Defending Your Organisation Against Fraud and Corruption

Defending Your Organisation Against Fraud and Corruption

CPD, 12 weeks, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want take a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course which covers how fraud and corruption affect us all and how they can be tackled within an organisation.

Course Description

Most organisations have their fair share of fraud and corruption, and it affects all of us. As we know, what comes out in the press is the sharp tip of the iceberg. So, in these austere times, can we really accept to carry hidden costs and lose value through unethical behaviour perpetrated against us? We have decided to take a stand and teach what most business schools still do not teach... defence against the commercial dark side.

Properly combating fraud and corruption is still an elusive goal. Time and again we see people and apparently well-managed organisations subjected to major embarrassment, financial penalties or even bankruptcy as the result of inappropriate actions and failings by 'trusted' individuals. This course will help you to learn how to address the challenge; how you can ensure that you actively defend yourself and your organisation against the very real threats we would rather not see?

The aims and objectives of the course are to:

  • Demystify fraud and corruption (what it is, who does it and why, what it costs us).
  • Explore how to bridge the gap between anti-fraud and corruption and 'rhetoric' and the reality of the world we live in.
  • Learn how to spot fraud, and develop your own fraud and corruption risk assessment which represents a true picture of what could be happening (in your organisation).
  • Demonstrate in practical steps what you can do to pre-empt and prevent fraud, corruption and all forms of unethical business behaviour in your organisation.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Facts
Start date
February, May, August and November each year
Department
School of Business
Contact
Distance Learning Advisers
+44 (0)116 252 5377
dladvisers@le.ac.uk

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Why Leicester?

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

We have over 25 years’ experience of offering high quality distance learning courses. Our courses have been specifically designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework.

Our CPD courses bring together the latest research informed theory and practitioner insight to offer you an engaging and thought provoking experience.

Course Structure

Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 1 and 2

Week 1 – Introduction to Defending your Organisation against Fraud and Corruption

Week 1 introduces the learning outcomes for this course. You will focus on how fraud and corruption affect an organisation and how to apply this to your own organisational context. You will identify the methods of fraud and the failures of control which give rise to fraud and the characteristics of the individuals responsible for fraud and corruption. You will discuss the barriers to effectively implement fraud and corruption management strategies and examine the strategies available to an organisation to mitigate against fraud and corruption.

Week 2 – What is Fraud and Corruption?

Week 2 will begin to demystify the idea of fraud and corruption. You will explore what it is and what types of fraud and corruption exist. You will consider who does "it" and their motivations for engaging in fraud and corruption. The costs of fraud and corruption on the organisation will also be examined, with a review of those costs in terms of erosion of value and profits, damage to reputation and the consequences on the internal culture. Finally, you will consider the human cost of fraud and corruption.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Weeks 3 and 4

Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3 – The Constant Battle against Fraud and Corruption

Week 3 examines organisations constant battle against fraud and corruption, focusing on how well is it going and what does it mean to us? You will explore the rhetoric versus reality of corruption and fraud prevention and the impact of legislation and regulation. You will assesses the rationalization of inaction and dealing with collective guilt, as well as exploring roles and responsibilities in relation to fraud and corruption.

Week 4 – How to Assess the risk of Fraud and Corruption within an Organisation

Week 4 focuses attention on three questions: What is fraud and corruption risk? How fraud and corruption risk is identified in current risk management frameworks? And how do you develop a fraud and corruption profile of an organisation?

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Weeks 5 and 6

Weeks 5 and 6

Week 5 – What are the red flags of Fraud and Corruption?

Week 5 explores five main questions: What is a red flag? Why do we often ignore red flags? How can we recognise typical red flags and their manifestation? How do we treat and deal with red flags? What examples exist for typical red flags?

