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This subject is somewhat reminiscent of High-School Maths.  If you did 3 unit maths or higher, the first half of the course is a cake-walk; otherwise, with a bit of practice, you can still do very well.  The second half of the course – econometrics – is quite simple, teaching you various statistical tools to analyse a set of data, working out things like “statistical significance” of variables.  Again, this is not too hard if you do your homework.

Henry Bruere (LOC)

Work this hard, you will do well!

The teachers

We had the most amazing lecturer, his name was Otto Konstandatos and he was a hilarious character that some-how managed to make integration and regression engaging.  Perhaps it was the humour, perhaps it was that he seemed to engage, but I really liked him.  Further, I had a wonderful tutor, Mr Patel, who was happy to answer any/all the many questions I had during the Semester.

The mid-semester exam

The mid-semester exam covered the content tought in the first half of the semester.  It was a wholly multiple choice exam, and it is a good opportunity to hoard some marks, since this part of the course is much less analytical than the second half.  With appropriate revision (doing the tutorial questions and a few practice exams and going to the UPASS/Maths Study Centre when you don’t understand something) it is quite achievable to get a HD, or even close to a perfect score in this exam.

You are allowed to bring in one A4 sized “cheat sheet” into the test.  To maximise its utility, I worked with 8 pages with a slightly larger font — my cheat sheet was designed to be printed 4 pages to a page, and double-sided.  My cheat sheet for the mid-semester exam covers is available here: 25622:MisdemFormulaSheet.

The exam was not that challenging, and just gave questions of a similar difficulty to the tutorial homework.  Further, time was not that much of an issue in this test.

The Assignment

The assignment is a group assignment.  As such, keep a look out in your tutorial for other people who seem to be smart, or have compatible personalities. Whilst I did the majority of the work for our assignment, I still thoroughly enjoyed working with my group because working, and laughing, with people is much less boring than working alone (that’s why I love study-groups!).

The first half of the assignment uses the mathematics we learned in the first half of the semester to prove the OLS (Ordinary Least Squares) Regression Model.  Basically, for the last few years, every single person who has done  this assignment has had to do this, so it is quite easy to find good answers.  You can find mine in the attached assignment.  This part of the assessment is worth half the marks, and, generally, is the place where people pick up most of their marks.

The second half of the assignment is applying the regression techniques we have learned over the semester to a data set, run through eViews, and answer analytical questions on the significance of various variables in the data.  In our assignment, we had to analyse the relationship between certain variables (including engine size, car weight, etc.) to the economy of vehicles.

Whilst I am happy to attach my assignment, I have to forewarn, our group got a distinction (16.5/20) and there were many groups who did better, so perhaps other sources are more appropriate.  Here is the assignment: QBA:Assingment.

The Final Exam

The final exam was broken into two halves, the first testing the content from the first half of the semester (which had already been tested in the mid-semester exam) and the second half was on econometrics (here are my econometrics formulae: 25622Econometrics).  Whilst the questions from the first half were easy (just a quick hint, it is almost always easier to work backwards on a Lagrange Multiplier question than it is to solve it from scratch), the problems on regression were somewhat unexpected.

In the mid-semester exam, the content of the exam reflected the content and difficulty of the textbook questions assigned as homework.  In the final exam, the questions were nothing like those in the textbook or the standard tutorial questions.  They were more theoretical.  The best preparation I had for them was doing questions at UPASS and at the Maths Study Centre.  Since it would be impossible to do a regression on paper (except for with the simplest data) within the time frame, a lot of the questions were about transforming the formulae of the OLS equations, theoretical questions on the assumptions of the model and/or questions analysing a pre-calculated regression output.  This exam, too, did not press me too much for time, although I did end up spending a lot more time on the second half of the exam.

Here is my final exam cheat-sheet: 25622FinalFormulae.  Again, print 4 pages to a page, double sided.

So, if you study consistently, or cram really well, you should pass the subject.  Attend all the lectures since that is the best way to learn — Otto has a marvellous way of making a topic (that the textbook makes seem incomprehensible) feel absolutely trivial.  Go to all the UPASS’s and Maths Study Centre sessions for the topics you don’t feel you understand.  If you do all that, you can really make this subject stand out on your transcript as a really good mark.  You can get a lot from putting a bit of time into this subject.


