Research Methodology

Course code ECON4001Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The course is designed to provide Honours students with an understanding of how to conduct research in economics, through the composition of the research question, literature search and review, choice of methodology, theoretical modelling, data collection, econometric modelling and estimation, interpretation of the results and policy conclusions.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of the course, students will have:
1. Developed an understanding of the broad principles associated with the design and conduct of research in economics;
2. Understood the role of and application of quantitative and econometric techniques in economic modelling and data analysis;
3. Consolidated their quantitative and econometric skills in line with the requirements of their chosen topic.
ContentThe course is designed to enhance Honours students' research training by providing them with a repertoire of important skills, including the design of a research topic, the preparation of a literature review, data collection, economic modelling and estimation, the interpretation of research results and their implications for policy design.

All empirical research relies on the application of quantitative techniques to economic modelling and econometric techniques to the analysis of the data. Also a thorough understanding of these techniques is essential to understand the modern literature. Accordingly, the course provides a thorough but succinct coverage of quantitative and econometric techniques, which build on students' prior knowledge and are relevant to the research topics that they have chosen.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBachelors degree or equivalent in economics.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Student assessment may include, but is not restricted to the following tasks:
In-class presentation of draft literature review.
Research proposal - presentation to Economics Discipline.
Half hour in-class test on quantitative techniques.
Half hour in-class test on econometric techniques.
Overview of thesis - presentation to Economics Discipline.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ECON4001