Requirements for coursework

Russian Federation”

(Financial University)

Department of “State and municipal finance”

Vasyunina M.L., Gorlova O.S., Solyannikova S.P.

Guidelines for the preparation and defense of term papers in the discipline

“State and municipal finance”

For students studying in the direction

080100.62 “Economics”, profile “Finance and Credit”

(bachelor’s program)

Moscow – 2014

Federal State Educational Budgetary Institution

higher professional education

“Financial University under the Government

Russian Federation”

(Financial University)

Department of “State and municipal finance”

Vasyunina M.L., Gorlova O.S., Solyannikova S.P.

Guidelines for the preparation and defense of term papers in the discipline

“State and municipal finance”

For students studying in the direction

080100.62 “Economics”, profile “Finance and Credit”

(bachelor’s program)

Approved by the Department of State and Municipal Finance

(Minutes No. 7 dated 22.01.2014)

Moscow – 2014

UDC 378.147(072)

BBC 65.261.1

IN 20

Reviewers:

G.N. Kutsuri , Doctor of Economics, Professor of the Department of State and Municipal Finance;

N.S. Shmigol , Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of State and Municipal Finance.

Vasyunina M.L., Gorlova O.S., Solyannikova S.P.

Guidelines for the preparation and defense of term papers in the discipline “State and municipal finance” for students enrolled in the direction 080100.62 “Economics”, profile “Finance and Credit” (bachelor’s program). – M .: Financial University, department “State and municipal finance”, 2014. – 22 p.

The guidelines contain general provisions, the procedure for preparing a term paper, the requirements for its design, the procedure for preparing for the defense and defense of a term paper, the criteria for its evaluation, as well as the approximate topics of term papers in the discipline “State and municipal finance”.

UDC 378.147(072)

BBC 65.261.1

Educational edition

Vasyunina Margarita Leonidovna

Gorlova Oksana Stepanovna

Solyannikova Svetlana Petrovna

METHODOLOGICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PREPARATION AND DEFENSE OF COURSE WORK ON THE DISCIPLINE “STATE AND MUNICIPAL FINANCE”

Computer typesetting, layout by M.L. Vasyunina, O.S. Gorlova, S.P. Solyannikova

Format 60×90/16. Times New Roman typeface

Conv. p.l. – 1.38. Ed. No. – 2014. Circulation 26 copies.

Order No. _________

Printed at the Financial University

© Vasyunina M.L., Gorlova O.S., Solyannikova S.P., 2014

© Financial University, 2014

Content

one. General Provisions………………………………………………..…..
2. Completion of course work……………………………………………………………………………………
3. Requirements for the design of the course work …………..…………
4. Preparation for defense and defense of term paper…….……..……..
5. Approximate topics of term papers………………………………
6. Educational-methodical and information support………….
7. Applications………………………………………………………….
Appendix 1. Sample review of a supervisor for term paper………………………………………………….…….
Appendix 2. A sample of the title page of the term paper…….

General provisions

Coursework in the discipline “State and municipal finance” is an independent completed research on a topic assigned to the student by order of the Financial University. In the course work, based on the study of economic literature and regulatory legal acts, analysis of information, the characteristics of issues and trends in the field of state and municipal finance are given.

Preparing and defending a term paper allows you to check the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and abilities received by the student, as well as to assess the student’s level of mastery of the following competencies of a bachelor of economics:

a) general cultural competences:

is able to analyze socially significant problems and processes occurring in society and predict their possible development in the future (OK-4);

knows how to use regulatory legal documents in their activities (OK-5);

is able to logically correctly, reasonably and clearly build oral and written speech (OK-6);

b) professional competencies:

is able to collect, analyze and process the data necessary to solve the set economic tasks (PC-4);

is able to choose tools for processing economic data in accordance with the task, analyze the results of calculations and justify the conclusions (PC-5);

is able to analyze and interpret financial, accounting and other information contained in the reports of enterprises of various forms of ownership, organizations, departments and use the information received to make management decisions (PC-7);

is able to analyze and interpret the data of domestic and foreign statistics on socio-economic processes and phenomena, to identify trends in changes in socio-economic indicators (PC-8);

is able to use modern technical means and information technologies to solve analytical and research problems (PC-10);

c) professional competencies of the profile:

is able to prepare information and analytical support for the development of strategic, current and operational forecasts, plans, budgets; monitor them, analyze and control the progress of their implementation (PKP-3).

The preparation of the term paper is carried out by the student under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by the department.

Coursework should contain elements of scientific research on the topic of work.

2. Completion of course work

The process of completing the course work includes three stages:

1) choosing a topic, drawing up a plan for a term paper, selecting literature and other sources;

2) preparation of term paper;

3) preparation for the defense and defense of the term paper.

The department “State and municipal finance” annually approves and brings to students a list of topics for term papers in the discipline “State and municipal finance”. Approximate topics of term papers are presented in paragraph 5 of these Guidelines.

The student has the right to choose one of the topics of term papers. The choice of a topic is carried out by the student independently, taking into account scientific interests, the relevance of the topic, its practical significance, the availability of literature and regulatory legal support. It is not allowed to choose the same topic by two or more students of the same group.

