Research Methods (AGEC3104)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit deals with the nature of research and inquiry in applied economics. Topics covered will include: alternative philosophical perspectives on inquiry; scientific method; research as an orderly process of enquiry; preparation of research proposals; secondary data sources for agricultural and resource economists; collection of primary data;; and methods of analysis of data. Topics are illustrated with examples of research in theoretical economics and empirical research. Students are expected to read widely. Development of practical research skills, including the ability to critically and statistically synthesise and interpret data will be fostered by the completion of applied computer-based workshop exercises. Information literacy skills and the ability to summarise and synthesise information and use it to inform an argument will be improved through the preparation of a literature review and a research proposal.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

2x1-hr lectures/week & 1x1-hr tutorial/fortnight

Assessment

1x2500wd assignment(40%) and 1x2 hr exam (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

AGEC2105

Prohibitions

AGEC3004

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