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Master 2018/2019

Research Seminar in Financial Economics

Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Master ‘s research seminar is a compulsory part of the curriculum of the ICEF master’s programme “Financial Economics”. The main goals of the seminar is to teach students research techniques used in modern economics and finance, to familiarize them with the research agenda of ICEF faculty as well as the research methodology they employ , and help students to develop their research and presentation skills. The seminar is attended by both MSc student cohorts. It is conducted in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To acquaint students with contemporary research topics, in particular those developed by their potential supervisors
  • To expose them to up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance
  • To motivate students towards an early start on their research projects
  • To develop students’ academic writing skills
  • To develop their presentation skills and abilities to participate in academic discussions
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze contemporary research topics
  • Apply up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance
  • Able to set pace of the research project
  • Use up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance;
  • Able to participate in academic discussions
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Presentations of PhD-educated faculty
    Faculty members (potential supervisors) present potential MSc dissertation topics, their own research agenda and research methodology to the incoming MSs 1st year students (and 2 nd year students who wish to change their topic/supervisor). Attendance is mandatory for MSc 1st year
  • Mandatory classes on research basics
  • Regular thematic group meetings
    Meetings include presentations and discussions of preliminary results of term papers/theses and other related questions
  • Bloomberg terminal training session
  • Mini-conference in the format of thematic groups
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation
    Students who missed presentation due to a valid reason are assigned an additional date to make it.
  • non-blocking Attendance
    To get maximal grade for attendance a student should attend at least 2 thematic group meetings (excluding meetings where he presents and debates). In case there are no sufficient number of meetings of particular theme, a student should attend meetings of different themes
  • non-blocking Participation in seminar discussions
  • non-blocking Work as an assigned discussant
  • non-blocking Bloomberg terminal training session
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 semester)
    0.1 * Work as an assigned discussant + 0.2 * Attendance + 0.1 * Participation in seminar discussions + 0.6 * Presentation
  • Interim assessment (2 semester)
    0.15 * Attendance + 0.05 * Bloomberg terminal training session + 0.5 * Interim assessment (1 semester) + 0.3 * Presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Wayne C. Booth et al. The Craft of Research (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A guide for the young economist : writing and speaking effectively about economics, Thomson W., 2001