Learning and teaching strategy
The learning and teaching strategy in ECON381 recognises that students learn from contact with academic staff and their peers. It also recognises that students must take responsibility for their learning process, which includes independent study and reflection. Moreover, it acknowledges the importance and acts to promote the academic and personal integrity of students and academic staff.
The three hour lecture forums for ECON381 are in a mixed format, conducted by an industry speaker and academics, including formal lectures, workshop style meetings and group debriefings. Lecture Forum attendance is mandatory. As this is a participation and capstone unit, you are required to participate and get hands-on experience and exposure to the ideas of peers, academic staff and the industry partner. Failure to attend means you will not have satisfied the important learning objectives of the Unit.
The first three lectures are ESSENTIAL for the successful completion of this Unit. The first lecture is an introduction to and the administration of the Unit. The industry project (aim, focus, theory and purpose) will be discussed, along with our expectations of your involvement and your responsibility. Teams will be formed and members' roles will be discussed. The second lecture is an overview of the empirical work required, outlining the importance of scientific method in data analysis. The first industry partner lecture will take place in Week 3, where the partner will provide an introduction to the industry before prescribing a set of real world business issues, problems and challenges for students to develop their research projects. Please do not miss these lectures. Subsequent lectures in the series will be to facilitate the ongoing development of projects. Students will benefit from building their collaborative relationships with their peers and the opportunity for professional and academic mentoring through the Lecture Forum and online forum. This is not the type of unit you can just catch up on iLearn alone. It is an interactive learning environment where you learn by participating.