ECF5060 - Applied economics research project - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gordon Leslie

Coordinator(s)

Dr Gordon Leslie
Professor Philip Grossman
Professor Michael Ward

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

  • Full year 2019 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2019 to First semester 2020 (Evening)

Prerequisites

ECF5927 or ECC5900 or equivalent.

Synopsis

This unit will be organised around a series of workshops to introduce the research methodology to students. Different fields of applied economics such as reveal preference theory, experiment economics, industrial organisation, fiscal and monetary theory and financial economics will then be introduced to showcase the research frontiers of applied economics.

Students will then be required to select a project in their area of specialisation and submit a 9000 word report and an oral presentation. Students will work closely with a personal supervisor to ensure that the research paper locates and masters new knowledge and demonstrates originality in both research content and intellectual argument.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop appreciation of major economic dimensions of the environment in which business operates such as public sector and policy, regulatory frameworks and international linkages
  2. develop the capability of critical evaluation of economic literature in the area of the applied economics and initiating a research topic for further development
  3. conduct, under the mentoring of a supervisor, innovative works to appropriately address the research topic
  4. develop analytical and writing skills in preparing research papers
  5. develop oral communication skills and gain experience in presenting economic analysis to non-specialist audiences.

Assessment

Oral presentation: 20% + Research Project: 80%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average six to eight hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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