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ACFI459 Advanced Research Methods

Advanced research processes and methods, databases, and underlying literature in both accountancy and finance. Builds competency in developing and presenting a research proposal.

ACFI459 is a 20 point fourth-year paper for intending Honours and graduate students who carry out research. The primary objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the research process and of research methods, particularly in relation to, but not exclusive to, the disciplines of Accountancy and Finance.

Paper title Advanced Research Methods
Paper code ACFI459
Subject Accounting
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,163.90
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ACFI 359

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Nicola Beatson

Paper Structure

This paper builds competency in developing and presenting a research proposal.

Teaching Arrangements

Taught via lectures.


Required: Saunders, M., Lewis, P., Thornhill, A., (2019), Research Methods for Business Students, Financial Times Press, Pearson, London (8th Edition).

Course outline

View the course outline for ACFI 459

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • 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
  • Develop, structure and present a research proposal, and learn and research independently

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
Wednesday 12:00-13:50 9-14, 16-21