ECON 7200 - Economic Principles (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 7200 Course Economic Principles (M) Coordinating Unit Economics Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week, more if offered intensively Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible Introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics Restrictions Not available to PGCW Economics Programs Course Description This is an introductory course in economics, which introduces students to the principles, concepts, data and analytical frameworks that economists use to understand the world around us. Students develop an understanding of how the economy works and how individuals, firms and governments make decisions and interact with one another in markets and other environments. The course also focuses on the ability of students to communicate about real-world issues and public policy debates through the lens of economics.
Course Coordinator: Dr Florian Ploeckl
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of the core concepts and tools of economics.
- Relate basic economic theory and principles to current economic issues and evaluate related public economic policies.
- Apply economic principles and reasoning to solving business problems.
- Interpret charts, graphs, and tables and use the information to make informed judgments.
- Communicate their knowledge and understanding of economic issues using written, verbal and visual expression.
- Critically reflect on the broader social consequences of economic decision 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2,3,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesHubbard, R.G., Garnett, A.M., Lewis, P., and O’Brien, A.P. 'Essentials of Economics' 4th Edition, Pearson.
Paperback edition ISBN: 9781488616983
Electronic versions are also available from the publisher.
Online LearningThis course makes use of MyUni for the posting of course materials, assessment tasks, 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 ModesCourse content will be delivered through prerecorded videos and other materials available online. Students are expected to have studied all materials as directed prior to attending weekly tutorial classes.
Weekly tutorial classes will include set exercises, group discussions, and other interactive content. Students are expected to attend all tutorial sessions and actively participate.
Tutorial classes are face-to-face classes on campus for local students, with an online-only tutorial available only for offshore/interstate students that require this option.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This translates to 12 hours per week for a semester course.
Learning Activities Summary
Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1,2,3,4,6 Tutorials 1,2,3,4,5,6
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
Week Topic Textbook Reading 1 Introduction / Choices and Trade-offs Chapters 1 & 2 2 Demand and Supply Chapter 3 3 Elasticity / Economic Efficiency Chapters 4 & 5 4 Government Intervention in the Market Chapters 5 & 11 5 Firms, Production and Costs Chapter 6 6 Perfect Competition and Monopoly Chapters 7 & 8 7 Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly Chapter 9 8 GDP, Unemployment and Inflation Chapters 13 & 14 9 Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply Chapter 15 10 Money and Monetary Policy Chapters 16 & 17 11 Fiscal Policy Chapter 18 12 The Exchange Rate and International Trade Chapters 19 & 20
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date / Week Weighting Length Learning Outcomes Assignments Week 5 /8 30% 1-2 Pages 1,2,3,4,5,6 Weekly Online Quizzes Weekly 10% 5-10 Questions 1,2,3,4,5,6 Final Exam Exam Period 50% 3 hours 1,2,3,4,5,6 Active Participation Weekly 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Total 100%
Assessment DetailAssignments 30%
There will be two assignments during the course, including one set and returned before the midpoint of the course. Assignments may contain a variety of formats including written responses and other activities. Details regarding the content, format, requirements and due dates for each assignment will be provided onMyUni, please refer there for further details.
Weekly Online Quizzes 10%
Multiple choice quizzes will be conducted online each week. See MyUni for further information regarding format,content, requirements and deadlines.
Final exam 50%
This exam may assess all topics covered in the course and may use a variety of formats, including multiple choice questions, calculation exercises, and discussion questions . Details regarding the precise structure will be posted on MyUni.
Active Participation 10%
Students will be graded based on their participation in weekly tutorial sessions and/or assigned discussions. Details regarding the requirements and grading will be available on MyUni.
SubmissionRefer to MyUni for detailed instructions regarding submission.
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
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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.Additional Assessment
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