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ACC4051 : Contemporary Issues in Business, Accounting and Finance

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kirsty Munro
  • 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


The module aims to develop research skills of analysis and evaluation in the context of contemporary issues in business accounting and finance through an individual topic of choice.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is research into contemporary issues in business, accounting and finance.
Choosing a topic.
What is a literature review.
Developing and writing a research project.

Students will be required to complete a total of 6,000 words project, comprising a 2,000 literature review and 4,000 research project in which the student will be address a contemporary issue, of their choice, relevant to business, accounting and finance. The project will be an in depth study of a specific issue or topic and thus will focus on depth of analysis rather than broad subject coverage.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion195:0095:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:008 x 2 hour PiP workshops in Semester 1 across 4 weeks at beginning of semester; and 2 x 2 hour workshops in Semester 2 across 2 weeks.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:003 Drop-in Clinic Sessions in Semester 1, and 3 Consultancy Session in Semester 2 before students submit their research project - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision40:302:002 in-person meetings per Semester. To be arranged between students and advisors.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00For Stage 3 cohort in May 2023; PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As an individual research project the module requires few lectures and instead workshops will be used. Lecture materials will be used to provide a framework that set the parameters of the study as well as support from the central library and skills team. The early part of the module will assist students with identifying a topic and developing their project plan. Students will receive formative feedback on their project proposal. A project supervisor will be appointed for each student who will provide guidance and support to the student.

Due to the rather prescriptive aspects of some of the professionally orientated modules in years 2 and 3 of this degree programme, it is envisaged that students will need some extra support in understanding and adapting to the more open-ended, discursive and analytical nature of what will be required for the project. The contact time and significant drop in surgeries will be directed towards providing that support. Much of the student learning will take place through reading and analysing issues and researching for the assessment.

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
Essay2M80Final written research project of 4,000 words.
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
Research proposal1MFeedback provided on research proposal and literature review draft
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials will be front loaded so as to take place before the placement. The literature review (2,000 words) will be completed during semester one and submitted before placement.

During and after the placement, students will research and write their project, supported by a project supervisor.

Completion of a 4,000 word 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 the literature and practice

Reading Lists