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ACFI359 Research Methods

Provides an understanding of research processes and methods, databases, and underlying literature in both accountancy and finance. Promotes the capacity to develop and present a research proposal.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code ACFI359
Subject Accounting
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $829.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,993.30

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(ACFI 201 or ACCT 233 or FINC 206) plus two of (ACCT 211, ACCT 222, FINC 202, FINC 203) (passed with an average of B+)
ACCT 359
Schedule C
Prerequisites must be passed with an average of at least B+ for the three papers.
Teaching staff
Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Dr Ros Whiting and Dr Lynn McAlevey, Helen Roberts
Paper Structure
ACFI 359 is a third-year paper for intending honours and graduate students who will carry out research.

The primary objective of the paper is to provide students with an understanding of the research process and of research method, particularly in relation to - but not exclusive to - the disciplines of Accountancy and Finance.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught through lectures.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P., Thornhill, A., (2012), Research Methods for Business Students, Financial Times Press, Pearson, London.
Course outline
View the course outline for ACFI 359
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Appreciate the philosophy of science and develop an analytical framework for evaluating accounting and finance research.
  • Understand and critically appraise relevant academic and research literature in the fields of Accountancy and Finance and their sub-disciplines
  • Develop data acquisition and management skills
  • Discuss and evaluate statistical methods appropriate to research in Accountancy and Finance
  • Develop written communication and presentation skills

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system