Research Issues In Finance - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment (60%) , Test - Online (40%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,840.00
International 4,090.00

This unit is designed to introduce students to research methods and issues in finance and enable them to apply academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation. The unit begins with a discussion of the tools of empirical research as well as tips on how to write a report on research issues in finance. Students are expected to write a report on two research issues that may be from any of the four branches of finance: International Finance, Corporate Finance, Investment and Portfolio Management and Financial Risk Management. Writing the report requires familiarity with the literature and the tools of empirical research.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss the appropriate methodology for conducting research in finance
  2. summarise the critical research issues in finance
  3. conduct an independent research project on a particular research issue in finance.
  • Assignment (60%)
  • Test — Online (40%)

This is the final unit for the degree and may only be completed in the final Session of the degree. (OUA Conditional prerequisite)

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Conducting Research in Finance
2Univariate Time Series Modelling
3Cointegration and Causality Testing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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