TRADE 7014A - Research Project in International Trade (Part A)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This is a research project where MITD students will be assigned a topic to be studied and analysed. Projects will be assigned so as to focus on emerging issues in international trade such as the impact on trade of climate change policies, WTO-Plus features of regional trade agreements, the global financial crisis and domestic regulatory reform, etc.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TRADE 7014A
    Course Research Project in International Trade (Part A)
    Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week and by supervision
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible TRADE 7006, TRADE 7010 and TRADE 7015
    Restrictions Available to MITD students only
    Quota A quota of 24 applies
    Course Description This is a research project where MITD students will be assigned a topic to be studied and analysed. Projects will be assigned so as to focus on emerging issues in international trade such as the impact on trade of climate change policies, WTO-Plus features of regional trade agreements, the global financial crisis and domestic regulatory reform, etc.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu

    Name: Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu
    Location: Nexus 10 - Level 6 - Room 6.27
    Phone: 8313 0017 (email preferred)
    Office Hours: By appointment
    Supervisory Team : Dr Uwe Kaufmann (
      Other Members to be announced
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research

    2. Demonstrate the ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions

    3. Demonstrate the capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research

    4. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature

    5. Present research findings and argument in a suitably structured and sequenced paper of publishable quality that conforms to protocols   of academic presentation and research practice

    6. Demonstrate the ability to critique literature and conduct analyses at Masters level.

    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, 3, 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
    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
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources for this research project course.

    Recommended Resources
    The University’s Writing Centre is a valuable academic support service. They provide academic learning and language support and resources for all University coursework students – postgraduate and undergraduate.

    There are a number of useful learning guides on their website that students might find useful for this course:

    Writing a Research Report
    Writing a Literature Review
    Referencing Guides
    Plagiarism – our University’s policy on Academic Honesty, as well as how to avoid plagiarism

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Unlike standard coursework, research is a relatively unstructured activity. Students are expected to set their own pace and self-monitor their progress. 

    There is a mandatory introduction meeting/class as a group at the start of the course. 

    For the period of this project, students are expected to consult with their supervisors on at least on 3 occasions – at the start of the project, mid-point and a final consultation before submission. However, students are encouraged to, contact/consult with their supervisors as often as required.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Candidates of this course are required to develop and undertake an original and independent research project focussed on emerging issues in international trade.

    Specific Course Requirements
    The research project must exhibit original investigation, analysis and interpretation. The research project is to be written up as a publishable paper of 7000 words

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    100 percent of the assessment for this course will be based on the quality of the research paper prepared by the student.

    Assessment Detail
    Length of Paper: 7000 words (+/-10%) including tables and references (not more than 2 pages)

    Due Date: Friday, 24 June 2016 @5pm

    The standard of English expression is expected to be high. Students may wish to consult references listed in the subject catalogue of the Barr Smith Library under the heading "Style, Literary". While supervisors will offer reasonable assistance, the writing of a research project is the student’s task and students must not expect the supervisor to convert careless or poor prose into good English.


    Assignments must be submitted two ways:

    1. Softcopy through Turnitin on MyUni


    2. Hardcopy in the assignment drop-box. This is located on the ground floor of Nexus 10 (10 Pulteney St) 

    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. 

    Your assignment must include the IIT assignment cover sheet which can be downloaded from MyUni under “Assignments”. Each page must be numbered with your student ID and name. 

    Please contact the course coordinator, preferably by email, at any time to make an appointment for assistance or guidance in relation to course work, assignments or any concerns that may arise. Assignments will normally be returned two weeks after they have been submitted.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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