Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
See course Blackboard pages.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Introductory Statistics for Economists||SOST10062||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
The objectives of this course are that students will be able to:
- Understand and construct basic descriptive statistics (such as sample means, variances, and correlation coefficients).
- Obtain and manipulate probabilities from various statistical models (such as the Binomial, Normal, and Student-t).
- Understand, explain and derive various statistical properties (such as expectation, variance, covariance, correlation and estimation).
- Construct and interpret confidence intervals for population means and proportions.
- Carry out and interpret simple hypothesis tests of relevance in the social sciences.
At the end of this unit, successful students will be able to:
- Better understand statistical information such as used every day.
- Use fundamental methods (including theory) of classical statistics such as might be employed by modern social scientists and used in more advanced applied economics modules.
- Descriptive statistics.
- Random variables.
- Probability and probability distributions.
- Means, variances and distributions.
- Hypothesis testing.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and tutorial classes.
- Analytical skills
- Enhance your skills of analysing and interpreting data as well as processing statistical information using appropriate software.
- The unit wills also foster self-management and capacity to work in teams.
|Project output (not diss/n)||30%|
- Past assessed exercise.
- Tutorial feedback.
- Office hours.
- Revision sessions.
- Discussion boards.
Students will be provided with detailed lecture notes written by Prof. Len Gill. These comprise the foundational text for the course.
The course will also draw on “Statistics for Business and Economics”, 3rd Edition, by Anderson, Sweeney, Williams, Freeman, Shoesmith and “Statistics in Plain English” by Timothy Urdan (any edition will suffice). Other readings will be provided during the term where appropriate.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Jennifer Golan||Unit coordinator|