• Class Number 2300
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On Campus
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ryan Edwards
    • Dr Ryan Edwards
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

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 design, results, implications, and limitations in a clear and concise manner. The essay should not exceed 7,000 words.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct original research in economics.
  2. Critically review economic literature.
  3. Demonstrate practical research skills.
  4. Communicate research clearly in writing and oral presentations.

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 Week 1: Course introduction and special topic Lecturer: Ryan Edwards and guest
2 Week 2: Empirical strategies in economics and special topic Lecturer: Ryan Edwards and guest
3 Week 3: Data, software, and writing your proposal, and special topic Lecturer: Ryan Edwards and guest
4 Week 4: Writing your research essay and special topic Lecturer: Ryan Edwards and guest
5 Week 5: Presenting and discussing research and special topic Lecturer: Ryan Edwards and guest
6 Week 6: Proposal presentations and discussions
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 an optional session for students who would like feedback on their presentation.
12 Week 12: Final presentations

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research proposal and proposal presentation 5 % 26/03/2023 02/04/2023 1,2,3,4
Presentation of research essay 10 % 21/05/2023 28/05/2023 4
Replication files or other workings 5 % 07/06/2023 14/06/2023 1,3
Research essay 80 % 07/06/2023 30/06/2023 1,2,3,4

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 26/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research proposal and proposal presentation

Research proposal: describe the economic issue that your Masters Research Essay will address, specifically the question you will answer; critique the existing literature on the topic of your essay with a focus on how the literature relates specifically to your question and the relative contribution of your essay; outline your research plan, and explain and justify the approach that you intend to use to answer your research question; proposal length is 2 A4 pages, minimum 1.15 spacing, and the focus on being clear and concise.

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. All students must also discuss another students proposal (for around 2 minutes), and proposal presentations and discussions are both compulsory. Failing to do either, or the proposal, will result in a zero grade for this assessment task.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 21/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4

Presentation of research essay

Oral presentation of your research question, 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. Depending on class size and time constraints, these presentations may also include a compulsory discussant or "referee report" peer-to-peer learning component, similar to the proposal.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 07/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Replication files 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.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 07/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research essay

Conduct original research and analysis in economics; write a research paper in the style used in leading economics journal; 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 clear and concise writing, research design and econometrics, and discussing and reviewing economics research.

Length: Maximum 7,000 words double spaced at size 12, excluding references, tables, figures, and supplementary materials, which should be placed at the end of the manuscript.

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

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

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 without an extension 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 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.

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).
Dr Ryan Edwards

Research Interests

development economics, labour economics, international trade, and the environment

Dr Ryan Edwards

By Appointment
Dr Ryan Edwards

Research Interests

Dr Ryan Edwards

By Appointment

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