Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Smith and Associate Professor Robyn Moroney


This unit considers both theoretical and professional issues relevant to the various subdisciplines of accounting and finance. The unit provides students with an overview of behavioural research in each of the following areas: management accounting (MA) and accounting information systems (AIS), financial accounting (FA) and auditing (A), and finance. Students are also provided with an appreciation of some of the issues involved in the most commonly applied research methods in behavioural accounting and finance research.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically evaluate empirical research and identify major research questions in behavioural research in accounting and finance
  2. critically evaluate recent developments in behavioural research and implications for accounting and finance researchers/practitioners
  3. illustrate the key strengths and weaknesses in commonly applied research methods in behavioural research
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities dealing with issues in behavioural accounting and finance and demonstrate in individual assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by AFX4190.


Within Semester Assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor David Smith and Associate Professor Robyn Moroney

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Economics and Commerce or equivalent.