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Developing Research Topics in Accounting and Business Management BAA404


This unit examines the principles and processes used to identify a research opportunity, and to articulate and justify the focus and purpose of a research study. The unit will examine topics such as 1) how research contributes to the development of theory, policy, and professional practice, 2) types of research and research contribution, 3) the role of theory in research, 4) Tracking development of a theory over time, and 5) alternative ways of framing a research focus. It will also examine strategies and practices for reviewing literature, including approaches for mapping a literature to figure out what work has been done and what gaps remain, and approaches for presenting a literature review to justify a particular research focus.


Unit name Developing Research Topics in Accounting and Business Management
Unit code BAA404
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Mansi Mansi
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the significance of theory in academic research.
  • Critically review the functions of an Honours dissertation in Accounting and Business Management.
  • Demonstrate application of the academic skills of analysis and interpretation in evaluating the literature pertinent to your research topic.
  • Justify research question(s) based on the literature reviewed.
  • Communicate complex research ideas in both oral and written forms.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080301 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,979.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

BMA403, BFA406


Teaching Pattern

3 hour workshop x 4; plus online content. Please refer to the timetable for dates, time and venue.

AssessmentEssay (50%)|Literature review (50%)
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There is no prescribed text but there is a list of essential readings that will be available on MyLO. You are also expected to supplement available readings by seeking additional relevant resources to enhance your knowledge and your assignments. Contemporary analysis of theory is best represented to top journals.


Adams, D 2004, ‘Usable knowledge in public policy’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 63, no. 1, pp.29-42.

Cisco Systems, 2014, The Internet of Everything

Denholm, C, & Evans, T, 2008, Doctorates Downunder, ACER, Camberwell, Victoria Chapter 16, 26.

Evans, D, Gruba, P & Zobel, J 2014, How to write a better thesis, 3rd edn, Springer, Switzerland.

Fawcett, B, & Pockett, R , 2015 Turning Ideas into Research: Theory Design and Practice, Sage

Feak, C, & Swales, J, 2009, Telling a Research Story: Writing your literature review, University of Michigan Press

Fink, A, 2014, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper, Sage

Heale, R & Noble, H 2019, ‘Integration of a theoretical framework into your research study’, Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 36-37

Machi, L & McEvoy, B., 2016, The Literature Review: Six steps to Success, Corwin

Murray, R, 2011, How to Write A Thesis [electronic resource], McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead access via UTas library.

Polonsky M, & Waller, D, 2011, Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Students Guide, Sage, Thousand Oaks. Chapter Chapter 7.

The University of Queensland 2019, Sections of a thesis, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Trudeau, L,(ed), 2016, Contemporary literary criticism. Volume 390 [electronic resource]

UNSW Sydney 2015, Thesis Structure, UNSW Sydney, viewed 31 March 2019, .

There are also a broad range of internet sources available on Literature Reviews.

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