EC120-Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business 2 and Study Skills

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE Maths grade B
Co-requisites: EC115 Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business 1 and EC116 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 1 and EC121 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 2 or IC104 Introductory Quantitative Techniques for Business and Finance or EC121 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 2
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Simonetta Longhi

Email: s.longhi@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module extends the use of standard techniques acquired in ‘Introductory Quantitative Methods 1 and develops basic study and careers skills.

Aims:

The study of economics requires the use of quantitative methods to a greater or lesser extent. This module aims to extend the use standard techniques acquired in ‘Introductory Quantitative Methods 1’ to include hypothesis testing and basic regression analysis. An important objective is to provide sufficient background to allow students to understand more specialised techniques used in Part 2 and Part 3 modules.


Assessable learning outcomes:
To undertake quantitative problem solving across a range of subjects taught in the Department of Economics.

Additional outcomes:
Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and specialist econometric software such as Stata.

Outline content:

A range of techniques including: correlation; introduction to the simple regression model; hypothesis testing; practical consideration for data collection and classification.


Global context:
Together with the ‘EC121 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 2’ this module develops the quantitative background for single honours study of economics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module offers an introduction to a range of quantitative techniques applicable in economics and finance. Lectures cover the main module material, supported by weekly classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Tutorials 7
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 45 24
       
Total hours by term 75.00 25.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 40

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be a group project worth 40%.

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly problem sets which will be discussed in class.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour unseen written paper.
    Part 1 examinations are held in the Summer term.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum weighted (coursework and examination) mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination for Part 1 modules takes place in August/September of the same year.
    Reassessment is by examination only (coursework will not be included in the re-assessment).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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