Course Title: THESIS
Code Course Type Regular Semester Theory Practice Lab Credits ECTS
BAF 500 F 4 3 0 0 3 30
Lecturer and Office Hours: Timothy Hagen 9:00-12:00 Mondays and Tuesdays; 9:00-11:00 Wednesdays; Fridays with appointment
Second Lecturer(s): NA
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: NA
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: By appointment E203
Course Description: This course is aimed at giving the student the opportunity to independently and under a professor’s supervision to conduct and finalize the research required for graduating in the master’s program. During this course students will develop major components of the thesis, write the thesis following the universities rules and regulations (mainly APA writing standards), collect data (from primary or secondary sources), analyze the data, and formulate conclusions and/or policy implications. Student will discuss with the assigned supervisor all the steps necessary for successfully completing the thesis and presenting it during the course and the final defense.
Course Objectives: Students will complete their thesis by identifying a unique research question, the literature review leading up to the question and hypothesis, the methods to answer the question and test the hypothesis. Students will carry out the proposed methods and discuss their results in the context of the literature. Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and express their ideas in accordance with accepted academic norms and ethics.
Week Topics
1 Identify research question
2 Draft abstract
3 Draft introduction
4 Conduct literature review
5 Draft literature review
6 Develop methods
7 Draft methods chapter
8 Carry out methods; record results
9 Write up results chapter
10 Contextualize results in light of literature
11 Write up discussion chapter
12 Integrate chapters to complete first draft
13 Revisions
14 Revisions; develop presentation for defense
Other References:
Laboratory Work:
Computer Usage: For research and writing
Others: No
1 Students will identify a significant research question
2 Students will contextualize the question and hypothesis in the literature of the field
3 Students will develop a hypothesis
4 Students will develop methods to answer the research question and test the hypothesis
5 Students will carry out planned methods
6 Students will present results in light of academic norms
7 Students will contextualize results and discuss the limitations and significance of the study in light of literature
8 Students will follow ethical standards and academic norms in documenting sources
9 Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct research, think critically, and organize ideas in effective ways
10 Students will defend their research
(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. 5
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. 5
5 They have ability to use mathematical and statistical methods in banking and finance. 5
6 They know how to use computer programs in both daily office usage and statistical data evaluations in banking and finance department. 5
7 They have necessary banking and finance skills that needed in private and public sector. 5
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. 5
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. 5
Method Quantity Percentage
Term Paper
Total Percent: 100%
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 42 672
Mid-terms 0
Assignments 0
Final examination 1 30 30
Other 0
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Total Work Load/25(h):
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