ECON 7071 - Intermediate Macroeconomics IID

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Macroeconomics is concerned with the behaviour of the economy as a whole. In particular it addresses the big issues which affect us on a day to day basis. As macroeconomists we want to know why some countries grow more quickly than others, why some experience high inflation while others have stable prices and why all countries experience recessions and booms. Furthermore, we want to know if government policy can have an impact on these factors. The aim of this course is to provide these tools and give a deeper understanding of these issues.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 7071
    Course Intermediate Macroeconomics IID
    Coordinating Unit School of Economics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Introductory level macroeconomics, ECON 1005 or equivalent
    Restrictions Available to MFin&BusEc, GradCertEc, GradCertIntEc, GradDipIntEc & GradDipAppEc students only
    Course Description Macroeconomics is concerned with the behaviour of the economy as a whole. In particular it addresses the big issues which affect us on a day to day basis. As macroeconomists we want to know why some countries grow more quickly than others, why some experience high inflation while others have stable prices and why all countries experience recessions and booms. Furthermore, we want to know if government policy can have an impact on these factors. The aim of this course is to provide these tools and give a deeper understanding of these issues.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mark Weder

    Professor Mark Weder (Semester 1 and 2)
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding:
    This course aims to develop an understanding of those social institutions such as property rights, firms and markets, that are the economic framework within which individuals, responding to incentives, make choices in their own self interest and how these choices can also serve the social interest. (Learning outcomes 1-3)

    Communication Skills:
    This course aims to develop students’ abilities to construct and sustain an argument using the phrases and concepts that economists use in their deliberations. A theoretical framework is developed in which students acquire an understanding of how economic agents interact and by doing so develop the literacy and verbal communication skills necessary for presenting arguments of an economic nature. (Learning outcomes 4-9)

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Explain how markets organise the allocation of scarce resources and the distribution of goods and services
    2 Assess the efficiency of markets and describe the various factors that might impact on efficiency
    3 Distinguish between the various forms of market failure and explain how governments might need to intervene
    4 Relate the basic economic theory and principles to current macroeconomic issues and evaluate related public policy
    5 Use economic models to analyse a situation in terms of economics
    6 Work and learn independently and with others
    7 Communicate their knowledge and understanding of economic issues using written, verbal and visual expression
    8 Evaluate outcomes based on the costs and benefits involved
    9 Understand the broader social consequences of economic decisions making
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4-9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Macroeconomics by Stephen Williamson, 5th edition, ISBN 97812920000459, Pearson
    Recommended Resources

    Students enrolled in this course may request a paper copy of this course profile from the Professions Student Hub.

    Online Learning
    All additional material will be posted on the course MyUni website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Students will be required to understand material as covered in the course lectures as well as additional assigned readings. Problem sets will reinforce key concepts covered in course lectures.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all one-hour lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week. Students are also expected to commit approximately 8 to 10 hours to private study, that is, study outside of your regular classes.

    Learning Activities Summary


    1. Economic Growth: Malthus and Solow

    2. Income Disparity Among Countries and Endogenous Growth


    3. Consumer and Firm Behavior: The Work—Leisure Decision and Profit Maximization

    4. A Closed-Economy One-Period Macroeconomic Model

    5. Search and Unemployment


    6. A Two-Period Model: The Consumption—Savings Decision and Credit Markets

    7. Credit Market Imperfections: Credit Frictions, and Financial Crises

    8. A Real Intertemporal Model with Investment


    9. Money, Banking, Prices, and Monetary Policy (if time allows)

    10. Business Cycle Models with Flexible Prices and Wages

    11. New Keynesian Economics: Sticky Prices (if time allows)

    ** Order of material to be covered in class is tentative and subject to change.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Midterm exam 40%
    Take home exam 20%
    Final exam 40%
    Assessment Detail

    The midterm exam will occur in class some time around Week 4 to 6. The exact date will depend on material covered in lectures. The take home exam will occur in week 10 to 12.

    There will not be a make-up mid-semester exam. Those who miss the mid-semester exam must obtain documentation in line with university regulations in order to avoid a grade of zero on the mid-semester exam or assignment. For those who miss the mid-semester exam and obtain accepted documentation the relevant weight will be added to the weight of the final exam in determining the overall grade for the course.

    The final exam will be 2 hours in length.

    Please note that, following University policy, dictionaries are not allowed in School of Economics exam.


    Procedure of assignment submission will be detailed in class and may be posted on the course MyUni website.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Additional Assessment
    If a student receives 45-49 for their final mark for the course they will automatically be granted an additional assessment. This will most likely be in the form of a new exam (Additional Assessment) and will have the same weight as the original exam unless an alternative requirement (for example a hurdle requirement) is stated in this semester’s Course Outline. If, after replacing the original exam mark with the new exam mark, it is calculated that the student has passed the course, they will receive 50 Pass as their final result for the course (no higher) but if the calculation totals less than 50, their grade will be Fail and the higher of the original mark or the mark following the Additional Assessment will be recorded as the final result.
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