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Unit information: Applied Quantitative Research in Accounting and Finance in 2022/23

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Unit name Applied Quantitative Research in Accounting and Finance
Unit code EFIMM0120
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Joe Cho
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The aim of this unit is to introduce students into statistical analysis of accounting and finance data. The first part of the unit covers principles of conducting applied empirical analysis using a statistical analysis software (STATA). The second part of the unit focuses on practical implementation of selected particular research (statistics and econometric) methodologies. In the unit, students are exposed to various research implications in areas of accounting and finance mainly. They learn how to deal with the quantitative analysis aspect of a research project, with an emphasis on organising data, analysing it with relevant methods and techniques using statistical software and writing up the results in a formal fashion. The unit prepares students to take on an MSc dissertation in an empirical analysis topic. The unit will also provide students with various transferrable skills.

This unit is optional for students on Accounting, Finance & Management. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to quantitative research methods used in accounting and finance research. Students who wish to write a dissertation that is based upon a quantitative approach to analysing data sets collected from databases should take this unit.

Your learning on this unit

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

1. Understand the standard principles of interpreting and conducting research in accounting and finance at MSc level

2. Conduct a literature review

3. Work with widely-used accounting and finance databases

4. Familiarize with econometric approaches for panel data and cross-sectional analysis

5. Input data into the appropriate software and shape them accordingly

6. Use appropriate software to analyse data

7. Apply relevant statistical analysis methodologies

8. Interpret the results of their empirical analysis

9. Present and write up the results in a formal fashion

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

This unit will be assessed by group coursework 50% and individual coursework 50%


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.