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ECON580 Research Dissertation

A research dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

The aim of the research 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 Research Dissertation
Paper code ECON580
Subject Economics
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points 60 points 60 points 60 points 60 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 3 July 2020), 2nd Non standard period (11 November 2019 - 21 February 2020), 3rd Non standard period (25 February 2019 - 20 February 2020), First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,239.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $14,357.50

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Prerequisite
ECON 375 and ECON 377
Restriction
ECON 480, ECON 490, ECON 492
Limited to
MEcon
Contact
economics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
A supervisor will be assigned based on the approved topic.
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of ECON 580, a student 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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Timetable

1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 3 July 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

2nd Non standard period (11 November 2019 - 21 February 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

3rd Non standard period (25 February 2019 - 20 February 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None