Finance: BANK 5036: Research 2 - SP2 2017

Assessment Details


In this course, you will complete a research project in Finance for which you may have already drafted a research proposal in Research 1 (BANK 5035). You may want to change your topic if you opt to prior to week 2. Three individual assessments designed in this course are related to assist you to accomplish this task by the end of the study period. Assessment 1 is a continuous assessment and mainly includes 5 presentations on your progress in your research project. In assessment 2, you submit a report in which you pitch your research project. In assignment 3, you produce your final report on your research projects. Details of each assessment are listed below under each assessment task.

Note: The research project that you define in Research 1-BANK 5035 and complete in Research 2-BANK 5036 is an opportunity for you to develop necessary skills and knowledge that make you competitive in the job market. The project is not a thesis or an academic paper aimed to be published, so please do not seek for a supervisor or co-author to define and conduct your project/assignments. While seeking advice from others is strongly recommended, having others to do part of the assignments or the project is the breach of academic integrity which results in zero marks for the whole assignment automatically, and your case will be reported to the integrity officer.

  For full details of the assessment check your Assignment
  Guideline and Course Outline via your Course homepage.

Assessment #1 - Presentations/Participation in marking

Overview: there are five presentations and five active participation requirements for marking of these presentations during the semester as part of this assessment. These presentations are related to the research project in Finance that you start in this course at the beginning of the study period. Details of requirements for each presentation are listed under each presentation task.

These presentations give you the opportunity to present your progress in your research and receive feedback from the lecturer and the class to improve your research study. Your participation in marking after each presentation gives you a chance to better understand the requirement of good, quality research in Finance.

The presentations are all individual (and not group) presentations. In week 1, you will be allocated randomly in the presentation group A or B. The presentations are weekly and start from week 2, but each week only students in the group A or B present. Please refer to the Course Calendar to find out the date of the presentations for each group. Each week, the students who do not present will participate in the marking of the presentations for students who present. Details of marking the presentation are explained below.

Your presentation and participation in marking are both graded; each presentation has 4% weight of your total mark, and each participation in marking has 1% weight of your total mark. Therefore, each week from week 2, you will be assessed either for your presentation or for your participation in marking, and you need to attend the class even if you are not required to present.

  For full details of the assessment check your Assignment
  Guideline and Course Outline via your Course homepage.

Assessment #2 - Report-Research Pitch

Weighting: 20%
Word limit: 1000 words
Due date: Monday, 3 April 2017 at 17:00:00, Adelaide time

In this assessment, you write a research pitch for your research project in which you propose at least one research question in Finance. At the beginning of the semester, you will be given specific guidelines that will assist you to develop this research pitch. This pitch is based on Professor R.W. Faff's framework ( You have already presented your pitch and literature review in weeks 2 to 5. However, you need to incorporate the lecturer’s feedback and comments that you receive after your presentations in class into this report. Also, you need to make the scope of your research clear to ensure you are able to complete the project by the end of the study period. Particularly, you should consider the availability of data to answer the research questions you propose in your pitch. A list of potential data sources is available on the course homepage. You may want to consider other credible data sources. Please check with the Academic Library Team ( if you have any queries about data sources.

  For full details of the assessment check your Assignment
  Guideline and Course Outline via your Course homepage.

Assessment #3 - Research Assignment - Final Report

Weighting: 55%
Word limit: 3500 words
Due date: Monday, 5 June 2017 at 17:00:00, Adelaide time

The objective of this assessment is to write a final report of your research project of no more than 3500 words. In section one, you are required to write an updated version of the introduction that you had submitted as assessment 2. This section does not count in the 3500 word limit of your article.
In section two, you are required to write a critical literature review related to your research question, and in section three, you discuss your data and explain the research methodology you have employed in your project. In section four, you present and discuss your results. You are required to write a conclusion in section 5. The whole report, excluding the introduction, should be no more than 3500 words.

  For full details of the assessment check your Assignment
  Guideline and Course Outline via your Course homepage.

