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ES50073: Research methods in economics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • COURSEWORK (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ES50073B RESIT COURSEWORK (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is:
* To provide students with generic skills necessary to undertake advanced level research.
* To enable students to locate appropriate literature for a dissertation.
* To develop skills in obtaining and organising suitable data.
* To develop the ability to identify and critically reflect upon appropriate analytical techniques.
* To develop the ability to use Stata to conduct economic research.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have developed a comprehensive understanding of how to formulate and develop an original research question. They will have acquired a good understanding of how to conduct bibliographic searches, how to collect data and how to use Stata programming language.

Skills:
Ability to formulate a research question (T/F)
Ability to analyse and manage data and conduct appropriate bibliographical searches (T/F)
To demonstrate how statistical methods and relevant theory can be applied in the context of specific problems (T/F)
Ability to work independently (T/F)
Programming skills

Content:
The unit will teach students the essential steps of the research process and will require them to critically engage with published academic articles in economics.
Students will be introduced to Stata, emphasising the commands that are needed to import data from various sources, arrange and combine datasets and conduct empirical research in economics.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES50073 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Economics

ES50073 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics

ES50073 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THXX-AFM54 : MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
  • THXX-AFM76 : MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences (Leading to PhD)
  • THXX-APM54 : MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

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