In some cases, the student is given the right to propose his own topic of course work with the rationale for the expediency of its development. The wording of the topic in this case should be agreed with the head of the department. When considering the initiative topic of the course work, the head of the department has the right to reasonably reject or edit it.

The choice of the topic of the course work is carried out within the time limits established by the order for the Financial University. Not later than this period, the headman of the group submits to the Department of State and Municipal Finance in electronic form a list of the group indicating the topic of the course work chosen by each student.

The assignment of the topic of the course work to the student and the appointment of a supervisor is carried out within the time limits established by the order for the Financial University.

The course work plan is approved by the supervisor within the time limits established by the order for the Financial University.

Course work includes: introduction, main part, conclusion, list of sources used, applications (if any).

The introduction of the term paper should contain an assessment of the relevance of the topic, the purpose and objectives, the subject of research, a brief overview of the sources used. The purpose of the course work should be aimed at characterizing and assessing the state of the subject of research. The need to achieve this goal determines the choice of research objectives. As a rule, their formulation is carried out in the wording “study”, “disclose”, “analyze”, “define”, etc. The objectives of the course work determine its content. The volume of the introduction of the term paper is 1-2 pages.

The main part of the course work contains two or three chapters. If the term paper contains two chapters, each chapter can consist of no more than two paragraphs. If the term paper includes three chapters, the division of chapters into paragraphs is not provided. The title of the chapter should not repeat the title of the topic, and the title of the paragraphs should not repeat the titles of the chapters. Paragraphs are not divided into component parts.

The content of the main part should correspond to the chosen topic and reveal it. In the first chapter of the course work, the theoretical aspects of the topic are determined (the content of concepts, their classification, principles, forms and methods of organization, etc.), and the characteristics of regulatory legal acts are given.

The second chapter of the course work analyzes the practical state of the issues under study (including using material posted on the official websites of state authorities and local governments); the results of the analysis are summarized; an assessment of the processes under study is given; conclusions and proposals for solving urgent problems are formed. The analysis should be accompanied by the construction of tables, diagrams, diagrams, graphs, drawings, etc.

The characteristics of problematic issues and the definition of directions for their solution in the area under study can be singled out in the third chapter of the course work.

The main part of the course work should: reflect the student’s knowledge of economic concepts, patterns of functioning of state and municipal finance; comply with the current regulatory legal acts regulating issues on the chosen topic, do not have terminological errors; contain calculations and evaluation of indicators characterizing the processes under study; reflect the student’s ability to conduct independent analysis and identify problems on the designated topic. The description of historical and foreign experience should be accompanied by an assessment of the possibility of its use in the Russian Federation. The style of presentation of the material should be scientific.

When preparing the main part of the course work, references to the sources used by the student (scientific, methodological or educational literature, scientific publications, etc.) are mandatory. The requirements for their execution are set out in paragraph 3 of these Guidelines. The presence of references indicates the quality of the study of the topic, the scientific conscientiousness of the author of the work. Reproduction of material without indicating the source is classified as plagiarism.

The conclusion of the course work is its final part, which contains the conclusions and suggestions obtained during the study. The volume of the conclusion is 2-3 pages.

The list of sources used should contain information about regulatory legal acts, educational, methodological and scientific publications (in Russian and foreign languages), publications in periodicals, as well as databases, information and reference systems and Internet resources used by the student in the course of completing the course work. To write a term paper, a student must use at least 30 sources. The requirements for drawing up a list of sources used are set out in paragraph 3 of these Guidelines.

As part of the applications , graphs, tables, diagrams, drawings can be presented, allowing to reveal the topic, which are of auxiliary importance for the text of the work, but not included in its main part. Requirements for the execution of applications are set out in paragraph 3 of these Guidelines.

The volume of the course work is 30-35 pages (excluding applications).

The student completes coursework in accordance with the terms of preparation and submission of work to the department, which are established by order of the Financial University.

The completed term paper, drawn up in accordance with the established requirements, is submitted by the student to the Department of State and Municipal Finance. An employee of the department registers the work in the Journal of coursework with the date and signs for its receipt. Course papers submitted after the deadline are accepted only with the permission of the First Deputy or Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Economics.

The supervisor checks the term paper and draws up a review in the form presented in Appendix 1. In the review of the supervisor, according to the approved criteria, an assessment is made of the structure of the term paper, the compliance of the introduction and conclusion of the work with the established requirements, the completeness and consistency of the disclosure of the topic, the independence of writing the term paper, the presence of analysis and the conclusions of the author, the compliance of the work with the current regulatory legal acts, the reflection of foreign and historical experience, the use of the scientific style of presentation, the correctness of the design of the work.

Based on the results of checking the course work, the supervisor puts in a review a preliminary assessment in accordance with the established criteria. The course work checked by the supervisor and admitted for defense, together with the review of the supervisor, is returned to the student to prepare for its defense.

In case of an unsatisfactory preliminary assessment, the course work must be rewritten by the student on the same topic (finalized according to the comments) and submitted for re-checking to the supervisor.

