units

ECC5900

Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Klaus Abbink (First semester); Associate Professor Elias Khalil (Second semester)

Synopsis

The behaviour of the economy is the result of a host of decisions made each day by millions of people. Prices and markets play a crucial role in economic behaviour, creating a system in which actions of individuals, guided by self-interest and without any central co-ordination or planning, create wealth for society as a whole. How individual workers, households and firms make decisions, and how they interact with each other, is the subject of microeconomics.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand how markets work, and how prices work to allocate resources
  2. understand the basic principles of how people make economic decisions, how they interact economically, and how the economy as a whole works
  3. understand the role of public policy, and the constraints on its operation, when markets fail
  4. understand how firms are organised and make decisions
  5. have developed learning skills and begun to acquire the techniques of thinking like an economist
  6. have sufficient grounding to attempt advanced studies in microeconomics in subsequent years.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Klaus Abbink (First semester)
Associate Professor Elias Khalil (Second semester)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 hours per week

Prohibitions

ECC2000, ETC2000, ECX9000