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Research Methods for Economic Policy Analysis

Module Code: ECP77233

  • ECTS Credit: 10
  • Mandatory/Optional: Core module (compulsory)
  • Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Module Coordinator: Dr Cian O'Shea

Module Content

This module introduces students to the principal theoretical perspectives involved in research design, fieldwork, data analysis and the ethical considerations in research. Students will also receive training in referencing, academic writing, proposal writing and the presentation of their work. Students will learn the skills of critical reading and review. Students are expected to formulate their dissertation research topic within this module, develop a research schedule and select appropriate methods for their dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

MLO8.1   Critically evaluate research in economics across a broad range of fields
MLO8.2   Compare different research techniques and approaches
MLO8.3   Critique papers in economics and apply this to their dissertation
MLO8.4   Clearly communicate their ideas and present them effectively
MLO8.5   Plan a comprehensive dissertation which will connect closely with the MSc course

Assessment Details

Continuous assessment [100%]: This will involve a practical application of material studied during the module and the presentation of research proposals for dissertations.

  • Writing Assignment: 30%
  • Written Reports: 40%
  • Presentation: 30%

Recommended Reading

Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams (2016) The Craft of Research, 4th Edition, University of Chicago Press

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