Main objective of the Course Design and Material Development Unit (CD&MDU) is to make Pakistan Audit & Accounts Academy a leading research and training institute in the Public Sector Financial Management, Accounting and Auditing through developing new Short Courses and updating the existing ones to enhance the capacity of all levels of management in Pakistan Audit Department.
The task of the CD&MDU regarding Course/material development and updating of modules revolves around the following four academic areas:
• Development of new short courses.
• Development of reading material for Tutorial Discussions for Probationers.
• Development of Simulation Exercises for Probationers.
• Review and Revamping of the existing short courses.
The core activity of this unit is the designing of courses based on an adult learning methodology i.e. Experiential Learning Model. This learning model has been used by ASOSAI and IDI for the past 10 years for imparting training to the officials/auditors of all member countries. The courses designed on this learning model have been an effective way of imparting training to Audit and Accounts personnel.
The subject areas for designing of the new courses are identified through a process of involving all field and apex offices. In addition, new emerging areas in auditing are also considered by CD&MDU and any area which is identified by the Auditor General of Pakistan or any other senior member is also considered for conducting research and designing of the courses.
The process of course designing starts by:
• Conducting research on the topic from different sources.
• Development of performance objectives, which are the benchmarks required to perform a certain function.
• These performance objectives are then transformed into learning objectives of the course.
• The next activity is designing of the course outline.
• Designing of session wise detailed course materials, including participant’s notes, instructor’s guide, slides, case studies/exercises/solutions, handouts/appendices etc.
• Determination of evaluation areas and design of pre-course and post-course evaluation forms for the course modules.