Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011
This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms ie without an intervening term.
Supervised research on an economic issue (theoretical or empirical or both) is an integral part of a student's Honours research program. This thesis course covers two semesters and is intended to provide students with the opportunity to investigate real world issues with the aim of providing sound theoretical and empirical evidence, or interpretation, to explain real world phenomena. Students are expected to submit a 15,000 word thesis at the completion of this course.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify research problem(s) and proceed to undertake independent research to investigate and report evidence to support or refute the claims.
2. Demonstrate their ability to undertake research at a professional standard and communicate their findings in a professionally acceptable manner.
3. Demonstrate general expertise in applied economics.
This course exposes students to empirical, theoretical and conceptual research and methods which they did not encounter in the past programs and which are necessary for them to undertake the substantial research involved in a research thesis. This course involves the planning, execution and writing up of an original research project. The thesis may be empirical or theoretical or conceptual in nature in any area of applied economics. Students enrolled in this course are expected to develop skills that will enable them to undertake a critical literature review that provides a sound basis for developing research questions, objectives and testable hypotheses, sound research methodology. Strong emphasis is placed on interpretation of results and drawing sound conclusions. It is expected that students and supervisors will meet regularly and consult the Honours Co-ordinator and/or Head of the Economics Discipline on matters relating to the honours program. It is important that students and supervisors ensure early in their program that the proposed research topic is doable within the time constraints of the Honours program. It is important to emphasise that research project deemed to be too time consuming or resource demanding will not be approved by the Head of Discipline.
An undergraduate degree with at least a GPA of 5.0 with a major in a relevant business discipline.
Modes of Delivery
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term