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MAF900 - Advanced Data Methods

Year:2023 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Saikat Sovan Deb
Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in M820 - Master of Research (Business)


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average, spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit. This will include a minimum of 33 hours (11 x 3 hr) of intensive classroom activities. 

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week  


This is an application oriented empirical research methods unit for first-year students of Master of Research program. This unit reviews the process /components of empirical research, focuses on understanding and managing data for research. Using multiple mini empirical projects - it explores descriptive and predictive models of statistics and econometrics; through guided research projects deals with various methodological data issues such as selection bias, endogeneity and multiple hypothesis testing. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Conduct empirical research drawing on discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Disseminate research ideas orally and writing.

GLO2: Communication
ULO3 Collect, process and manage data for empirical research. 

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4 Apply statistical and econometrical skills. 

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO5 Identify and apply appropriate empirical research methods.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: (Individual)

1(a) In-class Oral Presentation

1(b) Written Project Proposal


1(a) 10 minutes

1(b) 1000 words (max)


Total 20%


Week 4

Assessment 2: (Individual) Written Report (Research) with data analysis and coding 3000 words 30% Week 8
Assessment 3: (Group of 3) Data Driven Project: data collection, coding, analysis 3000 words 50% Week 3 to Week 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAF900 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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