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Economics Capstone

Module Code: ECU44100

Module Name: Economics Capstone

  • ECTS weighting: 20
  • Semester/term taught: Semester 1 and 2
  • Module Contact Hours: 18
  • Module Personnel: Carol Newman, Selim Gulesci, Martina Zanella, Michael Wycherley, and Angelos Athanasopoulos.

Module Content

The Capstone provides students will an opportunity to focus on a specific research question for the duration of the year. This will be of particular appeal to those students who are interested in a specific area that is not ordinarily covered in a lecture setting. The Capstone formalises the opportunity to do this. Starting on week 3, each Capstone group will meet for one hour. The purpose of these groups is for students to present progress, receive feedback, and give feedback to others. As such, these are collegial in nature. Depending on proposed research interests, students are allocated to Capstone groups at the start of the year.

The structure of the Capstone facilitates students in the identification of a research question and its analysis. For the first semester, the focus is on isolating a specific question and attaining the necessary skills to address it. By the middle of the semester, students will have presented potential research topics and a literature review. The semester culminates with a research proposal in early December. Throughout the second semester, students work on their specific topic and present their work-in-progress. At the Capstone meetings, students will receive feedback on their existing work and receive direction on how to proceed. The final project is due in April.

Module Learning Aims

- to develop research skills
- to develop presentation skills
- to learn to synthesize information
- to attain experience of working in a team environment

Module Learning Outcomes

By the end of the year, students will have developed an appreciation of how research is conducted and will have learned how to isolate and address a specific research question. Students will have developed skills in presenting potentially complex material and in writing up their own research output in a professional and formal manner.

Module Prerequisite

ECU33091 and ECU33092

Module Assessment

The Capstone Project modules are full-year courses examined entirely based on continuous assessment. The broad structure of the assessment is as follows:

1. Participation (10%): Over the course of the year, students are required to attend and actively participate in the workshops, offering constructive engagement and feedback on other students’ proposals and projects as well as receiving the same on their own work.

2. Research proposal (15%) and presentation (15%): At the end of Michaelmas term, students must submit a research proposal. At the end of Hilary term, students will have to give a presentation where they will summarize the main findings of their dissertation.

3. Dissertation (60%): This is the final submission and makes up the largest proportion of the marks for this module.

Michaelmas Term Course Structure

A complete schedule of the workshops will be circulated at the beginning of the Academic Year.


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