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This course aims to enable students to apply economic theory to real world problems and concerns, to learn the vast array of information available to economists over the Internet and in the library, to learn where resources and data can be located. Course objectives include using statistical methods to analyze and evaluate the application of economic theory and reasoning, and gaining an appreciation for the value of economic reasoning and research, while also recognizing the limitations of its application. Students will also learn to write an effective research paper and be able to effectively present it to your fellow students.
Critical Reading. Selection of Topic. Literature Review. Conceptualizing the Research, Sources of data. Sampling. Examining the Data. Survey Design. Formulation of Hypothesis. Statistical Methods, Hypothesis Testing. Regression Method. Qualitative Data Gathering and Analysis. Writing in Research. Communicating the Results. Preparing Presentation.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Review the relevant literature; collect data from various sources.
2. Formulate hypothesis.
3. Apply theoretical and quantitative methods to the analyses of economic and social sciences problems.
4. Conduct individual assignments and perform effectively in a group environment by demonstrating leadership and team-building qualities.
5. Demonstrate a logical argument, analyse and interpret data and evaluate alternative perspectives on the basis of objective reasoning.
6. Utilise effectively statistical and other packages.
7. Demonstrate the ability to learn independently; analyse and evaluate published research.