Economics Thesis Workshop

Subject ECON90030 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 0
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: An intensive workshop to be held in the week prior to the beginning of semester 1 and up to 6 hours of seminars held at various times throughout the year.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: Admission to the PhD program in Economics.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Russell Hillberry


Department of Economics
Level 5, Economics and Commerce Building
The University of Melbourne

Phone: (+61 3) 8344 5289
Fax: (+61 3) 8344 6899

Subject Overview:

This subject prepares PhD candidates for the preparation, presentation and defence of their research proposal in accord with the rules for Confirmation of Candidature in the PhD Handbook. This will involve participation in series of workshops of and seminars across the semester.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject candidates will be able to:

  • Develop a well structured and argued research proposal;
  • Clearly communicate, effectively present and appropriately defend their research proposal;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the intellectual context of their research.

Seminar presentations and participation.

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • Oral communication including presentation skills
  • 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

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