ECON 3519 - Advanced Mathematical Economics III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 3519 Course Advanced Mathematical Economics III Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge ECON 2506 & ECON 2507 & ECON 2503; or equivalent Course Description This course deals with optimization methods in economic models. The main technical tools are dynamic optimization and optimal control theory. Some familiarity with multivariable calculus and some knowledge of integrals are desirable. A sound knowledge of intermediate microeconomics is also expected. The emphasis of the course will be on developing the tools of dynamic optimization methods such that the student will be able to represent any problem facing economic agents in a mathematically rigorous and coherent manner.
Course Coordinator: Dr Yaping ShanThe first 6 weeks will be taught by Professor Mark Weder. Weeks 7-12 will be taught by Dr Yaping Shan.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Possess a solid grasp of essential mathematical tools required for the further studies in economic theory.
2. Use and explain the underlying principles, terminology, methods, techniques and conventions used in the subject
3. Develop an understanding of optimization techniques used in economic theory.
4. Encourage students to think about applying these mathematical tools in their own research, if necessary, with suitable modifications
5. Solve economic problems using the mathematical methods described in the course.
6. Use the mathematical methods described in the course to analyze and solve problems in tutorials in a group discovery setting.
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)
1,3 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
2,4,5 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
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,4,5 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 ResourcesThere is no required text for the course. Required reading resources (notes, articles, etc) will be announced during the semester on MyUni or in class.
Online LearningThe course uses MyUni and it is a student’s responsibility to check the website regularly.
Course material such as lecture notes, assignments, and assignment answer guides will be available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning in this course is through lectures, tutorial, and personal study. The lectures will provide you with the necessary understanding of the material to be able to solve the exercises you will be given during tutorial, assignments or exams. In tutorials, Your tutor will present the solutions for the exercises you were asked to prepare to illustrate what is expected from you in solving these kinds of problems.
Diverse learning styles will be supported by the provision of course materials in a variety of formats. The practical learning approach will be incorporated through the tutorials as described above. The online discussion board will also provide a dynamic forum for students to share and develop their ideas.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students in the course are expected to attend all two-hour lectures and/or tutorial throughout the semester. Students are also
expected to commit approximately 4 to 6 hours to private study, that is, study outside of your regular classes.
Learning Activities Summary
Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1,2,3 Tutorials 4,5,6
The tentative plan includes the following topics:
1. Linear difference equations (steady state, stability and solutions)
2. Lag operators
3. Nonlinear difference equations
4. Higher order difference equations and behavior of solutions
5. Stochastic difference equations
1. Calculus of several variables
2. Quadratic form
3. Unconstrained optimization
4. Constrained optimization
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Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome Assignment
20% 1,2,3,4,5 Midterm Week 6 30% 1,2,3,4,5 Final examination Week TBA 50% 1,2,3,4,5 Total 100%
Assessment DetailThere will be an in-class midterm in week 6. Topics to be covered in the midterm will be discussed by the lecturer during lecture time in the week’s preceding the test. The in-class midterm is redeemable by final exam. The final exam will be comprehensive.
Legible handwriting and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor handwriting.
Assessment marks prior to the final exam may be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.
SubmissionAssignments will be available to download from MyUni. The assignments have to be submitted online through the online submission system in MyUni.
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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