Accounting Project

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
27 April 2020


Requisites for this module
BE100 or BE110 or BE111



Key module for

BSC N400 Accounting,
BSC N401 Accounting (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N402 Accounting (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN24 Accounting and Management,
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN42 Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK2 Accounting and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N4L1 Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NKL1 Accounting with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NL41 Accounting with Economics,
BSC NL44 Accounting with Economics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module seeks to bring together the knowledge and understanding gained during the accounting degree course and enables students to apply and integrate their research skills, with a view to critically investigate a topical issue within the broad area of accounting and/or its cognate subjects (e.g. audit, risk, regulation, governance, financial markets, taxation, financial management).

The accounting project is an independent, self-directed project which will rely on a number of skill- and knowledge-based workshops that will guide students towards the selection of a problem or question to investigate. Students will be required to attend a one-day 'Accounting Project Conference' and methods workshops in the Autumn where students will be given guidance on how to prepare, plan and complete the research-led project. By the end of this module, students will develop their research skills, competencies and knowledge, which will enable them to engage in situations simulating real-life professional tasks and assignments.

Module aims

This module aims to enable students to develop a more focused understanding of an accounting and/or cognate issue that is of interest to companies, organisations, government and/or society more broadly. It will rely on the knowledge and skills imparted in core and compulsory modules and reinforce the research-led and critical mind-set that is expected of all Essex graduates. The project provides the opportunity to final year students to reflect on the use and impact of accounting information, principles and theories, accounting techniques and/or cognate issues such as auditing, taxation, corporate governance, control and regulation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

1. identify, plan, organise and pursue a research-based project or study.

2. demonstrate the capacity to exercise a range of research and transferable skills and methods in order to produce a research-led report.

3. analyse and reflect critically on theories and/or conceptual/analytical frameworks in addressing real-life accounting and business problems.

4. demonstrate a series of transferable skills including those related to accessing data, analysing information, and synthesising knowledge.

5. integrate technical knowledge and professional skills.

6. communicate effectively findings and analysis, and generate appropriate recommendations.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will consist of one-day 'Accounting Project Conference' (in week 2) delivered by various academics on the processes of conducting and completing the project, including research areas/topics, planning and organising, and research methodologies that could be used. This will be followed by a methods workshop and practical sessions in Week 4 and Weeks 5/6. In addition, five individual supervisory meetings will be held in the Spring Term.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Literature Review Draft    20% 
Coursework   Final Report on Project    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Ileana Steccolini, email:
Dr Muhammad Atif, Dr Osamuyimen Egbon, Dr Danson Kimani, Dr Hang Pham, Dr Bedanand Upadhaya, Dr Rebecca Warren



External examiner

Dr Javed Siddiqui
Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Prof Joan Amanda Emery
University of Ulster
Professor of Accounting
Available via Moodle
Of 46 hours, 34 (73.9%) hours available to students:
12 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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