Report Writing (Online Self-Study)


CPE Credit: 2 
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None


Description:

Although often overlooked, report writing is a critical part of the fraud examination process. A strong fraud examination report conveys evidence and gives credibility to the fraud examination and to your work. An examination is often judged not by what was uncovered, but by the way the information is presented. 

Ensure that the results of your next fraud examination are not lost in the report by using this course. Report Writing provides a thorough review of the report writing process including expert tips and a downloadable sample report you can use on your next examination.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Strategies for writing effective reports
  • Characteristics of a well-written report
  • Recommendations for formatting reports
  • Report writing tips
  • Legal considerations of report writing


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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Distinguish between content that should and should not be included in a fraud examination
  • Ascertain the legal considerations of report writing
  • Identify your target audience
  • Recognize the standard report format
  • Identify strategies for working with attorneys


ADVANCED PREPARATION: NONE

FIELD OF STUDY: COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

LAST UPDATED: JUNE 2017

DELIVERY METHOD: QAS SELF-STUDY

Table of Contents:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: The Purpose of the Report
  • Lesson 3: Considering the Audience
  • Lesson 4: Preparation
  • Lesson 5: Characteristics of a Well-Written Report
  • Lesson 6: Legal Considerations
  • Lesson 7: Opinions or Conclusions in the Reports
  • Lesson 8: Organizing the Information
  • Lesson 9: The Report Format
  • Lesson 10: Reporting Documents
  • Lesson 11: Strategies for Writing Effective Reports
  • Lesson 12: Report Writing Tips
  • Lesson 13: Presenting the Case
  • Lesson 14: Conclusion

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Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

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