units

ECF1100

Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) TRI-A-29 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) TRI-B-29 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) TRI-C-29 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr George Rivers (First semester); Mr Peter Schuwalow (Second semester)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the economic behaviour of individual consumers and producers
  2. understand concepts relating to the cost of production in both the short and long run
  3. 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
  4. describe the virtues and shortcomings of free markets
  5. have knowledge of remedies to overcome market failure.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

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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Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter Schuwalow (Second Semester)
Dr George Rivers (City, Melbourne)

Prohibitions