Honours Research Essay

Subject ACCT40005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: To be advised
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of a minimum of 400 hours of independent study over two sequential semesters.


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Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Paul Coram


Email: pcoram@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The research essay itself is examined. A draft is due for submission on the second Monday of October; the final version on the second Monday of November. Students will be required to present their honours research essay to the Department at various stages of its development throughout the year. Students are also required to attend at least four Melbourne Accounting Research Seminars per semester.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesise current research literature with a view to identifying a research question that is relevant to the area chosen for the research project and that makes a significant contribution to the research literature;
  • Critically evaluate the extant research literature in the field chosen for the research project from both a theoretical and empirical point of view;
  • Independently research the project topic, using a wide range of source material;
  • Complete a research topic which is well written including in terms of its structure and argument.

The research essay itself is examined. A draft is due for submission on the second Monday of October, the final version on the second Monday of November.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; problem solving; statistical reasoning; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: application of theory to practice, use of computer software.

  • Some level of development: collaborative learning; team work.


This is a year long subject and students will be enrolled into this subject twice (semester 1 and semester 2) for a total credit point value of 37.5 for the year.

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