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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Economics and Finance)


Type Open Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Economic Principles I: Microeconomics (ECON2011) AND Economic Principles II: Macroeconomics (ECON2021).


  • One other level 3 Economics module.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To encourage students to acquire the skills of independent research by pursuing a substantial project requiring research reading and/or data collection.


  • There is a highly structured plan of work involving lectures and consultations between individual students and their dissertation supervisors.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Enhance student's knowledge of a specific topic in economics
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By completing a dissertation, students will learn to plan and design a substantial piece of written work on an area of economics of their choice which requires literary searches, library work, and the collection/analysis of relevant data.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication - by completing the summative assessment
  • Planning Organisation and time management - by observing strict deadlines
  • Initiative - by searching relevant literature and other information
  • Computer literacy - by word-processing the dissertation

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures and tutorials. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes and private study. Formative assessment is by means of preparation of a dissertation outline, draft chapter for discussion at tutorials and keeping of a dissertation diary. Summative assessment is by means of a written piece of 12000 words.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 2 in year 2, 2 in year 3. 1 hour 4
Consultations 7 20 mins 2.3
Student Preparation and Reading 393.7
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Dissertation 12,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Preparation of dissertation outline, draft chapter for discussion at tutorials and keeping of a dissertation diary.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University