Module Title:Quantitative Techniques 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Student-centred lectures fostering individual and collaborative engagement with problem-solving exercises and classroom activities, in class demonstrations, blended learning (integrated mathcasts, software screencasts, applets, spreadsheets, eBooks and other learning resources), independent learning. Examples of real data and statistics used to develop students' critical thinking, ability to deal with uncertainty and international perspectives (e.g. by exploring issues related to economics, social justice, climate change …) Initial development of enquiry skills with integrated emphasis on IT skills.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop students’ mathematical and statistical reasoning and skills, including how to collect, analyse, interpret and present data. Students will be introduced to the areas of descriptive statistics, surveying, sampling, linear correlation and regression, and forecasting. The module's emphasis on both the conceptual and practical will assist students to confidently and fluently use mathematical and statistical thinking and techniques to enquire using data, solve problems and make better business decisions.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe basic concepts in data analysis, descriptive statistics, surveys, sampling, linear correlation and regression, and time series
LO2 In business scenarios, calculate and interpret statistics
LO3 Apply statistical skills and thinking to explore data numerically and graphically
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Quantitative Techniques (10%)
Use an electronic calculator; Undertake basic arithmetic operations; Rearrange equations; Work with decimals and percentages; Calculate and interpret absolute and relative change
Introduction to Statistics, Surveys and Samples (30%)
Describe statistics and data analysis; Appreciate the importance of statistical reasoning in business and everyday life; Interpret critically numbers and statistics: draw warranted conclusions and spot flaws in arguments based on numbers and statistics; Appreciate the statistical investigative cycle; Distinguish between categorical (nominal, ordinal) and numerical (discrete, continuous) data, and between primary and secondary data; Tabulate data and interpret tables; Draw conclusions from tables, including Simpson's Paradox; Interpret different types of charts and graphs; Explain the terms population, sample and inference; Distinguish between and describe random and non-random sampling methods; Design a questionnaire; Outline the procedure to follow in conducting a sample survey; Describe experiments; Appreciate the business applications of big data and analytics; Appreciate ethical issues; Appreciate the role of information technology in collecting data
Averages and Dispersion (25%)
Recognise and explain variability; Calculate and interpret the mean, median and quartiles; Calculate and interpret the range and interquartile range; Calculate and interpret the variance and standard deviation; Interpret the shape of histograms and boxplots; Interpret output from spreadsheet and statistical software
Linear Correlation and Regression, and Time Series (35%)
Draw and interpret scatter diagrams, calculate and interpret the coefficient of linear correlation, the coefficient of determination and the line of linear regression, make and interpret predications using the line of linear regression, calculate and interpret correlation coefficient for ranked data; Identify the factors which affect a time series, calculate a moving average trend and seasonal variation, and forecast future values; Interpret output from spreadsheet and statistical software
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Mid-term test 1,2,3 20.00 Week 7
Other Online quizzes 1,2,3 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 7.50
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 1 Mandatory
CW_BBLAW_C Higher Certificate in Business with Law 1 Mandatory