ECON 7200NA - Economic Principles (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 3 - 2015

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 7200NA
    Course Economic Principles (M)
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Bingxuan Lin

    Name: Dr. Bingxuan Lin
    Telephone: +1.401.874.4895
    Course Timetable

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

    The Ngee Ann - Adelaide Education Centre timetable for this course can be found on their website at
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Economics 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 Master of Commerce students understand these. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the key macroeconomics and microeconomics principles in order to make effective business decisions. That is, the aim of the course is to develop your economic literacy skills.

    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 form an economic perspective and then be able to effectively communicate economics concepts with economists and non-economists in a variety of contexts.

    In order to develop your economic literacy this course has the following learning objectives;
    1. To understand the more important economic principles;
    2. To apply economic principles to solving business problems;
    3. To develop analytical skills;
    4. To develop both independent learning and group work skills
    5. To 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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 & 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2 & 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hubbard, G., Garnett, A., Lewis, P. and O’Brien, T. (2015) Essentials of Economics 5th edition, ISBN 978-0-13-345544-1
    Recommended Resources
    Regularly reading business newspapers are strongly recommended, such as Business Times (Australia), Financial Times (England), Wall Street Journal (USA).

    This course sticks quite closely to the prescribed textbook, even though the sequencing is not quite the same, so you should buy a copy of the textbook.
    Online Learning
    Important messages, topic notes, power point slides and other materials relating to the course will be placed online throughout the course. The address for the course website is:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is based on seminars and class exercises. It includes two intensive 17 hour sessions.

    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 standard semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This translates to 12 hours per week for a semester-based 3-unit course, normally comprising 3 hours per week of formal contact hours (lectures, seminars, tutorials etc) and 9 hours per week of private study (inlcuding study, research, reading and writing time and preparation for examinations).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Time Topic Title Reading
    Sep 4 Opportunity cost/Scarcity and choices
    Comparative Advantage
    Supply and Demand
    Chapter 1, 2, 3
    Sep 5 Elasticity
    Economic Efficiency
    Consumer Demand
    Rationality/Behavioural economics
    Chapter 6, 4, 10
    Sep 6 The Firm: Technology, Production and Costs
    Firms in Perfect Competition
    Externalities, Environmental Policy and Public Goods
    Chapter 11, 12, 15, 5
    Oct 2 GDP: Measuring Total Production and Income
    Unemployment and Inflation
    Economic Growth
    Chapter 19, 20, 21
    Oct 3 Long-Run Economic Growth: Sources and Policies
    Aggregate Expenditure and Ouput in the Short Run
    Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply Analysis
    Monetary Policy
    Chapter 22, 23, 24, 26
    Oct 4 Fiscal Policy
    Inflation, Unemployment and Federal Reserve Policy
    Macroeconomics in and Open Economy
    The International Financial System
    Chapter 27, 28, 29, 30
  • 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
    Class participation 10 per cent
    Mid semester test 20 per cent
    Group assignment: 30 per cent
    Final Examination: 40 per cent
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Statutory obligations in Singapore are such that attendance in person is a compulsory condition of passing a course. Our specific requirements are that students must attend at least 80% of class sessions to be graded for that course. For these purposes each intensive weekend is defined as comprising 5 sessions with 1 on Friday evening and 2 on each of Saturday and Sunday.

    Each course in total comprises 10 sessions; Students must attend a minimum of 8 sessions to be eligible to be given a grade for the course. Students failing to meet these requirements will be automatically graded 0% Fail (F) on their transcripts.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided in class.
    Details will be provided in class.
    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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