ECON 4010 - Honours Economics Thesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The Honours Economics Thesis is designed to provide high-achieving, high-ability students with the tools to undertake individual research. During the Thesis development process, students are expected to (i) learn how to identify research questions, (ii) obtain the ability to map economic theory into coherent explanations of real-world problems, and (iii) learn how to confront economic theory with real-world data. In addition, students should learn valuable presentation skills and writing skills. Part of this learning process may be formalised in a weekly Thesis workshop. Individual learning and development should occur under the mentorship of a student's Thesis supervisor. This thesis course must be commenced and completed within one semester.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 4010
    Course Honours Economics Thesis
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 9
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ECON 7121; ECON 7122; ECON 7204; one other Level IV ECON course
    Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the B.Ec (Honours) program
    Assessment 8,000 - 12,000 word thesis, 100%. Typically, the grade for the oral defense of the thesis will count for up to 20% of this overall thesis grade.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jacob Wong

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The full timetable of all activities for this course are made available each year in the School of Economics - Honours Handbook.  The Handbook is distributed to honours students at the beginning of Semester 1.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

    1. Identify relevant economic knowledge, concepts, methodologies and skills, and apply these appropriately to analyse and solve current real world problems and issues.

    2. Communicate, argue and think using the language of economics, both in writing and orally, and communicate to both economists and non-economists.

    3. Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve identified goals.

    4. Select and use appropriate tools, including technology, to build economic models and to obtain, evaluate, analyse and interpret data.

    5. Recognise ethical, cultural and social dimensions of economics and the role of economists, including in a global context.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The standard undergraduate workload for a full-time students is 48 hours per week which equates to 12 hours per 3 unit course.  As the honours thesis is equivalent to a 9-unit course in Semester 2, students should be prepared to apply 36 hours of work per week towards their thesis.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The thesis workshop is organised to assist students with the selection of a topic and thesis design, and to develop a deeper understanding about the links between economic theory and its application to data.  Students will work on the thesis throughout the year with greater intensity in semester two.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The Honours Thesis is graded according to the M10 - Mark Scheme 10.  For details please visit the University's "Results and Grades" website ( ).

    Assessment Detail
    The precise details concerning the grading process for the Honours Thesis is detailed in the Honours Handbook.  As the logistics of the grading procedure may vary slightly from year to year, we urge interested parties to obtain a copy of the current Honours Handbook from the School of Economics.
    Thesis Format

    The suggested word count of the text of the thesis (including footnotes but not including references) is between 8000 and 12000 words.  Marks may be deducted for excessive length.  A statement of the word count must be shown at the start of the thesis e.g. on the title page, or in the abstract.

    Thesis Submission

    An electronic version of the thesis (preferably in PDF) is typically submitted to the Honours Administrator by the last Friday before Semester 2 exams commence.  A hard copy must be submitted after examination – this will be retained by the School.

    Other details are available in the annual Honours Handbook.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    1.     The final result in the Honour’s year will be determined following the University’s Grade Scheme 5. This result will also be reflected on academic transcripts.

    a.    First (80% +)

    b.    2A (70 - 79%)

    c.     2B (60 - 69%)

    d.    3rd (50 - 59%)

    e.    Fail (< 50%)

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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