Course Title: Research Issues in Finance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Issues in Finance

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Imad Moosa

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 99251516

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.10.60

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is a final year course offered to students enrolled in the Master of Finance Program and can only be taken in Stage D of the program.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the current research issues in finance and is designed to enable you to apply their academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation. The integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic business problems or address real issues faced in organisations.  The course begins with a discussion of research methodology followed by completion of a short research paper dealing with a topic that is allocated in class.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will help you develop your ability to:

- Identify, understand and interpret basic business concepts

- Communicate ideas, intentions and outcomes clearly to a variety of audiences utilising a range of oral and written communication modes

- Contribute to the theory and research in the discipline of finance

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

- Discuss the appropriate methodology for conducting research in finance.

- Summarise the critical research issues in the finance

- Conduct an independent research project on a particular research topic in finance

Overview of Learning Activities

The course begins with an intensive class which will introduce you to research methodology in finance.  The remainder of the course involves completion of the independent research paper.

Overview of Learning Resources

All data are provided for you and are available for download on the learning hub though readings must be accessed from the RMIT library (particuarly as e-journals).

There is no prescribed text for this course. You should refer to the course notes, Eviews help files and EXCEL help files in addition to the prescribed readings.

Overview of Assessment

You will write a research essay within an identified topic area which relates to a current issue. In undertaking this activity you may interact and receive feedback from industry and community, possibly including clients and practitioners. This is student-centred project. Formative feedback will be provided through grading of diary entries and informal drop in sessions. You are expected to contact the lecturer to discuss specific questions or problems concerning your project.