Finance Research Project

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
24 September 2019


Requisites for this module
BE311 and BE313 and BE314



Key module for

BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NR3Y Banking and Finance with a Modern Language,
BSC N300 Finance,
BSC N301 Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N302 Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N3T1 Finance with Mandarin,
BSC N340 Financial Management,
BSC N343 Financial Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH40 Financial Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N344 Finance and Management,
BSC N345 Finance and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N346 Finance and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N347 Finance and Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module seeks to bring together knowledge and skills gained in earlier core and compulsory finance modules and enable students to apply and integrate their research skills, with a view to (i) critically investigate a contemporary issue in the broad area of finance, (ii) develop a deep understanding of a finance issue that is of interest to academia, companies, organisations, government and/or society more broadly and (iii) reinforce the research-led and critical mind-set that is a hallmark of Essex graduates.

In their final year, students undertake an individual, independent and self-directed research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students will be provided with a list of suitable topics and be allocated a supervisor accordingly. In the Autumn term, students will attend a series of lectures designed to equip them with the tools to undertake the project. At the end of the Autumn term, students are expected to produce a first draft, outlining the structure of their dissertation and key relevant literature, that will be marked. The final submission of the complete dissertation is at the end of the Spring term. By the end of this module, students will have developed their research skills, competencies and knowledge, which will enable them to engage in situations simulating real-life professional tasks and assignments. The project provides the opportunity to final year students to reflect on the application of finance theories and to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary issues in the finance area.

Module aims

• To enable students to synthesise, integrate, and apply previously acquired knowledge.
• To develop students' critical and analytical skills.
• To encourage the acquisition of autonomous study skills in the learning process, as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the research project a student should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
• A capacity to synthesise, integrate, and apply previously acquired knowledge.
• An ability to locate, manipulate, and analyse numerical (including financial) data, critically evaluate arguments and empirical evidence, and develop an argument (in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner.
• An ability to work autonomously, and design a realistic and effective personal plan to achieve a final outcome.

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

After completing this research project, students have developed and improved the following employability-related skills:

* Improve your academic skills, such as literacy, numeracy, and ICT skills.
* Develop your research skills through independent data collection and analysis, and the use of econometrics and statistics.
* Further your problem solving skills by setting a research question and independently devising a research plan to tackle it.
* Enhance your written skills through the development of an independent piece of research project.
* Improve your professional working skills, such as adaptability, flexibility, and adoption of new techniques.
* Broaden your personal development planning through target setting and action planning.

Learning and teaching methods

* 1 week*1hour and 4 weeks*2 hour lectures in the Autumn term. * 10 weeks*2 hour drop in sessions for support with databases / econometric packages in Spring term. * Structured supervision: 2 meetings with the supervisor, allocated to students according to the topic of their project, in the Autumn term and 2 meetings with the supervisor in the Spring term, plus one informal detailed feedback on the dissertation draft prior to final submission in the Spring term.


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework DRAFT OUTLINE 13/12/2019 30%
Coursework Finance Research Project 20/03/2020 70%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Jose Liñares-Zegarra, Hardy Thomas, Jason Cen, Thanos Verousis, Stefano Filomeni and Filomeni Mianjun (GTA)



External examiner

Dr Apostolos Kourtis
The University of East Anglia
Senior Lecturer in Finance
Dr Athanasios Verousis
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance
Prof Christos Ioannidis
Aston University
Available via Moodle
Of 39 hours, 9 (23.1%) hours available to students:
30 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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