Fall 2020 - ECON 494 D100

Honours Research Proposal (3)

Class Number: 2333

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 302, 305 and ECON (or BUEC) 333. A minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Preparation for honours research project, including literature review, data collection, ethics approval (if necessary), and presentation of work in progress at end of term. This course is intended for students in the Honours and Joint Honours Programs.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course will help students prepare for their honours research project, including finding a research question, reviewing the literature, writing a proposal, obtaining/collecting data and/or formulating a model, and, if needed, obtaining ethics approval. Students will be guided to start a specific research project on their own, and learn about methodology and good practices. In consultation with the instructor, each student will be guided to conceive a new research idea and prepare a written proposal. This course is intended for students in the Honours and Joint Honours programs. The research proposal and work done in this course are expected to feed into ECON 499W, where students will complete the research and write an honours research paper. 

The main requirements are as follows:

  • a short presentation (research question and literature review) in October;
  • a presentation of the full research proposal, as well as any additional progress, toward the end of the semester; and
  • a written research proposal and progress report, due on the last day of class.

 

Students will also be required to provide feedback on their peers’ work. During certain weeks, class time will be devoted to mandatory one-on-one meetings with the instructor.


Grading

  • Short presentation 10%
  • Full presentation 20%
  • Participation and Feedback 15%
  • Meetings with Instructor 10%
  • Final written proposal 45%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

None 

RECOMMENDED READING:

None 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Starting Fall 2020, final exam schedules will be released in October. This will allow students to avoid enrollment conflicts, and will significantly reduce instances of exam hardship. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the final exam period December 9 - 20 until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.

***NO TUTORIALS DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES***

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).