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Research Seminar "Research in Finance"

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
9
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1-3 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is designed to successfully develop students’ Master thesis. It focuses on: 1) developing appropriate research strategies in finance, 2) the discussion of certain issues in finance related to its research, and 3) the discussion of relevant academic research articles in finance. Throughout the course, students will: 1) work on their master’s thesis, 2) receive feedback on their work from mentor and peers, and 3) give feedback to other students on their master’s thesis. Students will work on, present, and receive feedback on their own research (i.e., their master’s thesis). The main objective of this course is to help students prepare to write their Master’s thesis. After mastering this course, the students will gain substantial knowledge about the up-to-date research strategies in finance and will be able to apply these strategies to successfully write their Master thesis. Successful completion of the course will make them ready for the job market as well as for rigorous research in finance.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objective of this course is to help students prepare to write their master’s thesis.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to examine and critically appraise research methods and tools.
  • Students are able to plan and perform an independent research project.
  • Students demonstrate a range of generic skills including information and time management, team and project work, computing and autonomous learning, digital skills. Planning and beginning to perform a research project requires students to develop a research question, gather data, choose appropriate research methods, and analyze these data, among other tasks.
  • Identify and apply the modern tools of research in finance
  • Take the responsibility and persuade the audience in the efficiency and reasonability of one’s decisions
  • Recognize and implement the correct empirical models for complex financial problems
  • Formulate and design research in finance that rely on empirical modelling
  • Justify and evaluate the validity of results obtained from their own research in finance with real world data
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Term Paper: Rules, Deadlines, Plan
  • Research Paper: Overview
  • Research Project: How to start?
  • Reading Articles
  • Research Project: Choosing Appropriate Research Method
  • Research Project: Data Analysis
  • Research Project: Discussion
  • Presentation of the PMT: examples
  • Presentation of an article related to TP: example
  • Presentation of the TP
  • Presentation of an article related to TP
  • Oral defense of the TP
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation of the Preliminary Master’s Thesis (PMT)
    It is assumed that at the beginning of the second quarter (October-November 2021) you start actively work on your Master Thesis. You should discuss the plan of your PMT with your scientific adviser. I expect you to present this plan as well as the PMT which should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses (d) Potential Data and Methodology (e) Timetable/Deadlines for your plan
  • non-blocking Presentation of an article related to PMT
    When you start working on your PMT you will definitely read a lot of articles related to the topic you have chosen. I expect you to present one. Please pay attention! The article should relate to your PMT. The presentation should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses tested (d) Data description (e) Methodology (f) Results (g) Discussion (h) Limitation (i) Conclusion
  • non-blocking Test based on an article
    Three articles will be given in advance (2-3 weeks before test). You should carefully read all articles. Test is based on one article. It takes one hour (40 minutes). You can use the text of the article during the test. Be ready to answer several questions (see an example below).
  • non-blocking Presentation of another student’s PMT
    It is assumed that you present the PMT of your classmate(s). Your interpretation of another student’s PMT might be helpful for your colleagues. Please be polite and show strengths and weaknesses! Make some suggestions. I expect you to present: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses (d) Data and Methodology (e) Suggestions
  • non-blocking Oral defense of the PMT
    The presentation should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses tested (d) Data description (e) Methodology (f) Results (g) Discussion
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.2 * Oral defense of the PMT + 0.2 * Presentation of the Preliminary Master’s Thesis (PMT) + 0.2 * Test based on an article + 0.2 * Presentation of another student’s PMT + 0.2 * Presentation of an article related to PMT
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Axelrod, B. N., & Windell, J. (2012). Dissertation Solutions : A Concise Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Surviving the Dissertation Process. Lanham, Md: R&L Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=522053

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kuada, J. E. (2012). Research Methodology : A Project Guide for University Students (Vol. 1st edition). Frederiksberg C [Denmark]: Samfundslitteratur Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=503632