Question – ACC620 Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Research Proposal

Clearly and concisely define your issue. Capture the reader’s attention, why the research is important and the theoretical basis that you have adopted. Work on the introduction every week but complete it last.

Length: one paragraph.

Practical Motivation:

Demonstrate, with references where possible, why the issue is important to practice (e.g., to accountants, managers, regulators, the general public).

Length: one short paragraph (or it may be integrated with the theoretical motivation below in one paragraph.)

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Theoretical Motivation:

Provide an overview of the contribution that the research will make to theory (e.g., replicating existing research, testing theory, addressing gaps in existing research, reconciling conflicting results from prior research…)

Length: one short paragraph (or it may be integrated with the practical motivation above in one paragraph.)

Literature Review Contemporary Issues in Accounting:

Build a logical argument for a specific relationship between two variables (i.e., a theoretical framework), using established research published in academic journals. Carefully review the research that has been done on the relationship between these two variables before: clearly define the two variables; explain how these two variables are understood to be linked; and outline the reasons given for why there is a relationship between these two variables. Critically discuss the strengths and limitations of the existing research and use this to justify the argument for a modification to the theory or a new application of the theory. The argument must lead to a specific prediction (to be stated in the next section) that can be tested.

Length: this is the longest part of your proposal, similar to the ‘body’ of other assignments.


Clearly state your testable and falsifiable predictions. Express your hypotheses in the alternative form where appropriate. (

Length: one sentence only.

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Complete summaries for five of your most important journal articles in the following Table (not included in 1500 word count).

Table – Annotated Bibliography for Selected Articles

Author Date Title Journal Type of Paper (Theoretical or Empirical) If empirical, research method and sample If empirical, dependent and independent variables 100 word summary of contribution to the research question

ACC620 Research Proposal Marking Rubric

The breakdown of the marks is as follows (Note that the marks allocated are not indicative of the proportion of total words):

  • Issue: is clearly defined, specific and demonstrates a clear grasp of the literature/10
  • Motivation: the importance of the issue, from a theoretical and practical perspective    /20
  • Literature Review – Selected annotated bibliography – ccompleting the Table for 5 key articles /10
  • Literature review – Finding journal articles: appropriate choice of articles from academic journals     /10
  • Literature Review – Argument: Theory and previous research findings are used to support a logical argument that leads to a specific prediction (hypothesis). Theoretical constructs are clearly identified. /30
  • Hypothesis: clearly and appropriately specified hypothesis that follows from the previous discussion. Theoretical constructs are appropriately operationalised and hypotheses are testable.   /10
  • Spelling, Grammar and Referencing: Correct and consistent referencing and flawless spelling and grammar /10
Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Excellent
Issue Issue is vague and poorly identified. Inconsistent with the literature review.                       0-5 Issue is identified




Clearly and concisely defined.



Motivation Important aspects of motivation are missing






Both practical and theoretical motivation is mentioned, but not convincingly communicated.


Importance of the research proposed is demonstrated based on the practical and theoretical. That is, the effect on people and/or organisations and how it contributes to the building of theory.                15-20
Literature Review – Annotated Bibliography for key articles Incomplete or incorrect completion of the table


Table completed and correct.


Table completed without error and insightful summaries and contributions.


Literature Review-

Finding journal articles

Incomplete review of important journal articles and/or theory.


Most of the important journal articles relating to the specific research question are included


All relevant journal articles have been found and cited.


Literature Review – Argument The argument is unconvincing or poorly supported with appropriate references


The argument is convincing and has references to support the assertions.


The logic and support for the hypotheses are flawless.



Hypotheses Hypotheses do not flow from the literature review or are not clearly stated


Hypotheses make sense


Hypotheses are clearly stated and falsifiable


Spelling, Grammar and Referencing Many mistakes, difficult to understand, inconsistencies in referencing style


Few mistakes, easy to understand, consistent referencing style applied


No mistakes, clear and convincing expression


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