FINA4590 Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Accounting; Finance [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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, Professor Dirk Baur and Dr Kam Chan
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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