ACX4000 - Research methods - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Matthew Hall

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Students must be enrolled in course B3701 or B6002.


Introduction to a broad range of research methodology and testing procedures used in accounting research. This unit comprises an analysis of the science of research, an examination of the key elements of research in accounting, general research methodology, data issues, ethical issues, the development of research questions, hypothesis development, and the design and application of a variety of different research methods used in accounting research.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the major steps in the development of a research project in accounting
  2. illustrate the key strengths and weaknesses of different accounting research designs and methods
  3. design and apply qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques and interpret the output
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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