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Postgraduate Course: Current Issues in Accounting (CMSE11490)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description The aim of this course is to familiarise students with important current issues in accounting research, their practical significance, and wider implications. Furthermore, students are encouraged to critically assess 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 for doing research in the area, with a view to facilitating the process of researching and writing a dissertation in accounting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Assignment 100%
Feedback Individual feedback on the reflective diary and literature review will be provided. Generic feedback on the overall performance of students on the reflective diary will also be supplied.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain current accounting issues of practical and academic relevance.
  2. Critically assess accounting research and related methods.
  3. Identify relevant research topics in accounting.
  4. Identify, understand and critically reflect on the contemporary accounting research literature.
  5. Craft a structured literature review.
Reading List
The course Resource List is available at:
Additional Information
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.
Personal Effectiveness:
-Understand the broader implications of contemporary accounting research for institutions, decision-makers, and society.
-Critically reflect on scientific evidence as presented in academic research.
Special Arrangements Business School Postgraduate Students Only
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Stephen Walker
Tel: (0131 6)51 5543
Course secretaryMrs Kelly-Ann De Wet
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071
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