SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHN121792
Module Leader Emily Thomson
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 3 Research Methods or equivalent

Summary of Content

This double module builds on the Level 3 Research Methods modules such as Social Sciences in Society. This will offer students a sustained opportunity to conduct research into economic issues and execute a defined project of research, development or investigation normally culminating in completion of a 10,000 word individual dissertation (excluding appendices). This module therefore requires students to demonstrate familiarity with a range of economic data, research sources and appropriate methodologies.


The content of the dissertation reflect(s) the student s chosen topic. However the aims and objectives of the dissertation must demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of relevant economic concepts and theories.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to achieve learning outcomes that will normally include the following:-Research independently a substantial topic by reference to existing scholarship and analysis of primary sources.-Develop a set of aims relevant to execution of the dissertation.-Demonstrate a critical understanding of established economic theories, principles and concepts relevant to the topic.-Choose and develop an appropriate research methodology and/or research approach to meet the specified aims.-Demonstrate skills in identifying information needs and in the systematic gathering, analysis and interpretation of economic ideas, concepts and data (primary and/or secondary data).-Synthesise theoretical and empirical elements in the work and derive valid conclusions.-Demonstrate a critical understanding of the limits of knowledge.-Identify new areas for future research.-Sustain appropriate standards of oral and written presentation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main vehicle is independent learning. Dissertation Supervisors will normally see the students for 30 minutes each week over Trimesters A and B. Appointment of supervisors is made on the basis of fit of expertise on the part of the Supervisor to the area of the Dissertation topic. The module leader will request regular reports on progress from supervisors Dissertation Guidelines will include substantive information on marking guidelines, ethical considerations, the role of students and their supervisors, a schedule of meetings with Supervisors, issues relative to access/availability of resources, grievance procedures, penalties for late submission, cheating/plagiarism and submission procedures.

Indicative Reading

Advanced level texts in relevant fields. Research and Professional Journals in relevant fields. Recent conference papers (where available). Websites, electronic search engines, databases etc. as appropriate to the specialist topic and area of the dissertation.

Transferrable Skills

Normally will include: CIT and data analysis packages, numeracy, effective communication, time management and self-management, and ability to reflect and be self-critical. May also include interpersonal data collection skills such as interviewing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 385.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 40% Honours dissertation and viva