TRADE 7014A - Research Project in International Trade (6 Units) Part A

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2021

Each candidate for the Masters of International Trade and Development (MITD) is required to undertake a research project. The research project must exhibit original investigation, analysis and interpretation. The research project is to be written up as a publishable paper. Candidates develop a research topic. The research topic may focus on emerging issues in international trade, WTO-Plus features of regional trade agreements, the global financial crisis and domestic regulatory reforms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TRADE 7014A
    Course Research Project in International Trade (6 Units) Part A
    Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 18 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites TRADE 5000, TRADE 7003
    Incompatible TRADE 7013A, TRADE 7013B, TRADE 7015
    Assumed Knowledge TRADE 5000, TRADE 7003
    Assessment Research paper and proposal
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Keith Wilson

    Name: Keith Wilson
    Role: Course coordinator
    Location: Nexus 10, Level 5
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research

    2. Initiate research and to formulate viable research questions

    3. Design, conduct and report sustained and original research

    4. 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.

    In the first part of the Research Project in International Trade (TRADE 7014A) students are expected to (i) identify the research topic to facilitate the identification and allocation of a supervisor, (ii) deliver a presentation outlining their proposed topic, and (iii) develop and formally submit the research proposal. In the second part of the Research Project in International Trade, through to finalisation of the project at the conclusion of TRADE 7014B under the mentorship of their supervisor, students are expected to (i) undertake independent research on their topic, and (ii) formally submit a research paper of publishable quality.

    Students are encouraged to approach a preferred supervisor. However, the course coordinator has oversight of the allocation of supervisors, and will take into account the expertise of available staff and workload management across the Institute for International Trade.

    For the period of this project, throughout TRADE 7014A and TRADE 7014B, students are expected to consult with their supervisors on at least 3 occasions per trimester 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 to ensure a successful completion of the research project. Students who have concerns regarding supervision should consult the course coordinator in the first instance.

    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.

    This research project has an approximate duration of two and a half months (about 10 weeks) per trimester and has a value of three units per trimester; therefore students in this course are expected to devote approximately 13-15 hours per week to research and writing.
    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.
  • 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
    Assessment TaskTask TypeWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    Presentation of the research proposal Formative 10% By week 4 of the initial Trimester
    (TRADE 7014A)
    Research Proposal Formative 20% ca 3-4 Weeks after the presentation
    (TRADE 7014A)
    Final Research Paper Summative 70% End of the final Trimester of the project
    (TRADE 7014B)
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    Presentation of the research proposal (10%) - TRADE 7014A

    Under guidance of a supervisor, students are to develop a research topic of their choice.
    Students are to develop a research proposal and present this to their peers. The presentation should not be more than than 15 minutes.
    Research proposal (20%) - TRADE 7014A

    Taking into account the feedback of their peers, supervisor and course coordinator, the student is to formally submit the research proposal via turnitin on the MyUni page of this course.
    Final research paper (70%) - TRADE 7014B

    Based on the research proposal, the candidate is to develop, in close collaboration and coordination with their supervisor, a research paper of ca 7,000-10,000 words of publishable quality. The research paper should reflect an original and independent research project focussed on emerging issues in international trade. To harness further opportunities for students to benefit from experiences of peers, their supervisors and other research cohorts, and to continue to align assessment between various trade research projects, students may be offered to participate in additional sessions (eg to present their research findings) prior to submission of the final research paper.

    Due Date: End of the trimester (date TBA)

    The final report will be graded by the supervisor and a secondary marker from within the Institute.

    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 through:

    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 and program director at least 24 hours before the final due date unless they are requested on medical or compassionate grounds and are supported by appropriate documents.

    Please contact the course coordinator, preferably by email, at any time to make an appointment for assistance or guidance in relation to this course.
    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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