TRADE 7013A - Research Project in International Trade Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code TRADE 7013A Course Research Project in International Trade Part 1 Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description The Research Project in International Trade is designed for students of the MITD to undertake independent research on a trade and development related topic of their own choice. Through several structured workshops students will be provided with research and analytical skills aimed to improve critical thinking in way that it prepares for possible future research studies, such as a PhD, or a career in research.
In the first part of the Research Project in International Trade students are expected to (i) identify the research topic and supervisor, (ii) develop a research proposal, (iii) present the research proposal, and (iv) formally submit the research proposal.
In the second part of the Research Project in International Trade, under the mentorship of their supervisor, students are expected to (i) to undertake independent research on their topic, (ii) present the research findings, and (iii) formally submit a research paper of publishable quality.
Throughout the course, students are required to meet with their supervisor 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
2-6 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
There 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.
The University’s Writing Centre is a valuable academic support service available to all coursework students – undergraduate and postgraduate. They provide academic learning and language support and resources for all University coursework students.
There are a number of useful learning guides on their website that students might find useful for this course:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Students will be required to attend the five structured workshops which will assist them in building up their research proposal. To facilitate this, four workshops will be 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 IIT 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 outcome to their peers and academic staff of IIT, the Faculty and other interested researchers.
There are three key elements to the research component in this course: (i) a research proposal, (ii) a dissertation/research paper, and (iii) two presentations. Throughout the term, students will be guided and supervised through the process by an academic staff member of the Institute. The supervisor(s) will assist students with the development of viable research topics and questions, and provide regular support and feedback to the students.
In addition to the structured workshops, students are required to meet with their supervisor(s), as well as the course coordinator, on a regular basis.
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 at least 48 hours per week to their studies (624 hours per semester).
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 workshops 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 Summary
In this course, there are 6 structured face-to-face workshops for which attendance is compulsory:
There will be required readings and e-learning modules provided on MyUni for a number of these workshops.
Schedule Workshop Week of Trimester Topics 1 Week 1 of TRADE 7013A 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)
2 Week 5 of TRADE 7013A Research proposal structure 3 Week 10 of TRADE 7013A Students present their research proposal 4 Week 1 of TRADE 7013B Introduction of TRADE 7013B 5 Week 5 of TRADE 7013B Focus on literature review and update on progress of project 6 Week 10 of TRADE 7013B Students present their final project
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 their supervisor.
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 course coordinator.
Throughout the term, students are expected to spend significant time working independently on their projects under the guidance of their designated supervisor(s).
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weight Due Date/Week Learning Outcomes 1 Presentation 1 – the Research Proposal Individual/collaborative
Approx. 30 minutes 5% Week 10 of TRADE 7013A 1,3,4,5 2 Research Proposal Individual 3,000-4,000 words 20% See MyUni 1,3,4,5 3 Presentation 2 – Final Presentation on Research Project Individual/collaborative
Approx. 30 minutes 10% Week 10 of TRADE 7013B 1-6 4 Research Project Individual 12,000-13,000 words 65% See MyUni 1-6 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsEvauation:
The course will be evaluated by both the course coordinator and supervisor. The course coordinator will evaluate research proposal, presentation of research proposal and presentation of key research findings. The supervisor will evaluate the research paper.
Under the guidance of a supervisor, students are expected to design, develop and undertake a research project on a topic of their choice.
Students are requried to meet up with the supervisor regularly to develop their research framework and analysis.
The course will have four summative assessment items:
THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
- Presentation 1 – the Research Proposal [5%] to the coordinator and supervisor.
- Research Proposal (3-4,000 words) [20%] containing:
- hypothesis to be examined;
- literature review;
- expected outcomes;
- methodological framework.
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.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT
- Presentation 2 – Research findings and the overall Research Project [10%] to the coordinator, supervisor and other IIT staff as identified by the supervisor
- Research Proposal (12-13,000 words) [65%]
All written assessment must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni.
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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