Economics Undergraduate Dissertation 1

Module code: ECN331

This module aims to provide students with the research skills required to carry out supervised, independent research in economics. Students will have the opportunity to formulate a research proposal and to write an extended literature review on their chosen research topic. The module lectures will cover topics such as an introduction to the process of writing a dissertation, identifying relevant data sources and searching for literature. The module also contains a series of computer workshops which will focus on analysing real-world datasets.

Aims of the module

This module aims to provide students with the research skills required to carry out supervised, independent research in economics

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, a student should demonstrate:

  • the ability to clearly define a research question
  • the ability to find and critically review previous studies on their chosen subject
  • the ability to carry out data analysis at a first degree level, e.g. hypothesis testing based on raw data and basic regression analysis

Teaching methods

As the aim of this module is to develop independent research skills, the main teaching method will be independent learning. There will be an introductory lecture in week 1 which will guide students through what is expected on the module. There will also be a number of workshops on topics such as identifying relevant datasets, searching for literature, and analysing data.

Assessment

Dissertation outline (25%)
Stata project (25%)
Literature review (50%)

Basic reading

Preliminary reading could include (main reference):

Wooldridge, J (2013) Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th edition, Cincinnati, Ohio: South Western (chapter 19)

Walliman, N (2004) Your Undergraduate Dissertation: The essential guide for success, London: Sage Study Skills (chapters 1, 3, 4)

Rudestam, K; Newton, R (2007) Surviving Your Dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process, 3rd edition, Los Angeles: Sage (chapters 1 and 2)

Prerequisites ECN201 and ECN202, and either ECN216 or ECN219

Restrictions Only available to single honours Economics and BSc Economics with Finance students

Module leader Arne Risa Hole

Please note that the leader may change before the module begins

Semester Autumn

Credits 20