ADVANCED ACCOUNTING THEORY

BUS5AAT

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject exposes doctoral students to both established and cutting-edge scholarship in accounting theory across a range of different sub-disciplines, topic areas and competing perspectives. Students will be given the opportunity to develop advanced theoretical understanding of substantive fields of accounting research; compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives; and analyse the applicability of competing theoretical approaches to big contemporary conceptual and practitioner problems. A key aim of the subject is to cultivate high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills as applied to advanced accounting theory. To this end, students will be given opportunities to develop their abilities to critically evaluate research articles, and to integrate knowledge from existing research into the development of a theoretical position.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKamran Ahmed

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites only students enrolled in PhD or Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate what is meant by theory, and explain its role in accounting research.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and all three assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate selected theories of accounting.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and assessment item one.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills in describing and assessing the utiity of accounting theories and concepts.

Activities:
Readings, class discussion and all three assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate the application of theory to analyse and evaluate accounting practice.

Activities:
Class discussion and assessment item two.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Class requirements

Seminar
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2500 word individual assignment40 01, 02, 03
One 2500 word individual assignment40 01, 03, 04
One 20-minute class contribution (spoken assignment)The class contribution item is an assessment of students' speaking skills as they pertain to articulating advanced management theory. To assess speaking skills, a discrete spoken exercise conducted individually or in pairs is envisaged. Each class will have a group discussion element; students will be asked to introduce, moderate and then summarise the group discussion in each class. Assessment is based on20 01, 03