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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2430 Economics Research Methods

10 creditsClass Size: 345

Module manager: Peter Howley
Email: P.Howley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The 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 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.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- Provide 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
- Be able to plan and undertake a research project.
- Critically appraise the veracity of research findings.


Syllabus

Indicative content:

Research Design
- Designing a research project
- Thinking critically

Research Methods
- Regression analysis
- Qualitative research
- Experimental and quasi-experimental designs
- 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

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture121.0012.00
Practical12.002.00
Seminar31.003.00
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:41:46

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