2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LUBS2430 Economics Research Methods
10 creditsClass Size: 218
Module manager: Peter Howley
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module is designed with the goal of introducing students to different research methods used by social scientists and policy researchers. This is with a view towards providing joint honours students with many of the critical thinking and research skills necessary for final year projects. A key emphasis will be placed on the critical assessment of research methodologies and research findings.
ObjectivesThis module aims to:
- Provide joint honours students with the research and analytical skills required for Year 3 projects.
- Introduce students to a wide array of different types of research methods commonly used by social scientists.
- Engage students with material on core issues of research design.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Develop a rigorous and systematic approach to the process of conducting research.
- Critically appraise the advantages and disadvantages of a wide array of research methods.
- Critically evaluate the reliability of research findings and detect misleading uses of statistics.
- Be able to plan and undertake a research project.
- Critically appraise the veracity of research findings.
- Designing a research project
- Thinking critically
- Experimental designs
- Regression analysis
- Qualitative research
- Field experiments
- Laboratory experiments
Survey design and data collection
- Principles of survey design and data collection
- Research ethics
Critically evaluating research results
- Errors in statistical reasoning
- Statistical overreach
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||83.00|
|Total Contact hours||17.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPrivate study will be supported through the provision of assigned materials (readings, case studies, set questions) at the end of each lecture.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents are expected to take an active part in the seminars and computer practical. They will be required to answer a set of questions in each seminar and work through a problem set in the computer practical.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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