Programming in SAS (2020/2021)

Learning outcomes

The course "Programming in SAS" is an optional "type f" activity, which allows to students to obtain 3 CFU, once a final examination is passed. In particular:

- The course is open to all CdL and CdLM students of the School of Economics and Management, in particular to the students of the Master’s degree in Economics, of the Master’s degree in Economics and Data Analysis, and of the Master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

- Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this year lessons will be delivered online through Zoom meetings. The course has, approximately, 50 places.

- The course will take place in the second semester; there will be just one course.

- Requests for participation will be considered following the registration order considering that priority will be given to CdLM students, in particular to the students of the Master’s degree in Economics, of the Master’s degree in Economics and Data Analysis, and of the Master’s degree in Banking and Finance. Students are required to participate to the first lesson, or to send an email to the teacher to communicate their absence.

- The frequency to the classes is compulsory. Students are required to attend at least 3/4 of the exercise lessons and tutorial activities in order to be admitted to the final evaluation.

The course consists of 24 hours of exercise lessons and tutorial activities (plus 2 hours of final examination).

The calendar of the course will be available as soon as possible.

Teacher: to be announced


Registrations are open from the 13th of October 2020 to the 28th of February 2021.

Please, register through the elearning platform (Moodle). Students without a university IT account can ask to be registered by writing an email to the coordinator of the course. All other students must use the procedure on Moodle.

Syllabus

SAS is a statistical software suite developed by SAS Institute for data management, advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation, and predictive analytics. With SAS it is possible to mine, alter, manage and retrieve data from a variety of sources and perform statistical analysis on it. It also provides a graphical point-and-click user interface for non-technical users and more advanced options through the SAS language. According to independent bodies, SAS is the largest market-share holder in advanced analytics with 35.4 percent of the market as of 2013. It is the fifth largest market-share holder for business intelligence (BI) software with a 6.9% share and the largest independent vendor. SAS is largely used in the banking and insurance sector.

The course aims to provide the basics of the programming and operating philosophy of the SAS software. After the introduction of the SAS software, of its syntax and main functions, the course will focus on the following topics: data processing and manipulation techniques, report production and use of macros. The course aims at improving the computational skills of the students and at providing the knowledge of a software, which is largely used in some sectors of the job market.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A. John Bailer Statistical Programming in SAS (Edizione 2) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2020 9780367358006

Assessment methods and criteria

Students are required to attend at least 3/4 of the exercise lessons/tutorial activity in order to be admitted to the final evaluation. The final examination, which will take place online through a zoom meeting, will consist of a written exam, followed by an oral examination, if necessary, on the use of the software SAS. There will be just one date for the final examination.