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PLEKHANOV RUSSIAN ACADEMY

OF ECONOMICS


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL


COURSEWORK MANUAL:

IBS REQUIREMENTS

TO WRITTEN PROJECT ASSIGNMENT


Prepared by: V.V.GROMYKO

Dr. Sc., Professor


MOSCOW

2006


Автор-составитель : Громыко Валентина Викторовна

д.э.н., профессор


Темы курсовых работ подготовили:

Бурлачков В.К., к.э.н., проф.; Гагарина Г.Ю., к.э.н., проф.; Громыко В.В., д.э.н., проф.; Лисовская Е.Г., к.э.н., доц.; Просвиркин Б.Л., к.э.н., доц.; Пястолов С.М., к.п.н., проф.; Савина О.В., к.э.н.; Савинова М.В., к.э.н., доц.; Сагинова О.В., д.э.н., доц.; Скоробогатых И.И, к.э.н., доц.; Сокольникова И.В., к.э.н., доц.; Федюнин А.С., к.э.н., доц.; Экарева И.Л., к.и.н., проф.


Рецензенты: Савинова М.В., к.э.н., доцент;

Циликова М.С., доцент


Методические указания по написанию курсовых работ (на английском языке)./ Автор-составитель д.э.н., проф. В.В.Громыко. М.: Изд-во Рос.экон.акад., 2007.

Содержат требования и пояснения к содержанию и оформлению курсовых работ по программе бакалавра по направлению 521600 - Экономика.

Для студентов Международной школы бизнеса Российской экономической академии им.Г.В.Плеханова.


CONTENTS

Page

1. GENERAL STATEMENTS 5

1.1. What is a coursework? 5

1.2. Coursework subjects, semester schedule, supervisers 5

1.3. Supervision 6

1.4. Coursework preparation schedule 6

2. REQUIREMENTS TO A COURSEWORK 7

2.1. Coursework structure 7

2.2. Title page 7

2.3. Table of contents 8

2.4. Introduction 9

2.5. Text main body 10

2.6. Conclusion 10

2.7. Endnotes 11

2.8. Bibliography 11

2.9. Appendices 12

3. REQUIREMENTS TO LAYOUT AND TYPING 13

3.1. How large a coursework should be 13

3.2. Text organisation 13

3.3. Tables, graphs, schemes, drawings 14

3.4. Typing requirements 14

3.5. Coursework format 14

4. ORAL DEFENCE (PRESENTATION) 15

5. COURSEWORK ASSESSMENT 16

5.1. Assessment criteria 16

5.2. Assessment scheme 16

5.3.Penalties and fines 17

5.4. Awards 17

6. COURSEWORK TOPICS 18

6.1. National history 18

6.2. Allocation of resources 19

6.3. Economic history 21

6.4. Finance and credit 21

6.5. Marketing 22

6.6. Corporate finance 23

6.7. Marketing research 24

6.8. Economics (micro and macro) 26

6.9. Labour economics 27

6.10. National economy 28

6.11. Banking 30

6.12. Securities market 31

6.13. Consumer behaviour 32

6.14. Marketing communications 33

6.15. State and municipal finance 34

6.16. Investments 35


1. GENERAL STATEMENTS


1.1. What is a coursework?

The IBS programme aims to educate specialists able to undertake a theoretical and applied research and to propose an original solution of an economic problem. A coursework is an essential part of that programme.

A coursework is an individual study of a topic which has a scientific and practical importance. It assumes a deeper insight into a theoretical issue and a sort of exploration of the empirical evidence. It requires a lot of additional reading, gathering and analysing statistics, systematising facts, generalising and making conclusion. Gathering information is an obligation of students, not supervisors’. A corsework gives the opportunity to show the knowledge accumulated over the years of study and to demonstrate the analitical capability and creativity in applying the knowledge to business-related topics.


1.2. Coursework subjects, semester schedule, supervisers

Semester Subject Supervisers

1 National history (in Russian) Eckareva I.L.

1 Allocation of recources (in Russian) Gagarina G.U.

1 Economic history Lissovskaya E.G.

2 Finance and credit Savina O.V.

Fedunin A.S.

