Research Report (Finance)

Subject FNCE90009 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per semester


Entry into the Master of Commerce (Finance)



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Spencer Martin



Subject Overview:

The subject involves the development of students’ skills in accessing large financial databases, manipulating data using SAS, combining R and Latex, critical thinking, and writing skills. The required report should demonstrate mastery of the skills of accessing large financial databases, manipulating data using programs such as SAS and R, creating documents using Tex, and analytical writing. The 5000 word report is to take the form of a research paper. The topic of the report must be approved by the subject cordinator.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Develop a research question to address a financial issue;
  • Determine the data necessary data to conduct the research;
  • Access and manipulate common financial databases using SAS and R;
  • Undertake a research project;
  • Effectively communicate the results both orally and in writing
  • 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.

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;
  • 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): Master of Commerce (Finance)

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