IC305-Research Project

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Charles Sutcliffe

Email: c.sutcliffe@icmacentre.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Students define and execute a piece of research in finance on a topic of their choice, with direction from an academic supervisor.



 


Aims:
The aim of the research project is to allow students to define and execute a piece of research in finance on a topic of their choice, with direction from an academic supervisor.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Successful completion of the research project requires students to define and execute a piece of research in finance.
Students will improve their report-writing skills, learning how to structure their study, and how to place their findings in the wider context.

Additional outcomes:
The self-directed nature of study for this module should encourage students to be resourceful in their search for relevant literature and data, and to manage the various stages involved effectively, leading to timely submission of the finished piece.

Outline content:
Research projects can be based on any area of finance. They may take one of a variety of forms, but usually involve an empirical analysis.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
An initial lecture will be held at the beginning of the Autumn term to explain the objectives and required format of the research project. Students will then be asked to submit a formal proposal and will be allocated an academic supervisor, who will offer feedback and constructive comment on the proposal. Work will then commence on the project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 4
Guided independent study 196
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    N/A

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of the dissertation following university guidelines.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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