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EC2203 Statistics for Economists

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon, Tue, Thu

The module will provide an introduction to statistical methods and regression analysis. Basic probability theory is introduced in order to build up the framework of statistical inference. Statistical principles are then applied to simple regression analysis. Emphasis will be placed on techniques according to their relevance and application to economics. The module is designed for those planning honours economics.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for BSc or MA Applied Economics, Economics, Financial Economics, Joint Honours or 'with' degrees

UG Pre-requisite(s):EC2002 and (EC1003 or MT1002)
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT2004, MT2508

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:27 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 2-hour practical classes (x 10 weeks), plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 47
  • Guided independent study: 153

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (2 x 50-minute Class Tests) = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr I Merkurieva
Module teaching staff:Dr I Merkurieva