BEX6001 - Foundations of accounting research - 2019

0 points, SCA Band 3, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Matthew Hall


Professor Matthew Hall

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)



Students must be enrolled in the 0029 Doctor of Philosophy or 3194 Master of Philosophy.


This unit will equip students with a keen awareness of and appreciation for the history of research in accounting in your specialist sub-discipline as well as across different domain areas and research traditions. The content can be relatively flexible, but faculty could be invited to identify a series of seminal articles to be used in the unit. Based on the current honours units, the content could be relatively evenly split between financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and accounting information systems.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop knowledge of the seminal articles in accounting research across its many sub-disciplines and how they have established the basis for established and emerging research areas
  2. enhance awareness of the multiple epistemological and ontological perspectives that underpin research in the sub-disciplines of accounting research
  3. evaluate and critique research papers presented in the research seminar series
  4. evaluate the literature, philosophical traditions, methods and problems associated with different sub-disciplines of accounting research
  5. develop effective academic presentation and writing skills through presentation and written analysis and critique of selected recent articles and working papers.


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 whether via on-campus Caulfield or off-campus Malaysia mode.

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