Literature review: overview

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Jesson, Matheson and Lacey (2011, p. 165 - Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques) provide the following definitions:

Traditional narrative literature review - 'A research method which involves reviewing published and unpublished material. It usually begins with a rationale for the review and is written in a narrative style'

A few of the key initial steps in conducting a literature review include:

  • developing your research statement or question
  • defining any parameters or criteria
  • choosing appropriate search tools
  • searching with appropriate keywords and subject headings (descriptors)
  • selecting relevant material

The Student Engagement Unit (formerly called the Learning and Teaching Unit LTU) guide provides a quick introduction on how to produce a traditional review. This is a useful resource and includes how to begin, write and structure a literature review.

You might find other Library help about Literature Reviews are useful. Be aware that some aspects are specific to Health or Social Sciences and may not be relevant for Literature Reviews in Business.

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Online Resources

Think. Plan. Discover. Why Keywords Matter (1 min 30 sec)

View this video for some tips about choosing keywords and searching for information.

Scholarly Sources Explained video

Learn why to use scholarly sources and how to find them

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You be the judge: learn to evaluate video

What is a scholarly source?

A scholarly source, or academic source, is written by a qualified author who is an expert in their field. They are usually published in books or journals, rather than on websites. A scholarly source will likely have a reference list or bibliography at the end of it.Graduate Cap by Freepik. CC BY-3.0:,

How can you tell if a source is scholarly?

Books: A scholarly book or eBook might be from an academic publisher or a University press. You can also find out information about the author and look for their qualifications.

Journals: Many academic journals are peer reviewed. This means that the article has been evaluated by experts on the subject before it was approved for publication.

For more information, read the guide linked below:

Plan your search

It is important before you begin your research to plan your search. You can't search by just typing a sentence into the Library catalogue, databases or Google Scholar.

Consult the Beyond Google For Your Research guide > Construct a search plan section for information on how to develop your literature review search strategy.

Once you decide on your research question/business problem or issue you will need to deconstruct it for keywords, concepts and ideas. You will need these keywords to effectively search in the Library catalogue and databases.


Combing keywords:

You can combine your keywords using OR, AND and NOT.


OR will search for either or both of the words. i.e liquidity OR liquidity risk
AND will search for both of the words. i.e liquidity AND Australia
NOT will search for first of your keywords and not the second. i.e  Finance NOT Management
Phrases use double quotes. i.e "literature review". This will search for both of the words together.

Truncation, wildcards and phrases:

* will commonly search for endings of a word. i.e financ* will find finance, finances, financial, financing etc
? will commonly find words spelled in a different way. i.e organi?e will find organise and organize.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all databases are slightly different. Refer to the How to guides below for more detail.

How to find... articles for your literature review

To find journal articles for your research you can either search the Library Catalogue or relevant Library Databases.

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The Library Catalogue is a search tool that enables you to find relevant information on any topic from the Library’s collection of print and electronic books,  journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous academic databases. You can access the Catalogue from the Library homepage

Catalogue search example:

"liquidity risk" AND "stock prices" AND Australia
This search has been limited using the following:

  • Limit to Format: Articles
  • Show only Peer Reviewed
  • Date: 2012 to 2017

Tip: Limiting your search will help you to retrieve more relevant results 


By limiting by peer review you may exclude industry data so you will need to review your results.

You can search databases to find quality journal articles on your topic.  To find which databases are best suited to your subject area, go to the Database subject list, and select the + next to the Business and Management heading. For this course choose the Finance databases.

Most databases have a limiting feature which will allow you to retrieve items published within a particular year or year range e.g. 2012-2017.

NOTE: Most of the databases can be accessed from outside the UniSA computer network by entering your UniSA network username and password. Some databases and journals require different passwords. These can be accessed from the specific Database page.

Business Source Complete is a large international database which includes many premium peer-reviewed, business related journals and indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

Content covers the areas of finance, accounting, economics, international business, management, marketing and tourism. It's also a good source of company information.

Just enter your keywords into the search box to start searching.

Business Source Complete research for the phrase "liquidity risk" OR liquidity AND the phrase "stock prices" OR "equity prices"

You can limit your search to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles by ticking the Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals option. You can also limit your search by date range if you would like to.

For more help with searching Business Source Complete, please see these short videos.

Try the key databases below for Finance or look at the databases for  Acounting and Economics.

