Applied Research Essay

Subject ACCT90027 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Periodic workshops throughout the semester and regular meetings with appointed supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Admission to the Master of Accounting Program, MBIT or as approved by the Head of Department.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


to be advised

Subject Overview:

Students are required to conduct a piece of independent research on an applied topic. The completed work is then submitted for assessment in the form of an applied research essay or research report, which is not to exceed 5,000 words. The Head of the Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems or their nominee must approve the topic.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • 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 has potential to contribute 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;
  • Show evidence of a wide range of source material to complete a research topic which is well written including in terms of its structure and argument.


The research essay itself is examined. This makes up 100% of the assessment for the subject.

Periodic workshops will be held during the semester and are to be attended by all students enrolled in the subject. The title of the essay, accompanied by a proposed outline should normally be submitted for approval within 5 weeks of the beginning of the semester.

The report must be submitted by 30 June (Semester 1) or 31 December (Semester 2).

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • Problem solving;
  • Collaborative learning and team work;
  • Application of theory to the practice of scientific enquiry;
  • Evaluation of data and other information related to practical research problems;
  • Interpretation and analysis of information obtained in relation to practical research problems;
  • Ability to access data from a range of sources;
  • Articulation of responses in written form;
  • Ability to engage in discussion where appropriate;
  • Ability to complete and present the outcomes of a piece of research in a manner that is well-written, both in structure and argument.

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