Weekly classes in ECON131 are composed of a two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. Unit materials are learnt by attending lectures, tutorials, and through independent learning. Students should attend a two-hour lecture every week (beginning in week one) as well as the one hour tutorial (also beginning in week one). The timetable can be viewed at https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017/. All students attend the same lecture stream. There are a number of tutorial classes, and you must register (via e-Student) and physically attend the same class for all the tutorials. Tutorial classes are not interchangeable. Although the same content is covered in each class, the tutor may cover the material at a different pace, and in a slightly different way, in each class. Your class registration is complete (and correct) once you have registered for ALL activities, and have registered for the SAME class for all tutorials.
A tutorial consists of TWO distinct components:
- Tutorial questions and participation: before each tutorial a selection of questions will be posted on the unit iLearn page. These are to be attempted before your tutorial. Your tutor will work through these problems with you during your designated tutorial time. Your participation in this process is worth 5% of your final grade.
- Tutorial quizzes: these are 25 minute long closed book quizzes, to be attempted and submitted during the tutorials in weeks 4, 6, 9, 11 and 13. Each quiz is worth 7.5% of your final grade. The best 4 out of the 5 quizzes will be counted towards your final grade, making the total marks available for tutorial quizzes is 30%.
Please refer to the section on "Assessment Tasks" for the precise detail of the unit's assessment components and weights.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
The required and recommended text for ECON131 is Essential Mathematics for Economics and Business, 4 Ed., by Teresa Bradley.
Additional recommended reading material will be provided during the semester.
Technology Used and Required
Unit Web Page
iLearn is an online program available at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/ through which students will be able to access resources to assist them throughout the semester.
The following information will be available on iLearn:
- Staff consultation hours and contact details
- Information on assessments
- Lecture notes
- Tutorial questions
- Solutions to tutorial questions
- Sample class test
- Other relevant material
You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the unit iLearn site and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning.
If you are unable to access the unit iLearn site because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please contact the IT helpdesk located on Level 1 of the Library on 9850 6500. The IT helpdesk will also be able to assist you with using iLearn.
Please note that there is also a help feature in iLearn and you may refer to this instead for assistance in using iLearn. If you have contacted the helpdesk in regard to your username and password and you are still unable to login to iLearn you should then contact the Unit Convenor.
Please remember to log out when you have finished using iLearn. Failure to do so could result in unauthorised access to your iLearn account.
The required text, Essential Mathematics for Economics and Business, 4 Ed., by Teresa Bradley, comes with access to the WileyPLUS website. On this website students will be able to develop their own study plan and access an array of practice questions related to the topics covered in the unit.
The use of a spreadsheet will often be helpful for tasks in this unit. For students who don’t own or wish to use Microsoft Excel, a free alternative is provided by OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The teaching strategy in ECON131 recognizes that students learn independently and assume responsibility for the learning process and with academic integrity.
Students are expected to participate in the unit by attending lectures, reading the provided material, thoroughly revising the lecture notes and preparing answers to the provided exercise questions and reading additional material about important issues in economics and issues about sustainability.