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The purpose of this subject is to assist students to develop research knowledge and skills which are specific to each of the advanced core areas of accounting and business information systems research: financial accounting, managerial accounting, business information systems and auditing. Students will gain an understanding of how research questions are created and developed into testable hypotheses; appreciate the range of alternatives and observe examples of analyses of the application of these methods; and develop an ability to critically analyse the research of others.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify and evaluate the fundamental approaches to research;
- Classify and describe a range of analytical and empirical techniques;
- Apply analytical and empirical techniques to research questions;
- Critically evaluate existing work;
- Discuss issues surrounding scientific enquiry in accounting research;
- Apply relevant research, analytical and empirical methods to philosophy of science, research design, experimental research, archival research, survey research, case research, data analysis and ethics in research.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Problem solving;
- Collaborative learning and team work;
- Application of theory to the practice of scientific enquiry;
- Evaluation of data and other information related to practical research problems;
- Interpretation and analysis of information obtained in relation to practical research problems;
- Ability to access data from a range of sources;
- Articulation of responses either orally or in written form;
- Ability to listen to others with tolerance;
- Ability to engage in discussion where appropriate.
Last updated: 2 December 2019