Handbook

ECON90007 Economics Research Report

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016


Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars held at various times throughout the year. Both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (commencing in Semester 1).
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester

Prerequisites:

100 points in the Master of Economics

Corequisites:

None

Recommended Background Knowledge:

None

Non Allowed Subjects:

None

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Coordinator

Assoc Prof Jenny Lye

Contact

Email: jnlye@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The Economics Research Report involves a two-semester program of study, (commencing in Semester 1 and completed in one calendar year). The Research Report is unsupervised but each student will be allocated an adviser to whom they can address questions. Students will be required to conduct and present the results of an independent piece of economic research.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify and develop a suitable and feasible topic;
  • Identify the bibliographic and data sources relevant to the topic;
  • Analyse the literature relevant to the topic;
  • Apply appropriate economic and econometric methods of analysis;
  • Orally present research in progress;
  • Complete a written research Report.
Assessment:

The Research Report itself is examined. This makes up 100% of the assessment for the subject.
The Economics Research Report involves a two-semester program of study, (commencing in Semester 1 and completed in one calendar year). The Research Report is unsupervised but each student will be allocated an adviser to whom they can address questions. Students will be required to conduct and present the results of an independent piece of economic research. In Semester 1 students will be required to submit a formal proposal in Week 3 and present an oral progress report during Weeks 7 and 8. During Semester 2, a written progress report is to be submitted in Week 1; a seminar presentation is to be made mid-semester and a draft of the Research Report is to be submitted in Week 8.
Three bound copies of the written Research Report must be submitted to the Departmental Office by 4 pm, Friday in Week 12. It is not to exceed 12,000 words. An electronic copy of the completed Research Report is also required to be submitted at the same time. If the Research Report involves empirical work a computer disk with a copy of all data used and any relevant workfiles containing transformed data etc will also be required to be submitted at the same time.

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Using computer programs
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
Notes:

It is expected that at least 10 non-contact hours of private study time per week will be required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Economics

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