• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2025
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The 2024 Pre Sessional Program commencement dates: Summer session - 15 January; Winter session - 17 June

This course equips students with mathematical skills to prepare them for graduate-level study in economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy. The course introduces and reviews fundamental mathematical techniques used in applied economics, including linear algebra, use of vectors, calculus, optimisation, and integration.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Set up and solve systems of linear equations, including in vector form.
  2. Identify various characteristics of a function.
  3. Master basic differentiation rules.
  4. Be proficient in applying the Lagrangian method of constrained optimisation.
  5. Master basic integration procedures.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Problem set (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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About 14 hours of class time. Students are also expected to study about 20 hours outside class to complete the course.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Chiang, Alpha (2005). Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics. 4th edition. McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Hoy, Michael, John Livernois, Chris McKenna, Ray Rees & Thanasis Stengos (2022). Mathematics for Economics. 4th edition. MIT Press.

Simon, Carl P. & Lawrence Blume (2010). Mathematics for Economists. Norton & Company.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1150 01 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 31 Mar 2025 In Person N/A

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