Assessment type: Proposal – Individual. 1,000 words report (+ 10%).
Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is designed to allow students to develop the expertise necessary to formulate practical and usable research questions to resolve business problems and add to business knowledge. This assessment relates to learning outcomes a, c and d.
Value: 15% Due Date: Week 5 – 11:59 pm Saturday of Week 5.
Submission: Upload a soft copy to Moodle and Turnitin via Moodle links
Topic: Research plan
Task Details: This research plan will set a basis for the remaining assessment (assessment 3 and 4). Following consultation with the lecturer or tutor, you should identify problem which may answered by research (you will be guided towards a suitable research problem/question in tutorial during week 2 to week 5 (inclusive).
Given the importance of relevance to Accounting in BUS707, please note that the research topics must be accounting-based topics. Some of the initial suggestions for the topics are:
o Analysis of significant project in the students’ work experiences, such as:
-Accounting regulation in Australia -Accounting and/or Auditing ethics
-Use of financial rations in corporate accounting
-Multidimensional performance assessment, for example, using the balanced scorecard to evaluate performance on financial and non-financial bases
o The effect of accounting information and auditing on the design of organisation, and on the ensuing behaviour of individuals and groups.
o Accountants and/or auditors’ responsibilities and contributions toward corporate governance o Application of accounting and economic research to a specific business problem i.e
sustainability initiative o Forensic Accounting
o Technology implementation in accounting and finance o Innovation in accounting and its impact to business
o Impact of organisational culture on the procedure and technique of accounting o Research based on cases reported by the courts, ASIC, APRA, ASC
Note: Topics may also be identified from the suggestion for further research from articles published in relevant journal articles. The list of topics above are only initial suggestions and will be refined and expanded in discussion with tutors/research supervisors.
The research plan should be presented in the following structure:
Contents Length (word counts)
Project title: a brief descriptive summary of the proposed research topic. Max. 50 words
Research Overview and Justification: a brief summary to justify why the research topic is important to be investigated. You need to provide evidences (theoretical and empirical evidences – from past research). 300 words
Research Questions and Research Objectives – present the research questions and objectives in bullet points. 100 – 150 words
Initial Literature Review: choose 3 articles relevant to your topic and then write 1 short paragraph summaries of the articles and link the content back to the research questions. 250 words
Significance/Contribution of the research project: Discuss the important of this research and how it will contribute theoretically and empirically 250 words
Marks out of 15 will be awarded based on how well the following criteria is addressed:
Criteria % Marks
Research Overview and Justification: provide an understanding of the background of the research in respect to significance and clarity 30%
Research Question and Research Objectives: identify research questions and research objectives relevance to the problem identify in research background. 20%
Initial Literature Review: present a foundation of literature review by choosing three relevant articles and summarise the articles. 30%
Significance of the research: demonstrate the theoretical and managerial contribution of this research. 10%
References and referencing skills: Present the research plan in a professional manner with correct referencing 10%
Submission Details: Individual Assessment. Word limit: 1,000 words (±10%) (excluding reference list). You need to state the word count of the assessment on the cover page. The response should be professionally in Arial 10pt or Times New Roman 12pt, single space.
Harvard (Anglia) style referencing. Submission deadline Week 5 – Sunday by 11.59pm. Softcopy to be uploaded Turnitin via Moodle links.
Note: A full Marking Rubric will be provided below and also available in Moodle.