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ECON480 Dissertation

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A research dissertation of between 8,000 and 12,000 words.

The aim of the dissertation is for students to gain experience in undertaking economic research. This experience includes: planning a significant research project; bringing relevant economic theory and/or data and/or quantitative techniques to bear on a carefully specified problem; working largely independently (with a supervisor); and presenting the results of the research in a clear and well-organised fashion, both in seminars and the dissertation itself.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code ECON480
Subject Economics
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,226.78
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,350.96

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ECON 375
ECON 485, ECON 490, ECON 492, ECON 495
Limited to
BA(Hons), BCom(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipCom, PGDipSci
Teaching staff
A supervisor will be assigned based on the approved topic.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper should

  1. Be able to design and undertake supervised academic research and apply higher order problem-solving skills
  2. Have developed a depth of knowledge in a specific field of research
  3. Have the ability to think logically, analytically and critically, particularly with respect to the academic literature
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methodologies
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and have the ability to deal with these issues appropriately in the course of research
  6. Have a high standard of written communication skills

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system