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EC124: Statistical Techniques B

  • Jeremy Smith

    Module Leader
12/15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

This module provides students with a thorough understanding in basic principles of statistics, You will gain an understanding of probability theory, calculating moments of univariate and multivariate distributions (including some commonly used special distributions), hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. You will gain skills and techniques for analysing data.

Principal Learning Outcomes

12 CATS - Students will acquire the tools of quantitative methods necessary to study core and optional first and second year modules in economics for the single honours course in Economics. Students will develop further their techniques of statistical methods and statistical modelling. Students will generate an awareness and analysis of data and of data handling.
15 CATS - By the end of this module you will have acquired the statistical techniques necessary to study core and optional first and second year modules in economics for the single honours course in economics; and developed further your knowledge of statistical methods and statistical modelling; and generated an awareness of data and of data handling

Syllabus

The module will typically cover the following topics:

Descriptive statistics; Probability; Discrete random variables; Binomial and Poisson distributions; Bivariate distributions; covariance and correlation; Continuous random variables; uniform and normal distributions; Limit theorems; Sampling and sampling distributions; Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals; Non-parametric testing.

Context

Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
12 CATS - Available in the Spring term only (2 x test - 9.6 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (2 x tests and 1 x 1.5 hour exam – 12 CATS)
15 CATS - Not available on a part-year basis

Assessment

Assessment Method
12 CATS - Coursework (26%) + 1.5-hour examination (Summer) (74%)
15 CATS - Coursework (30%) + 1.5 hour examination (Summer) (70%)
Coursework Details
12 CATS - Test 1 (13%), Test 2 (13%), 1.5-hour examination (Summer) (74%)
15 CATS - Test 1 (10%), Test 2 (10%), 1200 word Statistical Project (10%), 1.5 hour examination (Summer) (70%)
Exam Timing
Summer

Exam Rubric

12 CATS - Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours, plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper) BUT NO ANSWERS MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer ALL SEVEN questions. Answer questions 1-4 in one booklet and questions 5-7 in a separate booklet

Approved pocket calculators are allowed. Statistical tables and a formula sheet are provided.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.


15 CATS - Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours, plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper) BUT NO ANSWERS MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer ALL SEVEN questions. Answer questions 1-4 in one booklet and questions 5-7 in a separate booklet

Approved pocket calculators are allowed. Statistical tables and a formula sheet are provided.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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