Requirements for coursework

Course work is drawn up in accordance with the requirements for research work.

The title page of the course work is drawn up according to the sample presented in Appendix 2.

The content of the course work includes the titles of chapters (chapters and paragraphs) of the work, indicating their pages. The content is placed after the title page.

The text of the course work is performed using a computer and printed on one side of a sheet of A4 white paper. The font color should be black, font – Times New Roman, size 14, one and a half line spacing. Bold font to highlight the names of the structural elements of the work, separate words are not used. It is allowed to use the computer capabilities of focusing attention on certain terms, provisions, formulas by using fonts of different fonts.

The placement of the text of the course work implies the presence of margins: above and below – at least 2 cm, on the right – at least 1 cm, on the left – at least 3 cm. If there are links to sources, the field at the bottom of the page must be maintained in the established sizes. Paragraph indentation – 1.25 cm. Coursework pages are numbered with Arabic numerals. The page number is placed in the center of the bottom of the sheet, without a dot. Continuous page numbering is used throughout the work, the title page is included in the general page numbering, while the page number is not put on the title page.

Headings in the introduction, conclusion, list of sources used, applications are centered, printed in capital letters (introduction, conclusion, list of sources used, applications), do not highlight in bold, do not put a dot at the end of the headings of the structural elements of the course work.

Chapters (chapters and paragraphs) should be numbered with Arabic numerals, printed in lowercase letters, arranged justified in width. Do not put a dot at the end of chapter and paragraph titles. After the number of chapters and paragraphs, the dot is not put.

An example of the design of the title of chapters and paragraphs in a term paper

Chapter 1 Methodological bases for ensuring the balance of the federal budget

1.1 Necessity and features of ensuring the balance of the federal budget

1.2 Characteristics of methods for ensuring the balance of the federal budget

The text of each chapter starts on a new page. The same rule applies to other main structural parts of the work: introduction, conclusion, list of sources used, applications.

Tables, diagrams, graphs, schemes are located in the term paper directly after the paragraph in which they are mentioned for the first time, or on the next page, are numbered in Arabic numerals through the entire work.

The table header is centered on the page, dot at the end of the header is not put:

Table 1 – Federal budget revenues in 2008-2012

In the table, it is allowed to use a font size smaller than in the text of the work (10, 11, 12 size).

The titles of charts, graphs, schemes are placed under them, aligned to the center of the page, the dot at the end of the title is not put:

Figure 1 — Structure of federal budget revenues for 2008-2012

The formulas in the course work are numbered in Arabic numerals through numbering throughout the work, while the number of the formula is indicated in parentheses in the extreme right position on the line:

(one)

If additional explanations are needed, footnotes are used in the text of the course work. The footnote sign is placed after the word, number, sentence to which an explanation is given. The footnote sign is placed superscript, in Arabic numerals. Footnote numbering should start over on each page. The footnote is placed at the end of the page with a paragraph indent, separated from the text by a short horizontal line on the left. The text of the footnote is printed in Times New Roman, size 12 with single line spacing.

The list of sources used should contain information about the sources used in writing the term paper, which are given in the following order:

federal constitutional laws and federal laws (in chronological order – from the last year of adoption to the previous one);

normative legal acts of the President of the Russian Federation (in the same sequence);

normative legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation (in the same order);

other federal regulatory legal acts (in the same order);

normative legal acts of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (in the same sequence);

municipal legal acts (in the same sequence);

other official materials (resolutions-recommendations of international organizations and conferences, official reports, official reports, etc.) (in the same order);

monographs, textbooks, teaching aids (in alphabetical order);

abstracts of dissertations (in alphabetical order);

scientific articles (in alphabetical order);

sources in a foreign language;

Internet sources.

Sources are numbered in Arabic numerals without a dot and are printed with a paragraph indent. When using Internet sources, it is necessary to indicate the date of access.

An example of a list of used sources

1 Federal Law No. 349-FZ of December 2, 2013 “On the Federal Budget for 2014 and the Planning Period of 2015 and 2016”

2 Finance: textbook / team of authors; ed. E.V. Markina. — M.: KNORUS, 2014. — 432 p.

3 Borodin D.A. Legal regime of non-tax revenues of the federal budget // Economics and Management. – 2012. – No. 4. – S. 100-103.

4 Explanatory note to the report on the execution of the federal budget for 2012. URL: http://www.minfin.ru/ru/budget/federal_budget (date of access: 08.12.2013)

Applications are located after the list of used sources. The text should contain links to applications. Applications must be numbered in the order in which they are referenced in the main part of the Bachelor’s thesis. Serial numbers of applications should correspond to the sequence of their mention in the text.

Each appendix should begin on a new page with the word “APPENDIX” and its number indicated at the top in the middle of the page. Below a separate line is the name of the application with a paragraph indent, formatted to fit the page width. The name of the application is written in lowercase letters. Applications should have a common pagination with all course work.

The completed course work is submitted to the department in printed and bound form.

A bound term paper should have: a title page, the content of the work indicating the pages of the beginning of all structural elements of the work, the main text, a list of sources used, applications (if any).

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