ECC4860 - Honours research project - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Professor Russell Smyth

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)


Students select a preferred topic on which to conduct original research after consulting with the coordinator and supervisors. During the year students participate in research workshops, propose the research plan in written and oral form, conduct research, give a final presentation of the research findings, act as a reviewer of other students' research, submit their own final research paper, and are expected to engage in discussion of other students' presentations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. gain the necessary analytical, communication, creative, critical thinking and technical research skills and apply them to ask and answer a research question that has significant theoretical or policy implications
  2. demonstrate the ability to analyse, comment, evaluate, discuss, and communicate research outcomes in written and oral form in a professional manner
  3. demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to fourth year honours, Graduate Diploma in Economics or preliminary masters in the Departments of Economics, Econometrics or Accounting and Finance