ECON 7200 - Economic Principles (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics so that they can understand economic events and the behaviour of the various economic agents involved, analyse their impact on markets and propose appropriate courses of action. To do this, the student should be able to utilise the tools of economic analysis to perform company and industry competitive analysis and should understand and be conversant with the various economic indicators used.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 7200
    Course Economic Principles (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Economics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week. Intensive in Summer Semester.
    Incompatible Introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Not available to PGCW Economics programs.
    Course Description The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics so that they can understand economic events and the behaviour of the various economic agents involved, analyse their impact on markets and propose appropriate courses of action. To do this, the student should be able to utilise the tools of economic analysis to perform company and industry competitive analysis and should understand and be conversant with the various economic indicators used.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Raul Barreto

    Semester 1 & 2
    Dr Raul Barreto
    Office location: Nexus 10, Level 4, Room 4.26
    Telephone: 8313 3240
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course aims to develop students’ understanding of the keys principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics in order to make effective business decisions. The course provides a theoretical framework to analyse the markets, government policies, firm’s behaviour and macroeconomic policies.

    On the successful completion of the course students will be able to:
    1 Explain how scarce resources are allocated in a market system
    2 Recognise various forms of market failure and explain how governments might need to intervene
    3 Recognise the constraints on government intervention and explain why government policy might fail
    4 Relate basic economic theory and principles to current economic issues and evaluate related public policy
    5 Use economic models to analyse a situation in terms of economics
    6 Interpret charts, graphs, and tables and use the information to make informed judgments
    7 Work and learn independently and with others
    8 Communicate their knowledge and understanding of economic issues using written, verbal and visual expression
    9 Evaluate outcomes based on the costs and benefits involved
    10 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. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7-8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5-10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Garnett, A.M., Lewis, P., Hubbard, R.G. and O’Brien, A.P. (2010) Essentials of Economics, Pearson, Sydney.
    Recommended Resources

    McTaggart, D., Findlay, C. and Parkin, M. (2010), Economics 6th edition, Pearson, Sydney.

    McGraw-Hill, Sydney. Sloman, J. and Norris, K. (2008) Principles of Economics, 2nd edition, Pearson, Sydney

    Online Learning
    The course makes extensive use of MyUni for the posting of lecture notes, lecture recordings, tutorial exercises, assignments, and important announcements. It is expected that all students will regularly check the MyUni course website, and regularly check their university email accounts.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary
    LEARNING ACTIVITIES WEEK BY WEEK (INDICATIVE)
    Week Week beginning Topic Reading and tutorials
    1 Monday 3 March Introduction, The economic problem Hubbard Ch 1 & 2
    2 Monday 10 Mar Demand and supply Hubbard Ch 3
    3 Monday 17 Mar Markets in action Hubbard Ch 4 & 5
    4 Monday 24 Mar Firms, production and costs Hubbard Ch 6
    5 Monday 31 Mar Perfect competition and monopoly Hubbard Ch 7 & 8
    6 Monday 7 April Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly Hubbard Ch 9
    Mid-semester break
    Mid-semester break
    7 Monday 28 April Mid Semester test Mid Semester Test
    8 Monday 5 May The labour market
    Market failure and resource allocation
    Hubbard Ch 10 & 11
    9 Monday 12 May The macroeconomic environment Hubbard Ch 12 & 13
    10 Monday 19 May Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply Model Hubbard Ch 14
    11 Monday 26 May Monetary policy
    Fiscal policy
    Hubbard Ch 15 16 17
    12 Monday 2 June The exchange rate
    International trade
    Hubbard Ch 18 19
    13 Monday 9 June Optional Teaching Week To be used as required
    14 Monday 17 June Swot Vac
    15 Monday 23 June First Examinations week
    Exams start Saturday 22 June
    16 Monday 30 June Second Examinations week
    Exams finish Saturday 6 July
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The grading scheme is as follows:
    Type Weight Due Date
    Mid-semester Test 30% 2 May 2014 (in Class)
    Group Assignment 20% 11 April 2014 (COB)
    Tutorial 10%
    Final Exam 40%
    * Applies only to IIID students
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Group Assignment
    A 1500 word group assignment will be due on 11 April, 2014. Groups may be comprised of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people. Assignment details will be found on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    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.

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