MMM049-Accounting and Finance Project

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: MMM085 Dissertation or MMM090 Dissertation or MMM069 International Management Business Project
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Liang Han


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide an opportunity for students in PG programmes to develop relevant skills to manage an independent research project, in terms of critical evaluation of existing literature, and appropriate collection and analysis of accounting and finance information. The completion of the project will be guided and supported by supervisors with relevant expertise in accounting and financial management. 

To provide students with an opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research in international accounting and/or finance.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to: 1. Identify and summarise the key issues of a topic 2. Design, explain and justify the research approach adopted 3. Identify, summarise and critically appraise relevant literature (where appropriate) 4. Identify, analyse, and evaluate collected data (where appropriate) 5. State, explain and justify given conclusions/chosen solutions 6. Organise and present information clearly, succinctly and in the required format

Additional outcomes:
The self-directed nature of study for this model should develop student’s ability to research, problem-solve and learn independently and to making effective use of their time and the resources available

Outline content:
•Spring term lectures will introduce students to the requirements of the project
•Summer term lectures will develop this and will be supported where necessary by workshops
•Individually tailored supervision where requested by the student will support progress during the summer term

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures will be used to provide initial guidance. Students will also be allocated a tutor to act as supervisor. The supervisor will provide a minimum of three hours contact for consultation as necessary. Learning will largely be student-centred and unique to the student.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 4
Project Supervision 4
Guided independent study 4 186
Total hours by term 6.00 194.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

One 6,000 - 8,000 word project on an approved topic related to the programme. A 10% excess is allowed. The project will have a 100% weighting in the overall assessment.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50%. This module has been designated as a module of special significance for the Accounting and Financial Management and the International Management and Accounting MSc programmes. Therefore, it is a requirement of the award of MSc that students undertaking the Accounting and Finance Project must achieve a minimum mark of 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission as part of the overall arrangements for the MSc programme

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding:

Students are required to submit 2 hard copies of the project. A project with a word limit between 6,000-8,000 words with a bibliography, printed at 12 font, double line spacing, double sided, will amount to 60 to 80 pages. Binding is free in the ARC, and printing costs in the ARC/Library are as follows: Black and White per page: 5p (A4), 10p (A3). Correct at the time of publishing. 

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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