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LUBS3302 Economics Joint Honours Final Year Project

30 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Peter T Hughes
Email: p.t.hughes@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisites

LUBS2140Intermediate Microeconomics
LUBS2610Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3300Economics Dissertation
LUBS3303Economics Dissertation
LUBS3305Dissertation in Management

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to conduct a substantial research project in within the discipline of economics, broadly defined to permit insights from other disciplines according to their programme of study, independently of detailed guidance from staff.

Objectives

This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to conduct a substantial research project within the discipline of economics, broadly defined to permit insights from other disciplines according to their programme of study, independently of detailed guidance from staff.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Critically assess the current state of knowledge relevant to their research question
- Interpret quantitative or qualitative data and draw inferences and conclusions relevant to a research objective

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply research skills, critical analysis and communication skills in the context of independent working
- Communicate research context, methodology and outcomes in both written and oral forms
- Collect and analyse quantitative or qualitative information

Subject specific
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Formulate an economics research question and select an appropriate method or methods to address the question based on theoretical analysis and available data

Skills outcomes
Formulate an economics research question and select an appropriate method or methods to address the question based on theoretical analysis and available data.


Syllabus

Indicative content:
The module is the last of the programme’s strand of modules concerned with research skills’ development. Students will be expected to:
- define a research question
- abstract and simplify their question in order to identify and model the core of their topic
- select an appropriate methodology for the analysis of their question
- collate, structure and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative information sources, both secondary and (where relevant) primary
- establish and critically assess the current state of knowledge
- use statistical techniques to analyse quantitative data (where relevant)
- think critically about their own research and to place it in context
- draw policy inferences (where relevant)
- use skills in time management
- communicate their research effectively both orally and in writing
- develop qualities of independence and initiative

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop31.003.00
Supervision Meetings40.453.00
Lecture131.0013.00
Private study hours281.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This modules asks students to conduct a substantial research project independently of detailed guidance from staff. Private study in this module includes reading, project designing, data collection/analysis and the writing of the project.

Private study is also required to prepare for lectures and workshops.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Four 45-minute one-to-one meetings with dissertation supervisor. Submission and feedback on Research Outline. Submission and detailed feedback on one draft chapter.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay6,000 Words70.00
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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