PhD course presented by Professor Robert Faff at The University of Queensland Business School.
Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 ARC grants (funding exceeding $4 million); more than 290 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 7,900; and a h-index of 47 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations.
COURSE DATES AND TIMES
This course is not currently offered
Knowledge Level and Prior Course Requirements
There is no presumed knowledge level beyond having had a prior serious exposure to academic research in a given filed of expertise (e.g. having written an 4th-year Honours thesis or other research dissertation). This course is open to students studying in any discipline.
Traditionally, the “process of research” is a “life skill” that academics assimilate somewhat haphazardly and imperfectly, in a piecemeal fashion over many years during their academic career. Even in more recent times, while particular key elements of the process are covered formally or informally in PhD coursework, doctoral students have a highly varied experience in this regard. In this course, I outline the full spectrum of the research process with a mindset of quantitative empirical work. My core focus is developing an understanding of the many dimensions of the process of research and how to translate this into long-term strategies for a successful academic career. Key elements of the research process include:
- strategies for generating and pitching new research ideas;
- understanding research design trade-offs;
- data management in the C21;
- ethical clearance & research integrity;
- strategies for identifying “value-adds” to research topics;
- the art of research writing;
- the art of research presentations;
- the art of giving and receiving constructive research feedback;
- understanding the journal refereeing process and the quality rating of journals;
- the art of research mentoring;
- the art of research networking;
- developing strategies for sustainable publishing success beyond the PhD.
Statement On Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a broad term referring to the practice of appropriating someone else's ideas or work and presenting them as your own without acknowledgment. Plagiarism is literary or intellectual theft. It can take a number of forms, including:
- copying the work of another student, whether that student is in the same class, from an earlier year of the same course, or from another tertiary institution altogether
- copying any section, no matter how brief, from a book, journal, article or other written source, without duly acknowledging it as a quotation
- copying any map, diagram or table of figures without duly acknowledging the source
- paraphrasing or otherwise using the ideas of another author without duly acknowledging the source.
Whatever the form, plagiarism is unacceptable both academically and professionally. By plagiarising you are both stealing the work of another person and cheating by representing it as your own. Any instances of plagiarism can therefore be expected to draw severe penalties.
Cheating means to defraud or swindle. Students who seek to gain an advantage by unfair means such as copying another student's work, or in any other way misleading a lecturer about their knowledge or ability or the amount of work they have done, are guilty of cheating. Students who condone plagiarism by allowing their work to be copied will also be subject to severe disciplinary action.
For more information please email Professor Robert Faff: email@example.com