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: MMM090 Dissertation
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Yun Shen

Type of module:

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 accounting and/or financial management. 

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:

  • Autumn term lecture will introduce students to the requirements of the project.

  • Summer term lectures will develop skills in literature review and research project management.

  • 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 2 2
Project Supervision 34
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 4
    Carry-out research project 156
Total hours by term 2 6 192
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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. It is to be submitted in the summer vacation.  

Formative assessment methods:

Students are required to provide drafts of the main parts of the project and the final draft. They are provided with the feedback on all written work which allows them to improve their final draft that they submit. 

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50%. This module has been designated as a module of special significance for the MSc Accounting and Financial Management and the MSc Accounting and International Management 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:

(During the August University Resit Period): 

Resubmission of project as part of the overall arrangements for the MSc programme 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 13 May 2021


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