- Class Number 7474
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Alexander Vadilyev
- Dr Alexander Vadilyev
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course provides an opportunity for students to work on an applied project in finance. Students will work on one of a range of possible topics, each of which are motivated by recent innovations in financial markets.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Write an academically rigorous research report in the finance discipline;
- Communicate arguments, principles and findings using the language and conventions of the finance discipline; and
- Apply prior learning in finance to produce a practitioner-oriented report.
Studies show that, when you explicitly link research and teaching, students become more aware of their learning, which can motivate them to learn more deeply. In this course you will become aware of faculty research and its importance; develop your ability to ask questions and answer them in a rigorous way; and engage in your own research project. Students will be provided with some of the basic tools necessary to undertake research in both university- and industry-based settings.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
There is no examination in this course.
No textbook is required.
Students can access to relevant resources via ANU library web at https://anulib.anu.edu.au/.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals.
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Research question and pitching research|
|3||Developing a literature review||Group formation and research brief|
|4||Data and methodology I|
|5||Data and methodology II||Literature, data, and methodology review|
|6||Project report overview|
|7||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project|
|8||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project|
|9||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project|
|10||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project||Online submission of group presentations|
|11||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project|
|12||Group meetings: self-directed work on a research project||Online submission of final reports on 5 November 2020|
No formal tutorials
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Group formation and research brief (Individual)||15 %||14/08/2020||28/08/2020||2|
|Literature, data, and methodology review (Group)||20 %||28/08/2020||11/09/2020||1.2|
|Presenation of the group research project (Group)||10 %||16/10/2020||30/10/2020||2|
|Final project report (Group)||55 %||05/11/2020||*||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Group is expected to be formed by the students by the end of week 3. Each student is expected to contribute equally to the group assessments. In general, one mark will be given to students of a same group. However, failure to provide sufficient contribution will result in penalty in mark of the group assessments.
There is no examination in this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2
Group formation and research brief (Individual)
This assessment is designed to ensure that students have a viable research project that can be completed in the required time. Although groups collectively choose a research topic, project briefs must be written individually. Each student needs to use their own words to clearly outline the research question to be investigated and the importance of the contribution. The brief should draw on three or five main research articles and clearly outline the work plan for this semester (including proposed completion dates). Students will be graded on their ability to justify a valid research question and design an appropriate method for investigation. The brief should be completed in a maximum of 1,500 words and be submitted via the Wattle link by the end of Week 3. The assessment will be returned two weeks after the submission date.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1.2
Literature, data, and methodology review (Group)
The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that students (i) have positioned their research question in the existing literature; (ii) are aware of the data required to complete the project; and (iii) are familiar with the estimation method(s) required in the course of the project. Students should clearly outline the research question and justify the research using relevant literature. Students should discuss the dataset(s) available for the proposed project. Also, students should design an appropriate statistical method for investigation. Students will be graded on their ability to synthesize themes in the literature and demonstrate a credible argument to justify their research project. The review should be completed in a maximum of 5 pages and be submitted via the Wattle link by the end of Week 5. The assessment will be returned two weeks after the submission date.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2
Presenation of the group research project (Group)
This assessment will ensure that each student is fully aware of the elements of the group research project. Each group will present their research in a maximum of 15 minutes in a video conference meeting (via Zoom or Skype). Each element of the pitch template needs to be covered in this presentation. The presentation should cover the main research question, previous research, methodology used, and main (preliminary) findings. The presentation slides need to be submitted. The presentations will be scheduled in Week 10. The assessment will be returned two weeks after the submission date.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Final project report (Group)
The purpose of this assessment is to produce an original, relevant and rigorous piece of research. While the basis of the project can be a replication attempt of an existing paper, a critique of the article’s limitations with tested extensions of the original publication is vital. Groups will submit their report with the following clearly-written chapters: introduction, literature review (this can be brief and included in the introduction chapter), methodology, sample selection and data sources, empirical results, and conclusions. The writing style should be polished and fluid and present a clear picture of the replication, extension as well as the findings/conclusions of both. Students will be graded on their ability to frame their paper with the relevant literature, identify valid limitations in the published article, design an appropriate method for the investigation, present their analysis and discuss the results, forming relevant conclusions. The report should be completed in a maximum of 8,000 words, excluding tables and references. The submission method is through Turnitin. The reports must be submitted by 5 November 2020.
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Please refer to the assessment section for detailed submission method for each assessment. The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
The use of online submission for assignments via Turnitin is compulsory unless an exemption is granted.
No late submission is permitted in this course. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Grade and feedback on assessments will be provided via Wattle. Please refer to the assessment section for the detailed returning dates for each assessment.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
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International corporate finance, political economy
Dr Alexander Vadilyev