BØK 3628 Internal Control and Accounting Organisation

BØK 3628 Internal Control and Accounting Organisation

Course code: 
BØK 3628
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Roy Kristen Kristensen
Tor Olav Nordtømme
Course name in Norwegian: 
Internkontroll og regnskapsorganisasjon
Product category: 
Bachelor of Bus.Adm. with Accounting - Programme Courses
2021 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The main topic of the course is to introduce internal control as one of the tools for efficient management control and to discuss challenges when establishing well-functioning accounting routines that focus on controling and compliance in all relevant areas.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completing the course, the students have

  • Knowledge about the COSO-model as a general framework for internal control
  • Basic knowledge about the most relevant compliance challenges for business enterprises and employers
  • Knowledge about control activities related to ICT systems
  • Knowledge about the most relevant business processes and their corresponding routines
  • Knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the Managing Director and the chartered auditor
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course, the students are able to:

  • Identify, assess and understand risk, including risk in the ICT systems
  • Design efficient routines for internal control that address both generic and more business specific control challenges
  • Design accounting routines that focus on accounting legislation compliance
General Competence

After completing the course the students shall have required a deeper understanding about the complexity of internal control, as well as the understanding of corporate governance being business specific, requiring knowledge about organizational culture and the management challenges that occur when individual and collective behavior must change.

Course content
  • Internal control as a part of corporate governance
  • Overall goals related to operations, reporting and compliance
  • The COSO model
  •  The control environment
  • Identification and assessment of risk
  • Effecient control activities
  • IT-related control activities
  • Efficient reporting routines and montoring of the systems for intern control
  • Accounting legislation compliance
  • Other relevant compliance challenges
  • Organization of IT projecrs
  • Efficient accounting routines in various business processes
  • The accountant and controller as advisors
Teaching and learning activities

This is course is from spring 2019 only offered as a net-based course.  There are no traditional classes, but instead the use of videos, webinars, study guide and discussion forum.

A great part of the teaching is connected to the writing of term paper. This work will be given supervision under the first two weeks of working on the paper. The subjects will be central parts of accounting  and internal control, prefarably those who are new as a consequence of tecnological development or changing laws and rules. The theoretical basis for the writing will be the syllabus from the course, and also literature from adjacent subjects which is nessesary in a defensible practical treatment of practical accounting challenges.


In course delivery as online courses, lecturer will, in collaboration with the student administration, organize an appropriate course implementation, combining different learning activities and digital elements on the learning platform. The online students are also offered a study guide that will contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.


Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

The course content is adapted to UHR-ØA's  recommended framework for Bachelor in Business Administration with a profile for certified public accountants


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Required prerequisite knowledge

BØK 3422 Managerial Accounting, BØK 3532 Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis and BØK 3541 Managerial Accounting and Control or equivalent courses.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
4 Week(s)
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Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
Student's own work with learning resources
25 Hour(s)
Approximately 15 videos
Student's own work with learning resources
40 Hour(s)
Text book
Group work / Assignments
43 Hour(s)
75 Hour(s)
Work with term paper.
8 Hour(s)
9 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.