor used relevant examples in videos.
5
Anonymous Author
Good review of internal control framework for those who want to brush up on COSO.
4
Anonymous Author
Internal and System Controls Overview good course a minumm of fifty characters
4
Anonymous Author
Good overview of internal and systems controls. Covers a lot of different areas.
5
Anonymous Author
Great course for beginners as it relates to governance and internal controls
4
Member's Profile
Engaging presenter was easy to listen to. The material is very very basic.
4
Anonymous Author
Solid overview, will look for additional courses for more in depth topics
4
Anonymous Author
In-depth internal controls - who sets standards and alot of legal info
5
Anonymous Author
Great class. really enjoyed the review questions throughout the course.
5
Member's Profile
Material was a good refresher and all managers should review annually.
4
Anonymous Author
Really good overview of internal systems and controls and governance.
5
Member's Profile
good overview. there are two of the same questions in the final exam.
5
Anonymous Author
The course was well laid out and easy to follow. The time flew by.
5
Member's Profile
An excellent comprehensive review of internal and systems control.
5
Member's Profile
This course was comprehensive and a good refresher for me. Thanks!
5
Member's Profile
Gives a good review of ways fraud can happen and can be avoided.
5
Member's Profile
Solid course and received a lot of refresher info that was useful
5
Member's Profile
Clear and engaging instructor. Well-written and thorough slides.
5
Member's Profile
Very informative and good real life examples - enjoyed the course
5
Anonymous Author
Very well done. The presenter explains the course material well.
5
Anonymous Author
Very good the info of the course. thank you so much Tom Coghlan.
5
Member's Profile
Lots of detail, very good refresher course. Found it engaging.
5
Anonymous Author
clear, understandable speech. great examples. sufficient slides
3
Anonymous Author
The exam was hard but the content was good. thank you very much
3
Member's Profile
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4
Anonymous Author
The course was good, the last question was repeated 2x though
5
Anonymous Author
excellent course! good discussion of auditor's independence.
5
Anonymous Author
A great refresh course. I liked the straightforward nature.
3
Member's Profile
Great review and oversight of internal controls. Thank you.
5
Anonymous Author
This. Is. A. Great. Course.
5
Anonymous Author
Great content. Tough class but good well put together.
5
Anonymous Author
Very good course. Just the right amount of information.
3
Anonymous Author
well thought out and acceptable for cpe review purposes
4
Anonymous Author
Great for those new to the concept of internal control
3
Anonymous Author
Too hard for my gusto. Didn't like them slides neither
3
Member's Profile
Last 2 questions in the Final Assessment are the same.
5
Member's Profile
Informative without overkill. Enjoyed this course.
5
Member's Profile
A large amount of information very well presented.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  9:00Introduction to Internal and System Controls Overview
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Risk and Internal Control
  15:102 Internal Control Framework
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Internal Control Framework
  14:533 Types of Internal Controls
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Types of Internal Controls
  10:114 Governance and the Board of Directors
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Governance and the Board of Directors
  14:205 Legal Compliance
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Legal Compliance
  13:406 Role of External Auditors
  12:197 Role of Internal Auditors
  12:568 Systems Controls
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Systems Controls
  20:099 Security Measures and Wrap Up
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS: Security Measures
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  2:02:38Internal and System Controls Overview
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  ZIPSlides: Internal and System Controls Overview
  PDFInternal and System Controls Overview Glossary/Index
REVIEW AND TEST
 examFINAL EXAM