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ES10004: Core skills for economics: statistics and data analysis

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation (OR 20%)
  • Coursework 1 (CW 40%)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 40%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module 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.

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

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
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES10004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 1)
  • UHES-AAB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 1)
  • UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHES-ACB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)


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