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Required academic knowledge

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.

Purpose

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)
  • Introduction to macroeconomics
  • Introduction to microeconomics
  • Excel

Students who intend to choose the course ‘regression analysis’ are required to study the following course material in addition:

  • STATA
  • Advanced statistics

On the online platform, you will find study guides, textbook chapters as well as online videos and tutorials. This should help you in understanding the course content.

Pre-tests

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.