ECO-10026 - Quantitative Methods I
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module is designed to offer essential quantitative skills useful for undergraduate core courses in the Business School, whilst also illustrating the usefulness of industry standard spreadsheets (such as Excel) for analysis of quantitative business-related information. The assessment requires good group work which will develop students interpersonal skills.

The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the tools and techniques useful both for developing models, and for then analysing and presenting data to represent the models. Some key techniques and tools of quantitative data analysis will be explored.

Intended Learning Outcomes

use appropriate graphs, tables and summary statistics to explore data: 1,2
demonstrate the use of numerical evidence in the business environment: 1,2
use appropriate techniques to measure relationships and build simple linear regression models with continuous data: 1,2
apply probability to such issues as independence: 2
choose from among various functional forms on the basis of their properties and apply in different business situations: 1,2
apply the concept of ┐margins┐ for decision making i.e. the value of differentiation and higher order derivatives for univariate functions
: 2
demonstrate the ability for logical and structured problem analysis: 2
demonstrate the ability to utilise a software package (Excel) for a range of statistical applications: 1

Study hours

22 hours lectures
8 hours problem based exercise classes
4 hours computer lab classes
32 hours preparation for classes
24 hours assignment preparation
60 hours independent study

School Rules

No pre-requisite beyond programme entry requirement for grade C GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 40%
Groups of students will present an analysis of summative data to other members of the module, both student and staff.
Students work in groups to present basic descriptive statistics, pictures and analysis of data that they have researched and downloaded from recommended sources, e.g. Eurostat and ONS. The presentations will last approx 10 minutes and will be to other students in the module and two members of staff. They will use data already published and collated for different characteristics of the economic agents.

2: Exam weighted 60%
2 hours unseen exam
Exam comprising short exercise type questions that will cover the whole module syllabus.