Data Analysis for Economists - ECON3140

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Luke Buchanan-Hodgman checkmark-circle


The module introduces students to fundamental key skills used by economists in the application of economics to real world issues. It develop students' use of information technology and their ability to access electronic and other secondary sources of data. In particular, the module promote students’ computing and quantitative skills within a structured environment.


Contact hours

Private Study: 122
Contact Hours: 28
Total: 150


This module is compulsory for all students studying single honours degrees in Economics and is optional for those students on joint economics degree courses.

The module is not available to students across other degree courses in the University.

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:
• Data Report 1 (2000 words) (25%)
• Data Report 2 (2000 words) (25%)
• Workshop Attendance (10%)
• Group Project (2500 words) (40%)

Reassessment method:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1 Search, identify and access secondary data sources
2 Utilise spreadsheets, in particular, Microsoft Excel
3 Utilise specialist data analysis and reporting tools e.g. Macrobond
4 Undertake graphical and numerical data analyses
5 Apply data analysis techniques in the context of economic theory and policy


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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