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2013



Realising the potential: Assessing professional learning through the integration of ePortfolios in Australian business education

Team: Prof Kim Watty, Dr Shona Leitch, A/Prof Dale Holt and Dr Leanne Ngo

The project will develop an e-portfolio framework for assessing business students' professional learning capabilities; and supporting professional development resources and illustrative case studies. The project aims to realise the full potential of implementing e-portfolios in advancing the quality of the student learning experience in business education.

Year Total
2013 $206,000 Funding Body: Teaching and Learning Grant
Primary FoR: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Administering Organisation: Deakin University

Innovative teaching, learning and assessment in Accounting Education: Engaging with digital technologies that enhance student learning

Team: Prof Kim Watty, Dr Jade McKay and Dr Leanne Ngo

Focused on improving teaching and assessment practice through the use of digital technologies, this project aims to effect innovation and excellence in teaching practice in accounting education. The proposed project will make its findings available through an i-resource, which will be both relevant and useful to accounting educators at various levels of the Higher Education (HE) sector and those involved in Professional Education Programs. The objectives of this study are to: 1. Investigate and report on best practice in the use of digital technologies that enhance teaching and assessment in business education broadly and accounting education specifically; and 2. Develop and promote resources, including exemplars from the national and international education sectors that inform academics of the potential for digital technologies to develop innovative teaching and assessment focused on evidencing student learning outcomes. The i-resource is an example of the possibilities for developing engaging and interactive resources that models potential innovative practices, designed to enhance innovative teaching and assessment.

Year Total
2013 $20,852 Funding Body: CPA Australia
Primary FoR: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
2014 $6,348

Financial Statement Reporting Practices of Entities Lodging Under the Corporations Act

Team: Prof George Tanewski and Prof Peter Carey

This study analyses the reporting practices of for-profit and not-for-profit entities, particularly those lodging financial statements with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and with Consumer Affairs Victoria, NSW Fair Trading and Fair Trading Queensland. More specifically, the study examines the implementation of the reporting entity concept by entities lodging reports with the ASIC; the financial reporting practices by entities who lodge with the ASIC, and the financial reporting practices by entities who lodge reports with Consumer Affairs Victoria, NSW Fair Trading and Fair Trading Queensland. In examining reporting practices of entities lodging with the ASIC, a random sample of 1,546 entities is used to provide the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) with results that are generalisable across the following 5 populations of entities: (i) Large proprietary companies; (ii) Small proprietary companies that are required to lodge reports with the ASIC; (iii) Small proprietary companies controlled by a foreign entity; (iv) Unlisted public companies other than those limited by guarantee; and (v) Public companies limited by guarantee. Further random samples are drawn from entities lodging with Consumer Affairs Victoria (400 entities), NSW Fair Trading (377 entities) and Fair Trading Queensland (386 entities) and analysed to provide the Board with evidence of the reporting practices of various types of entities lodging with these bodies - including co-operatives, associations and charitable entities. The policy implications emanating from this research have the potential to lead to de-regulation or to amendments to 'AASB 1053 - Application of Tiers of Australian Accounting Standards', other relevant accounting standards, and to the Corporations Act.

Year Total
2013 $50,000 Funding Body: Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)
Primary FoR: 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Administering Organisation: Deakin University

The Pricing of Deposit Insurance under Systematic Risk

Team: Prof Ed Lin

This project develops a deposit insurance pricing model based on Merton (1977) put option framework that incorporates asset correlations, a measurement for the systematic risk of a bank, to account for the risk of joint bank failures. Estimates from the model suggest that actuarially fair risk-based deposit insurance that considers only individual bank failure risk is underpriced, leaving insurance providers exposed to net losses. The estimates also capture the size premium where big banks are priced with higher deposit insurance than small banks. This result is particularly relevant to the current regulatory concerns on big banks that are systemically important. Above all, the approach provides a unifying framework for integrating risk-based deposit insurance with risk-based Basel capital requirements.

Year Total
2013 $12,000 Funding Body: Australian Centre for Financial Studies Academic Research Grants
Primary FoR: 1502 Banking Finance and Investment
Administering Organisation: Deakin University

An investigation into the role of educators, employers and the accounting profession in providing opportunities for Indigenous Australians to enter the field of accounting

Team: Luisa Lombardi and Prof Barry J Cooper

A comprehensive research report will be developed to provide an in-depth understanding of the barriers to the development of financial skills of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders, together with strategies to address these barriers and support Indigenous Australian into the Australian accounting profession.

