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ECON7030: Economics Research Project

This unit represents a culminating academic experience for students in the MEc by bringing together their knowledge in Economic theory and methodology to analyse an economic problem of their choice. This unit involves the writing and completion of a 6,000 word report. The emphasis is on students acquiring skills in identifying an economic problem, undertaking the required analysis using appropriate tools and disseminating the results.


Academic unit Economics
Unit code ECON7030
Unit name Economics Research Project
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ECON7010 or ECON7020
24 credit points from Economics elective units of study
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Chandana Maitra,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Dissertation Written Proposal Submission
proposal stating aims, lit review, data sources and proposed method
10% Week 06
Due date: 03 Apr 2020 at 17:00
4 pages or (1500 words), 1.5 spaced.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation Proposal presentation
Online presentation of research proposals with Q/A session.
10% Week 07
Due date: 07 Apr 2020 at 13:00

Closing date: 07 Apr 2020
4 minutes presentation & 1 minute Q/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Dissertation Final report submission
Complete project report submission with all sections completed.
80% Week 13
Due date: 29 May 2020 at 17:00
6000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Any written work submitted after the specified time on the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Research: Guidelines Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Topic selection (using your learning experiences from the MEc units of study at the University of Sydney) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Literature review (a list of relevant articles and a draft of a review of 500-1000 words) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Search for descriptive information/data sources. You will be provided with some datasets which you may or may not chose to use depending on your research interest. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Identify research questions, formulate hypotheses and make a draft outline proposal (point form, including expected outcomes) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Write a final proposal for online submission (via canvas) due latest by 5 pm on Friday, 3rd April. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Proposal presentation on 7th April (1 pm -7:30 pm) : 1 pm to 4 pm - in Pharmacy Lecture Theatre/ 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm- in regular lecture room (Woolley Lecture Theatre N395). Workshop (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Initial data/information cleaning Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO5
Week 09 Advanced data/information analysis Workshop (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 10 Draft outline of relevant results and show your results to the unit co-coordinator. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Write up final results along with introduction and conclusion of the final project report. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 12 Final report presentation on 19th May, 1 pm -7:30 pm : 1 pm- 4 pm in Clunies Ross Lect Theatre/ 4:30-7:30 pm. in regular lecture room (Woolley Lecture Theatre N395). Workshop (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 13 Tidy up loose ends (including citing all sources and preparing a Bibliography) for the final submission of a (i) soft copy (via Canvas) due latest by 5 pm on Friday, 29th May & (ii) hard copy due latest by 5 pm on Monday, 1st June in Room #574, A02, Social Sciences Building. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.

  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Balzer, W. and B. Hamminga (eds.), 1989. Philosophy of Economics, Dordrecht: Kluwer-Nijhoff.

Note: All other readings for this unit are available in canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply knowledge learned in other units in the course to a practical context.
  • LO2. find a research problem, formulate testable hypotheses.
  • LO3. identify relevant data to answer the research question or test hypothesis you have formulated.
  • LO4. conduct literature review, framing own research in relation to the previous published works, and clearly identify contribution to knowledge that the research work is going to make.
  • LO5. analyse data to be able to appropriately answer the research questions you have selected or to test your hypothesis in empirical research.
  • LO6. interpret results in relation to the expectations derived from the analytical framework and compare them with previously published results.
  • LO7. report research findings to specialist or non-specialist audience in written and verbal forms.
  • LO8. communicate results effectively using tables and figures, derive implications from the research which can be related to policy and future directions of research.
  • LO9. understand the importance of integrating relevant theory and practice through the development of appropriate analytical frameworks.
  • LO10. understand the key elements of research in economics, with a keen appreciation of how research and analysis of important issues can inform policy debates and deliberations.
  • LO11. learn to use research findings to advance theory and practice.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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