TRADE 7015 - Research Project in International Trade (6 Units)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022

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 7015
    Course Research Project in International Trade (6 Units)
    Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites TRADE 5000, TRADE 7003, TRADE 7004
    Incompatible TRADE 7013A, TRADE 7013B, TRADE 7014A, TRADE 7014B
    Course Description 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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Keith Wilson

    Name: Keith Wilson
    Role: Course coordinator
    Location: Nexus 10 - Level 6
    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. 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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 term) 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. Candidates are expected to develop a research proposal and present this (proposal and presentation account for 30% of the final grade) and a final report (worth 70% of the final grade).

    Specific Course Requirements
    The research project must exhibit original investigation, analysis and interpretation. It includes the following elements:
    1. A presentation of a proposed research proposal of no more than 15 minutes.
    2. A submission of a research proposal of about 1,500 words.
    3. A submission of a research project in the quality of a publishable paper of 8000-9000 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
    Assessment TaskTask TypeWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    Presentation of the research proposal Formative 30% ca 3 weeks after start of trimester 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Research Proposal submission Formative ca 1 Week after the presentation 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Final Research Paper Summative 70% End of the Trimester 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    Candidates are to select a research topic and discuss this with their supervisor. Candidates are to develop a research proposal and present this to their peers in no more than 15 minutes.

    Taking into account the feedback of their peers, supervisor and course coordinator, the candidate is to formally submit the research proposal via turnitin on the MyUni page of this course.

    Based on the research proposal, the candidate is to develop, in close collaboration and coordination with their supervisor, a research paper of between 8,000 to 9,000 words. The research paper should be of publishable quality.

    Due Date: End of trimester (details 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:

    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

    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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