AC6033: Accounting and Financial Management Dissertation

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

AC6033: Accounting and Financial Management Dissertation

Module Title Accounting and Financial Management Dissertation
Module Code AC6033
Module Tutor Clair Vincent
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module offers students the opportunity to explore a topic of interest to them within the accounting or finance to a much greater depth than previously experienced in other modules, through a self-determined and managed dissertation on a relevant topic of their own choosing.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will be guided clearly to define and justify a research problem in relation to its applicability and importance to the accounting environment. This will enable them to develop and critically apply concepts and theories acquired throughout their programme of study, and critically evaluate the practical application of academic accounting and financial knowledge. They will learn to work independently and manage their time over a period where they are likely to face conflicting demand form their programme of study. They will develop skills in reflective analysis, to evaluate the approach they have identified for their work to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and will communicate and present their ideas coherently in writing, developing clarity of argument and the selection and use of supporting evidence.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate:


  1. A deep understanding of some of the contexts in which accounting operates – for example, the legal, ethical, social and natural environment; the accountancy profession; the capital markets; the public sector; (PLO1)
  2. Understanding of the contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and financial management, and an ability to evaluate them in a number of contexts – for example, accounting and society; accounting and sustainability; (PLO4)
  3. Advanced development of skills in critically evaluating and analysing arguments and data, drawing reasoned conclusions; (PLO5)
  4. The ability to manage learning independently, including being able to find, extract and analyse data from many different sources, and acknowledge and reference these appropriately; (PLO6)
  5. Skills in the use of communications and information technology in finding, analysing and communicating information – for example, through the use of spreadsheets , and online databases; (PLO7)
  6. Communication and numerical skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in form which will be understood by its intended audience. (PLO8)


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 10
Independent Learning Hours: 290
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 8000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

What are Course Maps and Module Descriptors?

Course Maps

A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.

Module Descriptors

A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.

Course Resources Archive

Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.