NEW: The following databases have recently been subscribed to by the Library. These databases may assist you with your Report and Research Proposal:

Global Finanial Data:
Global Financial Data is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. Data includes: long-term historical indices on stock markets; Total Return data on stocks, bonds, and bills; interest rates; exchange rates; inflation rates; bond indices; commodity indices and prices; consumer price indices; gross domestic product; individual stocks; sector indices; treasury bill yields; wholesale price indices; and unemployment rates covering over 200 countries

  • Note that you will need to create an account to access Global Financial Data and that the subsequent verification email you receive may be located in your email junk folder

Orbis Bank Focus:
Orbis Bank Focus contains detailed information on banks worldwide, providing ‘as reported’ financial items available both in English and local languages, local GAAP and IFRS formats whenever available

You may also find suitable academic references for your topic using an internet search engine such as Google Scholar. Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than over the whole internet like a regular Google Search.

For more information on using Google Scholar, visit our guide:

Beyond Google for your research subject guide

To use the advanced search option select the down arrow in the search box. You can use many of the same search strategies you use to search the catalogue and databases to search the web. Google Scholar - tips

Google Scholar Search Example: "liquidity risk" AND "stock prices" AND Australia

You could add the term Australia to your search if you want to limit to Australian articles.

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Access Google Scholar from the Library homepage to access the full text of our subscription materials.


Company and industry information

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The Company and Industry Information Guide can help you
to find public and private company and industry information.


Here are links to some of the pages you may find useful:

Searching for company and industry information?

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  Try IBIS world!

IBIS contains a profile of each of the top 2000 Australian companies, including information about operating and legal structires, financials, personnel, industries of involvement and service providers.

IBIS also contains detailed reports analysing selected Australian industry sectors. For example type the word finance in the top left hand search box to finance industry related reports.

Some international company and industry information is available by selecting the Global Industry Research button.

Tip: You will need to take note of the username and password and access from the access link

Can't find what you are looking for try some other suggestions on the Company and industry information guide.


Social Science Research Network (SSRN) - Useful for finding working papers

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  • enter your search terms in the top right search box eg liquidity AND "stock prices"
  • IMPORTANT: You may need to create a free username and password in order to download working papers etc.

Primary data sources

Primary data is collected by the researcher themselves. Examples of primary data can include:

  • Questionnaires
  • Observations
  • Interviews

Select this link to see some articles on primary data.

The "Constructing graphs, tables and diagrams" document produced by the Student Engagement Unit (formerly the Learning and Teaching Unit) will give you information about how to display and analyse your data.

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Secondary data and hard data sources

Secondary data tends to be readily available and not collected by the researcher themselves.

Many of the Subject Guides will help you to find data such as statistics from organisations like the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As a start you may want to look at the statistics page in the Business Subject Guide.

Other sources of secondary information will be available from your course site. There are some databases that you can use to download hard/raw data as per your research question, and analyse those data using statistical packages.

Hard data in the context of this course is any research question that relates to investments eg

  • Capital expenditure
  • Research and Development
  • Business Acquisitions

Usually this information is located in the Balance Sheet of the particular resource.

Hard data may be found in sources such as DatAnalysis Premium, Eikon / Datastream Professional, Global Finanial Data and Orbis Bank Focus.

Refer to the document on your course site for a complete list of these and other hard data sources.


Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

Jason Grant 'Roadmap to referencing', January 2013 [Image source: UniSA Library]

The Roadmap to Referencing site gives you examples of how to reference using the Harvard-UniSA style.

Harvard Referencing-UniSA Guide

View the StudyHelp site for more information


What do you do with all those references you have found?  The Library has two bibliographic management tools that you can use to keep your references in order and all in the one location. Manage your references video

Visit our Managing References guide and watch Manage your references - tools that can help you video to decide which tool is best for you and then get started.






More help

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  • Contact Ask the Library (via Chat, email or phone)
  • Access the Service points at any of our Libraries
  • If you are studying outside of Adelaide, living remotely or have difficulty in using the Library in person the Off Campus Library Service can help
  • Have a look at our Researchers page and online videos
  • Use the Help, Tips or Hints screens within the Library Catalogue and the databases