• Class Number 7052
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Jose Rodrigues Neto
    • AsPr Jose Rodrigues Neto
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

The course teaches the mathematical foundations of models in economics, business and finance and its applications. Mathematical topics covered include set theory, functions, series, limits, univariate and multivariate calculus, unconstrained and constrained optimisation, matrix algebra. Applications include effective interest rates, present value, annuities, production functions, average and marginal cost functions, profit maximisation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of mathematical techniques discussed;
  2. be able to formulate economic problems in mathematical terms and apply the tools provided to analyse them correctly and precisely;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the common functional forms and rules used in derivatives and integrals of functions that frequently appear in economic models;
  4. apply the basic principles of maximisation and minimisation to optimisation problems in economics and find the correct solutions to these problems;
  5. apply matrix algebra to simple economic problems and linear models, demonstrating the ability to solve linear systems of equations in matrix form;
  6. make use of basic principles of financial arithmetic in economic and financial problems to compute solutions.

Research-Led Teaching

Basic techniques used in economic research are developed.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

"Solved Problems" textbook. This textbook will be available for free download on Wattle as a PDF file.


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments (individual marking and correct solutions for all homework problems will be available to students on Wattle)
  • verbal comments during tutorials and office hours (consultation times)
  • feedback to the whole class with comments on the academic performance of the class during the tutorials and homework

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Scientific method Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
2 Numbers, functions, equations and inequalities, systems, polynomials Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
3 set theory Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
4 logic, basics of trigonometry, the tangent function Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook, homework 1 has a deadline of 20 August, marked by 31 August
5 limits Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
6 derivatives Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
7 rates of change, other economic applications Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
8 optimisation and other economic applications Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook, homework 2 has a deadline of 08 October, marked by 31 October
9 introduction to multivariable calculus, integration (1) Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
10 integration (2) Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
11 introduction to matrices Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook
12 Matrices, determinants, Cramer Rule, and linear systems Slides and "Solved Problems" Textbook, final exam in examination period

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Homework 1 10 % 20/08/2023 31/08/2023 1,2
Homework 2 10 % 08/10/2023 31/10/2023 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 80 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6

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


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Delivery of this course will be on campus. Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site in O-week. Attendance at activities, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).

Course content will be delivered through face-to-face lectures and tutorials, supplemented by Consultation times, which will be available each week. Echo360 recordings of the lectures will be available in case you are unable to attend a lecture. There are no recordings of tutorial material.

Tutorials for this course are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.


Details about the final exam will be available on Wattle before week 10.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 20/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Homework 1

Homework 1 covers the basics of sets, functions, numbers, graphs, algebra, equations, inequalities, polynomials, systems of equations, logs, exponentials, tangent functions and the trigonometric circle, decimals, fractions, and percentages. Homework 1 covers all topics taught up to and including week 03. The questions will be posted on Wattle one week before the deadline. The deadline is 20 August. The homework will be marked as soon as possible and surely before two weeks or the census day, whichever comes first. No late submission will be accepted. The homework 1 questions will be on Wattle. Only one attempt. Open book. The solution will be provided after marking. More information will be provided in Wattle before week 3.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 08/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Homework 2

Homework 2 covers all topics taught before or during week 08. The questions will be posted on Wattle one week before the deadline. The deadline is 08 October. The homework will be marked as soon as possible, and surely before classes end. No late submission will be accepted. The homework 2 questions will be on Wattle. Only one attempt. Open book. The solution will be provided after marking. More information will be provided in Wattle before week 7.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 80 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Exam

Final exam after the course classes end, covering all the contents of the entire course in slides, videos, the textbook, classes, or tutorials. The 120-minute final exam will be marked and the results announced on the official date when all ANU results are announced. This final exam will be on campus and invigilated by ANU Examinations. Closed books, no materials. More information will be provided in Wattle before week 10.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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 not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded for late submission.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Homework grades will be returned at most two weeks from the deadline. The final exam grade will be announced at the ANU official day of course result announcements at the end of the semester.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

No re-submission of any assignment will be permitted in this course.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Jose Rodrigues Neto

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