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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 2, 2021
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 Emilia Tjernstrom,
Lecturer(s) Chandana Maitra ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Presentation
Pre-recorded video submission
15% Week 03
Due date: 27 Aug 2021 at 23:59
Pre-recorded video (~1000 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment Pure replication
Descriptive statistics, key results, and detailed plan for completion
20% Week 05
Due date: 10 Sep 2021 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3
Assignment Results & extension
Detailed extension plan + preliminary results
20% Week 10
Due date: 22 Oct 2021 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Capstone diary
Final reflections about capstone project and evidence of consistent effort
10% Week 12
Due date: 05 Nov 2021 at 23:59
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO4
Assignment Final project report
Complete project report submission
35% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021 at 23:59
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Choosing a research topic Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Joining the conversation: using a literature review to contextualize your contribution Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Research question, meet method: how to answer your research question? Submit tentative plan with steps for completion. Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 05 Reality check: present summary statistics (for empirical proposal) or model set-up (for theoretical proposal) to ensure project feasibility Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 06 Submit pre-recorded proposal presentation for peer group discussion and feedback Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Submit revised project proposal Workshop (3 hr) LO5
Week 08 Integrate feedback on proposal, develop analysis Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Finding the story in your data/model: what do your results tell us about the economic issue(s) that you have chosen to study? Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Know your weaknesses: identify, describe potential alternative explanations for your findings and discuss the relative merit of these explanations Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Integrate the pieces into a draft final report Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Final presentations (pre-recorded) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Revise in response to presentation feedback, prepare final project submission Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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

All readings for this unit will be 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. Identify a well-defined research question and, where appropriate, formulate testable hypotheses.
  • LO2. Synthesise the relevant literature and identify an area of potential contribution.
  • LO3. Apply economic analysis to address a specific research question.
  • LO4. Use appropriate empirical or theoretical tools to provide insight into the economic issue(s) under study and discuss the advantages of the chosen approach relative to other methods.
  • LO5. Communicate the result of the economic analysis to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in both written and verbal form.

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
Updated schedule and assessments based on student feedback to include additional scaffolding that break down the summative assessment into more manageable sub-tasks.

More information can be found on Canvas.


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