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ACC3016 : Accounting, Organisations and Society

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor David McCollum-Oldroyd
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To enable students to explore in greater depth an area of accounting or finance of their choice. This may be one of:
(i) an examination of the relationship between accounting/finance and behavioural/organisational concerns,
(ii) an in-depth study of an event or organisation related to accounting/finance,
(iii) an examination of some aspect(s) of the accounting or finance professions.

This module is assessed by means of an individual project, in which the student is expected to address, in an in-depth manner, an issue of interest to them which examines the social context of accountants, accounting information, finance, financial institutions, or business organisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is Research
Research in Accounting, Organisations & Society
Research Topic in Accounting, Organisations & Society

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion199:0099:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading166:0066:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:003 * 1/2 hour per semester PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As an individual research topic, there will structured guided learning, which is on topics such as library resources, and research methods. Students are guided in their research by their supervisor through individual tutorials.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Literature review of 2000 words
Essay2M804000 word written project
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MResearch proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Completion of the research project will allow students to explore an issue relevant to their overall programme of study.

The project will also allow/require students to develop their skills and abilities to:
• research the subject area;
• apply depth of analysis and discussion;
• analyse the linkage between literature and practice.

Reading Lists