COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: RESEARCH METHODS IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Code Course Type Regular Semester Theory Practice Lab Credits ECTS
BAF 515 B 3 3 0 0 3 7.5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Agim Kukeli E-304 stop by or email for an appointment
Second Lecturer(s): NA
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: NA
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: A/128; Monday 18:00-20:45
Course Description: This course will enable students to acquire the necessary knowledge to use research methods in their study. In addition, this course will enable key research methods and skills about research tools such as the preparation of a bibliography, citation, reference, etc. The attention of students will move toward the ethical and legal issues about writing PhD, is a very important area in each study.
Course Objectives: Students will demonstrate the ability to: 1. Chose a research topic, develop a problem statement, list research question and hypothesis. 2. Conduct a thorough literature review. 3. Select the appropriate methodology. 4. Collect data (primary or secondary). 5. Conduct data analysis (qualitative or quantitative). 6. Write up a draft thesis. 7. Present the draft-theses to class.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Course Overview ( Syllabus review). Choosing your research topic.
2 Formulating and clarifying the research topic
3 Critically reviewing the literature
4 Understanding research philosophy and approaches to theory development
5 Formulating the research design. Negotiating access and research ethics
6 Selecting samples. Using secondary data
7 Collecting primary data.
8 Midterm Exam Week
9 Analyzing Quantitative and Qualitative qualitative data.
10 Writing and presenting your project report. Reviews and Presentation
11 Reviews and Presentation
12 Reviews and Presentation
13 Reviews and Presentation
14 Reviews and Presentation
Prerequisite(s): N/A
Textbook: - Saunder,M., Lewis, P. and Thorn hill, A. (2016), Research Methods for Business Students, 7th Edition, Pearson.
Other References: - Bryman, A. and Emma, B.( 2015) , Business Research Methods, 4th Edition, Oxford; - Robert, B. B. ( 2000) Introduction to Research Methods, 1st Edition, SAGE; - Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (examples of reference formats are also available at http://www.apastyle.org/); Any Econometric (Jeffrey M. Wooldridge or Gujarati for example) and Statistics Books.
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: Yes
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 - Identify and formulate research questions and hypotheses.
2 - Write and critically evaluate research proposals.
3 - Identify ethical issues and research and understand the need to adhere to ethical guidelines when conducting research.
4 - Conduct a literature review on the topic you are developing your thesis
5 - Plan and collect sample data for a research project.
6 - Develop survey instruments and conduct survey research.
7 - Design and conduct qualitative studies.
8 - Collect and analyze various types of data.
9 - Analyzing Quantitative and Qualitative qualitative data.
10 - Writing and presenting your project report. Reviews and Presentation
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
MSc BAF Program
1 The students are gained the ability to look at the problems of daily life from a broader perspective. They gain the needed skills not only to understand economic problems in banking and finance but also to construct a model and defend in meaningful way. 3
2 They have knowledge about the finance and banking. 5
3 They have knowledge about the money and banking. 5
4 They have knowledge about the international finance and banking. 4
5 They have ability to use mathematical and statistical methods in banking and finance. 3
6 They know how to use computer programs in both daily office usage and statistical data evaluations in banking and finance department. 2
7 They have necessary banking and finance skills that needed in private and public sector. 4
8 They are intended to be specialist in one of departmental fields that they choose from the list of general economics, finance economics, public finance, corporate finance, finance management, international finance markets and institutions, banking and central banking, international finance and banking, money and banking, international trade and banking. 5
9 They have ability to utilize fundamental economic theories and tools to solve economic problems in banking and finance. 4
10 They are aware of the fact that banking and finance is a social science and they respect the social perspectives and social values of the society’s ethics. 4
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Presentation
1
20
Project
1
60
Other
1
20
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 4 64
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignments 0
Final examination 1 25.5 25.5
Other 15 2 30
Total Work Load:
187.5
Total Work Load/25(h):
7.5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
7.5