TRADE 7013 - Research Project in International Trade
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code TRADE 7013 Course Research Project in International Trade Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Up to 144 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Incompatible TRADE 7014A; TRADE 7014B and TRADE 7015 Assumed Knowledge TRADE 7003; TRADE 7012 Course Description This research project is designed for students of the MITD to undertake independent research on a trade and development related topic of their own choice. It provides students with a set of research and analytical skills to improve critical thinking in way that it prepares for possible future research studies, such as a PhD, or a career in research.
In five structured workshops (for which attendance is required) students will be prepared for the three key elements of the research component in this course: (i) a research proposal, (ii) a dissertation/research paper, and (iii) two presentations.
Four workshops are scheduled at the beginning of the course. The first three are primarily aimed to introduce students to the course, the research process, the writing and presenting of the research proposal and to enhance general research and analytical skills as well as to improve critical thinking. Students will then be asked to present their research proposal in the fourth workshop to staff from llT and other interested researchers. The fifth workshop will be held at the end of the term in which students will be asked to present their research findings to their peers and academic staff of llT, the Faculty and other interested researchers.
Throughout the course, students are required to meet with their supervisor(s) and course coordinator on a regular basis to ensure a successful completion of the research project
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Apply their understanding of the research process from initiation, design, implementation to completion, and including the appropriate use of primary and secondary resources, and their deep understanding in one’s chosen area of focus/research to the design of a research project.
2. Develop and articulate a trade and development related problem/issue into a research topic suited to the task of writing a dissertation.
3. Produce and present a research proposal and dissertation.
4. Identify and critique key theoretical works and relevant literature and resources.
5. Proficiently use research techniques including computer-based research and analysis.
6. Recognise and address the ethical, social, global and cultural issues in relation to a research topic.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,4,6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4,5,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required text books for this course.
The course will be supported by e-Learning modules on MyUni which may include modules developed for other TRADE courses of the Institute that are relevant to this course to support the student’s research projects.
Online LearningUseful Online Resources:
- World Trade Organization: www.wto.org
- World Bank: www.worldbank.org/research/trade
- Organization forEconomic Cooperation and Development: www.oecd.org
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: www.ictsd.org
- International Trade Centre: www.intracen.org (and use of the ITC trade map)
- Food and Agriculture Organization: www.fao.org
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: www.unctad.org
- United Nations Development Programme: www.undp.org (see Human Development Reports)
- United Nations Millennium Project: www.unmillenniumproject.org
- Asian Development Bank: www.adb.org
- African Development Bank www.afdb.org
- Inter-American Development Bank www.iadb.org
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn this course, there are structured face-to-face workshops and presentations for which attendance is compulsory:
1. Three workshops at the start of the term to introduce and discuss:
- A workshop on introducing and discussing the course and course expectations, the research process from design,implementation to completion (including revisiting basic research and analytical skills and critical thinking)
- A workshop on the research proposal structure
- A workshop focused on literature review
3. A fifth workshop at the end of the semester where students are to present their final project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.1. Students are expected to prepare and present a research proposal (3,000-4,000 words) to staff from the Institute.
2. Students are expected to meet with their supervisor(s) on a weekly-basis to discuss and develop their project. Meeting times to be negotiated between each student and the coordinator.
3. Students are expected to meet at once a month with the Course Coordinator, unless the Course Coordinator is also the supervisor, on a regular-basis during the term to discuss their progress. Meeting times to be negotiated between each student and the coordinator.
4. Students are expected to develop and submit a substantial research project (12,000-13,000 words) and present this to staff from the Institute and other interested researchers.
Below is a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements:
Workload Total Hours (per term) 5 x 3 hour workshops 15 hours Required reading for the worshops 30 hours Weekly meetings with supervisor (approx. 1-1.5 hours average) 18 hours 3 x 1 hour meetings with course coordinator (monthly) 3 hours 23 hours required reading and research per week 279 hours 23 hours of writing per week 279 hours TOTAL 624 hours
Learning Activities SummaryIn this course, there are 5 structured face-to-face workshops for which attendance is compulsory:
1. Three workshops (at the start of the term) to introduce and discuss:
- the course and course expectations
- the research process from design, implementation to completion (including revisiting basic research and analytical skills and critical thinking)
- the research proposal to be designed with the help of their supervisor and presented to staff from IIT.
2. Development of a research proposal.
3. A presentation on the research proposal within the first four (4) weeks of the term at a date agreed between student, supervisor and course coordinator.
4. Submission of the research proposal which takes into account comments provided at the presentations.
5. A presentation (at the end of the them) where students are to present the main findings of their final project.
6. Submission of the final research project which takes into account feedback and comments provided at the presentation of the main findings.
Specific Course RequirementsThroughout the term, students are expected to spend significant time working independently on their projects under the guidance of their designated supervisor(s).
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Presentation 1 - The Research Proposal Individual/Collaborative (with peer-feedback)
5% 1,3,4,5,6 Research Proposal Individual TBA 20% 1,3,4,5,6 Presentation 2 - Final Presentation on Research Project Individual/Collaborative (with peer-feedback) TBA 10% All Research Project Individual TBA 65% All Total 100%
Assessment DetailUnder the guidance of a supervisor, students are expected to design, develop and undertake a research project on a topic of their choice.
The course will have four summative assessment items:
A. THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
- Presentation 1 – the Research Proposal [5%]
- Research Proposal (3-4,000 words) [20%]
In the first 4 weeks of the course, students will have commenced work on their research topic, the research methodology and the structure of their project with their supervisors. Students are expected to present the outcome of the work they have undertaken in the form of a research proposal – written and presentation.
B. THE RESEARCH PROJECT
- Presentation 2 – Research findings and the overall Research Project [10%]
- Research Proposal (12-13,000 words) [65%]
SubmissionAll written assessment must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni.
All assignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.
Extensions will only be granted if requests are received in writing to the course coordinator at least 24 hours before the final due date unless they are requested on medical or compassionate grounds and are supported by appropriate documents.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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