Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Liang Choon Wang


Research topics for seminar presentation are selected in consultation with the co-ordinator. A list of possible topics will be distributed, but students are encouraged to propose subjects of interest to them, based on their own research area. A department staff member will be appointed as the supervisor to facilitate and monitor the progress of the research project. Students present one paper, act as formal discussant on another, and are expected to engage in discussion of others.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop the capability to critically evaluate economic literature and initiate a research topic for further development
  2. conduct, under the mentoring of a supervisor, innovative works to appropriately address the research topic
  3. gain experience in analysing and discussing research outcomes in a seminar context.


Within semester assessment: research paper 80%
presentation 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average six/eight hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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