2 Marketing Skorobogatykh I.I.

3 Corporate finance Fedunin A.S.

Savina O.V.

Malishev J.K.

3 Marketing research Skorobogatykh I.I.

4 Economics (micro and macro) Savinova M.V.,

Rackuta N.V.,

Tzilikova M.C.

5 Labour economics (elective) Gromyko V.V.

5 National economy (elective) Pyastolov S.M.

6 Consumer behaviour (mar) Prosvirkin B.L.

6 Banking (fin) Fedunin A.S.

6 Securities market (fin) Sokolnikova I.V.

8 Marketing communications (mar) Saguinova O.V.,

8 Federal and municipal finance (fin) Burlachkov V.K.

8 Investments (fin) Sokolnikova I.V.


(mar) - for students specialising in marketing

(fin) - for students specialising in finance


1.3. Supervision

A coursework is a supervised study. A list of supervisers is approved by the dean’s office and can be changed at a short notice. If more than one teacher supervise the subject coursework, students are free to choose the one to work with: ask the teacher to be your superviser and include you in the superviser’s assessment list. Please, keep notice that each teacher has a certain quota of courseworks for supervision. Therefore the principle FIFO (first in-first out) is transformed into ”first to come, first to be consulted by the superviser in question”. Those who are late to make a choice will be consulted by a teacher who has not exhausted his/her quota.


1.4. Coursework preparation schedule

Supervisers fix the consultation hours. Students are responsible for coming and asking for guidance according to the following schedule:


Deadline Work to be done and approved by the superviser

Fall semester Spring semester

10 October 10 March Choosing a topic, developing Contents (draft*),

making a list of Bibliography (draft)

5 November 5 April Draft paper is to be presented to the superviser

25 November 25 April Final paper is to be presented to the superviser

26.11.-10.12 26.04-10.05 Superviser assesses the final paper and points

the date of oral defence

20 December 20 May Presentation (oral defence) of the coursework

* “Draft” means that in the course of work the document can be corrected and improved.


If the deadline requirements are not met, the penalties can be applied (see unit 5 of the Manual).


2. REQUIREMENTS TO A COURSEWORK

2.1. Coursework structure

A coursework paper normally includes:

  • title page;

  • table of contents;

  • introduction;

  • text main body;

  • conclusions/recommendations;

  • endnotes;

  • bibliography;

  • appendices.


2.2. Title page (sample)

PLEKHANOV RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF ECONOMICS


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL


COURSEWORK IN LABOUR ECONOMICS


MOTIVATION POLICY IN COMPANY X


Student: Otlichnick A.

Group: 5555


Supervisor: Prof. Znaikin Z.


Moscow

2006


2.3. Table of Contents

The coursework should be well structured according to the logic of the research and its major target. The structure is represented in the table of contents.

All the structural parts of the coursework should be titled. The titles play a very important role in a project writing. They should give the idea of the topic and support the thesis statement.

A typical mistake students make is to give the following titles:

Ch.1.Theory.

Ch.2.Case study.

Ch.3.Practical implementation.

An effective title should “work” for the topic and show how the topic is developed in the course of research.

Let us consider the examples of the effective chapter titles and their correspondence to the topic and the coursework statement.

Topic: Motivation policy in Company X.

Coursework statement: To increase the personnel involvement pecuniary methods of motivation should be supported by the nonpecuniary incentives as well.

Contents

Page


Introduction 3


1. Human Relations Policy as an Integral Part

of Corporate Management at Company X. 5

1.1. Effective HR policy as a factor of high

productivity and company competitiveness

on the world market. 5

1.2. Personnel involvement concept. 7


2. Labour Motivation at Company X. 10

2.1. Labour motivation concept. 10

2.2. Forms and methods of labour motivation. 13

2.3. The advantages and drawbacks of

the pecuniary methods of motivation. 16


3. Nonpecuniary incentives - key to real

employees loyalty to the company. 18

3.1. Nonpecuniary forms and methods of motivation. 18

3.2. The effectiveness of the nonpecuniary incentives. 21

Conclusion 23


Endnotes 24


Bibliography 25


Appendices 26


2.4. Introduction

Introduction is an important part of any research. It outlines the intrigue of the topic. It explains why the topic has been chosen for exploration. The introduction should formulate the problem (in its theoretical and practical aspects), and the aim of the document.

