Overcoming Bias in Investigations and Audits

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Course Level
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Online Self-Study
2 Credits


When bias enters an individual’s work, the results can be very harmful. Allowing bias to impact audits and investigations can lead to the wrong person being punished and the real perpetrator getting away.

This course explores bias and its effects on investigations and audits. You will examine conscious and unconscious bias, how bias affects work and how you can counter its effects.



You Will Learn How To:

Recognize bias and the ways it can manifest

Determine ways to mitigate the effects of bias

Distinguish conscious from unconscious bias

Relate bias to professional skepticism

Categorize the types of bias

Discern the ways that unconscious bias occurs

Recognize the way bias affects auditors and investigators

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction to Bias
Lesson 2 Conscious Versus Unconscious Bias
Lesson 3 How Bias Affects Work
Lesson 4 Types of Unconscious Bias
Lesson 5 A Case Study in Bias
Lesson 6 Bias and Professional Skepticism
Lesson 7 Countering the Effects of Bias

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Behavioral Ethics
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: May 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


CPE Credit

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