Learning and teaching strategy
The learning and teaching strategy in ECON2015 recognises that students learn from interaction with academic staff and other students. It also recognises that students must take responsibility for their learning process, which includes independent study. Moreover, it acknowledges the importance and acts to promote the academic and personal integrity of students and academic staff.
Online content provision
Material provided online in lieu of 'traditional' lectures is intended to provide an overview of topics in behavioural economics and application to a variety of situations. This leaves face-to-face time free for interactive exploration of the material.
'Lectorials' – Small Group Learning
'Lectorials' constitute the central learning experience in this unit and students are required to attend. The aim of these sessions is for students to work together (lecturer facilitating) to discuss and derive novel applications of the content provided online, and to assess its relevance to 'standard' economic analyses of selected problems. Insights obtained within small groups will be shared with the larger group, reflecting a cooperative approach to knowledge creation and discovery.
All lectorials will be conducted online via Zoom. As assessment is linked to lectorial participation these sessions will not be recorded.
Independent Learning – (≈ 7-8 hours per week)
ECON2015 relies heavily on independent learning where students consume the online material, reflect on lectorial outcomes, and prepare answers to pre-lectorial questions.
There are 2 hours of online (Zoom) teaching activity per week consisting of:
There will be approximately 1 hour of online content provided each week.
It is important to note that as the course is running in the 'lectorial' format, there are no weekly tutorial classes in ECON2015.
The timetable for classes for ECON2015 is on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
There is no set textbook for the course.
Unit Web Page
iLearn is a Learning Management System accessible via at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au through which students will be able to access resources to assist them throughout the semester.
The discussion forum on iLearn can (and should) be utilised to ask academic and administrative questions (of a non-personal nature). You must regularly visit and use the website to assist with your learning.
Information available on iLearn will include (but not be limited to) the following:
- List of Topics and online unit content
- Updates & information on assessments
- Staff consultation times and contact details
Students are advised to have access to a device with online connectivity (phone, tablet, laptop) in each lectorial session, as online tools will be used frequently.