DRE 4030 Research seminar in Finance II

DRE 4030 Research seminar in Finance II

Course code: 
DRE 4030
Course coordinator: 
Samuli Knüpfer
Course name in Norwegian: 
Research seminar in Finance II
Product category: 
PhD Finance courses
2024 Spring
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Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Finance scholars, particularly PhD students, often view presenting and writing as the painful task that inevitably follows the much more pleasurable production of research results. This view is misguided because presenting and writing are essential elements of the work of Finance scholars. We present to fellow academics, students, policy makers, and practitioners. We write papers, referee reports, recommendation letters, and grant applications.

Presenting and writing helps us in building arguments, clarify our own thinking, and finding flaws in our research. Ultimately, it determines the impact of our research.

The courses “Research Seminar in Finance I and II” give PhD students in Finance opportunities to become better public speakers and writers.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students understand the principles of effective presenting and writing.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students are able to apply the principles of effective presenting and writing to their everyday work.

General Competence

The students understand the value of presenting and writing in Finance and present and write with impact.

Course content

The first part of the course discusses general principles of public speaking and effective writing. We will use published papers and recordings of seminar and conference presentations to analyze how successful scholars design and deliver presentations and text.

The second part of the course involves students working on their own existing presentations and text. We will evaluate the work of fellow participants and improve our own presentations and text. We will also develop our skills in receiving and responding to feedback.

The third part of the course involves students preparing a new presentation and a new text. We will thoroughly discuss the material produced by the student and you will get one-on-one feedback directly from the course instructor.

Teaching and learning activities

Lectures, class discussions, presentations, feedback from fellow participants and instructor.

Attendance is mandatory.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Enrollment in a PhD program is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School. External candidates are kindly asked to attach confirmation of enrollment in a PhD program when signing up for a course. Other candidates may be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the course leader. Sitting in on a course does not permit registration for the course, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses.

Required prerequisite knowledge

The students should take course “I” at the end of their second year of the PhD program so that they have a draft of a working paper prior to enrolling to the course. Course “II” should be taken at the end of the third year in the program. This sequencing provides them with the best experience as they will then be working on their own material.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Semester(s)
Exam code: 
DRE 40301
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
15 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
30 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
35 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.