• Class Number 4542
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof David Stern
    • Prof David Stern
  • 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

The project course provides the student with an opportunity to pursue a substantive piece of independent research on a topic of their choice in economics. The research is carried out under the supervision of an academic economist. This research project will have a strong quantitative component, although theoretical or other contributions are possible. The study must present a clear and interesting research question, bring suitable evidence to bear on this question, and provide detail on the research methodology and the results and implications. It should not exceed 15,000 words.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct original research in economics.
  2. Critically analyse the existing literature and theory on an economic issue.
  3. Use appropriate analytical methods.
  4. Write up research in a way that will be suitable for publication.
  5. Make effective oral presentations of economics research.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 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
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: Interim Presentations

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Proposal 5 % 01/04/2021 21/04/2021 1,2
Proposal Presentation 5 % 31/03/2021 01/04/2021 3
Interim Presentation 5 % 26/05/2021 27/05/2021 3
Interim Paper 15 % 06/06/2021 02/07/2021 1,2,4,5,6
Final Presentation 5 % * * 3
Data and Code/Programs or other workings 5 % * * 3
Research Project 60 % * * 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


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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 01/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Research Proposal

Describe the public policy issue or economic issue that your Master's Research Project will address.

Critique the existing literature on the topic of your project 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 Master's Research Project question.

Length: Up to 6 A4 pages, 1.5 spacing.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 31/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3

Proposal Presentation

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.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 26/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3

Interim Presentation

Duration: 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions. This presentation will be an update on your research progress as will be presented in your interim paper.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 06/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6

Interim Paper

This paper will report on your progress on your research and can consist of a literature review, theoretical model, data section etc. as appropriate.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Final Presentation

Oral presentation of your research question, research method and results. Duration: 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions. This presentation will take place at the end of next semester and report on your completed research project. 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.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

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. This task will take place at the end of your second semester in IDEC8033 alongside with submitting your research project.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6

Research Project

Conduct original research and analysis on your research 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! The paper will be submitted at the end of your second semester in IDEC8033.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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).

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