Economics Statistics

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economics Statistics

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EC101: Principles of Macroeconomics or EC102: Principles of Microeconomics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    EC 203 is an introductory course in statistics designed for students in economics, accounting, banking and finance and management. Emphasis is placed on the application of statistical techniques to those disciplines. No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed and basic knowledge of economics and mathematics is required.
    Data and numerical information are everywhere in today's world, for example, currency exchange rates in the world market, population census data for a country, prices of agricultural products in a region, monthly living expenses of a family, and exam grades of students in a university. What do all these data tell us, and how can we make good use of them?
    Economic statistics deals with the collection, presentation (organizing and summarizing), analysis and Interpretation of numerical data. The first half of the course deals with Descriptive Statistics that is using data gathered on a group to..describe or reach conclusions about that same group only, while second half of the course will cover few techniques of Inferential Statistics. Inferential statistics is using sample data to reach conclusions about the population from which the sample was taken. Students are also introduced to Index Numbers and basic time series analysis.
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:
    - Identify appropriate statistical techniques required for a given scenario.
    - Calculate basic statistics manually and using Microsoft- Excel.
    - Interpret calculated statistical results to make economic decisions.
    Course Content
    - Introduction to Statistics
    - Data Collection and Sampling
    - Graphical Descriptive Techniques
    - Numberical Descriptive Measures
    - Probability
    - Random Variables and Discrete Probability Distributions
    - Continuous Probability Distributions and Sampling Distributions
    - Estimations: Describing a Single Population
    - Hypothesis Testing: Describing a Single Population
    - Sample linear Regression Analysis
    - Time Series Analysis
    - Ind X Numbers
    Selvanathan, E.A., Selvanathan, S. and Keller, G. "Business Statistics- Abridged", 6th, Cengage 2014.
    Test 1: 15%
    Test 2: 15%
    Computer Lab Test and Participation: 10%
    Assignment (in two parts): 15%
    Tutorial Participation: 55
    Final Examination: 40%

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