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University of Exeter Business School

Applied Development Economics Project

Module titleApplied Development Economics Project
Module codeBEEM156
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Mahreen Mahmud (Convenor)

Dr Edwin Ip (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

The aim of the module is to allow students to reflect on their learning and experiences and utilise their knowledge and skills to write an applied research project in a developing country setting. This project involves a variety of aspects of real-world development economics research, including writing outputs to interact with policymakers. With guidance from academics, this module aims to provide students with practical experience in order to produce high-quality work that is implementable in practice. In addition to the applied research project, students will learn to produce a summary in plain language for a general audience.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the development economics project is to allow the student to develop skills to identify and analyse an economic problem in the context of people living in poverty. The student will acquire knowledge of the existing literature, identify the key economic trade-offs, apply necessary tools to analyse these trade-offs, and analyse the economic problem using appropriate rigorous social science techniques.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. propose a solution to a practical problem informed by development economics literature;
  • 2. produce a concise summary as well as a detailed project;
  • 3. apply knowledge of research methodologies to developing country issues.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Identify an appropriate intervention to solve core economic problems;
  • 5. assemble and synthesise a complex body of relevant, existing research;
  • 6. apply appropriate analytical or statistical techniques to reach an answer to a defined research question.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. pursue, under supervision, a sustained program of individual work outside of a classroom setting
  • 8. critically evaluate existing ideas and perceive areas of weakness or areas which may be usefully analysed;
  • 9. apply enhanced problem-solving abilities and time management skills.
  • 10. summarise a research project concisely in plain language for stakeholders on paper and presentation

Syllabus plan

Stage 1: Dissertation/Project proposals as agreed with module convenor

Stage 2: Proposal submission and assessment

Stage 3: Writing and submission of project

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities2Preparatory sessions
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities6Individual supervision
Guided independent study442Deciding on topic and research question; Reading, researching, experiments, data analysis (as appropriate); Writing up

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Proposal 1000 words1-3,5,6Verbal or written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Plain language summary251000 words1-10Written
Project7510000 words max1-10Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Plain language summary (25%) (1000 words)Plain language summary (25%) (1000 words)1-10Referral/deferral period
Project (75%) (10000 words)Project (75%) (10000 words)1-10Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Students will develop a bibliography/reference list relevant to their particular topic, under the guidance of their supervisor. The literature varies from topic to topic and will include textbooks and recent research articles.

Key words search

Development Economics, Project

Credit value45
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEEM155 and BEEM160

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