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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ECO3028 Module Title: PROJECT
Module Provider: Economics Short Name: ECO3028
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: NEWMAN ME Mrs (Economics)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
All Year
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Research Plan


Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregated mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
Module Overview
Students must agree a topic with a supervisor and present a research plan early in the Autumn semester.
Module Aims
To use the analytical and empirical skills acquired throughout the programme to investigate in depth a topic in Economics selected by you. To gain some initial experience in undertaking independent investigation.
Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the project, students will have:

  • gained experience in identifying a suitable topic for investigation and in formulating a coherent outline
  • seen how theory and empiricism may be combined in order to investigate a well-defined topic
  • gained experience in searching existing academic literature and in collecting data as required
  • gained experience in selecting appropriate theoretical and empirical tools (and rejecting others)
  • had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a member of staff and to make best use of guidance received
  • been exposed to the discipline of having to prepare an in-depth piece of work over an extended period of time but constrained by a specific deadline
  • gained experience in presenting work in an acceptable academic format, and condensing a relatively large amount of material into a relatively short (article length) space.
Module Content
  • An initial lecture and classes in literature searching skills and online data sources (given by the Economics Librarian, Jean Portman) are timetabled for students doing this module in the Autumn semester.
  • Students who have not agreed a topic with a supervisor are assigned a member of staff to supervise their project. They should meet their supervisor regularly to appraise their progress
  • In conjunction with the supervisor, you will need to establish whether your project requires a formal ethical approval. To help you, there is a website prepared by the  Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Ethics Committee ( This website sets out the criteria that determines whether a formal ethical opinion is required, or whether your supervisor can take responsibility for vetting your project. In most cases, economics projects do not require formal ethical approval.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Supervised Research
Readings using lecturers guidance
Preparing Research Plan
Writing up 10, 000 words project
Selected Texts/Journals
T.L Wyrick, The Economists Handbook: A Research and Writing Guide, West Publishing Corp., 1994
R Berry, The Research Project: How to Write It, Routledge, 3rd ed, 1994
Last Updated

5 October 2010