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Prospectus – South African Reserve Bank College




Research methodology (economic report writing)
26 – 28 August 2008

Course director: Dr S L Mollentze

Objective

The aim of the course is to provide the candidates with some exposure to the practical side of
economic research with a special focus on the writing of professional economic reports. The spotlight
is largely on the ability to analyse research information stemming from data on economic, socio-
economic and central banking issues and transform such data into well-structured reports.

Content

The following topics will be covered:
• Assessing and transforming data from the following fields into written reports:
  -      Micro and macroeconomics
  -      Monetary policy issues
  -      Economic growth and economic development
  -      Other economic indicators
• Workflow tips and techniques (economic databases, Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
• Writing short reports
• Business English
• Presenting economic reports to various audiences

Group activities

Candidates will be split into groups. Group activities will be assigned to candidates on a daily basis,
for analysis and review.

On the final day, each group will present its research findings in the form of a professional report.

Target group

This course is intended for researchers across the various fields of economics. It covers the typical
stages in the research process and focuses on developing language, writing, presentation and group-
participation skills. In addition, it also serves as a useful refresher course dealing with basic economic
principles and concepts.

Format

This is a three-day course where formal lectures, informal group discussions and group assignments
form part of the training methodology.

Candidates will be provided with a range of micro and macroeconomic tools and techniques which
can be used to analyse and interpret basic economic problems and issues. Candidates will also be
shown how to access and manipulate economic data extracted form various economic databases.
Finally, candidates will be split into groups and given the task of analysing a relevant topic which must
be submitted in the form of a professional research report. This will be evaluated by the main
presenter, Professor G P Brown (Unisa).