Accounting Project

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
12 October 2022


Requisites for this module
BE100 or BE110 or BE111
BE937, BE938, BE939, BE940



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 N420JS Accounting and Finance,
BSC N420NS Accounting and Finance,
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

On successful completion of the module, students will 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

On completion of this module, students should have attained key transferable skills that include being able to:
1. Apply and adapt academic skills to a professional working environment
2. Develop and apply high level analytical and problem solving skills in the working environment
3. Understand the need to communicate and explain complex information to a variety of audience and write reports in a clear and concise manner
4. Be aware of, and understand, contemporary debates and developments in accounting (and/or cognate subjects) within an international and practical context
5. Appreciate the importance of ‘softer’ skills in the working environment such as planning and organising activities effectively, prioritising and completing tasks to strict deadlines, exhibiting sound communication, and developing a professional attitude and commitment.

Module Information

Please refer to the BE936 module handbook for further details.

This module is part of the Q-Step pathway. Q-Step is an award which you can gain simply by enrolling on specific modules and will signal to employers your capability in quantitative research. Learn more about the Q-Step pathway and enhance your degree now.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is normally delivered through a 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.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Final Report on Project    100% 

Additional coursework information

Submission of a literature review as formative assessment. Assessment of the module is based on the final project report (100%)

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Magda Abou-Seada, email:
Magda Abou-Seada, Shaila Ahmed, Junaid Ashraf, Abdullahi Ishola, Shahidul Islam and Andre Lino,



External examiner

Dr Idlan Rabihah Zakaria
Dr Pingli Li
University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 45 hours, 36 (80%) hours available to students:
7 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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