Pay attention that analysis is a means of achieving the aim. It is an instrument of research, but not the aim itself. A typical mistake is to write: “the aim of the work is to analyse this and that.” You could possibly write: “The primary goal of this project is to reveal the impact of existing drawbacks in the Company’s Human Resources policy on the overall business growth.”

As it is never possible to cover all the subject, the scope of the analysis should be defined: what is the object of the research and what is not.

Coursework statement (or thesis statement) is a crucial element of the introduction: it tells the reader the assertion you wish to make about the topic. The coursework statement is a laconic (one sentence) but precise viewpoint on the subject, the main idea that would be supported by the project paper.

Below the examples of an effective statement are given.

Topic Coursework statement

Motivation policy in To increase the personnel involvement

Company X pecuniary methods of motivation should

be supported by the nonpecuniary

incentives as well.


Workers investment Investment in education is efficient if the

in human capital PDV of future benefits (pecuniary and

nonpecuniary) is not less than the PDV

of all the costs.


2.5. Text main body

The text main body is the written presentation of the research. It should be well organised and logically structured. The text main body develops and supports the coursework statement.

A coursework generally consists of three chapters (units). A chapter is normally subdivided into two or three paragraphs (subunits).

A student is free to structurise the work otherwise. Still, do not make the structure too complicated. If the number of chapters and paragraphs is too big, the work looks fractioned and loses its integrity.

Usually, the first chapter shows the origin of the problem and gives its theoretical background. Mainly that is a desk research and assumes a lot of additional reading. If the topic is business-related, the first chapter can include the theoretical analysis to the extent that it could be applied to the firm in question.

The second chapter presents a field research and the analysis of the gathered information. Here statistics is analysed, the properties of a phenomenon can be characterised, new trends are outlined, classifications can be given, the drawbacks and contradictions are identified.

In the third chapter the solution to the problem is suggested. A student is welcome to support his viewpoint with arguments and facts, to generalise and make forecasts. In the result the main idea of the research formulated in the thesis statement should be proved and supported theoretically and factually.

To provide a logical presentation of the research there should be linking between the chapters. A short preview at the beginning of each chapter and a brief subconclusion at the end of a chapter makes the whole work reader friendly.


2.6. Conclusion

Conclusion is a sort of a summary. It includes the main findings and generalisations. It outlines the results of the research, so there should be no new facts, figures, concepts, etc. Conclusion can be accompanied by recommendations.


2.7. Endnotes

The work must be free of plagiarism. Whenever facts, figures, statistical tables, concepts, models, viewpoints, citations are used in the text, the reference is to be made. You must name the source of information and the author of the theory (model, concept, etc.). It is prohibited to copy someone’s text without referring to the origin. Please, notice that a citation (quotation) must not be too long: just a couple of sentences.

All sources of information used in the text are listed in the Endnotes in the order of referring to them. All the endnotes are enumerated. The corresponding figures are given as superscripts in the text of the coursework. A book/article/statistical source, etc. may be referred to more than once (see N2and N4 in the sample below).

Besides the documentary endnotes that identify sources of quoted material there can also be explanatory notes that give additional explanation and comments to some facts, figures or theoretical issues mentioned in the text. Explanatory notes should be brief, otherwise it is better to place them in an appendix.

All the endnotes are given in the language of the origin. That is, if it is a Russian book, it is named in Russian. Translation into English can be given in brackets.

Samples of notes:

1. Nubler I. Capturing Non-Formal Vocational Education and Training through Statistics. - UNDP. New-York. 1992. P.7.

2. Ibid. P.32.

3. Литвиненко Т.В. Современные требования к качеству трудовых ресурсов в торговле //Вестник Российской экономической академии имени Г.В.Плеханова. 2005. №1. С.105.

4. Там же. С.108.

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