Module code: MAND030

Module Overview

While the dissertation provides an in-depth understanding of a specific topic, this module is designed to provide students a broad-based understanding of their specific discipline or field. It will introduce students to contemporary developments in their discipline focusing on a selected number of topics which reflect the research interests of academic staff. The issues to be covered will be of both substantive (theory, debates, and findings) and methodological nature. 

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 30

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Comprehensive review of literatures

  • Theoretical debates and developments

  • Methodological issues and developments.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1000-WORD PAPER 1 Pass/Fail
Coursework 1000-WORD PAPER 2 Pass/Fail
Coursework 1000-WORD PAPER 3 Pass/Fail
Coursework 1000-WORD PAPER 4 Pass/Fail
Coursework 1000-WORD PAPER 5 Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Submit a revised paper.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and achievement of the module's learning outcomes. Through the final summative assessments, this module gives feedback on the development of students' knowledge and skills. The summative assessments for this unit consist of five submissions. In each submission the student analyses a different focal issue from multiple topic perspectives in Finance and Accounting. Each submission is marked on a pass/fail basis and is considered as "passed" at 50%. This module is "passed" if each part is "passed."

Formative assessment



Instructors will provide feedback during the sessions and office hours. 

Module aims

  • Examine a range of issues, theories and concepts applied in the academic literature of Finance and Accounting.
  • Equip students with the knowledge to be able to critically evaluate these issues, theories and concepts, including being able to identify their potential advantages and limitations.
  • Explain how to formulate a research gap in order to construct a testable hypothesis, a theoretical model and/or a research framework.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate contemporary theories and empirical research in Finance and Accounting. KCT
002 Generate new theories, models and empirical findings to apply these in their research in Finance and Accounting. KCT
003 Deploy integrated, pragmatically scientific approach to advance research in Finance and Accounting. KCPT
004 Challenge the results and findings published in original research articles based on independent empirical evaluation of the data or calculations. KCPT
005 Design new research in Finance and Accounting and assess its outcomes. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to ensure students achieve the learning outcomes. As a seminar style module, students will be expected to read assigned journal articles and attend each session ready to participate in class discussions. Each instructor will structure discussions around specific themes consistent with the module’s objectives.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Readings and self-study

Seminar participation


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.