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: 2020/1

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 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:

  • Autumn term lecture 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 2 2
Project Supervision 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 4
    Carry-out research project 186
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:
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:

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: 9 October 2020


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