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ECO3019 : Dissertation Part 1

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Diego Zambiasi
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aims of this module are to provide key research skills for individual economic research.

Outline Of Syllabus

The literature review provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent literature search and write a literature survey on a topic of interest. Students spend time reading the literature connected with the chosen topic, critically analysing the current level of knowledge and identifying gaps in the literature. Students have the freedom to pick any topic that they find interesting, subject to supervision availability with a view to continuing with their own research project on the chosen topic.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00Guidelines for literature review and research project.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion146:0046:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00Minimum 2 hours supervision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1)       The lecture provides information about the structure of the dissertation, how to do a literature review, ethics consideration and expectations regarding supervision. Students are also informed about the name of their supervisor.

2)       Private study involves reading through the sources recommended by the supervisor, but also searching for other sources relevant to their dissertation. It also involves using these resources to design and write the literature review and deal with supervisory comments.

3)       Supervision sessions allow contact with an experienced member of staff in order to discuss ideas and receive individual guidance.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Literature review (3500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students undertake a literature review, which will be expanded into a full dissertation in semester 2. The assessment demonstrates that the students understand the literature and the nature of critical analysis. It also allows them to demonstrate that they have identified gaps in the literature and identified ways of tackling their research question.

Reading Lists