Course Title: Research Project in Finance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project in Finance

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Vijaya B Marisetty

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1431

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.11.57

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course can only be taken in the final stage of the Master of Finance program. 

Course Description

This course introduces you to current research issues and methods in finance. It is designed to enable you to use the tools of empirical and theoretical analysis to solve hypothetical and practical problems and deal with decision making situations. The course begins with an introduction to research methods and is followed by a discussion of a critical research area in finance. You then undertake empirical research in this area, culminating in the writing of a research paper that is submitted for assessment.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify a range of tools of empirical research that are used in finance and apply these tools in the process of working on a research project
  2. Apply univariate modelling, cointegration and causality testing and forecasting techniques to problems encountered in financial decision making
  3. Elaborate on the key concepts, issues and ideas pertaining to empirical research in finance in the process of solving real-life problems
  4. Use statistical and econometric packages, as well as Excel, to conduct hypothesis testing, estimate models, generate forecasts and derive inference from historical data
  5. Develop strong writing skills to illustrate the findings of empirical research in a lucid manner without any misrepresentation

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects. You will be required to attend lectures on the tools of empirical research in finance and complete a self-managed research project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2
Assessment Task 2: 80%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.