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RESEARCH TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING
The assessment for this module comprises a single piece of written work.
You are required to:
Prepare a literature review on a research topic within the accounting subject area
Word limit: 5,000 words
You are advised to check the module tick list to ensure that your submission has been recorded.
i?? Choose a topic that is of interest
i?? You are advised NOT to select a topic which is/was the subject of a coursework assignment for another module on the MSc in Accounting and Finance degree
i?? Do ensure that the topic chosen falls within the field of accounting
i?? The literature review is intended to be of potential use to your dissertation
i?? Research widely, primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in the academic journal literature
i?? It is important that you adopt a thematic structure to your writing
i?? It is important that you identify issues from the literature
i?? Markers will especially be looking for your ability to evaluate and provide a critical assessment of the literature as opposed to simply describing its contents (please see attached for guidance)
i?? It is assumed that you will adopt a proper system of referencing
i?? Your assignment should in font size 12, double spaced on numbered pages.
Guidance on writing your literature review
The aim of a literature review is to show that you have read a number of the leading works in your chosen field. We also like to see that you understand the fundamental aspects of the issue you are addressing.
A good literature review is centred on a logical line of argument. There should be clear links between your own arguments and the evidence uncovered in your reading.
You must have a clear idea of your research objective. It is important that you focus your literature review on this objective rather than citing a large number of articles which are tangential to your main topic.
In deciding on a topic, it is important that you are able to justify your selection of that topic. What makes it interesting? Why should anyone care about that topic? How does it add to our knowledge of the business world?
It is essential your review is not simply a description of what others have published. Your review should be a critical discussion of the literature based on a synthesis and analysis of published articles.
Most crucially the literature review should lead on in a logical way to your own research question/objective.
While it is right for you to acknowledge that there may be different views, theories or approaches, you must be prepared to come down on why side or the other. However, you should always aim to be objective and respectful of others opinions.
There should be a clear, short introduction which gives an outline of the review, including the main topics covered and the order of the arguments, with a brief rationale for this.
Your review must be written in a formal, academic style. Keep your writing clear and concise, avoiding colloquialisms and personal language.
Avoid emotive language or strong personal opinions. If you disagree with a published work, you should not dismiss it as i??nonsensei??.
When referring to othersi?? findings or opinions, do not write Smith (2007) i??says i??.i?? but use other verbs such as Argues”, Claimsor States”. Use the present tense for general opinions and theories, and the past tense when referring to specific research or experiments:
The assignment will form the basis for your own dissertation project in the summer. It is therefore vital to get literature review right if you want to save yourself time later on.
Avoid plagiarism at all costs i?? it is better to have too many quotes than try to cheat by passing off the work of others as if it were your own.