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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research & Professional Portfolio
Module Code AC585
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Orla Feeney
Semester 2: Orla Feeney
Autumn: Orla Feeney
Module TeachersOrla Feeney
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to give participants an understanding of the processes involved in undertaking social science research with a particular emphasis on research in accounting. Their understanding of the research process will be enhanced by exposing them to a number of philosophies in, methodologies applied to and topics in accounting research. The module also aims to equip participants with a set of appropriate analytical and critical thinking skills by encouraging them to question what they read, to develop their own ideas and engage in academic debate with their peers and academic tutors. Participants will be expected to use these skills together with their knowledge of research in accounting in the development of their individual research portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

1. Distinguish the different stages in the research process
2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic research methodologies, data analysis and interpretation. This includes thinking in a critical manner about the theoretical and practical implications of particular research methodologies
3. Demonstrate an ability to undertake a critical review of prior research literature culminating in the development of coherent arguments
4. Engage in academic debate with peers and academic tutors
5. Manage themselves and team members when undertaking independent study and group assessment

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Lecture24No Description
Group work12Group Assignment
Independent Study250Individual Reading
Independent Study315Individual Writing
Total Workload: 625

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Research
Types of research, ethics in research, research objectives and research questions, attributes of good research

The Research Process
Research philosophies and different research methodologies

Writing & Academic Literature
Audience identification, literature review and critique, resources and sources, argument development, structure and referencing

Developments in Accounting Thought
Exposure to mainstream, critical and interpretative perspectives in accounting

Critical Accounting Issues
Accounting as a profession; regulation of accounting; professional & organisational identity in accounting; corporate social responsibility, reporting and accountability; issues of corporate governance; educational challenges in accounting; practising critical accounting

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Individual writing, engagement and reflection25%As required
Report(s)Group work (oral and written presentation), engagement and reflection25%As required
ParticipationIndividual research project50%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MBSMSc in Accounting

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