Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Project (Economics and International Business)

Course summary

Course code: ECON1044
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Tesfa Mehari

Specification

Aims

To develop students' ability to conduct independent research on complex economics and international business problem. To help students integrate academic knowledge and practical applications. To give practice in the specification, collection, analysis and reporting of information. To give the opportunity to structure and write up large amounts of material. To give experience of planning a project over an extended time period and meeting a deadline. To help students gain employment at the end of the programme.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Plan and executing a sustained piece of independent work drawing on the application of specialist knowledge in economics and International Business.
2 Formulate an appropriate question(s) or hypothesis for investigation and design a corresponding project strategy.
3 Plan and execute a sustained piece of independent work drawing on the application of specialist knowledge in economics and International Business.
4 Identify and analyse a complex problem in economics and International Business. Apply theory and logical reasoning in economics and international business to applied topics or policy issues.
5 Organize and present academic manuscript using literary and information processing skills. Structure the project in a way that reflects the question and analysis undertaken.
6 Develop transferable skills in Critical Thinking; Information Management; and Communication.

Indicative content

During induction week of the autumn term the course leader will organize a one‐day workshop designed to prepare students for the research process including: Choosing a topic/topic and formulating a question; Writing the project proposal; The literature review; Research strategy and methods; Selecting samples; Using secondary data; Collecting primary data; Analysing qualitative data; Analysing quantitative data; Writing and presenting the project dissertation. Students are allocated to a supervisor who they meet in weekly timetabled tutorials. Supervisors provide a steady stream of interaction of ideas and guidance and monitor progress to ensure that targets are met on time.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will comprise weekly one‐hour supervision sessions spread over two semesters. Students are allocated to a supervisor who they meet in weekly timetabled tutorials. Supervisors provide a steady stream of interaction of ideas and guidance and monitor progress using an online logbook to ensure that targets are met on time. In addition, supplementary lectures on research methods are provided in term 1 mainly for direct entry students. These session handouts will be placed on Moodle.

Assessment

Progress report - 10% weighting, pass mark 40%.
Learning outcomes 1 - 6.

Logbook - 15% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 6.

Dissertation - 75% weighting, pass mark 40%. 10,000 words.
Learning outcomes 1 - 6.

Students are not required to pass all summative assessments in order to pass the course.