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10 cp from 200-level units in Economics

Teaching organisation

3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Professional outcomes in government, corporate sector and education sector require a workforce to be knowledgeable about data analysis techniques and possess advanced skills in analysing data using modern statistical packages. This unit will apply econometric principals in research methodology and in the evaluation of economic policy. Emphasis is placed on hands-on analysis of real-world economic data using regression analysis and other techniques.

The aim of this capstone unit it to introduce students to applied econometric methods and the stories that data tells in their applications in economics, business, finance and government.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Identify econometric methods and their applications in economics, business, finance and government (GA4, GA8, GA10);

LO2 - Specify and estimate models, test hypotheses, interpret results and make economic forecasts (GA4, GA8, GA10);

LO3 - Formulate policy and evaluate the impact of economic policies, interpret economic concepts and their application to contemporary issues (GA5, GA8);

LO4 - Solve problems using readily available econometric computer software and commercial databases (GA10).

LO5 - Prepare a professional research report that effectively communicates the results of an investigation using applied econometrics (GA5, GA8, GA10).

Graduate attributes

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Topics may include: 

  • Descriptive statistics;  
  • An introduction to probability;  
  • Sampling and sampling distribution;  
  • Confidence interval estimation; 
  • Hypothesis testing;  
  • Chi-square test and analysis of variance;  
  • Principles of regression analysis;  
  • The use of dummy variables; 
  • The problems of serial correlation, heteroscedasticity and multicollinearity; 
  • Statistical inference in regression analysis;  
  • Advanced regression analysis. 
  • Techniques in using statistical analysis software 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode: Attendance, Multimode or Online 

To achieve the learning objectives outlined above, this unit engages students in active learning activities, such as reading, writing, discussion and problem-solving to promote analysis, synthesis and evaluation of economic data based on the applied methods of statistical analysis. This unit comprises a series of lectures or online lectures (theoretical component of the course) and tutorial or online tutprial/ modules (practical skill development). During online or face-to-face tutorials students obtain critical thinking analytical skills through solving problem sets and considering case studies. An essential part of their econometrics training is obtaining practical skills through working with statistical software packages in analysing data.  

Students undertake practical project-based learning with the goal of developing their analytical, problem solving, decision making and investigative skills with regard to the analysis of the real world economic and financial data. 

This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester. To achieve a passing standard in this unit, students will find it helpful to engage in the full range of learning activities and assessments utilised in this unit, as described in the learning and teaching strategy and the assessment strategy. The learning and teaching and assessment strategies include a range of approaches to support your learning such as reading, reflection, discussion, webinars, podcasts, video etc.

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessments in this unit encourage students to undertake practical project-based learning to develop the skills required to locate and analyse real world economic and financial data (both qualitative and quantitative) using statistical methods and modern data analysis software. Such skills are highly regarded in the economics graduates by the potential employers. The assessment tasks have been developed in order to achieve learning objectives outlined above and enable a development of specific critical thinking, data analysis and data presentation skills which are required by the industry. The unit will cover a wide range of assessment tasks including: 

1.Skill development weekly activities are designed for students to (1) obtain fundamental content knowledge, and (2) gain practical experience in the field through solving problems, discussing case studies and mastering the use of statistical software. Attendance will be crucial part of these activities because of the course progression where the level of difficulty will be increasing every week.  

2.Research assignment provides the opportunity to undertake research into the scholarship on a specific topic (from data collecting, coding and cleaning, analysis of the data using statistical techniques and appropriate software packages), and to develop further communication and writing skills based on the results of data analysis. 

3.Final exam. This assessment is focusing on testing students’ skills and application of relevant theoretical knowledge that students have acquired through the course. The final exam will require students to analyse one or more case studies based on an output file from the statistical software package. Students will also apply their theoretical statistical knowledge to the real-world data and solve realistic, complex, and contextually rich situations that might involve designing policy implications. The task may include multiple case studies and will normally be delivered as a take-home examination.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Research proposal. 

This assessment is designed to introduce students to the application of research methods to designing a research proposal, testing and illustrating economic theories and policies. The assessment also requires students to effectively communicate their research proposal.


LO1, LO2

GA4, GA8, GA10

Research assignment 

The purpose of this practical assignment is to develop students’ skills to locate, obtain, clean, organise economic and financial data and apply theoretical modelling knowledge to the analysis of the data. Students will be required to use statistical software package for their analysis. Based on the results of the analysis, they will be required to document their results into the report.


LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10

Final exam 

The final take-home exam will test students’ knowledge and understanding of the different topics covered in the unit. Students will also receive an output file from the statistical software package and will be required to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills to analyse the output and provide an evaluation of a particular policy.


LO1, LO2, LO3

GA4, GA5, GA8

Representative texts and references

Asteriou, D, & S.G. Hall. (2015).  Applied Econometrics. 3rd Edition. Palgrave-Macmillan. 

Brooks, C. (2019). Introductory Econometrics for Finance, Cambridge University Press. 

Enders, W. (2015). Applied Econometric Time Series. 4th Edition, Wiley.  

Gujarati, D. (2014). Econometrics by Example. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Hill, R.C, Griffiths, W.E., & G.C. Lim. (2018). Principles of Econometrics, 5th Edition, Wiley. 

Martin, V., Hurn S., & D. Harris. (2013). Econometric Modelling with Time Series: Specification, Estimation and Testing. Cambridge University Press.  

Stock, J. & M. Watson. (2015). Introduction to Econometrics. Updated 3rd Edition. Addison Wesley Longman, Boston. 

Studemund, A. H. (2017). Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide. 7th Edition, Pearson. 

Wooldridge, J.M. (2015). Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 6th Edition South-Western College Publishers.  

Further references 

Australian Bureau of Statistics,  

Reserve Bank of Australia,

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