6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
- Trimester A 2019 (On-campus)
- Trimester B 2019 (On-campus)
- Trimester C 2019 (On-campus)
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Economics as an area of knowledge. Economics in a business degree. Understanding economic policy. An analysis of markets: supply and demand; consumer behaviour; firm behaviour; cost of production and profit maximisation; behaviour of firms in different market structures; evaluation of market capitalist economic systems, economic efficiency, market failure, government failure; current economic policies, competition policy, privatisation and the funding of education.
The learning goals associated with this unit are to:
- understand the economic behaviour of individual consumers and producers
- understand concepts relating to the cost of production in both the short and long run
- explain the determinants of price and output outcomes under different market structures in both the short and long run and the welfare implications of these outcomes
- describe the virtues and shortcomings of free markets and how the regulatory and political environments impact on business
- understand how economic policies can be used to overcome market failure.
Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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