Data Analysis for Economists - EC314

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR J Sebu




Only available to students studying single honours programmes in the School of Economics



The aim of the module is to introduce you to fundamental key skills used by economists in applying economics to real world issues. The module develops your use of information technology and your ability to access electronic and other secondary sources of data, particularly the range of skills necessary for evaluating and analysing economic data. Finally, the module will improve your computing and quantitative skills within a structured environment.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

12 lectures, 6 seminars, 12 computing workshops

Method of assessment

10% seminar attendance and participation,
50% two individual written reports (20% each),
40% group report and reflective summary

Preliminary reading

Michael Barrow, Statistics for Economics, Accounting and Business Studies, 6th ed, 2013, Prentice Hall
D Etheridge, Excel Data Analysis: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating and Analyzing Data, Charts and Pivot Tables (3rd ed), John Wiley

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will:
be practised in searching and retrieving electronic data
be practised in using Microsoft Excel and Macrobond to analyse data
have a better understanding of graphical and numerical data analyses
be able to analyse data in the context of economic theory and policy
have developed economic and independent learning skills
be practised in the application of quantitative techniques
be practised in planning and working as part of a group
be practised in developing logical, coherent verbal and written arguments

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