Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ernesto Valenzuela


Macroeconomic policy as it affects the open economy; policy consequences of consumption and investment decisions; analysis of policies with respect to the real exchange rate and trade balance; policy responses to assets price movements; policy goals under different international monetary systems; the economic benefits and costs of optimum currency areas; how policy-makers in Australia try to stabilise the economy.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the impact of monetary and government policies on an open economy
  2. explain the policy consequences of consumption and investment decisions
  3. explain how policies affect the trade balance and income
  4. analyse policy responses to assets price movements
  5. evaluate the economic benefits and costs of optimum currency areas
  6. demonstrate in individual summative assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered in this unit.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)


Students must have passed ECW1102 or ECG1102 or ECS1102 before undertaking this unit.