- Class Number 2707
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr James Taylor
- Dr James Taylor
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
Business Economics ECON8069 introduces economic concepts and principles which are useful in understanding the general economic environment within which businesses and other organisations operate.
Microeconomics examines how consumers and firms make decisions and how they interact with each other in markets. Topics covered include supply and demand, consumer and firm behaviour, price determination and the operation of markets, situations of market failure, and the impact and role of government on the economy.
Macroeconomics studies the entire economy and its wellbeing. Macroeconomics looks at the effect of factors such as inflation, exchange rates, interest rates and trade on the well being and stability of the economy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the introductory, canonical models of consumer and producer behaviour and of the macroeconomy.
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the operation of a modern economy.
- evaluate the effects of government interventions in individual markets and in the macroeconomy.
Theory and examples covered in the course are derived from research in the field of economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to themselves engage in a small research project.
Examination Material or equipment
Non-programmable Calculator, Ruler
Acemoglu, D., Laibson, D., and List, J.A, 2016, Economics, Global Edition, Pearson, Australia. The text will be available in the University book shop (Harry Hartog) and on short loan at the Chifley Library.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Economics|
|2||Consumers and Demand Theory|
|3||Producers and Supply Theory|
|4||Government and the Economy|
|5||Perfect Competition||Problem Set 1 Due|
|7||Macroeconomic Aggregates||Mid-Semester Exam (tentative)|
|9||Employment and Unemployment|
|10||Monetary System||Problem Set 2 Due|
|11||Short-Run Economic Fluctuations||Personal Project Essay Due|
You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards. You must enrol in a tutorial using the Wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Problem Sets||15 %||26/03/2019||05/04/2019||1,2,3|
|Mid-Semester (Microeconomics) Exam||35 %||01/04/2019||06/05/2019||1,2,3|
|Personal Project||15 %||21/05/2019||03/06/2019||1,2,3|
|Final (Macroeconomic) Exam||35 %||06/06/2019||05/07/2019||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course includes both a Mid-Semester and Final Exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Over the semester there will be two problem sets, with the first due in Week 5. The first problem set consists of a series of problems in Microeconomics for which you will provide solutions. It contributes 7.5% of the final grade. The second problem set consists of a series of problems in Microeconomics for which you will provide solutions. It contributes 7.5% of the final grade.
Assignments are to be completed individually. The problem set will be released no less than one week prior to the due date.
Submissions must be made using Turnitin on Wattle. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Mid-Semester (Microeconomics) Exam
This exam will include all material from the Microeconomics component of the course, covering material from Weeks 1-6. It is worth 35% of the final grade. The exam date and time will be determined by Central Examinations.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The personal project is an extended writing task. Each student will develop an economic question, and provide some work towards discussing or solving their question. This is expected to be 3-4 pages in length when completed. There will be a hard word limit of 1000 words, but submissions of around 750 words are encouraged. Late submissions will not be accepted.
A complete description of the assignment will be provided no later than Week 5 of the semester.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Final (Macroeconomic) Exam
This exam will include all material from the Macroeconomics component of the course, covering material from Weeks 7-12. It is worth 35% of the final grade. Material from Weeks 1-6 will not be directly examined, but may be indirectly examined. The exam date and time will be determined by Central Examinations.
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Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.
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Dr James Taylor