Research Report (Finance)

Subject FNCE90009 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: By appointment
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Entry into the Master of Commerce (Finance)



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Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The report not exceeding 5 000 words is to take the form of a research paper or a research report. The topic should be in a finance related area and must be approved by the Academic Coordinator.

The Research Report component of the Master of Commerce (by Coursework) degree is explicitly labelled a Research Report rather than a thesis to reflect (a) the more modest scope of the project to be undertaken (relative to a thesis based degree) and (b) the more limited extent of advice which can be expected by the student. The Research Report is intended to be an independent piece of research conducted by the student, with some degree of aid and advice from staff. Students may consult with the Research Report subject coordinator for general advice and the Department may assign a staff advisor to assist the student with formulation of a research topic, to discuss progress, and to comment on a draft (or drafts) of the Research Report. Any advisor appointed is not to be considered as a formal supervisor.

The exact due date of the report and an associated presentation will be provided upon enrolment. Students who do not submit their Research Report by the final submission date will receive a fail result and will be required to repeat the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically comment on the results of the applied research in finance;
  • Apply the necessary analytical skills and techniques to critically assess important issues in finance;
  • Develop a research question necessary to test a financial theory or address a financial issues;
  • Determine an appropriate methodology to address the research question;
  • Determine the necessary data to conduct financial research;
  • Determine the feasibility of a research project;
  • Conduct the research project using information effectively and applying qualitative and quantitative rigor; and
  • Communicate the results of the research project in a scholarly fashion.
  • A 10-minute research report proposal presentation, followed by questions and answers. Due in the last week of semester (20%)
  • A 5000 word research report due at the end of semester (80%) Please note that the report is assessed by at least two examiners and is awarded a mark out of 100

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral communication;
  • Written communication;
  • Problem solving;
  • Statistical reasoning;
  • Application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Synthesis of data and other information;
  • Evaluation of data and other information;
  • Using computer software;
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics
Master of Commerce (Finance)

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