Incoming students are required to have knowledge of Micro- and Macroeconomics, Quantitative Data Analysis (basic statistics), Stata and Microsoft Excel. The IOB created an online learning platform that allows incoming students to refresh their knowledge or to study the required material.
The IOB online self-study guide aims at (re)introducing incoming IOB students to courses that are considered ‘required knowledge’ for IOB. It is knowledge that is not taught at IOB, but is central to many of the courses organized throughout the year. The Self Study Guide introduces you to (1) Micro- and Macroeconomics (2) Basic statistics (Quantitative Data Analysis) and advanced statistics (3) Stata and (4) Microsoft Excel. Incoming students are required to study these courses before the start of the Master programmes.
What do you need to master?
All incoming students are required to study the following course material:
- Basic statistics (=Quantitative data analysis):Quantitative data analysis refreshes your knowledge on statistics. You will be provided with a short update on sampling, and are invited to read about (and apply) univariate statistics and probability theory and are (again) introduced to inferential statistics, like confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. You will go through this material by yourself. Yet, inferential statistics will also partly be addressed in class, given its complexity and its central role in social science research. Course material is available on the online study platform.
- Introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics:Micro- and macroeconomics introduces you to the (most) basic concepts and ideas in economics. For micro-economics, this includes among other topics, demand and supply (curves), the market equilibrium, price and income elasticity, as well as the law of diminishing returns and different market structures. For macro-economics, emphasis is put on measuring national income, economic growth and exchange rates. The topics listed are not exhaustive and only cover the ones considered relevant for the course ‘Theories of Development.’ Course material is available on the online study platform.
Students who intend to choose the course ‘regression analysis’ are required to study the following course material in addition:
- Advanced statistics
On the online platform https://iobprecourse.neolms.com/, you will find study guides, textbook chapters as well as online videos and tutorials. This should help you in understanding the course content.
Once in Antwerp, you will be required to take a pre-test on the above topics during the introduction week and the first week of classes at IOB:
- Pre-test Micro- and Macroeconomics: students failing the test, will be required to repeat the self-study of the online material and retake the test. Failing this second test will imply further self-study by the student on an independent basis.
- Pre-test QDA (basic statistics): students failing the test will be required to repeat the self-study of the online material and retake the test. Failing this second test will imply further self-study by the student on an independent basis.
- Pre-test MS Excel: failing this test will imply further self-study by the student on an independent basis.
- Pre-test QDA (advanced statistics): only for students who choose the unit ‘regression analysis’: students failing the test will be required to repeat the self-study of the online material and retake the test. If students fail this second test, they will not be able to follow the regression analysis unit within Research Methods 2.
- No pre-test on STATA. Tutorials will be offered to students who have prepared the online course material.
How to gain access and how to use the platform
Please check the instructions here.