Postgraduate Course: Current Issues in Accounting (CMSE11324)
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course addresses a broad variety of highly relevant contemporary issues in accounting research and practice. By discussing state of the art research in accounting, the course provides students with up to date views on topical questions in accounting, and introduces methods to work out sound answers to such questions.
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with highly relevant, interesting and insightful current issues in accounting research, their practical significance, and wider implications. Furthermore, students are encouraged to critically assess research methods employed in accounting research, and understand how methodological limitations impact on the interpretation of research findings. The course further aims to provide opportunities for exploring possibilities of doing research in the arena, with a view to facilitating the process of writing a dissertation in accounting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Business School Postgraduate Students Only
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework - Individual Literature Review (70%), primarily assesses learning outcomes 4 and 5
Coursework - Individual Reflective Diary (30%), primarily assesses learning outcomes 1 to 3
||Individual feedback on the reflective diary and literature review will be provided once they have been marked. Generic feedback on the overall performance of students on the reflective diary will also be supplied.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and explain current accounting issues of practical and academic relevance.
- Critically assess accounting research and related methods.
- Identify relevant research topics in accounting.
- Identify, understand and critically reflect on the contemporary accounting research literature.
- Craft a structured literature review.
|The course Resource List is available at:|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and Enquiry:
-Develop a critical understanding of methods and theoretical frameworks applied in accounting research.
-Expand knowledge of systematising and clustering academic research.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy:
-Gain an appreciation of relevant issues in accounting, useful research techniques and methodologies.
-Cultivate greater awareness of potential research themes and arenas for conducting accounting research as well comprehending their practical relevance.
-Engage in academic debates and discourses by presenting academically informed reflections on scientific work.
-Develop writing skills to effectively and efficiently communicate relevant themes synthesised from a broad range of academic literature.
-Understand the broader implications of contemporary accounting research for institutions, decision-makers, and society.
-Critically reflect on scientific evidence as presented in academic research.
|Course organiser||Prof Stephen Walker
Tel: (0131 6)51 5543
|Course secretary||Mrs Kelly-Ann De Wet
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071