DRE 7022 Research Seminar in Economics


DRE 7022 Research Seminar in Economics

Responsible for the course
Jon H Fiva

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

This course provides a venue in which to develop PhD students’ presentation skills and debate work in progress for PhD students in economics in the second year and above. The workshop emphasizes the development of dissertation proposals and is a place where students can present their research to an audience of dedicated and informed peers. Faculty members with research interests matching the topic of the presenters will also provide feedback both on presentation and substance.

Learning outcome
After taking this course, students should have improved their presentation skills and learned how to give and receive feedback. The presentation of dissertation work will help students towards completion of their PhD.

Admission in the PhD Programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School.

Compulsory reading

Background material (papers / research proposals) will be sent out before each session. Students should read through the materials and prepare questions in advance.

Recommended reading

Course outline
This course for PhD students at the Department of Economics will run every semester. The department has monthly sessions of 90 minutes that the candidates are expected to participate in. During these sessions, the candidate is expected to present his/her work twice. The first presentation should be before the pre-doc and based on research in the early stages. This presentation could, for example, be based on a research idea that has not yet been spelled out in a paper.

A candidate should sign up for the course when he/she is close to completing his/her dissertation and will reach the goal of participating in eight compulsory sessions. During the course, the candidate is expected to participate actively in the sessions and present a second time, this time a polished paper (a practice job talk).

Junior visiting scholars may also give talks in this research seminar series.

Computer-based tools

Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.

Coursework requirements

The course grade will be based on the following activities and weights:
50% class participation
50% presentation
The course is graded pass/fail according to active participation and presentation of dissertation work

Examination code(s)
DRE 70221 continuous assessment accounts for 100% of the final grade in the course DRE 7022.

Examination support materials

Re-sit examination
Re-takes are only possible at the next time a course will be held. When the course evaluation has a separate exam code for each part of the evaluation it is possible to retake parts of the evaluation. Otherwise, the whole course must be re-evaluated when a student wants to retake an exam.

Additional information
Honour Code
Academic honesty and trust are important to all of us as individuals, and represent values that are encouraged and promoted by the honor code system. This is a most significant university tradition. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the ideals of the honor code system, to which the faculty are also deeply committed.

Any violation of the honor code will be dealt with in accordance with BI’s procedures for cheating. These issues are a serious matter to everyone associated with the programs at BI and are at the heart of the honor code and academic integrity. If you have any questions about your responsibilities under the honor code, please ask.