Year Total
2012 $30,000 Funding Body: CPA Australia
Primary FoR: 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
2013 $30,000

An international study of seasoned equity offerings: long term returns, earnings management, liquidity, ownership structure, and financial crisis.
DP120101620 [ARC]

Team: A/Prof Balasingham Balachandran, Dr Huu Nhan Duong, Dr Michael F Theobald, Gul, Prof A Ferdinand

This study will provide critical insights into the impact of alternative mechanisms for seasoned equity offerings on liquidity and firm value. Considering the lack of confidence in financial markets during the financial crisis, this study will have significant implications regarding the current use and regulation of seasoned equity offerings.

Year Total
2012 $70,000 Funding Body: Australian Research Council
Primary FoR: 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment
Administering Organisation: La Trobe University
2013 $70,000
2014 $70,000

An approach to preserving accounting and business archival materials: enhancing accessibility to inform research and practice
LP100200261 [ARC]

Team: A/Prof Bradley N Potter, A/Prof Monica Keneley, Prof Colin B Ferguson, Mr Phillip E Cobbin, Prof Brian West, Dr Mark D Wilson

CPA Australia is one of the oldest professional accounting associations in the world. Its archival records provide invaluable insights into the development of the profession and the business community it services. The preservation and management of this heritage will be of benefit not just to the profession but also in enhancing our understanding of the evolution of the corporate foundation of the economy. This project will involve the development of a framework for managing the archive and facilitating access through the use of digital technologies.

Year Total
2010 $35,000 Funding Body: Australian Research Council
Primary FoR: 1503 Business and Management
Partner/Collaborating Organisations: CPA Australia, National Archives of Australia
Administering Organisation: Melbourne University
2011 $65,000
2012 $70,000
2013 $40,000

Risk Management Systems and Implications for Carbon Reporting and Reduction - A study of Australian Carbon Intensive Firms.
LP110100234 [ARC]

Team: Prof Nava Subramaniam, Prof Paul M Collier, Prof Barry J Cooper, Prof Colin B Ferguson, Prof Philomena Leung, Prof Graeme L Wines

This research will help Australian firms develop more efficient and effective governance over the risk management and reporting on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Consequently, higher quality decision-making and resource usage at the firm, market and community levels will occur as firms are identified by their GHG emission activities and outcomes.

Year Total
2010 $60,000 Funding Body: Australian Research Council
Primary FoR: 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Partner/Collaborating Organisations: ACCA Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Internal Auditors Australia
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
2012 60,000
2013 65,000

Mapping Social Investment, Environment, Activities and Outcomes at Asia Pulp and Paper

Team: Nava Subramaniam, Fara Azmat and Yuka Fujimoto

This project assesses the governance and performance of CSR activities in the forest industry in Indonesia, and utilises the Principles of social investment and other Sustainability measures as a guiding conceptual framework. It uses a multi-layered structural approach and intensive interviews of various stakeholders along the supply chain including community benefactors, government organisations and suppliers.

Year Total
2013 $45,000 Funding Body: The Sustain Group
Primary FoR: 1503 Business and Management, 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Partner/Collaborating Organisations: The Sustain Group
Administering Organisation: Deakin University

Addressing institutional and social barriers to science impact in Coastal zone Management (CSIRO Flagship Cluster)

Team: M. Keneley and H. Scarborough, O'Toole, K, Wescott, G, Wallis, A, Miller, K,, Quinn, G and Macgarvey, A.

This research project is part of a larger consortium of nine universities that will develop an understanding of the barriers to adaptation in coastal zones in Australia arising from the institutional and governance domains and of the non-technical barriers arising from aspects of social function, including those driven by culture, psychology, politics, short-term decision-making, and vested interests.

Year Total
2013 $7,708 Funding Body: CSIRO Flagship Cluster, CSIRONRF Grant - Wealth from Oceans
Primary FoR: 16507 Environment Policy
Partner/Collaborating Organisations: CSIRO
Administering Organisation: Deakin University

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