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EC4499   Dissertation in Economics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 40

ECTS credits : 20

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of any Honours Economics Programmes.

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 12.00 noon Thu (Weeks 2, 4 and 8 only)

This module is designed to develop students' independent research, writing and presentation skills. The dissertation should present original research applying economic and/or econometric methods to a selected topic in economics. The topic should be chosen by students in consultation with their supervisor. Students require approval for their preliminary dissertation outline from both the supervisor and the Principal Module Teacher by the end of the first week of Semester 1. The maximum number of words allowed is 15,000 but students will be advised to cover the topic in around 12,000. The lecture part of the module will train students' research skills in framing a research hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, structuring a research paper, and presenting research results.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EC3301

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EC4498

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 lectures and 6 meetings with supervisor over the year.

Scheduled learning hours: 11

Guided independent study hours: 389

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Dissertation = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 80%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: M Knowles