20 credits at level HE6
The module is designed to provide the learner with the opportunity to undertake a self-managed analytical piece of work which draws on theoretical models and perspectives studied in accountancy modules previously taken. In addition the module involves, supports and assesses Personal Development Planning (PDP)
The module provides the learner with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake independent research by undertaking a literature based academic investigation into an accountancy related issue. In terms of PDP the learner will be expected to develop critical evaluation of own learning and evaluation of achievement and planning for learning, personal and professional development.
Due to the independent nature of this module no syllabus is prescribed. The learner will be required to select a title from a range of accountancy related titles that will be made available to them. the titles will change annually to reflect topical issues and the content of the module will be related to the title selected by the learner. Each title will provide scope for the learner to demonstrate their ability to independently research, analyse, synthesise and evaluate appropriate literature. The chosen topic should not overlap substantially with any other module assessment which hte learner has taken or intends to take.
This module is designed to develop the learner's ability to undertake independent research into an identified topic with limited tutor guidance. There will be a one hour introductory workshop at the beginning of the module followed by a further three one hour "drop in" sessions (hosted via on line discussion forums for off campus learners)spaced throughout the semester where learners will be expected to demonstrate learner autonomy by taking the initiative in seeking support and feedback.
The learning outcomes identified in this module will be assessed through the medium of an extended piece of coursework, presented in report format (4,000 - 4,500 words) and a reflective report (500 - 1,000 words) which will require the learner to critically reflect on the process of undertaking the investigative study.
The learning hours for this module comprise:
Independent study 196
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to undertake independent research into an identified accounting related topic||complete a self-directed piece of work that involves self-reliance, flexibility, planning, researching and managing information, relection and resiliance|
|2.||be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of academic literature relating to the topic selected||carry out an extensive literature review and critically evaluate existing research relating to your selected topic|
|3.||be able to critically appraise research methodologies||review and evaluate the research methodologies adopted with the literature reviewed|
|4.||be able to demonstrate skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and critical thinking||present an effective discussion of relevant theory, construct a personal case/ argument which draws on an evaluation of concepts presented in literature and develop appropriate conclusions and/or recommendations|
|5.||be able to communicate complex ideas by means of a report||produce a well written report that demonstrates correct use of English and the ability to reference sources and produce a bibliography in an acceptable format|
|6.||understand and reflect upon your own skills and abilities as a researcher carrying out an academic piece of work, monitor and review your own progress and reflect on your own learning||critically review your own work and seek and respond to feedback where required|
|7.||plan for successs in personal, educational and professional development||identify opportunities for furrther learning and personal development|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||4,500-5,000 extended coursework based on hte selected topic presented in report format||500-1,000 word reflective report|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
All current editions:
Bell,J, “Doing Your Research Project” Open University Press
Branscomb, HE, “Casting Your Net: a student’s guide to research on the Internet”, Boston MA, Allyn and Bacon
Gill, J, Johnson, P, “Research Methods for Managers” Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd.
Ryan, B, Scapens, RW, Theobald, M, “Research Method and Methodology in Finance and Accounting” Academic Press
Saunders, M, Lewis, P & Thornhill, A, “Research Methods for Business Students” FT Prentice Hall
Weirich, TR, Reinstein, A, “Accounting and Auditing Research” Southwester Publishing Co.
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