BUS707 – Applied Business Research
ASSESSMENT 2: Research Plan, short response
This assessment is designed to allow students to develop the expertise necessary to formulate practical and usable research questions to resolve business problems and add to business knowledge, taking into consideration existing literature and any ethical considerations. It is the essential start to constructing and justifying a proposal for conducting independent research question. This assessment relates to Learning Outcomes a, c and d
This research plan will set as a basis for Research Proposal in Assessment 4.
Following consultation with the lecturer or tutor, you should identify a problem which may be answered by research – you will be guided towards a suitable research problem in tutorials during weeks 2 – 5 (inclusive).
Based on the problem identified, you should identify relevant sub-problems, research questions, and provide a brief background to the research question, why it is an issue, and what outcomes the research may produce. Literature review plan & data collection plan. A brief discussion of any ethical considerations should be included.
Given the importance of relevance to Accounting in BUS707, please note that the research topics must be accounting-based topics. Some of the initial suggestions for the topics are:
Analysis of significant project in the students’ work experiences, such as:
Accounting regulation in Australia
Accounting and/or Auditing ethics
Use of financial rations in corporate accounting
Multidimensional performance assessment, for example, using the balanced scorecard to evaluate performance on financial and non-financial bases
The effect of accounting information and auditing on the design of organisation, and on the ensuing behaviour of individuals and groups.
Accountants and/or auditors’ responsibilities and contributions toward corporate governance
Application of accounting and economic research to a specific business problem i.e sustainability initiative
Technology implementation in accounting and finance
Innovation in accounting and its impact to business
Impact of organisational culture on the procedure and technique of accounting
Research based on cases reported by the courts, ASIC, APRA, ASC
Topics may also be identified from the suggestion for further research from articles published in relevant journal articles
The list of topics above are only initial suggestions and will be refined and expanded in discussion with tutors/research supervisors.
The research plan should addresses the following information:
1. Suggested research title
2. Partner organisation (if applicable)
3. Underlying research problem
4. Research Objectives
5. Research Questions
6. Literature (source and keywords)
7. Data collection plan
8. Ethical Consideration
Note: Other than in exceptional circumstances, Assessment 2 will form the first part of Assessment 4 for this subject. PRIOR to its inclusion in Assessment 4 Research Proposal, students will be expected to make appropriate adjustments if recommended in feedback.
Word limit: 1000 words (±10%) (excluding reference list)
The response should be professionally presented using the template provided (see below), in Arial 10pt or Times New Roman 12pt, single space. Harvard (Anglia) style referencing.
Submission deadline Week 5 – Saturday 14 April 2018, by 11.59pm
Softcopy to be uploaded Turnitin via Moddle links
Late penalties and extensions:
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