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## ES10004: Core skills for economics: statistics and data analysis

Owning Department/School: Department of Economics
Credits: 6
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period: Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 40%, OT 20%
Assessment Detail:
• Coursework (CW 40%)
• Examination (EX 40% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
• Presentation (OT 20%)
Supplementary Assessment: ES10004A - Resit Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ES10091
Description: Aims:

* To develop research skills: students will have to work both independently and as part of a team
* To develop computing skills: students will be taught how to generate pictures/diagrams and equations in Word, to present data in tables and graphs in Excel and be given an introduction to an advanced statistical software package
* To develop skills in data handling and data description
* To develop understanding of relevant economic statistics and hypothesis testing: this unit will include numerical work on microeconomic and macroeconomic datasets
* To develop teamwork and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:

* Students will have enhanced skills essential to undertaking and presenting quantitative research.
* Students will have acquired and developed competencies in using Excel to represent and analyse economic data.
* Students will have had an opportunity to participate in writing and presenting a group academic essay/project. In so doing they will have enhanced their understanding of economic relationships from first year Micro and Macroeconomics units.
* Students will be able to use and undertake basic programming in the selected statistical software package
* Understand basic cleaning of micro and macro datasets and preliminary data description of those datasets.

Skills:
Problem-solving, information technology (particularly Excel), ability to work and communicate effectively in a team.

Content:
Topics:
1. What is Economic Data?
2. Presenting Data I (Graphically)
3. Presenting Data II (Descriptive Statistics)
4. Introduction to Stata
5. Presentation and report writing skills
6. Confidence intervals
7. Hypothesis testing I
8. Hypothesis testing II
9. Correlation
10. Introduction to simple regression I
11. Introduction to simple regression II
Programme availability:

#### ES10004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
• UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 1)
• UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
• UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 1)
• UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.