Unit ACC3005 The Accounting Research Project
Assessment Type Research project
Assessment Number 1
Weighting Developing research proposal

Alignment with Unit and Course Unit Learning Outcome Graduate Attributes Assessed
ULO 1: Critically analyse and apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge.
ULO 2: Examine and critique regulatory and sustainability issues relevant to accounting practices including social and ethical concerns.
ULO 3: Conduct a research project and identify key steps of the research process GA 1: Communication
GA 2: Collaboration
GA 3: Research
GA 4: Critical Thinking
GA 6: Flexibility

Due Date/Time Week 7
via Moodle Turnitin 5:00pm (AEST)
Assessment Description This assessment is a part of a capstone accounting research project. The whole project is comprised of three (3) individual assessments. Section (a) provides information related to the overall project and section (b) provides information related to the assessment (1).
a) Description of the research project
The main objective of this research project is to confirm your ability in conducting research and executing key steps involved in the research process. The research needs to appraise and evaluate contemporary accounting issues. In this project, you need to identify a contemporary research topic, which has theoretical and empirical implication in current account practices. The identified topic needs to be related to sustainability, ethics and/or social accounting issues. For theoretical research, you need to identify the relevant theories on your topic using literature review and incorporate your own ideas of various researchers with your understanding. For empirical research, you need to identify 10 ASX listed companies and investigate their practices using accounting annual reports and other media reports. Overall, you need to
a) Critically analyze relevant theories on accounting information and corporate social responsibility using peer reviewed journal articles.
b) Analyze annual reports of 10 ASX listed companies for related accounting issues
c) Identify the research methodologies
d) Investigate the qualitative data and interpret
e) Provide discussion on main findings of the researched companies
f) Provide conclusion with justification

b) Description of the assessment A1
In this assessment A1, you need to,
a) Apply theories and accounting knowledge in developing research idea
b) Apply regulatory, sustainability and ethical issue related to research idea
c) Clearly state research objectives, research aim and research questions.
d) Develop research framework: conceptual, theoretical, methodological and analytical.
e) Provide information sources.
Research expectation:
• The submission needs to be supported with information by credible sources.
• Use adequate number of peer reviewed journal articles.
• Credible sources should be varied and include, but not limited to, the Textbook, Government reports, Industry reports, Newspaper articles, Books, and Journal articles.
• Use the EBSCO Databases accessed through the Library and Learning Support page on Moodle to find journal articles, case studies and more to help you prepare your assessment. Speak with the library assistants or email (support@aih.nsw.edu.au) if you require further assistance.

Submission Requirements • The word limit is 1000.
• Retain the formatting of the template (11 font, 2.5 margins, 1.5 spacing)
• Use Harvard referencing including the reference list
• Student must submit the assessment through the Assessment 1 Turnitin link on Moodle page for this unit.
Misconduct • Turnitin is plagiarism software, which will identify if you have copied information and included it in your assessment.
• Copying information from others (i.e. websites, partner company information, or other students etc.) without the acknowledging the author is classified as misconduct.
• Engaging someone else to write any part of your assessment for you outside of the group work arrangement is classified as misconduct.
• To avoid being charged with Misconduct, students need to submit their own work and apply Harvard Style Referencing (ask your lecturer or the learning support coordinator (support@aih.nsw.edu.au) if you do not know what this means, or you need assistance applying it).
• The AIH misconduct policy and procedure can be read on the AIH website (https://aih.nsw.edu.au/about-us/policies-procedures/).
• Use the AIH referencing guide accessible via Library and Learning Support Page on mMoodle.
Late Submission • Any assessment submitted past the specific due date and time will be classified as Late.
• Any Late submission will be subject to a reduction of the mark allocated for the assessment item by 5% per day (or part thereof) of the total marks available for the assessment item. A ‘day’ for this purpose is defined as any day of the week including weekends. Assignments submitted later than one (1) week after the due date will not be accepted, unless special consideration is approved as per the formal process.
Special consideration • Students whose ability to submit or attend an assessment item is affected by sickness, misadventure or other circumstances beyond their control, may be eligible for special consideration. No consideration is given when the condition or event is unrelated to the student’s performance in a component of the assessment, or when it is considered not to be serious.
• Students applying for special consideration must submit the form within 3 days of the due date of the assessment item or exam.
• The form can be obtained from the AIH website (https://aih.nsw.edu.au/current-students/student-forms/) or on-campus at Reception.
• The request form must be submitted to Student Services. Supporting evidence should be attached. For further information please refer to the Student Assessment Policy and associated Procedure available on
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