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ACCT614 seeks to provide students with a thorough introduction to the principal assumptions that underpin the development of research ideas in accounting, information systems and related disciplines. More particularly, it seeks to expose students to the theoretical and philosophical foundations of knowledge and reality. You will also be introduced to both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The distinguishing characteristic of ACIS postgraduates is their understanding of and capacity to undertake research in accounting, information systems, tax and related topics. ACCT/INFO 614 concentrates on research methodology and research methods and seeks to provide students with a thorough introduction to the principle assumptions that underpin the development of research ideas in accounting, information systems and related disciplines. More particularly, it seeks to expose students to the theoretical and philosophical foundations of knowledge and reality. You will also be introduced to both quantitative research methodology and methods, and qualitative research methodology and methods.
Throughout the course, postgraduate students are encouraged to question what they read, to develop their own ideas, and where these are at odds with the authors they read, to develop an understanding of why they are different. Students are also encouraged to develop understandings of what they do and do not find persuasive and why. Disagreeing with published authors is encouraged, and where students do so, they are expected to try and develop persuasive counter-positions. Students should come to understand that not all they read contains some unassailable “truth”, just because somebody chose to write it down, and somebody else chose to publish it. Indeed, it is expected that students will come to realise that what counts as “truth” is an issue far from cut and dried, and remains seriously contested. More than anything else this course is intended to promote an active engagement with the material it contains, both in terms of assimilating and critically evaluating the material and in terms of engaging in discussion with your peers, seminar facilitators, and Departmental staff. You should be continually asking yourselves “what do I think about this material, why, and how does this relate to my endeavours in research and practice?” The course is strictly not about soaking up some body of knowledge to be spat back in class or in exams.The quantitative research component of the course will familiarise you with the principles of survey methods so you can: critically evaluate studies that have employed survey methods. interpret results from a range of statistical techniques. analyse research data using the SPSS statistical software package.The qualitative research module introduces you to carrying out qualitative research. By the end of the course you will be able to: design a qualitative research study gaining access to the research site use various methods of collecting information (such as observation, interviewing, and analysing documents) analyse and interpret qualitative information, and write up the qualitative research in the form of an academic paper, a dissertation or a thesis.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
ACIS614, AFIS614, INFO614
2 x 2 hour seminars per week
Domestic fee $2,018.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Department of Accounting and Information Systems