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ECON11026 - Principles of Economics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This introductory course in economics covers basic microeconomic theory, and an introduction to macroeconomic goals and tools. Examples of the application of the theory within the context of the contemporary Australian economy and internationally are provided. The methodology of economic analysis (the scientific method) is explained at the outset. The course then explains the theory of demand and supply, elasticity and how prices of goods and services and the cost and revenue curves are determined. This is followed by the explanation of the four market structures: perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic and oligopoly and how wages are set and income distributed in the factor market. The course critically examines why government intervention is necessary in order to correct market failure and achieve allocative and productive efficiency. Finally, the goals and tools of macroeconomics are introduced and their application in development of monetary and fiscal policy is discussed.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2014

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 49.28% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Make assignments due on a Monday to allow an extra couple of days to work on them.
Recommendation
Consider changing assessment deadlines to fall on a Monday.
Action Taken
All three assignments in 2021, were due on Monday.
Source: In Class
Feedback
Spend more time on explaining graphs during lecture and review the understanding during tutorial.
Recommendation
Students find graphs difficult to interpret. Therefore considerable amount of time in relevant parts of the lectures and tutorials will be spent on graphical interpretations.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Assessment and resources have been well structured and greatly benefit a student's ability to comprehend what is asked of each task.
Recommendation
Structured Moodle resources and assessment with clear assignment criteria will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation Survey
Feedback
The zoom tutorials were engaging and informative and greatly assisted in my learning and development in this unit.
Recommendation
To discuss real-world examples applying the theory, engaging zoom tutorials and breakout sessions for students interactions in zoom teams were provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
This unit has large number of AF & WF which is of concern to the Unit Coordinator.
Recommendation
This unit underwent a 'Full Review' in the 2nd Term 2021 by the HOC, due to high AF & WF rates. Suggestions were taken on board by the UC to revise the weekly content coverage and assessment task weighting for 2022. Following the unit review process, unit change proposal has been submitted in December 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. understand the nature and scope of the discipline of microeconomics in particular and the methodology of economic analysis
  2. explain the nature of the theory of demand and the theory of supply, elasticity of demand and supply, and how consumers make choices and producers try to maximise profits
  3. demonstrate how prices of goods and services and the cost and revenue curves are determined
  4. identify the definitive characteristics of four different market structures, and rate each in terms of efficiency in the allocation of resources
  5. explain how wages are set and income distributed
  6. demonstrate why government intervention may be necessary in cases of market failure in order to achieve more desirable outcomes
  7. explain the concepts of externalities, public goods and common resources
  8. explain the macroeconomic goals and tools and demonstrate their application in the development of monetary and fiscal policies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment