ECON 2504 - Intermediate Econometrics II

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2015

This course provides an introduction to the econometric techniques used to analyse data sets in economics, business and finance. It builds on basic statistics, inference and regression as covered in introductory statistics courses. The focus is on understanding the methods involved, using statistical software to provide the results and then interpreting and commenting on these results. The course reviews basic statistics, regression and inference, and then introduces multiple regression analysis, which remains the most commonly used statistical technique in econometrics. The remainder of the course considers various practical aspects of linear regression models and may include dummy variables, different functional forms and the consequences of violation of the classical regression assumptions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 2504
    Course Intermediate Econometrics II
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week. Intensive in Summer Semester.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ECON 1008 or STATS 1000 or equivalent
    Incompatible ECON 2006 & STATS 2002, STATS 2003 & MATHS 2103
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 1004, ECON 1000, Maths as taught in ECON 1005
    Assessment Typically, tutorial participation &/or exercises, assignments, tests & final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Nicholas Sim

    Summer School
    Course Coordinator: Dr Nicholas Sim
    Office hours: TBA
    Office location: Nexus 10, Level 4, Room 4.46
    Telephone: 8313 4927

    Semester 1 &  2
    Course Coordinator: Dr Nadya Baryshnikova
    Office hours: TBA
    Office location: Nexus 10, Level 4, Room 4.04
    Telephone: 8313 4821
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The course aims to achieve the following outcomes. It will provide students:

    1. with knowledge on the fundamentals of econometrics and its application

    2. with knowledge and proficiency on the use of statistical packages for econometric and statistical analysis

    3. with the ability to conduct independent data analysis and inquiry using the tools of statistics and econometrics
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    The required textbook is Principles of Econometrics, 4th Edition, Wiley by R. Carter Hill, William E. Griffits and Guay C. Lim.

    Recommended Resources

    The recommended book to accompany the required text is Using Stata for Principles of Econometrics, 4th Edition, by Adkins and Hill.

    Online Learning

    MyUni Course WebPage provides lecture notes and other course materials. Please check this page frequently for important announcements and corrections.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Classes will meet three times a week: twice for a 2-hour lecture and once for a 2-hour tutorial.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Weekly assignments are issued each week. The assignments are not graded, but as class participation, students may (mostly likely will) be asked to present their solutions during tutorial discussion.  

    Learning Activities Summary

    The tentative outline of the course (subject to change) is:

    1. Introduction to Econometrics (HGL chapter 1)

    2. Introduction to Basic Statistics and Probability (Probability Primer)

    3. The Simple Linear Regression Model (Chapter 2)

    4. Interval Estimation and Hypothesis Testing (Chapter 3)

    5. Prediction, Goodness of Fit and Modeling Issues (Chapter 4)

    6. The Multiple Linear Regression Model (Chapter 5)

    7. Further Inference in the Multiple Regression Model (Chapter 6)

    8. Using Indicator Variables (Chapter 7)

    9. Heteoskedasticity (Chapter 8)

    Specific Course Requirements

    Homework completion may require access to STATA. If you do not have STATA at home, you may use the computer labs on campus. Please refer to for further details.

    For course related questions, students are encouraged to utilise the designated office hours of the lecturer. Questions over the telephone are strongly discouraged.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Students will be assessed based on the following criteria:

    Mid-term test: 30%
    Final examination 70%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance in class and tutorials is required.
    Assessment Detail

    The assignments will be posted one week prior to the due date. Each week, I will ask a different group of students (based on last names in alphabetical order) to prepare the assignment questions. While the assignment is not graded, students may (and will mostly likely) be asked to share their solutions with the class. This will count as class participation, which constitutes 10 percent of the overall assessment. Note that supplementary test or examination will not be given to replace the missed ones. Unless there are valid reasons and proper documentation, a missed test or examination will be graded 0.

    Submission of the assignments is not required.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Additional Assessment
    If a student receives 45-49 for their final mark for the course they will automatically be granted an additional assessment. This will most likely be in the form of a new exam (Additional Assessment) and will have
    the same weight as the original exam unless an alternative requirement (for example a hurdle requirement) is stated in this semester’s Course Outline. If, after replacing the original exam mark with the new exam
    mark, it is calculated that the student has passed the course, they will receive 50 Pass as their final result for the course (no higher) but if the calculation totals less than 50, their grade will be Fail and
    the higher of the original mark or the mark following the Additional Assessment will be recorded as the final result.
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