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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods for Climate Change Finance (CMSE11456)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course aims to provide students with an introductory understanding of research methods used in the area of climate change finance, both qualitative and quantitative. Students will develop a conceptual and critical understanding of these research methods and will learn how to implement some of these methods in workshops.
Course description Academic Description

This course provides an introduction to social science research methods that are commonly used in climate change finance research. Carbon finance/climate change is a rapidly growing field, cross-disciplinary in nature, which requires an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative techniques to fully appraise research in these areas.

This course begins by introducing students to social science research and explaining the various research paradigms that motivate the development and application of research methodologies. The course will then review, explain and discuss various qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques. Students are expected to develop a broad conceptual understanding of these methods, hand-on skills in implementing some of them, as well as a critical mindset when approaching research. The skills developed on this course are transferable and may also be very useful for the dissertation.

Outline Content

1. An introduction to social science research
2. Research paradigms and philosophical considerations
3. Current research in climate change finance
4. Qualitative research methods
5. Quantitative research methods

Student Learning Experience

The course will be delivered through weekly lectures. There will also be computer lab workshops, in which students would learn to practically implement some of these research methods.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 84 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (Individual) 100% - Assesses LO1, LO2, LO3
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided to the students during workshops.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Present research questions and develop hypotheses consistent with the academic manner.
  2. Critically discuss and evaluate the research methods applied in climate change finance studies.
  3. Identify, critically evaluate, select, and justify appropriate research methods to relevant research questions.
Reading List
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should have:
- A critical understanding of most of the methods, concepts and terminology related to social science research, especially in the area of climate change finance
- Critical knowledge and understanding of the current trends in research in climate change finance

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Implement some research techniques to study problems in climate change finance
- Critically select an appropriate research method based on his/her own research beliefs and philosophical stance

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Develop analytical, numerical and problem solving skills
- Critically assess existing understanding in a defined area of knowledge
- Recognise qualitative and quantitative techniques appropriate to the analysis of particular circumstances
- Apply several relevant qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Use relevant literature and data reference materials

Subject Specific Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Understand and apply several research techniques that could be used for studying a range of problems in finance, particularly climate change finance
- Understand various research approaches which they can apply to their dissertation projects

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Communicate technical, conceptual and critical information clearly and concisely
- Apply several quantitative techniques using statistical software packages
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Course organiserDr Woon Sau Leung
Course secretaryMs Rhiannon Pilkington
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072
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