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STAT6110 Official Statistics in a European Context

Module Overview

This module is one of two taught modules which together with a placement module make up training to supplement the MSc in Official Statistics and leading to the EMOS accreditation awarded by Eurostat. It covers the history and evolution of the European Union with particular reference to its statistical system; the legal requirements and work programmes for statistics in the European Union; procedures for working within the European system; and some case studies of European statistical systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the course is to provide students with a sound understanding of the European Statistical System, and an ability to critically appraise approaches used in EU member states to decide on an efficient organisational approach for official statistics in a range of contexts. It also provides students with foundational skills important to operate effectively in European forums.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the European Statistical System, and its processes for planning and prioritisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main principles underlying European statistics and should be able to apply them to undertake a basic peer review of a country’s statistical system
  • Apply knowledge of a range of options for organising data, from the level of a single survey to a national statistical system, and to discuss the relative merits of alternative approaches

Syllabus

- European Statistical System, European Statistics Code of Practice, relation to and comparison with national and other international codes. The history of the European Union and the European Statistical System. - Annual and multiannual (work) programs, principal regulations governing production of European statistics. - Peer review of statistical systems. - Quality, harmonisation and standardisation. National and international comparability, and competence. Procedures for audit. - Data management, transmission, release and metadata. - Statistical systems in European countries (some selected examples, incl Germany (federal), UK (decentralised), a centralised system example (eg Italy), and a small country (e.g. Estonia).

Special Features

This module is run as a week-long short course, a component of the European Masters in Official Statistics

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures and workshops/tutorials, mixed in a 5 day course designed for students on release from the workplace. Students are also expected to read wider than the lecture material as part of their individual study, and to critically appraise different approaches.

TypeHours
Teaching25
Independent Study75
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Descriptions of EU institutions and lots of additional information is available on the European Parliament’s website.

Contains a chronology of the European Union and helpful links to other material..

Leiden University’s History Department has a site dedicated to the history of the European Union, with links to many interesting historical documents and broadcasts..

Eurostat’s website.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Approved Calculators

Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.

Stationery

You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.

Textbooks

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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