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TSTA602 Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance


TSTA602 Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance, Term 1, 2022 PROJECT REPORT


Lecturer: Dr Biplob Chowdhury

Due Date:              Week 11, Monday 3rd October at 5.00pm.

Course Weighting:    35% (This assignment is marked out of 100%)

General Information:

  • The objective of this project is to analyse the provided young employee’s information in Tasmania and to discuss issues related to relationships between employee’s wages and abilities, etc.
  • You need to work in a group (no groups of more than THREE members will be permitted) to complete the assignment. You will need to complete the assignment group work sheet (available on Moodle) and attach to your assignment. For a group submission, each student in the group needs to write a brief statement of his/her contribution on the cover sheet. All students must sign this work sheet if you work in a group. It is NOT acceptable for one student to sign for all group members.
  • An electronic copy of the assignment needs to be submitted to the Assignment Folder on Moodle on Monday 3rd October at 5.00pm.
  • You will be required to use appropriate technique or method to evaluate or to present data. DO NOT use every technique you can think of as this only shows that you do not understand what is required. Use the most appropriate, although you should also remember that different techniques/tests/graphs may provide you with different types of information. Use your judgement carefully.
  • Use Microsoft Excel to generate graphs and calculate numerical measures for describing random variables.
  • Your explanations must be clear, concise and complete.
  • Wherever calculation is required, please show your work in detail as partial marks are given to each step.
  • Ensure that you analyse data thoroughly and present results carefully. Make sure that you interpret results in the context of the initial problem in order to show your understanding. You can also make recommendations about further research that should be conducted in order to provide a better answer.
  • All tables and diagrams should be accurately labelled and referenced and referred to in the text.
  • It is recommended that you type your assignment using a computer. A hand-written assignment can be accepted only if it is legible and easy to follow. However, all of tables/graphs/estimation results must be printed.
  • All hypothesis tests must be performed at the 5% level of significance. Students are NOT allowed to directly use the test function in MS Excel to conduct hypothesis tests. All hypothesis tests must follow the structure below:
    • State the null and alternative hypotheses.
    • Show how to construct the test statistic and what the distribution is under the null hypothesis.
    • Calculate the test statistic.
    • State the significance level of the test.
  • State the rejection rule.
    • State the conclusion of test expressed in terms of the aim of the test.
  • Please note that teaching staff may provide advice but are not responsible for resolving personal difficulties you may have when working with peers.

Assessment Criteria:

You should be aware that assignments will be checked for plagiarism. Plagiarism is punishable by reduction or cancellation of marks, and in the most serious cases, exclusion from a unit, a course or the University. This warning applies to a case where a student submits somebody else’s work as their own, AND to a student who willingly allows another to copy and submit their work. I expect your plagiarism match with any source (internet or other groups) to be less than 15%. Plagiarism policy is described in the TSTA602 unit outline.

Submission and Request for extension.

  • Submit your assignment including a cover sheet through TURNITIN found on Moodle under the ‘Major Assignment’ icon. The electronic copy must have signed cover sheet with name and student ID on the Cover Sheet. Please remember that you are responsible for lodging the assignment on or before the due date.
  • If you have problems submitting your assignment, you MUST contact your lecturer immediately explaining the situation by email and attach your assignment in the email before the due time. In your email, you must clearly identify in the title of your email that you experiencing a problem in TSTA602 Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance. In the body of the email, explain the specific problem.
  • The late assessment and Extension Policy applies. Please refer to this policy in the Unit Outline.



A consulting firm randomly selected 150 young employees in Tasmania. These selected employees answered questions and undertook a standard IQ test and a KW test. The KW test examines respondents’ knowledge about the duties in their workplaces and the knowledge about the Australian and Tasmanian labour markets. Respondents’ answers are entered a spreadsheet where each column represents a variable. These variables include:

  1. wage: monthly earnings in dollars
  • hours: average weekly working hours
  • IQ: IQ score
  • KW: knowledge of work score
  • educ: years of education
  • exper: years of work experience
  • tenure: years with the current employer
  • age: age in years
  • marriage: marriage status
  1. gender: female or male
  1. urban: =Y if lives in urban areas

=N if lives in rural areas

  1. sibs: the number of siblings
  1. brthord: birth order, e.g. =2 means he/she is the second child in the family.
  1. meduc: mother’s education
  1. feduc: father’s education

The missing values are shown by a “.” in the cells.


  1. Read the provided raw data carefully to check whether all respondents have provided information for each variable. Explain what you have done to manage the missing data. Clearly indicate the final number of observations (respondents) you will use in the following analysis. Submit an electronic copy of the Excel spreadsheet of the final dataset together with your assignment. All your following analysis should be based on this final dataset.

[10 marks]

  • Pick up two numerical variables and two categorical variables and then describe each of them one by one. Use appropriate tables/graphs and numerical measures to help you describe the distribution of the variables.

[10 marks]

  • It’s often asked what factors relate to IQ score and KW score. Look through your data and first pick up one numerical variable that you think may relate to IQ score. Explain why you pick up this variable. Then use an appropriate graph and an appropriate numerical measure to discuss the empirical relationship between IQ score and this numerical variable. Repeat the same exercise for the relationship between KW score and a numerical variable to which you think KW may relate.

