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EC236: Topics in Applied Economics (2b)

  • Victor Lavy

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

EC236-15 Topics in Applied Economics (2b)

Principal Learning Outcomes

Cognitive Skills:...demonstrate an established capacity of: Analytical thinking, reasoning and application. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate an aptitude for the following skills such as: Data skills: Use of library and internet as information sources. Knowledge of how to locate relevant data, extract appropriate data, analyse and present material in the most effective way. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate an aptitude for the following skills such as: Mathematical/Statistical skills: use/application of mathematics and diagrams in economic analysis; understanding of statistical analysis of data. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject-specific and Professional Key General Skills:...demonstrate an aptitude for the following skills such as: Written communication skills. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of: Economic Principles: Knowledge and understanding of core concepts and methods in micro and macroeconomics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of: Applied Economics: Knowledge and understanding of standard economic models and quantitative techniques with application to contemporary problems arising in public policy and the private sector. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of: Economic information: a well-developed understanding of specific economic trends and patterns; analysis of particular problems and solutions in economic measurement. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of: Research issues: Familiarity with contemporary empirical debates and latest research in some specialized areas of economics. Evaluate how to approach an economic problem from the perspective of a contemporary researcher in economics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive Skills:...demonstrate an established capacity of: Critical, creative and strategic thinking. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive Skills:...demonstrate an established capacity of: Abstraction and Problem solving. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive Skills:...demonstrate an established capacity of: Policy evaluation and the analysis of institutions. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Syllabus

The syllabus each year will cover up to three topics selected from within the broad area of ‘Applied Economics’. The selection will be drawn from all sub-fields within the discipline, including labour, industrial, development, trade, behavioural, experimental, financial, public, health, education, history, environmental, ethics, philosophy, happiness, and auctions. This list will expand as reflecting staff interests. In years in which other first year 15 CATS optional modules do not run, one possibility will be to compress them into topics within this module. In selecting topics, the main criteria will include:

(i) scope for the topic to provide a context in which, through application, students can begin to develop their understanding of key concepts in economics and econometrics,

(ii) importance of the topic within the general field of Economics,

(iii) policy relevance of the topic,

(iv) complementing topics covered elsewhere within the degree programmes.

Context

Optional Module
L100 - Year 2, L116 - Year 2, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 2, V7ML - Year 2, V7MP - Year 2, V7MR - Year 2, L1L8 - Year 2, LA99 - Year 2
Pre or Co-requisites
EC108 and EC109 or EC204 as co-requisite Plus EC120
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Not available on a part-year basis

Assessment

Assessment Method
2 hour examination (Summer) (100%)
Coursework Details
2 hour examination (Summer) (100%) - Eligible for self-certification: No CATS:
Exam Timing
N/A

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours plus 15 minutes reading time.

Read all instructions carefully- and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are TWO Sections in this paper. Answer ALL THREE questions, in Section A (55 marks total) and ONE question in Section B (45 marks each).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

You should not submit answers to more than the required number of questions. If you do, we will mark the questions in the order that they appear, up to the required number of questions in each section.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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