Welcome first-years!

oatsandsugar —  February 25, 2011 — 1 Comment

New law students! Hi!

First of all I’d like to say welcome to Law and welcome to UTS.  My site is here to share the work I’ve done and teach what shortcuts I know around the course to make your life easier.

Graduating class of the St. Paul Talmud Torah

Law students can by ^this^ cool

If you are studying Business and Law, like I did, you’ll probably only start Law in the second semester.  You’ll probably be studying MPO, Accounting 1, Economics and BLE.  Not the hardest subjects, but I have a few tips and tricks on them anyway.  If you’re jumping straight into law, you will probably be doing Method, Perspectives and Contracts.  If you are studying anything else this semester, hit up my contents page and just find the subject you are looking for: if I’ve done it, I’ve written something up about it.

Also, check out my “nerding-it-up” posts about using technology in studying law.

I’m a peer mentor this semester (teaching a Wednesday class), hopefully I’ll be able to see some of you in class.

Finally, go to law camp! You’ll have the time of your life.

If you need any advice, hit me up with an email, I’ll be happy to help!

How a student feels half-way through the final

This is a weird subject.  Weird because during the tutorials, when the teacher is going over the questions, everything makes sense.  Put pen to paper to try to do a practice paper and nothing works. Panic.

There is a way to fight this!  Know that: the mid-sems are easy; the finals do not deal with anything that was dealt with in the mid-sems; they purposefully put the harder questions first in the paper, just to scramble you up; and that the hard bits that you don’t understand (hypothesis testing, mainly) make up only a small part of the exam.  Also, make sure Con (Mr/Dr/Prof./etc. Con Menictas) is your tutor.  He is easy to understand, entertaining, and will take time out to help you personally.  A great tutor.

The assignments are like the exams.  The first one is piss easy, the second one is a little tricksy.  Choose a good group, one that isn’t lazy.  Here’s our part A (thanks group :D): 26133Asst1.  I don’t have a copy of our Part B, but if you need any help or want me to look it up for you, hit me up with an email.

I did ridiculously well in the mid-semester exam.  I literally only made one mistake.  Here’s my mid-sem cheat-sheet: 26133MidsemNotes.

I was like “hey, this subject is ridiculously easy, I don’t need to go to lectures at all.”  A week before finals, I realized this was a dumb mistake.  The second half of semester is much more difficult.  Pay attention to hypothesis testing.  Pay attention to regression.  Thus, I regret to inform you that whilst my exam notes are pretty awesome for most of the subject they lack with regards to hypothesis testing and regression (26133FinalNotes).  Hypothesis testing is more using the tools given in previous weeks in the method described, if you get my drift.  The only way I wrapped my head around it was by doing a heap of past-paper questions to try and do all of the possible hypothesis questions.  It worked, I recommend trying to find an easier way though…

Be careful with this subject, and good luck!

Most students pick this subject up in second year, either first or second semester. I chose to do it first year. In second semester, you only have one Bus subject, and two really easy Law ones. I would definitely recommend overloading to 2 business and 2 law subjects, it’s not too hard and it’ll make next year easier.

I Moustache You A Questions (SAY IT)

Say it. Also, ask as many questions as you want in the tutes. It will help you understand the subject.

Fundamentals of Business Finance really isn’t too hard. Really. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers.

I did have it a bit easy though. I was in an evening class (which I totally recommend, there tend to be less people with more experience in evening classes, I choose them on purpose) and I termed up with a Sagely Business Executive Type for our assignment. It literally went down like this:

SBET: “You want to be in my finance group?”
Me: “Yep!”
SBET: “Cool. Here’s our assignment.”
We got full marks. Choosing a good finance group is important!

Don’t stress too much over the test.  If you’ve done the homework and a couple of practice papers (like accounting, I crammed this into the week before the test) you can do really well.  Make a good cheat sheet.  It can only be one page.  Mine is 8 pages.  I double-sided 4 pages to a page printed it.  It is colour coded! Here it is (25300Cheatsheet).  One thing I remember though, the first half is for mid-sems, the second is for finals.  When they say that they don’t overlap,  they mean it.

Enjoy! Don’t stress.

I'm pretty sure Mr BLE is allergic to natural light/is a vampire

This is a really easy subject to excel in (DO WELL, no excuses).

