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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 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

Tutorial/seminar hours represent the minimum total live hours - online or in-person - a student can expect to receive on this course. These hours may be delivered in tutorial/seminar, lecture, workshop or other interactive whole class or small group format. These live hours may be supplemented by pre-recorded lecture material for students to engage with asynchronously.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Seminar/Tutorial hrs are the min total live hrs, online or in-person, students can expect to receive
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (Individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative feedback: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
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
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

┬┐Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to
quality.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Yupu Zhang
Tel:
Email: yzhang40@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Eilean Deane
Tel: (01316) 513758
Email: edeane@ed.ac.uk
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