Write brief notes on the following auditing techniques: Inspection, Observation and Enquiry

You are required to write brief notes on the following
i) Inspection
This consists of examining records, documents or tangible assets. The reliability of the evidence obtained from inspection of records and documents depends on the nature, source and effectiveness of the internal control system. Inspection of tangible assets provides evidence with respect to their existence but not as to their value and ownership.
ii) Observation
This involves looking at procedures being performed by others. E.g. observing the counting of stock by the client‘s personnel.
iii) Inquiry
Inquiry consists of seeking information of knowledgeable persons inside or outside the entity. This ranges from formal written inquiries addressed to 3rd parties to oral inquiries addressed to persons within the entity. The information may be new to the auditor or may corroborate evidence from other sources.

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