Postgraduate Course: SAS Programming for Financial Analysis (CMSE11410)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||SAS software is the standard software used in Financial and Banking industry for analysing and comparing datasets, as well for creating and coding customised models. The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to programming in a high-level language, using SAS as an example. Students will acquire hands-on practice on SAS by analysing and manipulating databases.
SAS software is the standard software used in Financial and Banking industry for analysing and comparing datasets, as well for creating and coding customised models. The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to programming in a high-level language, using SAS as example. Students will acquire hands-on practice on SAS by analysing and manipulating databases. Students will acquire skills on reading, running, manipulating and creating programs in SAS environment. Good programming practice for sharing their programs with others. Database creation and manipulation. Data analysis and regression via SAS. Introduction to macro language and program development for repetitive analysis.
- Introduction, getting started with SAS
- Reading and creating datasets.
- Combine datasets
- Statistics and Regression
- Introduction to Macro Language
Student Learning Experience:
Students will learn mainly via demonstrations and hands-on exercises. The students will be provided with exercises to practice at home. Evidence of knowledge will consist on an individual piece of code for analysing a real-world dataset.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% coursework (individual) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
||Formative: students will gain feedback on their understanding of the material when they perform computer lab exercises. Students may ask questions in lectures and in forums to assess their knowledge.
Summative: students will receive feedback on the assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Know, understand and critically discuss the basics of coding on high-level programming languages.
- Know, understand and critically discuss the role of programming approaches in data analytics.
- Know, understand and critically discuss how programming allow for the creation of customised models and algorithms.
- Apply the main routines available in SAS for data analysis to a range of problems.
- Conceptualise and critically evaluate the structure of estimation commands in standard statistical packages.
|Delwiche, L.D. and Slaughter, S.J (2019) The Little SAS Book: A Primer. 6th edition.|
Delwiche, L.D, Ottesen, R.A., and Slaughter, S.J. (2020) Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Sixth Edition.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
|Course organiser||Dr Belén Martín-Barragán
Tel: (0131 6)51 5539
|Course secretary||Miss Lindsay Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3823