Available in 2017, 2018
Course code

ECON1001

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

The study of micro-economics is essential for understanding how decision are made across a multitude of areas that are highly relevant to the student and to the wider world. The microeconomic principles covered in this course apply to both the individual and the firm, as students are introduced to economic analysis and its applications in topics such as: Consumer-Choice, Competition, International Trade and Finance, Market Forces, Market Failures, Public Policy, Poverty and Welfare.

The course also addresses contemporary public policy issues such as pollution, resource depletion, provision of public goods and services, rental controls, minimum wages, and taxes and subsidies. It is designed for students with varied academic background and its low mathematics requirement allows students to be able to full grasp and apply the material. The course develops the students' ability to critically analyse economic events at the local, national and international scale.

By the end of the course, successful students will be equipped with the tools of economics and prepared to address economic problems in their day-to-day lives, industry, politics, society, and the environment.


Availability2017 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse relevant issues including personal affairs, politics, society, and global issues.

2. Demonstrate up to date knowledge about economic concepts and be able to apply and experiment with this knowledge within a collaborative learning environment.

3. Employ conceptual and graphical techniques to support economic discussions analysis, and policy.


Content

Lectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. What is economics about? Production and Possibility Frontier
  2. Supply and Demand Theory
  3. Applications: Supply, Demand, Price
  4. Elasticity, Consumer Choice and Behavioural Economics
  5. Production and Costs
  6. Competition and Perfect Competition
  7. Monopoly and Monopolistic Competition
  8. Factor Markets, Wages, Labor and Unions
  9. Income, Poverty, Interest, Rent and Profit
  10. Market Failures
  11. Public Choice and Special Interest
  12. International Trade and Finance
  13. Economic Theory and Every Day Life

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Tests Weeks 3-13

Formal Examination: Final Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah, Newcastle City Precinct and PSB Singapore

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation prior to weekly workshops and then undertake an additional 6 hours of independent study per week that may include discussion groups or self-directed learning.