Current Issues in Accounting and Finance

Module description

The aim of the module is to investigate topical accounting and finance research themes in a real organisation setting. The academic research and analysis will blend academic theory and practical application with a business focus.

Students are expected to undertake the preliminary work - draft outline and any supporting literature search during Term 1, and to obtain their supervisor's approval of this before proceeding on the full project report. The module leader(s) will take responsibility for advising students on the requirements and management of the project, with the support of online material and specific support from their supervisor.

The number of meetings and nature of contact with the supervisors will vary, and the effective management of the relationship will also form part of the learning outcomes.

Learning is through self-study, supported by structured sessions on research design and conduct.

Full module specification

Module title:Current Issues in Accounting and Finance
Module code:BEA3025K
Module level:3
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Diana Onu - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to investigate topical accounting and finance research themes using research techniques in a real organisation setting.

Students will write an individual project report based on a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with a module leader. The topic may be any aspect of accounting and finance broadly defined which offers a link between valuable University learning and the workplace.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate enhanced knowledge of a particular area of study
  • 2. link a real-life situation to subject specific knowledge obtained through previous and current modules

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. plan and execute an extended research project
  • 4. utilise a variety of research materials including carrying out primary research, if appropriate
  • 5. critically analyse a business problem using both practitioner and academic material

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. build a beneficial relationship with a supervisor
  • 7. work independently
  • 8. plan and manage own time
  • 9. present information in a clear and comprehensive manner

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours8Workshops
Contact hours4Meeting with supervisors

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Meeting with supervisors Varying1-9Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Project Report 805000- 6000 words (Word count excludes tables, charts, references and other appendices)1-9Individual written feedback sheet
Project proposal51000 words3, 7-9Discussions with tutor
Draft literature review151,500 words3, 6-9Individual written individual feedback sheet

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Project ReportWritten Project Report (80%) 5000-6000 words1-9July
Project ProposalProject Proposal (5%) 1000 words3, 7-9July
Draft literature reviewDraft literature review (15%) 1500 words3, 6-9July

Syllabus plan

During the first few weeks of term 1, taught workshop sessions will cover:

  • refining the project topic
  • identifying relevant resources
  • developing research questions / hypotheses
  • undertaking a critical literature review
  • research ethics
  • quantitative research methods
  • qualitative research methods
  • analysing research findings
  • writing conclusions and recommendations
  • report presentation

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Collis J & Hussey R (2003) Business research: A practical guide for undergraduates and postgraduate students, 2nd edition Palgrave Macmillan (available as an e book)


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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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