ECON 7200NA - Economic Principles (M)
Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre - Trimester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 7200NA Course Economic Principles (M) Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Trimester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre Units 3 Contact Intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N 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 Coordinator: Dr Mark Dodd
Dr. Mark Dodd
School of Economics
The University of Adelaide
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Please refer to Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre Schedule.
Course Learning OutcomesEconomics is often divided into two streams: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics focuses on the behaviour of the economic units, such as firms, households and individuals. Macroeconomics looks at the economy as a whole, especially the behaviour of aggregate measures such as the rate of unemployment, the rate of inflation, gross domestic product, exchange rates, economic growth and the business cycle. We will be selecting issues from both fields for your attention. Basic theoretical tools are introduced as required to deal with the issues being discussed. In the process, we will introduce you to a large number of economic concepts, analytical tools, the ‘language’ of economists and why it is pertinent that all students including non-economists understand these. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the key macroeconomic and microeconomic principles in order to make effective business decisions.
As you study each topic it will be related to a current economic policy question, management or business strategy issue or social issue. By the time you complete this course, you should be able to analyse a business problem from an economic perspective and then be able to effectively communicate economic concepts with economists and non-economists in a variety of contexts.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand the more important concepts, tools and language of economics 2 Relate basic economic theory and principles to current microeconomic and macroeconomic issues and evaluate related public policy 3 Apply economic principles and reasoning to solving business problems 4 Interpret charts, graphs, and tables and use the information to make informed judgments 5 Communicate their knowledge and understanding of economic issues using written, verbal and visual expression 6 Understand 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 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
3 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
2,6 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' 3rd Edition, Pearson.
Paperback edition ISBN: 9781486022847
An eBook edition is 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 ModesThe course is delivered primarily over two intensive seminars.
To develop the expected level of understanding of the topics covered, it is also important that students undertake further readings and study outside of those periods.
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 (over 12 weeks) to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 108 hours (9 hours x 12 week) for a three-unit course of private study outside of your intensive seminars. Students are expected to attend both intensive seminars.
Learning Activities Summary
Note: This tentative schedule is subject to change.Intensive Seminar 1:
Module Topic Textbook Reading 1 Introduction / The Economic Problem Hubbard Ch 1 & 2 2 Demand & Supply Hubbard Ch 3 3 Elasticity / Economic Efficiency Hubbard Ch 4 & 5 4 The Role of Government Hubbard Ch 5 & 11 5 Firms, Production and Costs Hubbard Ch 6 6 Perfect Competition and Monopoly Hubbard Ch 7 & 8 7 Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly Hubbard Ch 9
Module Topic Textbook Reading 8 GDP, Unemployment and Inflation Hubbard Ch 12 & 13 9 Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply Hubbard Ch 14 10 Money and Monetary Policy Hubbard Ch 15 & 16 11 Fiscal Policy Hubbard Ch 17 12 The Exchange Rate and International Trade Hubbard Ch 18 & 19
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Assessment Task Weighting Microeconomics Assignment 15% Macroeconomics Assignment 15% Participation and Class Activities 10% Final Exam 60%
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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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