Teaching data analytics skills in auditing classes using tableau

Thomas R. Weirich, Norbert Tschakert, Stephen Kozlowski

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We present a case for teaching data analytics skills in auditing classes using the data visualization software Tableau. We use the Tableau-embedded data file ‘‘US Superstore,’’ which we edited to include cash receipts and discounts to provide a complete order to cash cycle. Students learn how to create data visualizations and dashboards, and how to apply them to audit-planning considerations. Students then perform substantive testing of the revenue (order to cash) cycle and identify issues in the data that relate to revenue. We propose that this case material can be tailored by instructors to fit their particular needs and course curriculum. This case provides students with hands-on exposure to data analytic and visualization capabilities. Student feedback was very favorable and student comments indicated that the case was practical, realistic, and informative, and provided them a better understanding of data visualization. Data Availability: For data availability, please contact the corresponding author.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Big Data
  • Data analytics
  • Tableau


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