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Unit information: Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in A&F in 2021/22

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Unit name Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in A&F
Unit code EFIMM0032
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Chris Chapman
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit begins by introducing the different qualitative research methodologies and methods commonly used in the accounting and finance academic literature. In so doing, it considers the philosophical and ethical issues in qualitative research. Furthermore, the unit considers how qualitative methods can address specific accounting and finance research questions. Building on these foundations this unit considers appropriate ways in which the academic rigour of qualitative research may be judged, as well as how it may inform policy and practice.

This unit aims to introduce the knowledge and skills required for the undertaking of qualitative research in accounting and finance, including philosophical, practical and ethical issues. It also aims to introduce qualitative research methods and discusses techniques for analysing and drawing sound inferences from qualitative research.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain different qualitative research methodologies and methods;
  • Understand the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research methods;
  • Understand how qualitative methods can address specific research questions within accounting and finance;
  • Develop a critical understanding of qualitative methods used in accounting and finance;
  • Develop practical skills in undertaking qualitative research;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of ethical issues in qualitative research.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% coursework


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