Useful information and some course material will be made available on the learning management
system (iLearn): ilearn.mq.edu.au. Visit the homepage regularly for new information, course
material and announcements.
Technologies used and required
(1) Students will require a non-programmable calculator for tutorials, tests and the final
Students will also require access to a computer, on which the following are installed or
(2) Gretl: It is free, open-source software. Visit the Gretl website: http://gretl.sourceforge.net/,
and choose the operating system of your computer from the menu on the left-hand side.
Download and install the program onto the computer. Download also the manual and all the data
(3) An internet browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, to access iLearn.
(4) Adobe Acrobat Reader: to read course material downloaded from iLearn. This program
can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Woodridge, Jeffrey M., Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 7th edition, or
Hill, R. Carter, William E. Griffiths, and Guay C. Lim, Principles of Econometrics, 5th edition
Material such as lecture slides, examples, etc will be made available on the unit web site as the unit progresses.
Learning and Teaching Activities
This unit is taught as a mix of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are designed to provide a description of the econometric tools and techniques necessary for this unit and the theory of statistics which supports them. The lectures include numerous examples of the use of the tools in applied problems. Students can reinforce their learning by solving applied problems using the same tools in tutorials and in their own private study. ECON2032 relies heavily on independent learning where students read the relevant chapter(s), revise lecture notes, and practice the techniques by attempting the tutorial questions.
1. Pre-recorded Lectures (Online, 1 hour for each week)
Pre-recorded lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and the framework for each topic. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the key concepts before attending live lectures. Pre-recorded lectures will be available on iLearn.
2. Live Lectures (Online, 1 hour for each week)
Live lectures provide a review of selected concepts and where possible a demonstration of the use of the econometric software in applied problems. It is also an opportunity for students to provide feedback on their understanding of the concepts. Students are expected to deepen their understanding of the topic via live lectures. Links to live lectures will be available on iLearn.
3. Tutorials (Online or Face-to-Face*, 1 hour for each topic)
Tutorials will be held weekly, starting from Week 2. There is expected to be a mixture of online and face-to-face tutorials in 2022 Session 2. Students must register in a tutorial class and generally will not be permitted to attend a tutorial class other than the one in which they are registered. Changes to tutorial enrolments may only be made using the online system subject to available capacity. The Unit Convenor cannot make enrolment changes on behalf of students. Changes to tutorial enrolments generally take up to 24 hours to be reflected on iLearn.
The teaching materials provided on iLearn include written problem solving questions as well as practice online quizzes. The practice online quizzes will often inlcude questions similar to those on which you will be later examined in assessable tutorial quizzes, or in the mid-semester test or final exam. It is highly recommended that you try the practice quizzes before the tutorial session so that you can ask your tutor for help where needed. The tutorials are not intended to be a monologue by the tutor and there will not be time to cover all of the week’s material. Students are expected to be familiar with the key concepts and to actively participate in learning activities and discussions.
Outside class time, the best way to get help with a problem is to post it on the online discussion forum.
* The intended delivery mode may need to change after the start of the session due to the evolving covid situation and students need to ensure they keep up with iLearn Announcements made during the session accordingly.