ECM109-Applied Research Project

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: ECM103 Research Methodology and ECM104 Quantitative Research Methods
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Nigel Wadeson

Email: N.S.Wadeson@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The primary focus of this module is on synthesizing the materials learned throughout the course of the student’s masters programme. Students will be required to produce a group presentation which constitutes a coherent, concise economic analysis of current topics related to their specific field of study. In this process, they will (1) learn to apply their formal knowledge to the real world, (2) learn to synthesize the materials learned in discrete modules into a unified whole, (3) learn to effectively work in a group setting and (4) develop interpersonal and presentation skills necessary in the business world.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module students will have demonstrated that they are able to: effectively use a range of essential library resources, including databases, IT software in support of their research; state, explain and apply (where appropriate) the key features of effective written communication with regard to academic presentation of the research and business reports; state, explain and apply (where appropriate) key features of oral communication; state, explain and discuss the key features of team working; reflect in a suitable manner on their academic and professional development identifying strengths and areas for improvement; prepare an evidence-based folder in support of that reflection.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be required to complete a group presentation. In the process of completing this assignment, they must learn skills required to do relevant research, write reports, produce concise relevant presentations, understand technical articles, and apply theoretical knowledge to real world situations, and work in groups. They will also develop generic skills for future employment and career development.

Outline content:
Reflection and personal skills assessment; practical IT skills: including using PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheets, and other web-based learning resources; effective essay and presentation writing: including research skills, critical analysis, understanding plagiarism issues and mastering skills of referencing; effective oral communication; understanding team work; effective report writing: including structure and style, preparation of the individual and group presentation on an economic subject matter.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Detailed guidance on the main topics of the syllabus and key references are provided in lectures. Students are required to do a significant amount of reading, discussing and writing of the presentation: including appropriate handout materials and PowerPoint files. For the final assessments, students are expected to review journal articles, FT, chapters of books, statistical sources and websites of national and international organisations. The module will involve considerable student input, often in the form of group work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 10
Guided independent study 32 40 100
       
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
For the assessment of this module, each student will make an oral presentation (accompanied by an appropriate slide presentation; e.g. PowerPoint) of their analysis of a research question related to their programme; and also submit an accompanying individual written report of not more than 2,500 words.

Each student's presentation will normally form part of a group presentation (normally approximately 15 minutes) on a research theme, with each group normally consisting of approximately 3 students. Each student is responsible for making their part of the presentation. Presentations will normally be completed by the end of the first week of September. Each student will submit their individual written report immediately prior to their group presentation. The written report should identify the research question, present the analysis undertaken and draw conclusions appropriately. Each student's final mark will be derived as 50% for the presentation and 50% for the written report.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
There is no final examination.

Requirements for a pass:
A minimum mark of 50% is required to pass, derived from 50% of the presentation mark and 50% of the mark for the written report.

Reassessment arrangements:
Candidates whose results from the taught component of the programme (including second attempts where they have been permitted) are such that they are unable to fulfil the criteria for the award of the degree of Master will not be permitted reassessment in the project.
Candidates who fail the project at the first attempt and whose other results are such that a second attempt at the project might lead to the award of the degree of Master will be permitted to resubmit the project within twelve months from the original submission date, as determined by the Faculty Examiners’ Meeting.
Reassessment is by submission of a revised version of the written project only.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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