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Bachelor 2022/2023

Research Seminar

Area of studies: Economics
When: 4 year, 2-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Pavel Karasev, Natalia Kogutovskaya, Sergey Konyshev, Semyon Nonin, Viacheslav (Slava) Zheleznov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
Contact hours: 60

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The main goal of the course is to assist students in developing skills required for providing independent research and writing high-quality term/diploma papers. A particular attention is given to formulation of a proper research question, embedding the research into relevant body of academic literature, hypotheses testing, usage of proper analytical tools, and presentation of obtained results. Within the course, students shall also develop their presentation skills as speakers in special research meetings (particularly, pre-defence sessions in the Spring semester). The course is intended for 4th-year undergraduate students of the International College of Economics and Finance. The course is compulsory. BSc students of years from 1 to 3 can participate in seminars as well. The course consists of lectures and seminars on the research skills, as well as presentations of the students of their intermediate results in thematic groups under the guidance of ICEF full-time academics and part-time teachers (pre-defences session). The course is taught in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Development of research skills necessary to design and complete a good (feasible, interesting, novel, relevant) research project
  • Development of analytical skills typical of contemporary research papers in economics and finance
  • Improvement of skills in searching and processing research-relevant information. This includes academic literature search technologies, working with various electronic databases, HSE electronic library resources etc
  • Development of data processing, analytics and visualization skills using appropriate software packages
  • Development of academic writing skills (including correct formatting of the paper and citing)
  • Strengthen students’ presentation skills and abilities to participate in scientific discussions
  • Stimulation of communication between students and teachers fostering academic environment
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to communicate in academic environment
  • Able to participate in scientific discussions
  • Able to perform data processing, analytics and visualization using appropriate software packages
  • Search and processresearch-relevant information
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction into research work (research question and structuring of the paper, organization of work)
  • Working with different Data sources: HSE e-library, citation databases
  • Working with different Data sources: RLMS, Bloomberg
  • Working with statistical software (ARP)
  • Methods of economic research (theory, empirics, experiment)
  • Presentation skills
  • Presenting topic of diploma paper (motivation and goals of research) and obtained results (pre-defense)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking presentation at the pre-defense session
  • non-blocking attendance of the pre-defense sessions
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    In order to get an ‘Excellent’ grade, student has to present the topic of his or her work and its draft on the pre-defence session and attend at least two other pre-defence sessions. The course is graded according to the 10-point scale. The grade in the range from 6 to 7 is given by the Committee for the presentation of the intermediate research results of the diploma papers preparation. 6 is a minimum grade for the presentation, one extra point might be awarded for the preparatory work revealed in the presentation, such as well-developed research idea and plan of the research, literature review, data set collected, intermediate empirical or theoretical results discussed with the academic supervisors, and general quality of the presentation. 3 or 4 extra points can be added to the total grade for the attendance of the pre-defense sessions of the other students (in the different time slots). One point per each session. Or 1 extra point to the total grade can be given for the second presentation at the additional voluntary pre-defence session organized in May- early June. Student’s presentation is necessary for the positive grade for the overall course.
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

  • Wang, G. T., & Park, K. (2016). Student Research and Report Writing : From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1108252