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BAEcon Economics
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BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Introductory Statistics for Economists

Unit code SOST10062
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Social Statistics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The content of the course will include: (i) Background Concepts, (ii) Exploring and Describing Data, Exploring Relationships - (iii) Probability and Independence, Categorical Data, (iv) Probability Trees, (v) Exploring and Measuring Relationships - Continuous Data, (vi) Modelling Relationships - Continuous Data


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Co-requisite: ECON10061


The aims of this course are: (i) to provide an introduction to basic statistical concepts; (ii) to introduce concepts of probability and its uses; (iii) to develop an understanding of methods to explore relationships in data; (iv) to develop skills to interpret results.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to: (i) use appropriate graphs and tables to explore data; (ii) use contingency tables to explore relationships with categorical data; (iii) apply probability to such issues as independence; (iv) use techniques to measure relationships and build simple linear regression models with continuous data; (v) interpret the results of statistical analyses.

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorials/Exercise Classes

Assessment methods

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2 Problem Sets - 5% each (one online, one with worked solution)
Examination in May/June - 1.5 hours - 90%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 14
Tutorials 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 76.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ralf Becker Unit coordinator

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