11-22, 2010

TUTORIAL 1 - Solutions

Introduction and how to write an academic essay

TASK ONE

OBJECTIVE: Thesis INTRODUCING YOURSELF TO THE GROUP

Name: Vikash Ramiah

Where are you from?

Born in Mauritius, I now live in Melbourne.

What are you studying?

I have my Hons. in (Economics), Master in Finance & PhD in Finance

What are you expecting from this course?

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I am trying to introduce you to my most recent research interests in Finance

How are the major contributions that you can make to the group?

My strengths are in Quantitative Analysis, i.e. I can handle the mathematics reasonably well.

TASK TWO

OBJECTIVE: GROUP FORMATION

Congratulations. You do have a group. Unlike the other courses, I would like you to seize this opportunity to get to know your group members as you will graduate by the end of the year. Unfortunately the one hour weekly meeting is not going to be enough. I will encourage you to meet outside the tutorial time to discuss your essays. You will use the same group for any other and further discussions. Most importantly the CALF exercise cannot be performed if you do not belong to a group.

So let’s begin the group first group task. Tackle task number three as a GROUP. Good luck.

TASK THREE

OBJECTIVE: ACADEMIC ESSAY WRITING

This is the research question and we will now attempt develop a structure to answer it.

Introduction (50%)

Information gathering/Research

Define the terms using the right finance terminologies

Ensure you quote the leading paper in this section

Ensure you have a latest publication in the area

Cite as many articles as possible.

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A complete literature review will contain all the relevant articles in the list of reference.

Analytical and Writing

Relate the introduction to the question. You will have to check if the literature answers the question. If yes, then state what the results are and thus there is no need to carry any research as the question has been answered. If the literature does not address this question, then you have identified a research topic. Using the literature to identify such gaps is known as the academic rationale for conducting this research. There are also the practical rationale, i.e. practitioners are wants this research to be conducted as they require a solution.#p#分页标题#e#

You may want to download and read the academic journal articles. If you read the introduction, you will have an idea on how to write the introduction. Don’t you worry; we will assist you in developing those skills over the remaining weeks during the CALF exercise.

Methodology (30%)

Quantitative/Mathematical Skill

What is the technique used to test the theories?

This is where you will use mathematical and statistical tools to prove your point (theory). You are not required to empirically test your model and a theoretical discussion of how you will solve the gap identified in the literature is sufficient for this course. If you establish that literature has answered the question, then you can just discuss the methodology used in the earlier studies. If the literature does not answer the question, then you will need to develop a methodology to solve the problem. Based on your new model, you will be forming some hypotheses and you will have to state what you expect the outcome to be.

Conclusion (20%)

The answer to the question is the

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conclusion. If you have identified a gap in the literature and have developed a model to test for this theory, your answer will be the hypotheses that you have come up with. If on the other hand, the literature has already answered the question, you will write the findings of the study as your conclusion.

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