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ES50115: Applied research methods

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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:
  • CW Group Project 50% (CW 50%)
  • CW Group Project 50% (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ES50115 Reassessment 100% Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To foster research skills, students will be required to work both independently and as part of a team
* To foster skills in data handling and data description, students will be taught how to effectively present and interpret economic data using tables and graphs
* To foster understanding of relevant economic statistics and hypothesis testing, this unit will include analysis of examples of applied economic research
* To develop presentational skills, students will be required to present results of a group project.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have acquired enhanced skills essential to undertaking and presenting quantitative research and will have developed competencies to represent and analyse economic data. Students will have participated in writing and presenting a group project, which will have enhanced their understanding of economic relationships from the Applied Microeconomics and Applied Macroeconomics units.


* Problem formulating and problems solving
* Information technology
* Ability to formulate a research question
* Ability to analyse and manage data and conduct appropriate bibliographical searches
* Ability to work independently
* Ability to work and communicate effectively in a team.

This unit will introduce students to Eviews, Stata and R; emphasising the commands that are needed to import data from various sources, arrange and combine datasets and conduct empirical research in applied economics. In addition, students will use the appropriate software to assess relevant real-life examples and research questions.
In addition, this unit will provide a summary of the overall structure of the research process. During seminars, various topics will be covered: searching for appropriate literature, sources of applied economic and financial data, research ethics, working with survey data, plagiarism, acknowledging sources and referencing conventions, finding a supervisor and managing the dissertation process.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES50115 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics


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