- Class Number 2466
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof David Stern
- Prof David Stern
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course provides the student with an opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic of their choice in economics, under the guidance of an academic economist at ANU. Normally the Master's Research Essay will have a strong quantitative component, but analytical and qualitative essays are also allowed. The student must develop a clear and interesting research question, bring evidence to bear on this question, and provide detail on the research methodology, all results and implications in a well-articulated and analytical manner. The essay should not exceed 10,000 words.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
For an economic policy question of your choice, upon successful completion of
this course you will have
1) Critically analysed the existing literature on the policy question
2) Conducted original research and analysis on the policy question.
3) Prepared an effective oral presentation of your analysis.
4) Written a paper on your analysis in the style used for academic journal
5) Made an original contribution to the public policy debate on an economic
6) Developed practical research skills applicable to a wide range of policy
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Course Introduction||Lecturer: Professor David Stern|
|2||Week 2: Research Design||Lecturer: Professor David Stern|
|3||Week 3: Special Topic||Guest Lecturer|
|4||Week 4: Special Topic||Guest Lecturer|
|5||Week 5: Special Topic||Guest lecturer|
|6||Week 6: Proposal Presentations||Note: Session is in Miller Theatre and will run beyond regular class time.|
|7||Week 7: Research Week||This week time is set aside for individual research work.|
|8||Week 8: Research Week||This week time is set aside for individual research work.|
|9||Week 9: Research Week||This week time is set aside for individual research work.|
|10||Week 10: Research Week||This week time is set aside for individual research work.|
|11||Week 11: Practice Presentations||There will be a session for students who would like feedback on their presentation.|
|12||Week 12: Final Presentations||Note: Session is in Miller Theatre and will run beyond regular class time.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Proposal||5 %||05/04/2020||15/04/2020||1,2|
|Proposal Presentation||5 %||01/04/2020||04/04/2020||3|
|Final Presentation||5 %||27/05/2020||30/05/2020||3|
|Data and Code/Programs or other workings||5 %||07/06/2020||02/07/2020||4|
|Research essay||80 %||07/06/2020||02/07/2020||1,2,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Describe the public policy issue or economic issue that your Masters Research Essay will address.
Critique the existing literature on the topic of your essay with a focus on how the literature relates specifically to your question.
Outline your research plan, and explain and justify the approach that you intend to use to address your Masters Research Essay question.
Length: Up to 6 A4 pages, 1.5 spacing.
Due date: 5 April, 11:55pm.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3
Oral presentation of your research question, how the current literature relates to your question, and your research plan.
Duration 5 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions.
Due date: 1 April.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3
Oral presentation of your research question, research method and results. This assessment is compulsory. Failing to make a final presentation will result in failing the course. The final presentation can be rescheduled due to illness and other legitimate reasons.
Duration: 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions.
Due Date: 27 May.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
Data and Code/Programs or other workings
All students will need to submit a copy of their data and any computer code or programs that they have written or compiled to generate their results. If a student chooses not to undertake a project that has an empirical component they should discuss this component of assessment with the lecturer during the semester to determine the appropriate evidence required for their particular project.
This assessment is compulsory. Failure to submit data/code will result in failing the course.
Due date: 7 June, 11:55pm.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6
Conduct original research and analysis on the policy question; Write a research paper in the style used in scientific journal publications in the field of economics; Make an original contribution on an economic issue. The contribution may be to the public policy debate or to developing and extending economic knowledge; Develop a wide range of practical research skills, such as critical writing, econometrics, and economic analysis.
Length: Max. 10,000 words, excluding supplementary materials. This is a maximum. Shorter papers are strongly encouraged!
Due date: 7 June, 11:55pm.
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