EC341-Applied Economics Projects

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: EC238 Economics of Social Policy and EC219 Economic Analysis and EC203 Introductory Econometrics (BA) or EC201 Intermediate Microeconomics and EC202 Intermediate Macroeconomics and EC203 Introductory Econometrics (BA)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Uma Kambhampati

Email: u.s.kambhampati@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module builds on Part 2 modules and is designed to allow students to study a set of policy problems in depth and to develop research skills through their studies. In contrast to a Dissertation, a set of research questions will be provided, derived from EC238, EC242 and EC243. The projects will also require knowledge of Micro and Macroeconomics from EC219, or EC201 and EC202. Students are required to write two projects.

Aims:
The aim of the module is to develop student research skills. At Part 2, EC238 was assessed entirely by project work and this is intended as a grounding for EC341, which requires greater depth of analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
This module is intended to apply, in depth, economic analysis and research tools to major contemporary policy problems.

By the end of the module, students should be able to undertake independent analysis of economic policy problems to a level required by employers such as the Government Economic Service.

Additional outcomes:
Students are required to give a class presentation on one of their projects. Therefore, through the classes, students are encouraged to improve their presentation skills before an audience of their peers. Since the module is entirely assessed by project work, students also develop their writing, drafting and research skills.

Outline content:
A set of research questions will be given to the students, related to contemporary economic policy problems. These may vary from year to year, but they will be the type of questions that are asked of economists working within the Government Economic Service.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Introductory lectures on research methods will be given. In addition, lectures and/or workshops on each of the research topics will be provided. Teaching will also include hands-on workshops on the use of statistical packages. Class presentations are also compulsory during the seminar hours.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Seminars 1
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 132 59
       
Total hours by term 140.00 60.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Two pieces of coursework are required. Each project should be approximately 3000 words in length and will receive equal weight in assessment.

For the first topic, students are required to carry out a full literature review. This accounts for 20% of the first project mark and has to be handed in before the full project, so that feedback and direction can be provided.

The written report on the first project is submitted in the Autumn term, and the written report on the second project is submitted in the Spring term.

Students will make their presentation on project 2 in the Spring term.

Students should note that although the presentation does not contribute to the project mark, it will give them the opportunity to develop key skills considered to be important by many employers. As an indication of the importance attached to this, failure to give your presentation without adequate explanation will be penalised by a 50% reduction in the final project mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback is provided to the students on the early stages of their projects through the initial literature review for Project 1 that is presented and marked before the final report has to be submitted.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    There is no examination for this module.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment takes place in August/September of the same year.
    Re-assessment will be on the basis of two further 3000 word projects, related to the topics covered in the module. These should not be a re-submission of the earlier projects. However, if only one of the original projects fails to reach the required standard, students will only be required to submit one additional assignment.
    Project(s) for re-assessment are required to be submitted by 19th August 2016.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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