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ZUG4036 - Applied Economics Research

30 credits

Honours degree – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2018 and First Semester 2019


At the end of the year students are expected to submit a long essay (research project) on an approved topic in economics to be selected involving either a theoretical analysis or an application of economics.  Students select a preferred topic on which to conduct original research in consultation with the coordinator and supervisors. During the year students participate in research workshops, propose the research plan in written and oral form, conduct research, give a final presentation on the final research findings at a departmental research seminar, act as a formal discussant on another student’s research paper, submit their own final research paper, and engage in discussion of other students’ presentations.


  1. Demonstrate the necessary skills to conduct original research.
  2. Ask and answer critical questions that have economic and policy significance at a professional standard.
  3. Communicate research findings in written and oral form in a professional manner.


A research project (long essay): 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours, typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three to four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.