Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Dissertation - Accounting and Finance

Course summary

Course code: ACCO1081
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Accounting and Finance
Course Coordinator(s): Joanna Molyn-Blanchfield


Pre and co requisites

RESE 1054


This course guides the students in developing their research proposals prepared in RESE 1054 at level 5
into a full dissertation. The course consists of weekly sessions designed to support students in
successfully preparing their dissertations. The work is organised around four pieces of assessment
required to complete the course.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully students will be able to:
1. Plan and execute a sustained piece of independent academic research in the programme
of study;
2. Define and analyse a complex theoretical or business problem by integrating academic
knowledge and practical applications;
3. Define appropriate research objectives and design a corresponding research strategy
that leads to the appropriate collection, management, presentation, and analysis of data
and that permits effective conclusions to be drawn;
4. Synthesise and reflect on a range of sources, different research methodologies, ethical
considerations, and the application of theory in practical situations;
5. Make effective use of academic journals to write a literature review that attains high
standards in writing and referencing and that ensures that the findings of the research
are informed by extant literature.

Indicative content

The structure of a dissertation, the structure and contents of each chapter in a dissertation, how to
formulate a dissertation title, how to formulate research questions, linking a dissertation title and
research questions to appropriate research methods, how to search for appropriate academic articles,
appropriate methods of research including methods of data collection and analysis, how to evaluate a
dissertation, understanding the ethical implications of a dissertation, how to self-edit.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be delivered through a combination of a one hour weekly seminar, tutorials in smaller
groups, and personal instruction.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)
Contact Hours:
lectures 0
seminars 24
practical sessions
other 5
Private Study 160
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
coursework 111
laboratory work


Statement of Intent - Pass/Fail.
Completion of a form that lists and justifies the key elements of dissertation.
LO 2, 3.

Ethical Compliance Form - Pass/Fail.
Completion of form requesting approval for ethical compliance.
LO 4.

Task 1 - 10%
1000 words.
Literature review.
LO 2, 4, 5.

Task 2 - 10%
2500 words.
Method chapter.
LO 1, 3, 4.

Task 3 - 10%
2000 words.
Initial findings and conclusions.
LO 3.

Task 4 - 70%
10000 words.
Full dissertation.
LO 1-5.

Pass mark - 40%