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ES10004: Core skills for economics: economic data analysis

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 40%, EX 40%, OT 20%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: ES10004A - Resit Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ES10003
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To develop the practical side of statistical analysis associated with accessing and interpreting economic data.
* To enable students to become competent users of Excel to represent and analyse economic data.
* 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.

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

Weeks 1-9 Introduction, data retrieval and analysis, spreadsheets 1: basic skills, spreadsheets 2: model building, spreadsheets 3: financial functions, data analysis: displaying and describing data, analysis of bivariate data, introduction to regression analysis, topics in advanced excel: macros.
Weeks 10-11: group presentations and revision.
Key text: D. Whigham (2007) Business Data Analysis using Excel (Oxford).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES10004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Economics (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc (hons) Economics (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
  • UHES-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Economics and International Development (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UHES-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Economics and International Development (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Economics and Politics (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc (hons) Economics and Politics (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* 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.