Economics Undergraduate Dissertation 2

Module code: ECN332

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a piece of supervised, independent research in economics. The research will build on the research proposal and extended literature review carried out in ECN331 Economics Undergraduate Dissertation 1. The module will contain a series of supervision workshops which will guide students through their research.

Aims of the module

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a piece of supervised, independent research in economics

Learning objectives

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

  • the ability to answer a research question in a clear and logical manner
  • the ability to give a short (10 minute) presentation documenting research findings
  • the ability to discuss the results of a piece of data analysis in context of the existing literature on the research topic, and to discuss any policy implications of the results

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 a series of supervision workshops which will guide students through their research, and a workshop on oral presentation skills.

Assessment

Oral presentation (20%)
Final dissertation (80%)

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 ECN331

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 Spring

Credits 20