FINA4590 Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Accounting; Finance [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit provides an overview of the fundamental approaches employed in research, specifically focusing on the range of empirical research techniques used in the accounting and finance disciplines.
Students are able to (1) develop an appreciation of the research process and the fundamentals of research design; (2) critically evaluate research papers for an appreciation of the papers' strengths and weaknesses, their methodological approach and their main findings; (3) prepare and explain a proposal for a research project; (4) apply research techniques commonly used in empirical based research in accounting and finance; and (5) apply a referencing tool commonly used in academic writing.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) proposal and (2) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stijn Masschelein
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.