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Honours Research Methods (ACCT40004)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeACCT40004
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This course focuses on fundamental approaches to research and the range of analytical and empirical research methods and techniques used in accounting. On completion of this subject a student should have a foundation for understanding the nature of scientific inquiry in accounting; an understanding of how research questions are created and developed into testable hypotheses; an appreciation of the range of alternative methods used and an ability to critically analyse the research of others in the field of accounting.

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.

Generic skills

• High level of development: written communication; problem solving; statistical reasoning; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; use of computer software; oral communication.
• Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; team work; application of theory to practice; receptiveness to alternative ideas; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Last updated: 11 January 2018