[15 marks]

  • You want to look at the relationship between gender and wages. However, you notice that gender is a categorical variable and wage is a numerical variable. One way to work on two different types of variables is to transform one variable to the type of the other. You decide to generate a categorical variable based on the level of wage, and this categorical variable has two values, “high” and “low”. For example, you choose a threshold value for wage, and if a respondent’s wage is no less than the threshold value, you enter “high” and enter “low” otherwise.
  1. Describe in detail how you have decided the threshold value for generating the new categorical variable for the level of wage. Then use an appropriate graph to present this variable. (Hint: you may choose to use an appropriate numerical measure of wage as the threshold value).

[6 marks]

  • Present these two categorical variables together using an appropriate graph, and then discuss what the graph shows.

[4 marks]

  • Produce a contingency table to present these two categorical variables. Based on the contingency table, calculate the related (empirical) joint and marginal probabilities. You may find helpful to produce another contingency table to show your calculated probabilities. (Hint: you may need Excel skills — e.g. use the commands such as “sort” or “countif”— to count the relevant frequencies, or use PivotTable function)

[8 marks]

  • Based on the sample information, calculate the probability of either being a female or getting a low wage level, and calculate the probability of being a female conditional on getting a low wage level

[5 marks]

  • Examine whether the statement “Males tend to receive high wages than females” is true,

false or inconlusive based on the sample information. Explain your response.

[5 marks]

[Total Marks 28]

  • Suppose that the population average of (monthly) wage of young employees in Tasmania in the previous year before this survey was conducted was $900.
  1. Conduct a hypothesis test that the population average wage of young employees in Tasmania during the year of survey remains the same as in the previous year.

[7 marks]

  • Construct a 95% confidence estimate for the population average wage, and comment whether the population average wage in the year of survey remains the same as in the previous year.

[5marks] [Total Marks 12]

  • You want to use the collected data to study what is the most important factor that affects young employees wage in Tasmania. Use simple regression analysis to answer the following questions. (For each regression you run, show the Excel regression output and report the regression equation. Partial marks from the following questions assign to your regression results.).
  1. Do the years of education have significant impact on the wages? (You need to explain the choice of the null and the alternative hypotheses.)

[5 marks]

  • Do the IQ scores have significant impact on the wages? (You need to explain the choice of the null and the alternative hypotheses.)

[5 marks]

  • Which of the two variables is a better predictor for the wage, years of education or IQ scores? Explain why.

[3 marks]

  • Do the years of work experience have significant impact on the wages? (You need to explain the choice of the null and the alternative hypotheses.

[3 marks]

  • Do the KW scores have significant impact on the wages? (You need to explain the choice of the null and the alternative hypotheses.)

[3 marks]

  • Which of the two variables is a better predictor for the wages, years of work experience or KW scores? Explain why.

[3 marks]

  • Newspapers often criticize a weak link between wage and education comparing with the link between wage and work experience. Discuss if the criticism is consistent with our data.

[3 marks]

[Total Marks 25]

The end of question

Marking Rubric

Assessment Criteria and Performance Standards for Report
 MarkPerformance Standard
Unacceptable level of achievement minimal or no evidence of understanding of theoryAcceptable level of achievement some minimal evidence of understanding of theoryAcceptable level of achievement meets minimal requirementsHigh level of achievement – displays the application of professional & industry standardsExceptional displays the application of professional and industry standards to a very high level
Report context and problem identification/100 – 12345
No real evidence of understanding the case study within the context of a body of knowledge or the principal issues requiring solutionsSome minimal evidence of understanding the case study within the context of a body of knowledge or the principal issues requiring solutionsAdequate evidence of understanding the case study within the context of a body of knowledge or the principal issues requiring solutionsHigh level of ability of understanding the within the context of a body of knowledge or the principal issues requiring solutionsVery high level of understanding the case study within the context of a body of knowledge or the principal issues requiring solutions
  Depth of research/200 – 12345
No real evidence of research underpinning the case studySome minimal evidence of researchAdequate evidence of appropriate research.High level of research – goes beyond prescribed readingsVery high level of research – goes beyond prescribed readings and applied
  Analysis & synthesis/400 – 12345
Very little or no evidence of understanding of the topicSome understanding of the topic evident but with little evidence of analysisAdequate evidence of ability to comprehend case study discussion and facts, leading to research.Good understanding of the topic with evidence of deep analysis and synthesis of informationVery high level of understanding with insightful evaluative comments and conclusions
  0 – 12345
Organisation of arguments and solutions  /20No clear hierarchy of arguments or solutions providedSome solutions backed by arguments presented but not particularly clear or relevantAdequate solutions presented backed by well-presented argumentsWell-presented arguments and solutions– will lead to relevant resolutionsExceptionally well- argued solutions– clear, concise and particularly insightful
  Writing style & grammar or structural issues in written material/100 – 12345
Very poorLow levels ofAverage levels ofHigh level ofVery high level of
grammaticalwriting abilitywriting abilitywriting ability –writing ability with
expression andevident, simplewith someclear conciseno grammatical or
spelling errorsexpression withspelling andexpression withspelling errors.
 many spelling andgrammaticalfew grammatical or 
 errors inaccuracies 
  Total Marks and Feedback  /100Detailed Comments (these might be directly written on the hard copy or electronic copy 
Areas of improvement