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Economics Dissertation ECON4006P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The dissertation is unique in that all the other elements of the programmes are taught courses. The dissertation is a piece of independent work. It is compulsory for all Honours students. Joint Honours students can choose to undertake a dissertation in Economics or their other subject. The main aim of the dissertation is to convey the importance of research activity in extending knowledge of the discipline of economics and to provide guidance, supervision and support for students embarking on an independent piece of research-focused work.

Timetable

There are no timetabled sessions. Meetings between students and supervisors are arranged to suit both parties.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to an Honours programme in Economics.

Assessment

Dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To convey the importance of research activity in extending knowledge of the discipline of economics and to provide guidance, supervision and support for students embarking on an independent piece of research-focused work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this piece of work, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate the ability to identify and frame an economic problem to be researched;

2. summarise and synthesise relevant academic literature in a coherent and focused way;

3. select relevant arguments and techniques and apply them to the chosen problem;

4. draw supported and balanced conclusions from the analysis of the problem;

5. demonstrate the capacity to sustain reasoned argument within the confines of available evidence and legitimate criticism;

6. demonstrate the ability to manage their time effectively

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.