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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ECO2014 Module Title: APPLIED ECONOMICS WORKSHOP
Module Provider: Economics Short Name: EC212
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: GAGE HM Dr (Economics)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Coursework 100

Qualifying Condition(s)
Coursework will consist of a group of assessment (based upon minutes of meetings, interim reports, the presentation and the final report) and students' contributions to the team effort.
Exact details including the module penalty scheme will be given at the beginning of the module.
Module Overview
In this module, students will examine a range of applied economics topics in small teams. The teamwork will involve collective decision-making, to choose an area of investigation, and to undertake a literature search, the gathering and analysis of relevant data, the deliverance of a verbal presentation and writing a report on the team’s specified topic. It will build on the Economic Data Analysis module and help prepare students for undertaking their final year projects and their industrial placement. 


Module Aims
    • To introduce students to the skills involved in effective team working and to help them appreciate some of the problems involved.  


    • To show students how research is conducted and to help them learn the associated techniques through active participation 


    • To enable students to explore in depth an issue of applied economics of their choice
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will:-

  • Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of working as part of an economics team; 
  • Be familiar with the problems of data collection and the assimilation of relevant information; 
  • Appreciate the need to meet tight deadlines
  • Have developed their skills in verbal presentation of economics;
  • Have developed their skills in economics report writing;
Module Content

The class will be divided into teams. Each team will analyse a topic. Examples of the types of issues that might be addressed are:- 

  • Are regional disparities in the UK increasing or decreasing? 
  • Account for the recent growth/unemployment/inflation/balance of payments performance of the UK 
  • Have recent changes to the tax system increased inequality in the distribution of income? 
  •  In what way has the structure of British industry changed recently and what are the implications of this trend? 

Each team will meet regularly to discuss their topic, resulting in a verbal presentation and a written report. Students will be given guidance on literature searching methods and sessions on team working skills will be organised.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures (5 hrs) Workshops (15 hrs).

Selected Texts/Journals

Guidance will be given to the individual groups according to the allocated topic, and each group will undertake its own literature search.

Last Updated

13 August 2009