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This is an introductory course of statistical data analysis, designed for the students of the Economics and Politics program. The material covered in the course includes methods of data collection, analysis, presentation of results as well as the use of statistical data analysis software, SPSS®. The course encompasses methods of descriptive statistics, statistical estimates, data comparison hypothesis testing, correlation as well as regression analysis. During the laboratory sessions students will learn to use the statistical data analysis software, SPSS®, types of data, user tools, as well as procedures for data analysis and presentation. Statistical methods and SPSS® software will be applied to the analysis of concrete economic and political data.
The goal of the course is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the analysis of economic and political data. At the end of the course the students should be able to identify and apply the key methods of data analysis, carry out the analysis using specialized software, and to interpret the results.
In the Economics and Politics program a Bachelor Thesis is written during the eighth semester and is worth 15 ECTS credits. A Thesis is written in English. While writing a Bachelor Thesis students synthesize and augment knowledge and skills acquired during the study at ISM and demonstrate possession of competences required of the recipients of a Bachelor degree in Economics and Politics. In terms of its content and methods of analysis, a Thesis must inter-link objects of several disciplines, particularly those of economics and of politics.