Financial Accounting Research

Subject ACCT90019 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of seminars
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 144 hours per semester.

  • Acceptance into the PhD program;
  • ACCT30001 Financial Accounting / ACCT30001 Financial Accounting Theory (or equivalent) or as approved by the Head of Department.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides a rigorous review and critical analysis of the theory and methodology underlying economics-based empirical research in financial accounting.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Apply alternative paradigms to explain financial accounting practice;
  • Explain how accounting practice influences decision-making at marcro-economic and micro-economic levels;
  • Evaluate the role of accounting information in security valuation; and
  • Describe how accounting and accounting regulation impact upon firm value due to the use of accounting numbers in contracting and political processes.
  • A final end-of-semester examination (30%);
  • A written assignment of 3000 words due in week 12 (30%); and
  • Seminar participation and presentations (40%).
Prescribed Texts:

Selected readings, Department of Accounting.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Think critically about accounting choices and accounting regulations;
  • Evaluate the economic influence of accounting practice;
  • Think critically about potential motivations and consequences of accounting choices;
  • Apply alternative research methodologies in understanding global accounting practice;
  • Apply alternative statistical techniques to test alternative research questions; and
  • Utilize verbal and written communications.

This is an elective in the PhD program.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics
Master of Commerce (Accounting)

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