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22901 Accounting Research and Consulting Skills

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UTS: Business: Accounting
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject furnishes students with the necessary research skills to write their honours thesis.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. test theoretical underpinnings of business models in sound research contexts
2. independently construct ideas to address business issues
3. convey information clearly and fluently, in a high quality format appropriate for their audience
4. introduce students to the concepts of scientific research
5. review some key statistical issues
6. identify the key steps of the research process
7. develop in students an appreciation for the alternative research methodologies
8. practise students in the techniques of experimental design.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Apply critical and analytical skills in the process of completing a research project aimed at contribution to discipline knowledge (2.1)
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills enabling presentation of research and ideas to a range of audiences (3.1)
  • Explain the potential social implications of this research (4.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject furnishes students with the necessary research skills to write their honours thesis. It contributes to the overall objectives of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) program in Accounting by enhancing students' analytical skills, statistical skills, and ability to structure and write research reports.

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will attend seminars which will be a mix of formal presentations by the instructor, presentations by students on allocated papers, discussion of selected research problems/key questions distributed in advance on the topic and statistical-based assignments. Formal presentations by students on papers and readings in the reading lists will be used to gauge student understanding of the scientific research process used in the studies. Discussion among

the student group will be used to gauge the ability of the students to defend their interpretation of the readings and to provide alternative views. Homework questions will be set for a number of topics and the answers submitted will be marked as part of the assessment for the subject.

Content (topics)

  • What is this thing called science? Positive versus normative approaches
  • Sources of corporate information and computerised databases in Australia
  • The identification and motivation of different research problems
  • Theory and hypotheses development
  • Measurement issues and operationalisation of variables
  • Laboratory research and clinical studies
  • Survey methods – design and measurement issues
  • Alternative experimental designs
  • The structuring of research reports


Assessment task 1: Essay (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 4, 5 and 6

This addresses program learning objectives(s):


Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Homework Assignments 1 (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 6, 7 and 8

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Replication of existing research (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

3, 6, 7 and 8

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

3.1 and 4.1

Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts


Recommended texts

Zikmund, W., Babin, B., Carr, J., and M. Griffin, 2010, Business Research Methods, South-Western, 8th edition (ZBCG).

Other readings will be distributed prior to the commencement of class.