NBS8019 : Research Methods in Economics and Finance

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jong Shin
  • Owning School: University of NuT Business School


Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce the range of research topics, research methods and sources available in modern economics and finance.
To train students with skills in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of material from research sources.
To enable students to apply these concepts and skills to the development of their own dissertation.

This module provides support for the undertaking of research projects, in particular the MSc Dissertation. This is done by exposing the students to practical issues regarding research projects, such as the nature of a MSc dissertation, the use of bibliographical and statistical databases, and relevant methodological issues. In addition, students are given talks by academic staff which introduce them to several research topics of relevance to them, and which are of current interest in the research community.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Potential Dissertation Topics: These vary on a yearly bases according to the MSc supervision arrangements. All topics are chose by members of academic staff who are in charge of MSc Supervisions, and are introduced to students in lectures.
2. Use of bibliographical and statistical databases.
3. Academic and Dissertation Writing.
4. Plagiarism: What it is and how to avoid it.
5. Preliminary Analysis of Data.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A

Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures provide the basic academic and practical guide to writing a dissertation
2. Seminars provide an opportunity to enhance the practical aspects of the module

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment

Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M80Literature review 4000 words maximum.
Written exercise1M20Dissertation Plan.

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module prepares the student for their dissertation and therefore the essays are designed to assess their readiness. The literature review as submitted for the assessment of this module is expected to be the basis for the literature review presented for the final disertation, so it is in the students' interest to be able to submit it as a formal piece of assessment and receive formal feedback.

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