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This unit provides an introduction to the main ideas and concepts involved in modern economics, and attempts to provide students with an understanding of how the economy works, what type of problems economists attempt to solve, and how they set about trying to solve them. The unit is primarily concerned with the analysis of individual decision-making agents, the behaviour of firms and industries in the economy (microeconomics), and on the economy as a whole (macroeconomics). Topics can include: consumer choice and demand analysis, the firm and its production and costs, market structures and performance, and labour markets and inequality.
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Late Assessment Submission Penalty (written assessments)
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.
For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.
|Weekly online participation||10%||No||Weekly|
|Online quizzes||10%||No||Weeks 5 and 10|
|Online final examination||50%||No||University Examination Period|
Online participation is expected throughout the session. Each week, you are expected to make two posts in the relevant forum thread based on the lecture/tutorial content. Your participation will be recorded each week based on the number and the quality of your posts. In order to get full marks for this component, you need to demonstrate active participation in at least 10 weeks throughout the session.
There will be two online quizzes conducted throughout the session. The first online quiz will cover lecture material from weeks 1-4; the second online quiz will cover lecture material from weeks 5-9. The quizzes are of equal value (5% each).
There will be one individual assignment to be completed during the session. The assignment will be in the form of written short and long answer questions (2,000 words in total).
A two-hour open-book examination, consisting of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, or long answer questions, will be held during the University Examination Period. The examination will be administered online.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Students will need to consult this textbook:
This text is produced by the CORE ECON team and is available free online at https://www.core-econ.org/project/core-the-economy/. It is also possible to purchase a hard copy textbook if desired, see the CORE ECON project site for more information.
Note that the CORE ECON project site contains significant additional resources that you should aim to make use of in aiding your learning.
Technology Used and Required
The unit uses the learning management system (iLearn) that can be accessed via iLearn.mq.edu.au. All of the learning materials and important information related to ECON1020 will be provided and can be accessed via iLearn. Students are expected to check the ECON1020 iLearn site regularly.
This unit uses Echo360 for live lectures. See iLearn for details.
This unit uses Zoom for online tutorial sessions and consultations. See iLearn for details.
Learning and Teaching Activities
This unit is taught as a mix of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are designed to provide the tools which can then be applied in tutorials. ECON1020 relies heavily on independent learning where students read the relevant chapter(s), revise lecture notes, and prepare answers to the tutorial questions. Students are strongly advised that their learning is significantly enhanced by regularly following the videos, attending classes, and undertaking the relevant reading for the week. It is assumed that students will attend all live classes and all tutorials.
1. Pre-recorded Lectures (Online, 1 hour for each topic)
Pre-recorded lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and the framework for each topic. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the key concepts before attending live lectures. Pre-recorded lectures will be available on iLearn.
2. Live Lectures (Online, 1 hour for each topic)
Live lectures provide a review of selected concepts and the integration of the key concepts. It is also an opportunity for students to provide feedback on their understanding of the key concepts. Students are expected to deepen their understanding of the topic via live lectures. Links to live lectures will be available on iLearn.
3. Tutorials (Online or Face-to-Face*, 1 hour for each topic)
Tutorials consist of learning activities related to applications of the key concepts to real-world issues. Students are expected to be familiar with the key concepts and to actively participate in learning activities and discussions. Tutorials constitute a critical learning experience of this unit and students must attend their set tutorial. In ECON1020 we emphasise peer-to-peer learning by working through the exercises and learning from others within the tutorial. Your tutor's role is to help you understand the material. Ask your tutor for guidance on how to approach questions and problems.
* The intended delivery mode may need to change after the start of the session due to the evolving covid situation and students need to ensure they keep up with iLearn Announcements made during the session accordingly.
|Lecture Topic||CORE Unit Number||Assessment Task Due*|
|Week 1||The capitalist revolution||1|
|Week 2||Technology, population, and growth||2|
|Week 3||Scarcity, work, and choice||3|
|Week 4||Scarcity, work, and choice||3|
|Week 5||Social interactions||4||Online quiz 1 (5%)|
|Week 6||Property and power: Mutual gains and conflict||5|
|Week 7||The firm: Owners, managers, and employees||6|
|Week 8||The firm and its customers||7||Assignment (30%)|
|Week 9||Supply and demand: Price-taking and competitive markets||8|
|Week 10||Supply and demand: Price-taking and competitive markets||8||Online quiz 2 (5%)|
|Week 11||The labour market: Wages, profits, and unemployment||9|
|Week 12||Economic inequality||19|
|Exam Period||Final exam (50%)|
* Online/F2F tutorial participation and engagement (10%) is due each week.
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