• Class Number 4233
  • Term Code 3150
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 0 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Xue (Sarah) Dong
    • Xue (Sarah) Dong
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 17/06/2021
  • Class End Date 16/07/2021
  • Census Date 16/07/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 12/07/2021
SELT Survey Results

The aim of the introductory economics course is to revise basic economic concepts so as to prepare students for economic courses that they are required to do as part of the Master of Environmental Management and Development and Master of Climate Change with many different backgrounds and levels of competency in economics.  Some students may already be familiar with the concepts in this prep course, while others may be embarking for the first time on economic study. The course ensures that all students are brought to the same level. Environmental economics provides tools for analysing environmental issues in a balanced and quantifiable way.  Economics is the study of behaviour under changing conditions, and environmental economics addresses how people’s use of the environmental or natural resources change in response to shifts in scarcity.  For environmental issues, part of the solution always lies in identifying approaches that generate trade-offs between competing demands at the least cost.  Environmental economics provides the tools for policy makers to make the most effective and efficient decisions to generate the best outcomes possible.

Economics studies how people make decisions about using scarce resources, and environmental economics specifically analyses people’s use of environmental and natural resources. Environmental economics can help inform policy decisions that balance costs and benefits, and on the choice and design of policy instruments. Environmental economics also provides insights into the economic causes of environmental problems and how to remedy them through the application of policy instruments.

Environmental economics mainly uses theories and methods from micro-economics, namely analysis of individual and firm decision-making and markets. However understanding the evolution of environmental quality, environment and trade, and sustainability also requires knowledge of some macro-economics, that is the study of the overall national and global economy. Economic research heavily uses statistical methods (econometrics) and so it is important for students to understand some basic statistical concepts.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Economics Week 1: June 28th - July 2nd Pre-recorded lecture: General introudction and real life examples Tutorial 1 (July 2nd): Discussion of lecture and assignment 1 Problem set 1
2 Introduction to Economics Week 2: July 5th - July 9th Pre-recorded lecture: Introduction to selected economic theories Tutorial 2 (July 9th): Discussion of lecture and assignment 2 Problem set 2
3 Introduction to Economics Week 3: July 12th - July 16th Pre-recorded lecture: Introduction to mathmatical and statistical tools Tutorial 3 (July 16th): Discussion of lecture and assignment 3 Problem set 3

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment
Problem set 1 33 % 02/07/2021 09/07/2021
Problem set 2 33 % 09/07/2021 16/07/2021
Problem set 3 34 % 16/07/2021 23/07/2021

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

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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.


Students are expected to attend all sessions of EMDV7902.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 33 %
Due Date: 02/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 09/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Problem set 1

Answering several short questions regarding the examples discussed in the first week

Assessment Task 2

Value: 33 %
Due Date: 09/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Problem set 2

Answering several short questions regarding the economic theories discussed in week 2

Assessment Task 3

Value: 34 %
Due Date: 16/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Problem set 3

Answering several short questions regarding the mathematical and statistical tools discussed in week 3

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

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