Saturday, 23 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 31

Week 31 – Block 6: Project work

Project work               Project work

Thursday, 21 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - TMA06 Marked and Returned

Not particularly happy that this TMA has taken so long to get marked, especially as my tutor seems now to be questioning the complexity of what I am doing and has suggested a far less interesting adjustment. This is especially odd as I pretty much laid out exactly my plan at the last tutorial and no concerns were raised then..... 

Also my lowest mark so far by quite a bit, although still a Pass1, which sort of reflects my running out of steam and enthusiasm for the EMA. Also I submitted early after a particularly mind-numbing spirit-crushing tutorial dominated by somebody to whom brevity is a stranger, so not surprised by the mark really.

Graham, who runs the Econometrics Forum, has been far more enthusiastic (although to be fair this appears to be his default position on almost everything), and so I will crack on against tutorial advice rather than have an extremely simple and mundane project. I must say however, that this has been my undoing in these sorts of projects in the past so the outcome will either be that the odds were that I would come good eventually or that I never learn.

I have no doubt that I could submit what I have done already and get a pass, but I need a Pass1 from this course in order to stand a chance at a 1st Class Honours - so I am afraid that the pressure is on.

I have to say that Graham is doing an excellent job on the econometrics forum, he appears to be there almost all the time and has been extremely helpful and patient, I'm not really sure any of us could have asked for more from him.

So, time for a big push over the next 10 days, as not only is the end in sight, it appears to be careering towards me !

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Still no TMA06

Less than a fortnight to go before the EMA has to be posted and TMA06 is still conspicuous by its absence.

Not happy about this at all - so I guess I press ahead and hope there is no need to make any changes.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 30

Week 30 – Block 6: Project work

Project work              Project work

What I really need is TMA06 back sometime today.

There would seem to be little point having this TMA as a necessary check and balance on your direction and ideas for the EMA if it gets back to you so close to the EMA deadline that altering course at that late stage is pretty much impossible.

What makes it worse is that it was submitted early..........

I am currently wasting my time checking the website every 15 mins to half an hour in the hope it will arrive.

Maybe a beer and the football will calm me down....... But it won't write the EMA.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - TMA06 NOT Marked and Returned yet.

A huge downside of submitting the TMA early is that you want it back even sooner and life just doesn't work like that.

It has been well over 24 hours since the TMA deadline and still nothing from my tutor.......

But am I bored, no not at all - GRETL has seen to that.

For my EMA I wish to graphically illustrate the points I am trying to make regarding the correlation between education and wages. Unfortunately, due to some bug or other between the GRETL econometric application and the graph drawing application it is not possible to draw more than one line or indeed add a different line to the one GRETL wants you to add. I have therefore been on a  crash course in EXCEL scatter plotting, which sounds easy but can be very frustrating.

I have about 20 different scatter plots to produce, I am halfway through, my eyes were going skelly last night with the repetitive mundane task of copy - paste - scatter - adjust - title - save - check -save again - next!

I also have some sort of OCD condition in that I am unable to concentrate on writing text until this task is complete and all the graphs look perfect, same font, size, layout, colours - and I'm sure that the marker wouldn't really care if it was a hand drawn scatter - it is the information it conveys that is important not the presentation - but that is not how my brain works.

Also after several emails from the Open University, arriving with increasing regularity, I have done as asked-ordered-threatened and paid for my last course DD306. They hadn't reached the level of threat you'd associate with a crack-addled loan shark, but it was heading that way.

So, the end to my years of study for this BA PPE is not quite in sight, but it is just over this EMA shaped horizon.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - TMA06 Submitted

TMA06 submitted over TWO DAYS EARLY.

That is the first time I've managed that on this course. I'm sure the experience would be one to savour if the EMA wasn't hunting me down - I think I can feel its breath on the back of my neck.

Quick cup of coffee then back to Gretl......

Saturday, 9 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 29

Week 29 – Block 6: Project work

Project work             Project work

I am feeling happier about my EMA project which is loosely based around the wage advantages of acquiring human capital. It would seem that I am far from alone in choosing this general area of investigation, but as there is no way to discuss the project with others I'm sure we are all doing something slightly different.

The data I am working with seems to be doing what it should in most areas but my main theoretical model isn't working properly..... it will need altered and a 'improved' model postulated.

TMA06 is falling into place, so at present things seem to be on track.

I have put an enormous amount of effort into the TMAs for this course in the hope that I can get a Pass1, 'cos I don't think that will be possible in my last course which is now Politics (could have been Philosophy). I have made the grade on the TMAs, so this is putting a huge amount of pressure on the EMA. 

I think I may come up short on this.......

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - EMA Submission - 28

OK, its time to get timetable serious and stop messing about......

As of now, the important dates are :

Target Date
Literature Review / Tutorial Presentation Now
TUTORIAL Project Presentation  9th May
TMA 6 12th May
Finish EMA Econometric Modelling 1 week 19th May
Fishing Conclusion and Suggestions 1 week 26th May
Proof Reading and Minor Tweeks 30th/31st May
Declair Project Finished Evening  1st June
Print Project and check all documentation Afternoon  2nd June
Have Project Bound Evening  2nd June
Send Project Recorded Delivery  Morning 3rd June

So, really only 3 weeks to go, a lot sooner than you think and an awful lot to do :-(