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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Methods
    Subject Accounting
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
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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.

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    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 methods, 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
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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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