• Class Number 4444
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Xin Liu
    • Dr Xin Liu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Write an academically rigorous research report in the finance discipline;
  2. Communicate arguments, principles and findings using the language and conventions of the finance discipline;
  3. Apply prior learning in finance to produce a practitioner-oriented report; and
  4. Effectively work in groups and discuss results of the activities undertaken in a team.

Research-Led Teaching

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.

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Examination Material or equipment

There is no examination in this course.

Required Resources

No textbook is required.

Students can access to relevant resources via ANU library web at https://anulib.anu.edu.au/.

Staff Feedback

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, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction of the Course
2 Initiate Research Question
3 Develop Literature Review Group Formation and Research Plan
4 Group Meeting: Discussion of the Research Question and the Literature Review
5 Data and Methodology I
6 Data and Methodology II Research Question and Literature Review
7 Data and Methodology III
8 Group Meeting: Finalizing Group Project
9 Prepare for Group Presentation and Project Report
10 Group Meeting: Discussion of the Research Project
11 Group Meeting: Discussion of the Research Project
12 Group Presentation Online submission of the group presentation

Tutorial Registration

In-class group meetings will be a combination of on-campus, remote - live and remote - pre-recorded. Information regarding enrolments for these sessions will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Group Formation and Research Plan (Group) 0 % 12/03/2021 26/03/2021 2
Research Question and Literature Review (Individual) 35 % 26/03/2021 09/04/2021 1.2
Presenation of the group research project (Group) 15 % 28/05/2021 04/06/2021 2
Final project report (Group) 50 % 11/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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 Assessment

Marks 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.


Course content delivery will take the form of pre-recorded weekly lectures (available via echo360 on Wattle), and drop-in sessions, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos). 


There is no examination in this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 12/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 26/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2

Group Formation and Research Plan (Group)

This assessment is to ensure that students are fully aware of the steps towards finishing a research project. Group is expected to be formed by the students by the assessment due date. Each group should write down a proposed timeline for the group project. Please note that the formed-group is expected to be used in all the assessments of the course. Detailed instruction will be provided in week 2.



Due Date:

week 3

Estimated Return Date:

week 5

Submission method:


Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 26/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 09/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1.2

Research Question and Literature Review (Individual)

This assessment is designed to train students to think independently and develop appealing research ideas, and examine the students' ability to position their research question in the existing literature and highlight the contribution of their proposed research question. We encourage student to brainstorm from either the existing research articles or economic phenomenon in practice. Students should clearly outline the research question and provide justification for the research using relevant literature. Students should discuss at least 10 research papers in the Literature Review. Students will be graded on their ability to synthesise themes in the literature and demonstrate a credible argument to justify their research question. Detailed instruction will be provided in week 2.


Word Limit1000 words



Due date:

week 5

Estimated Return Date:

week 7

Submission method


Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 28/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 04/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2

Presenation of the group research project (Group)

This assessment is to ensure that students are fully aware of the elements of the group research project. Each group will present their research in a maximum of 10 minutes in class. 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 findings. Presentation video clips are to be recorded and submitted via wattle. Detailed instruction will be provided in week 8.


Time Limit:10 minutes



Due Date:

week 12

Estimated Return Date:

week 13

Submission method


Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 11/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
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. Group is expected to be formed by the students by week 3. 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. Detailed instruction will be provided in week 8.

Student is expected to make sufficient contribution to the group assessments. Failure to provide sufficient contribution could potentially result in a penalty in the group assessment marking.


Page Limit: (excl. tables & appendix)15 pages



Due Date:


Estimated Return Date:


Submission Method


Academic Integrity

Academic 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.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

The use of online submission for assignments via TurnitIn is compulsory unless an exemption is granted.

Late Submission

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 Requirements

Accepted 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.

Returning Assignments

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 Penalties

Extensions 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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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Xin Liu

Research Interests

Dr. Xin Liu: Financial innovation, Information Economics, Banking, and Chinese Economy

Dr Xin Liu

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Dr Xin Liu

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Dr Xin Liu

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