BA in Accounting and Finance

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitlePROJECT
Course Unit CodeAFPR400
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated11
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Describe and explain in student’s own words theories relevant to his/her research interest.
  2. Apply knowledge acquired throughout the program of study to economic decision making
  3. Structure his/her knowledge and critical thinking in a meaningful and cohesive way.
  4. Obtain from published sources, case studies or surveys, qualitative and/or quantitative information relevant to, and in support of, an argument or hypothesis.
  5. Produce student’s own 10000 words project and develop hid/her communication skills
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program components

Senior project: the final project towards the completion of the course, which can be regarded as the thesis. It is a course where students act as individual scholars in an investigation of a course of their own choice.

Research and analysis: The course can be of any nature/idea/concept in the field of economics, accounting, finance, or management. The ultimate scope is to conduct an extensive research into the course (utilizing all conventional or not media) and prepare an extended essay from the research findings and analysis.

Self-negotiated project: The student negotiates a personal Program of Study and develops a Senior Project. The negotiated Program is devised in conjunction with the Course Supervisor and the Personal Tutor. The course requires the student to initialize a written brief and produce final written thesis of 10.000 words. The emphasis is on innovation and variety where topics can cross boundaries in both inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary guises.
Course ContentsThe course is mainly based on individual research and practical work. Student centered practical work, personal research, realization and manipulation in project work. The use of personal tutor/advisor is compulsory as well as an important and integral part of the teaching methodology.
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
    No specific textbook required
References
  • Writing up your university assignments and research projects: A practical handbook, N. Murrey, G. Hughes, 2008
  • Research Methods & Statistics Links http://www.socialpsychology.org/methods.htm#methodology
  • Research Methodology and Statistics http://www.pscw.uva.nl/sociosite/TOPICS/research.html
  • Yenza Start our research, Research methodology http://www.nrf.ac.za/yenza/research/resmeth.htm
  • Survey Design http://www.surveysystem.com/sdesign.htm
  • Survey Design Considerations (PDF) - Survey Design Considerations Recommendations for Writing Effective Questionnaires http://www.websurveyor.com/pdf/designtips.pdf
  • Questionnaire Design and Surveys Sampling http://www.ubmail.ubalt.edu/~harsham/stat-data/opre330Surveys.htm
  • Questionnaire Design and Surveys Sampling http://www.ubmail.ubalt.edu/~harsham/stat-data/opre330Surveys.htm
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

·        By the end of the 6th semester of studies students are to decide upon a topic and find a project supervisor who will remain their supervisor throughout the duration of the senior project as well.

·        Students are advised about the requirements of the course through a 1 hour presentation and a number of files on www.staff.fit.ac.cy .

·        Students are shown examples of previous successful projects and are assisted by supervisors to choose a specific project topic.

·        By the end of the first month of the 7th semester students have to submit a working title form with the provisional project structure, signed by both the supervisor and the student

·        By the end of the 7th semester students are to submit literature review in a structured and coherent manner.

·        During the 8th semester of studies students meet with supervisors on a regular basis and submit and discuss the work in process and report in the Project Progress Form

·        By the end of the last week of the 8th semester students submit the final project to supervisors and to the Department Chair

·        Students present their  Project in front of a Panel of Examiners by giving a ten minute PowerPoint presentation on a date set one or two days after the last examination. They are then asked questions on the Project for a further ten minutes.

·        The Examiners grade the work and its presentation and notified the students of the result in due course

Assessment methods and criteria
Project100%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO