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ECON3038 Dissertation: Research Topics

Module Overview

This module forms the second part of a dissertation in Economics. You will undertake a substantive piece of independent work in form of composing two reports addressing specific economic questions. This is designed to demonstrate your ability to manage your own learning, to draw together information from a variety of sources and to make use of a range of concepts and techniques that are state of the art in economic research. This dissertation module is designed for students that prefer to work on a range of set topics, composing concise reports that address specific questions of interest applying state of the art economic concepts and methods to inform decision-makers. Students cannot take Dissertation: Research Project AND Dissertation: Research Topics, only one of these two modules can be selected.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Application of state of the art economic theory and sophisticated economic reasoning to applied topics or questions.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Retrieve, organise, analyse and present economic data in an informative manner.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify, select and access a range of sources for the presentation of arguments and evidence.
  • Use quantitative reasoning and analyse and interpret data using state of the art techniques.
  • Work independently to deadlines, demonstrating initiative through identifying possible sources, and self-management by structuring the workload over months.
  • Communicate logical arguments and quantitative reasoning in form of a research report.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use statistical and logical inference to gain insight on the effects of events or policy interventions;

Syllabus

Introductory lectures for each topic will provide guidance on the questions you will investigate as well as on adequate methods. Thus, equipped you will pursue your research topics independently with guidance by academic staff.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutorials, staff consultations.

TypeHours
Lecture8
Guided independent study142
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Two reports (each a 2000 words essay), one in the middle, and one at the end of the semester. This is the same for referral internal and external repeats.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%
Essay/report  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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