Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business 1

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business 1

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE Maths grade B

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Summary module description:
    This module provides an introduction to quantitative techniques useful in economics.

    The study of economics requires the use of quantitative methods. This module aims to introduce students to some standard techniques, such as descriptive statistics and regression analysis. An objective is to provide sufficient background to allow students to understand more advanced 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.

    Outline content:
    A range of basic techniques including: presenting and summarising data; descriptive statistics; normal distribution; sample distribution of the mean; interest and discount rates; index numbers; measures of inequality; and, probability.
    Global context:
    Together with the ?EC116 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 1? this module develops the quantitative background for the joint honours study of economics. Taken together with the ?EC120 Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business 2 and Study Skills? and ?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.

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Written exam 60%
    Written assignment including essay 20%
    Class test administered by School 20%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    There will be a two pieces of assessed coursework, worth a total of 40% in the final assessment mark.

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

    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener 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:
    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%.

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