Accounting and Finance Proposal Writing guidelines

Appendix 2- FINM025

Accounting and Finance Proposal Writing guidelines




Introduction and background (Terms of Reference)

Did the student provide the underlying rationale for this research? And research gap?

Was the student able to identify how this study will contribute to the literature/ practice? And, what is the research dissertation to achieve?

Did the student outline the research question? Alternatively, proposition(s) or hypothesis?

Did student clearly indicate the aim and objectives of this research? (Objectives should commence with a verb – to ascertain, to establish, to recommend, etc.)

Research Rationale (Statement of Problem)

The purpose of the Research (What is the study trying to achieve?)

Research question (or propositions or hypotheses)


Critical Literature Review

(Indication of the literature that informs your research)

Theoretical frameworks (Role of theory)


Did the student provide a preliminary, critical evaluation of seminal and previous research? Addressing What are the key studies in your topic area and how these are related to the issues you intend to look at in your research?

Did the student identify the working concepts/models and theoretical frameworks that are used to guide the research? The student should address

What is the role of the theory in research? Moreover, what ways the theories will be used?

Note: This section provides an introduction to the literature search chapter of the dissertation.

3. Methodology and methods

Did the student provide and outline how they plan to go about doing the research?

Research Design (description of proposed research – type of study)

Methods for data collection

Did the student include a justification of the methodological approach they intend to employ? and the implications of this methodology?

Did the student include a clear and precise explanation of how the data for the study will be collected, what methods will be utilised? Support the terms and techniques identified with academic references and explanations.

-This section should make reference to sampling methods and limitations of the study. Refer to the range and types of data that are available when conducting academic research.

Research Context (e.g. industry sector, organisation)

Did the student provide the context of thier proposed research? Key features, characteristics! Who will be studied? How many? How will they be selected (i.e. sampling)?

Procedure (i.e. what happened from the participants’ perspective)

Methods for data analysis Ethical considerations

Was the student able to anticipate any problem they might have in implementing the methods. E.g How will they will access people? How they collect questionnaire data?

Was the student able to ensure that their research meets the ethical standards of the University? (See the ethics form on NILE site). Did the student address how they will protect confidentiality?

4. Discussion Significance of proposed research (Research Contribution)

Research limitations and direction for future research

Did the student provide a preliminary statement of what they may find or demonstrate by having undertaken the research? Moreover, what is the importance of this work?

Was the student able to envisage the study limitations and identify areas for further research development?

Note: All research has limitations, and you will certainly be limited by the time available to do this work. The scope of a dissertation is limited, and there may be an area that would benefit from further research, for example, a different region or business sector might provide different outcomes to strengthen or generate additional insights into your selected area.

5. Provisional work schedule

Did the student include a timetable for completing the research indicating the tasks necessary to complete each segment? Don’t forget to include slippage time.

6. References

Did the student provide a correct referencing with a comprehensive citation and reference list?