Accounting Research Methods

This course is intended to provide the learners a strong foundation in the conceptualization and operationalization of research, how to design a research project, hands-on skills in the utilization of the wide range of research methods. These concepts are fundamental to designing a successful research project. The objective of the course is to prepare the learners to conduct quality research using various approaches; including, qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, action research, and outcome-based research.


It acquaints the learners about the sequence of the research process as applied to the preparation of a discipline-based research project. The steps include defining the research problem, clarifying the research questions, literature search, acquiring participants, ethical treatment of the participants, and sampling design, instrument development, and pilot testing. Learners are familiarized on how to cite their sources according to standard scholarly formats.


Upon completing the course, learners will be able to locate, understand, evaluate, and interpret qualitative as well as quantitative discipline-based research and use these skills to identify possible thesis or project topics. The final segment of the course consists of constructing a research proposal that will serve as the launching point for the study that the learner conducts in the next research course.