Week 6 – How to manage and Investigate Suspected Incidents

Week 6 focusses attention on the objectives of an investigation, what the key steps in the investigation are and what might be the expected outcomes. You will also examine how we should manage incidents, extract the lessons to be learnt and what sanctions exist.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Weeks 7 and 8

Weeks 7 and 8

Week 7 – Identifying Root Causes and Creating an Anti-Fraud and Corruption Culture

Week 7 explains the fraud triangle - motivation, opportunity and rationalisation. You will analyse morals and the corporate psychopath and learn to identify root causes. You will also examine how to treat fraud and corruption risks and how to mitigate them.

Week 8 – Actively Preventing Fraud and Corruption

Week 8 focuses attention on whose job is it to do something about fraud and corruption? You'll look at silos and examples of silos, as well as assessing prevention strategies and treating fraud and corruption risk. You will examine ways of increasing awareness and training of employees and management.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Weeks 9 and 10

Weeks 9 and 10

Week 9 – Fraud Detection – Developing an Effective ‘Health Check’ Program

Week 9 explores the global perspective and continues to examine red flags such as tax havens. You will examine how to develop and implement a sustainable program for detection of red flags and strategies to overcome organisational resistance to proactive detection.

Week 10 – How to Assess Resilience to Fraud and Corruption

Week 10 explores monitoring and measurement techniques, employee and management surveys and how to use the results.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Weeks 11 and 12

Weeks 11 and 12

Week 11 – Taking Steps Forward in your Organisation

Week 11 focuses attention on the perceived 'benefits' of fraud and corruption and whether they exist? You will examine influencing policy, cracking the apathy code and assess how to make a change and create an anti-fraud and corruption culture.

Week 12 – Assessment

Week 12 allows you to reflect on everything that has been covered and how it is relevant to you and your organisation. This assessment will draw heavily upon the work you will have submitted as part of group activities.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 1 November 2016
Application deadline for November 2016: 29 September 2016

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Teaching and Assessment

This 12-week course is delivered solely online using engaging audio-visual based teaching methods in addition to selected case studies. The course will be moderated by a leading practitioner on fraud and corruption, who will share their experiences and insights with the group. In addition to all of this, the course provides you with full access to the extensive library provision offered by the University of Leicester.

You will be encouraged to allocate approximately 9 hours per week during this course, you are expected to contribute to the discussions on Blackboard and to work with fellow students on the tasks set for each section. The course is assessed by an individual assignment (3500 words), which provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate that you can apply concepts from the course and apply them in your work context. Successful completion will result in the accumulation of 15 credits at Masters Level and a confirmation of completion.

Entry Requirements

  • A UK honours degree or its overseas equivalent OR an acceptable professional qualification
  • Plus three years' relevant managerial or supervisory work experience

If you do not have relevant qualifications but have 9 or more years of managerial experience we would encourage you to apply. Similarly, if your academic or professional qualifications are not equivalent to a UK Honours degree but you have 5 or more years of management experience then we would encourage you to get in touch for further advice.

To apply please complete our online application form.  You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Certificates and transcripts for your qualification (if applicable)
  • Proof of English language competence (if applicable)
  • Your CV

Once we receive your application and all supporting documents we aim make a decision about your application within five working days.

If your application is successful, confirmation will be sent to you by email with details of the next steps. If your application is unsuccessful we will notify you by email.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in November 2016 or May 2017

    • £299
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  • Starting in November 2016 or May 2017

    • £299
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Career Opportunities

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses have been developed with the professional in mind and offer many opportunities for career enhancement. Our courses are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to your career needs. This course has been designed by a team of leading practitioners and academics with the goal of encouraging you to apply the latest concepts and techniques to your organisational context in a supported environment.

By studying a CPD course with the School of Business you will gain the deeper knowledge and high-end skills that will set you apart. Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

Careers

CPD is an essential element of career development and helps to enhance job prospects. Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a CPD course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.

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Course
Defending Your Organisation Against Fraud and Corruption
Qualification
CPD
Start Dates
February, May, August and November each year
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