TOPICS IN APPLIED THEORY - 2018/9

Module code: ECOD020

Module Overview

To provide an in-depth overview of several frontier topics in applied economic theory, with emphasis on ongoing research by faculty members in the Theory Group of the School of Economics.

Module provider

Economics

Module Leader

CARMONA GM Prof (Economics)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

JACs code: L110

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Current research in game theory
Current research in microeconomic applied theory

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework (Individual problem-based assignment) 100

Alternative Assessment

None.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 

The ability of formulate a research problem in Applied Economic Theory

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

An assignment, typically submitted at the end of the semester, which involves at least one question from each covered topic, out of which students have to solve a subset. Questions are both analytical and interpretative in nature and are based on frontier research in Applied Economic Theory.

 

Formative assessment

 

Due to the limited size of the cohort and the level of study, formal formative assessment is being replaced with informal discussions during and outside of lectures.

 

Feedback

 

Students receive verbal feedback during lectures in which current research is being introduced to the students, and discussed. A particular focus is on how various results are proven, depending on the sub-field of research. The discussions focusing on how the research problems are stated and approached provide an excellent overview on how to approach the assignment questions, and an opportunity for students to challenge their understanding.

Formal feedback will be provided as soon as possible after the coursework submission.

Module aims

  • To provide students with a thorough view of frontier topics in Applied Theory
  • To enable students to acquire the technical tools required to start a thesis on applied theory related topics

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To demonstrate an advanced understanding of a broad subset of questions currently relevant in economic theory. KT
002 To independently analyse research papers in economic theory. KCPT
003 • To show a deep and thorough understanding of a number of workhorse models in microeconomic theory KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 130

Lecture Hours: 20

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Provide students with a broad yet focused overview of frontier topics in Applied Theory.
Enhance students’ analytic and reasoning skills, and their appreciation of current questions in applied theory research.
Enhance students’ skills in presenting their findings in verbal and written format (through discussions in lectures as well as the assignment).
Apply appropriate economic tools and principles to the study of applied theory.


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


3 hour lecture per week x 10 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for TOPICS IN APPLIED THEORY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ecod020

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Economics (Four Year) PHD 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.