The lecturer is a bit boring, and a lot creepy (when you hear his “people having sex next door” noises to describe the reason for injunctions, you’ll understand me).  Our tutor was actually the cutest little grandma lady, Ms Beth Dababneh.  She treated us like kings and sent us as many notes as possible so we did well.

On to the beef of it all, some sagely advice: when it comes the time to volunteer yourself to do a class presentation, volunteer for week 9 or 10, or whatever it was, the one to do with ethics.  The teacher will take it that you know what you are talking about if you mention a couple of ethicsy sounding things like the Babylonian Talmud, Kafka, etc. Here’s my class presentation, just for your enjoyment (79203ClassPresentation).

If you do make notes, especially on the Jurisprudence and Contracts parts of the subject, it’ll help you in beginning of your Perspectives on Law and your Contracts classes (regarding the contracts thing, this is just advice I have heard from others, I am doing contracts this semester, so I don’t know yet first hand).

I have some pretty killer notes on this subject.  The first batch is for Jurisprudence, which I did in the first couple of weeks of semester, when I was way too eager (79203JurisprudenceNotes).  The second batch I made for finals, and are made to work well in the open book test.  The test was dead easy, enjoy (79203Finals)!

This was probably my favorite subject first semester; I had an awesome tutor (Prof. Bajada) and I really love economics.  The weekly online (MyAtlas I think it was called?) exam helped to keep me focussed and revised, but my tutor was a little bit of a dull dill-head.

Just a word of advice for new Ecos students who had done y11-y12 economics in high-school: you may know all the basics, and definitely the first half of most lectures, but remember to listen! Prof. moves through the material quickly and if you doze off you will snap back totally lost in a diagram you have never seen before.

The diagrams  are definitely the most important thing in the subject.  If you understand them; what they mean, how they are built and how to apply them, the exam will go smoothly.

Here’s my Media Assignment (25115MediaAsst).

And my notes on market structures with (pretty awesome) diagrams (25115MarketStructure).

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This was a hella fartsy subject.  I didn’t like it (it wasn’t creative like advertising would be, but rather constrained by trying to look at marketing through too businessy a perspective).  I did have a pretty good tutor though, which is good.

The app we designed as our product

Here’s my group’s poster (24108: Poster); thanks to my group members for their assistance. I cannot stress enough how important a good group is.  There’s a lot of design/grunt work to do and a bit of group assistance/group creativity is crucial.

I didn’t really use any notes to study for the exam, I just went over the final exam revision slides that they gave us.  The only lecture you really need to take notes on is the one given by the case-study lecturer (we had some guy from Tony and Guy … if you have him, put your hand up if he asks if you like T&G, the lecture I went to they gave away free haircuts worth more than $100 each).

To tell you the truth, for this subject I didn’t make any notes at all.

All I did was *naughty* all of the homework for the semester in the week before the exam.


Accounting actually isn't too hard

Regarding the 3 options for assessments, being a first semester at uni wimp, I decided that option 3 was the safest option, giving me the best chance to grab as many marks as possible.  I didn’t take into account the way that I study, which is generally late, and generally quite crammy (though I’m getting better).  Also, my tutor hated me (he gave me 5/10).  My finals were my best mark.  If I would have chosen option 1, I would have achieved my best mark, by quite a margin.  I did manage to get a distinction, but I would have easily been in HD territory if I had more balls and chose option 1 or 2.

Have guts, and take your study habits into consideration when choosing an assessment option.

Just posting up my old notes/assignments for the archive.

HD Bible for the essays: Milgram's "Obedience to Authority"

This subject was one of my favorite subjects I have done so far.  If you do your Reading Book readings every week (don’t even bother with the textbook, it is useless), and do, or at least think about your tutorial questions, you should do awesome.  The exam is easy, but fiddly.

If you read any extra book in this subject, make it Milgram’s “Obedience to Authority”, it is brilliant, easy to read, and will get you far in your assignments [UTS Library, Amazon].

My first essay was in response to the question “Should managers seek to manage the views and values of their employees (Online, Word Doc 21129e1)” and my second was in response to “Employee resistance in the workplace is only every destructive and it should be eliminated by management. Discuss (Online, Word Doc 21129e2)”.  Both were 90+% essays.

My exam notes are based both on the tutorial questions and the lecture materials (21129-Notes(ExamPrep)) and can be used as tutorial discussion notes as well.