COURSE SYLLABUS

Degree project in economics, Master 15 credits

Examensarbete i nationalekonomi, magister
Second cycle, N7010N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 17 Jun 2013

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Economics
Subject group (SCB)
Economics
Main field of study
Economics

Entry requirements

N7002N Industrial organisation II and N7011N Advanced environmental economics or equivalent courses.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 20-285 credits



Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to practice, develop and show their ability to, in an adequate way, apply theory and method in order to solve unstructured problems relevant to activities in economics with a focus on environment, natural resources or energy.

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:
•    Develop and formulate a relevant research problem from a selected subject in the area of economics with a focus on environment, natural resources or energy.
•    Utilize scientific studies and judge their relevance for the selected problem.
•    Manage different, and differences between, theoretical areas at an advanced level.
•    Carry out a well motivated and relevant selection of theoretical foundation for the study.
•    Select and motivate specific research methods for the study with a demonstrated understanding of the impact on the final results of the study.
•    Collect relevant information for the study with a clear connection to selected theory and method.
•    In a relevant way present the collected information in written format.
•    Based on selected theory and method and in scientifically correct way analyze and draw conclusions concerning the selected research problem.
•    Evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the results.
•    Perform written communication in a linguistically and scientifically correct manner.
•    Orally communicate the results to scholars in the area as well as to individuals without specific knowledge in the area.
•    Defend the results.
•    Critically evaluate other studies in a constructive and scientific manner.

Contents
The degree project is a study written by one student. The study shall utilize a scientific approach on a problem in the area of economics. The study shall be presented both as a written report and in oral format. Each student shall also evaluate and perform opposition on degree project written by other students.

Realization
The format of the course is meetings, seminars and individual supervision. At the start of course the student(s) shall develop a brief written presentation and discussion of the problem area of the degree project (degree project PM). After acceptance by the supervisor this degree project PM is further developed into a research proposal. Both the degree project PM and the research proposal will be discussed at special meetings. The student(s) shall then individually be guided by their supervisor carry out the study. Supervision is provided within a period of three semesters after first course registration.

Examination
In the written report the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
•    Develop and formulate a relevant research problem from a selected subject in the area of economics with a focus on environment, natural resources or energy.
•    Utilize scientific studies and judge their relevance for selected problem
•    Manage different, and differences between, theoretical areas at an advanced level
•    Demonstrate a well motivated and relevant selection of theoretical foundation for the study.
•    Select and motivate specific research methods for the study with a demonstrated understanding of impact on final result of the study.
•    Collect relevant information for the study with a clear connection to selected theory and method
•    In a relevant way present the collected information in written format.
•    Based an selected theory and method and in scientifically correct way analyze and draw conclusions concerning the selected research problem.
•    Evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the results.
•    Perform written communication in a linguistically and scientifically correct manner.

In the oral presentation and opposition the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
•    Orally communicate the results of the study both to scholars in the area as well as to individuals without specific knowledge in the area.
•    Defend the results.

In the opposition the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
•    Critically evaluate other studies in a constructive and scientific manner.

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsory meetings and seminars, including one seminar for presentation and defense and one as opponent. Further participation in compulsory meetings and seminars as decided by the supervisor. To pass the course further requires e-publishing of the degree project in accordance with the rules of LTU and that the degree project is completed no later than 12 calendar months after the course has formally ended.

Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, eduets@ltu.se not later than five days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The work may, by agreement with the examiner, be written in English.

Examiner
Jesper Stage

Transition terms
The course N7010N is equal to N7001N

Literature. Valid from Spring 2014 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature will depend on the character and focus of the thesis. Course literature will be selected by supervisor, examiner and participating students.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Start of degree projectU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0002Public discussion of others degree projectU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0003Oral presentationU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0004Accepted reportU G VG *15.00MandatoryS14Yes

Guidelines
Guidelines for degree project »