|Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business and Law|
|School or Department :||School of Accounting, Economics and Finance|
|Version produced :||21 July 2014|
Examiner: Ian Eddington
Moderator: Shane Zhang
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
Economics is a social science that studies how society manages its scarce resources. In this course, students will learn how to use resources more efficiently and how to allocate things in a manner that makes us all better off. All politicians and business people today use the language and ideas of economics. Economics is all around us and has become part of our everyday life. An understanding of the economic way of thinking and the principles of economics are essential for those who want to participate in a modern society.
Economic concepts and ideas are used in both business and government as the basis for much decision-making. This course introduces students to the main economic concepts and provides them with the opportunity to explore some of the key contemporary business and economic issues. Students not only learn the basic tenets of the discipline, but also able to relate these concepts to understand real-world problems through case studies. These case studies place students in real world situations requiring them to apply their theoretical understanding to explain and critically analyse these problems faced by business and economic managers in the 21st century. It covers both micro and macro economics.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- identify and interpret patterns evident in economic data presented in graphs and tables
- explain and apply key economic concepts to business and economic decision-making
- explain major problems faced by economic and business managers in the 21st Century
- evaluate selected instruments of microeconomic and macroeconomic policy
- demonstrate academic research and writing, and critical analysis and thinking skills.
|1.||Introduction to economics||5.00|
|2.||How the market works||25.00|
|3.||Firms and market structures||25.00|
|5.||Monetary and fiscal policy||25.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=ECO1000)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
Hubbard, RG, Garnett, AM, Lewis, P & O'Brien, AP 2013, Economics (custom book for USQ - available from the USQ Bookshop).
Students doing this course should access MyEconlab regularly to practise the quizzes and tests. The access code to MyEconlab is included with the purchase of a new textbook. If you wish to buy the access separately, go to http://www.pearson.com.au/accessCodes/.
Layton, A, Robinson, T & Tucker, IB 2012, Economics for today, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.
McTaggart, D, Findlay, C & Parkin, M 2010, Economics, 6th edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
Olney, ML 2009, Microeconomics as a second language, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Olney, ML 2011, Microeconomics as a second language, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ONLINE TEST||25||10||22 Mar 2013||(see note 1)|
|SHORT ANSWER & ESSAY QUESTIONS||100||40||13 May 2013|
|EXAMINATION - PART A||15||15||End S1||(see note 2)|
|EXAMINATION - PARTS B & C||35||35||End S1|
- The online test will be only available on the StudyDesk from 9.00am 22/3/13 to 9.00am 29/3/13 (AEST). Any student in a remote area without access to UConnect should contact the examiner in the first week of the semester.
- The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Exam (Parts A, B and C) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Exam (Parts A, B and C) is 2 hours.
Important assessment information
If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); English translation dictionaries (but not technical dictionaries).
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.
Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation and students should apply before the scheduled date of the assessment. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.