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

    ACFI 459 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Research Methods
    Subject Accounting
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,196.41
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 09:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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