The course will introduce students to the variety of qualitative research methodologies and research methods adopted in financial and management accounting research. Also, it will cover some “Real Life Issues” and research ethics. The intent is to equip students with practical research skills and knowledge that can be applied to the research dissertation.
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Year of entry: 2019
Course unit details:
Qualitative Research Methods
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course aims to give students a general understanding of different types of accounting research and the range of research methodologies which are available, and equip students with practical research skills and knowledge of qualitative methods that may be applied to their dissertation projects.
On completion of this unit successful students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and distinguish between, the different accounting research methodologies.
- Distinguish between different available research methods, with particular emphasis given to case studies and questionnaire surveys.
- Succinctly define a research question and select appropriate research method(s) within the time and resource constraints of writing a dissertation.
- Place a research question into its broad context(s) by review of the relevant literature(s) and surveying varied sources of data.
- Appreciate and bring together the various elements which together contribute towards the production of a dissertation design.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||25%|
Informal advice and discussion during a lecture.
Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.
Most lectures will be grounded in the material contained in the following textbook (its purchase is therefore highly recommended):
Bryman, A. (2015). Social research methods. Oxford University Press. 5th Edition
Several copies are available in the Main and Precinct library (“normal” and “short” loan), and the book is also stocked in the Blackwell bookstore.
Most of the other readings will be from research journals that are available from the library’s “electronic resources” – you will be expected to download these readings yourself (see Appendix 2 for details). Subject to copyright laws, any other readings will be either (1) distributed in the relevant lecture(s), or (2) placed on “short-loan” in the Precinct Centre Library.
It is expected in this course that students will undertake their own research into readings and the relevant literature. A starting point of essential readings for each topic, together with some important supplementary readings, are shown below. At the end, there is also a list of further readings on several of the topic. These are not intended to be comprehensive and reflect our own research interests – accordingly, there are many more readings on some topics than others. They are provided in the hope that they may be useful when you begin your dissertation research.
Your textbook also provides many key references for individual topics.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Jodie Moll||Unit coordinator|
|Christos Begkos||Unit coordinator|
Informal Contact Methods
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