• Offered by Research School of Accounting
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Business
  • Areas of interest Commerce
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gregory Shailer
    • Prof Neil Fargher
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BUSN4013
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces students to the world of research in business-related disciplines. Students gain an understanding of how scientific research is undertaken and are introduced to different research approaches. By the end of the course, students should be able to critically evaluate research (their own and that of others) regardless of the research approach. The overall aim is enable students to develop the skills needed to design and undertake research that is ethical, significant, rigorous, and relevant.

accounting, including technical aspects of cost accounting and behavioural responses to management accounting information;

  • examine links between management accounting and decision making, planning and control;

  • understand the relationship between management accounting and performance management; consider the relationship between management accounting and strategy; and

  • learn to be open to new developments in management accounting knowledge and techniques and how to assess these through cost-benefit analysis. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. describe the research process;

2. explain the nature of theory, theory building and theory testing in research;

3. critically discuss different research approaches;

4. engage in meaningful research that adheres to accepted academic practices and ethical standards;

5. analyse a research problem area and formulate research questions for a research project that is both significant and feasible for an Honours, Masters or PhD program;

6. design a research project to that uses appropriate methods to address specific research questions, while taking account of issues of validity, reliability and measurement;

7. effectively present the results of a research project in a research article or thesis; and

8. develop and present an original research proposal that addresses their chosen research problem. 

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • 3 Class Assignments 20%
  • Preliminary Research Proposal 15%
  • Research Seminar Paper Critiques 15%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Final Research Proposal 40%

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Workload

Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 12 hours a week (including non-teaching weeks) to completing the work. This will include attending classes, course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2788 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7754 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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