APME84-Introductory Statistics and Econometrics

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: APME71 Econometrics
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Kelvin Balcombe

Email: k.g.balcombe@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Learn how to analyse data using basic tools to answer questions in economics and other social sciences, through a combination of lectures and practical classes. Understand the fundamentals of regression analysis: model specification, hypothesis testing, coefficient interpretation. Learn how to translate data into models to make forecasts and to support decision making in a wide variety of fields, ranging from microeconomics to finance and marketing. The prerequisites for this course are familiarity with elementary mathematics and statistics.


This module provides an introduction to two different regression techniques. At the end of this module students should be able to

  • translate data into a regression model to make forecasts and to support decision making

  • conduct hypothesis testing and interpret results

  • handle data sets and use the software Gretl to carry out basic regression analyses

  • interpret and critically evaluate regression model outputs

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the modules, students should be able to:

  • Understand how basic regression techniques are used to analyse data

  • Combine data handling skills and econometric software skills to undertake applied econometric analysis and evaluate and interpret results

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  1. Probability Theory I

  2. Probability Theory II

  3. Simple regression Models

  4. Multiple Regression Models I

  5. Multiple Regression – Application

  6. Multiple Regression Models II

  7. Single & joint restrictions

  8. Hypothesis Testing – p-values

  9. Logistic regression

  10. Logistic Regression – Application

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will provide an understanding of fundamental concepts and demonstrate the use of data analysis methods. Practical classes will involve students analysing real data sets with a focus on learning the concepts taught in the lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15
    Advance preparation for classes 20
    Preparation of practical report 30
    Revision and preparation 5
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  • 1 In-class test (20% of final mark,15 minutes, week 7)

  • 1 Report (80% of final mark, 1,500 words)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Coursework assignment

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 12 March 2021


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