Research Methods in Accounting
Essex Business School
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
24 September 2019
Requisites for this module
MSC N40012 Accounting,
MSC N40024 Accounting,
MSC N42012 Accounting and Finance,
MSC N42024 Accounting and Finance,
MSC N4N312 Accounting and Financial Management,
MSC N4N324 Accounting and Financial Management,
MSC N40112 Accounting and Management,
PHD N40048 Accounting,
PHD N30048 Finance
This module is designed to introduce students to the methods and methodology of research in the fields of accounting. The heterogeneous nature of academic approaches deployed in these fields is explored, and various research methods and methodologies are examined and situated within an explicatory framework. The module will explore a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and will utilize several examples and case studies to illustrate the suitability of these methods and make transparent their epistemological and ontological underpinnings. Ultimately, the module will equip students with the means to explore issues in accounting and provide them with the requisite skills to identify, choose and implement research designs and strategies in the preparation of their dissertation.
This is a 10 week module and these aims and outcomes apply to the module as a whole.
• To provide a critical understanding of the methods and methodology of research in the fields of accounting
• To develop and demonstrate the requisite skills necessary to undertake research in the fields of accounting
At the end of this module the students will have developed their:
Knowledge and understanding & technical and critical understanding of:
• How Accounting research is grounded in the social sciences and relates to issues of policy and practice
• The heterogeneous nature of academic approaches deployed in Accounting research fields
• What methodology and method ‘is’ and how it is part of designing and doing research
• Understand the basic principles of research design and strategy
• How to identify, evaluate, and design relevant research question(s) within different research perspectives
• Understand and apply a range of research methods and tools
• How a well-structured line of argument is supported and developed
This module is core for:
MPhD in Accounting (Integrated)
MRes in Accounting
MSc in Accounting
MSc in Accounting and Finance (core with options)
MSc in Accounting and Financial Management
PhD Accounting (Integrated)
EBS Student Services
The module consists of ten weekly two-hour sessions. The purpose of such sessions is to engage in a mutual process of exploring and learning rather than continue to pursue a teacher/student relationship. Accordingly, often students will be encouraged to engage in a participative learning environment. All are expected to have prepared adequately for each session. The content of the module is selected with the primary aim of exploring selected theories, methods and methodology of research in the fields of accounting. The time allocated allows only a précis of the material that participants will be expected to have mastered during the module. In these circumstances it is essential that participants undertake the prescribed reading and where possible select further supplementary readings from the lists provided. Furthermore, students must realise that the readings provided are not a comprehensive list but rather a starting point for their independent studies.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||1,000 word essay
||700 word mini proposal
||2,000 word essay
||Dissertation Choice Submission Form
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Kelum Jayasinghe, Bedanand Upadhaya, Kamran Malikov,
Dr Chandana Gnanapriya Alawattage
University of Aberdeen Business School
Dr Mohamed Karim Sorour
Associate Professor of Accounting/ Head of Accounting Subject
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 21 (95.5%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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