GRADUATE EXAMINATION 2013 – COURSEWORK
MODULE TITLE: BE356 – Financial Modelling
Time allowed: Take-home
The paper consists of 2 questions.
Candidates must answer ALL questions.
All questions carry equal marks.
BE356 – Financial Modelling
Motivation and prerequisite: All students should be familiar with the concepts discussed in class. The research project allows the practical application of these concepts in writing to produce a ‘quality’ report on a single research experiment. In doing this, it is important to remember that any finance professional has two fundamental duties to fulfil: first, to produce sound and quality research to investigate a given phenomenon, second to communicate ideas and recommendations effectively and efficiently to his/her audience.
The task: Each student will have to answer ALL given questions. The questions will have to be addressed in detail in a written research report.
Data: For question 1, students should download the necessary data as instructed. All necessary data for question 2 are provided in a specific dataset (file ‘INFO.xls’, available on Moodle) to be used in the empirical investigation.
Submission: The reports are due on April 23th, 2013. All take home coursework must be submitted online at [url removed, login to view] The copy you submit should also be watermarked (There are guidelines on how to do this when you log in to OCS ). Students are also reminded that work submitted via the OCS will be subject to the Plagiarism Detective Service (JISC). The deadline for all online coursework submission is 4pm on the date given above. Students, unless told differently within their individual course booklets are required to submit one hard copy of their assignment to the EBS Office.
Assessment: All research reports will be evaluated on the basis of clarity and rigor. All questions carry equal marks.
Lateness of coursework: The Essex Business School operates a uniform policy on late submission of coursework in line with University guidelines: work which is not submitted by the deadline will receive a mark of zero; no individual extensions will be granted. The University expects you to plan and organize your work carefully and sensibly, and to schedule your time so that coursework is completed safely in advance of its deadline.
If illness or other personal circumstances prevent you from completing the assignment, you should:
• submit what work you have done by the deadline – even if it is just a rough draft of your assignment
• inform the year administrator of your circumstances
• submit an Extenuating Lateness Form along with the completed assignment within 5 days of the deadline.
The Extenuating Lateness Form is effectively a request for late submission. As such it should include a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevented punctual submission along with evidence of the extenuating circumstances (for example, a doctor’s note). The School’s Extenuating Lateness Committee will decide whether work submitted after the deadline (within 5 days) should be marked and whether the mark will count towards your formal assessment. It is important to note that this decision will be made on the basis of extenuating circumstances outlined in the EL Form which directly prevented you from handing in your work by the deadline.
Required output: Each student will have to write a research report (no more than 10 A4-pages). It ought to include:
– An introduction of the research question (experiment)
– A detailed data analysis
– A consistent and comprehensive set of answers to the questions posed in the text
– A conclusion and further comments (if any)
The maximum length for the report is 10 A4-pages. However this is the outer limit. Shorter, c