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ECON8091 – Economics for Actuaries

2022 – Session 1, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor, Lecturer
Pundarik Mukhopadhaya
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MActPrac
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide a postgraduate-level foundation in modern economic analysis, with applications to decision making in business, for postgraduate actuarial students. The unit provides students with the knowledge and tools to use microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and concepts in analysing business decision making and an understanding of the broader social, economic and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. Students gaining a Credit or higher in this unit will satisfy the requirements for exemption from professional subject CB2 of the Actuaries Institute.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critically appraise key economic concepts, models and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • ULO2: Apply a range of techniques including calculations and manipulation of diagrammatic representations to solve problems related to economic concepts and models.
  • ULO3: Evaluate the role of the government and the central bank and the instruments available to them to manage the economy.
  • ULO4: Recognise and relate the relevance of economic theory to the wider business environment and describe the link between these theories to the practical application of individual businesses.
  • ULO5: Apply key microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and suggest solutions to real business problems.

General Assessment Information

Late submissions of assessments

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, no extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available assessment-task marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24-hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will only be accepted up to 96 hours after the due date and time.

No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g., quizzes, online tests.

Table 1: Penalty calculation based on submission time

Submission time after the due date (including weekends)

Penalty (% of available assessment task mark)

Example: for a non-timed assessment task marked out of 30

<24 hours

10%

10% x 30 marks = 3-mark deduction

24-48 hours

20%

20% x 30 marks = 6-mark deduction

48-72 hours

30%

30% x 30 marks = 9-mark deduction

72 – 96 hours

40%

40% x 30 marks = 12-mark deduction

>96 hours

100%

Assignment won’t be accepted

 

Special Consideration

To request an extension on the due date/time for a timed or non-timed assessment task, you must submit a Special Consideration application. An application for Special Consideration does not guarantee approval.

The approved extension date for a student becomes the new due date for that student. The late submission penalties above then apply as of the new due date.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final examination 60% No University Exam period
Assignment 20% No Week 11
Mid session test 20% No Week 7

Final examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: University Exam period
Weighting: 60%

 

The final exam for this unit will be held during the University Examination Period. The closed book exam will be 3 hours plus 10 minutes reading time. All topics studied during the session are examinable. More detail about the structure of the exam will be provided towards the end of the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically appraise key economic concepts, models and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Apply a range of techniques including calculations and manipulation of diagrammatic representations to solve problems related to economic concepts and models.
  • Evaluate the role of the government and the central bank and the instruments available to them to manage the economy.
  • Recognise and relate the relevance of economic theory to the wider business environment and describe the link between these theories to the practical application of individual businesses.
  • Apply key microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and suggest solutions to real business problems.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 20%

 

This assignment will be a selection of problems requiring the application of the theory and knowledge of the examples considered in the lectures and readings throughout the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically appraise key economic concepts, models and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Apply a range of techniques including calculations and manipulation of diagrammatic representations to solve problems related to economic concepts and models.
  • Evaluate the role of the government and the central bank and the instruments available to them to manage the economy.
  • Recognise and relate the relevance of economic theory to the wider business environment and describe the link between these theories to the practical application of individual businesses.
  • Apply key microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and suggest solutions to real business problems.

Mid session test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

 

The mid session test covers the models and techniques covered in the first 6 to 7 weeks of the session. It also prepares students for the format and difficulty of the final exam.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically appraise key economic concepts, models and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Apply a range of techniques including calculations and manipulation of diagrammatic representations to solve problems related to economic concepts and models.
  • Evaluate the role of the government and the central bank and the instruments available to them to manage the economy.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

This unit will be primarily taught using online ECHO recordings (2 hours/week) and zoom meetings (1 hour/week).  There may also be workshop questions related to a few topics which will be discussed during the lectures. It is strongly recommended that students watch all of these recordings. Each student must attend the 3 hours of contact per week. 

Textbook

The textbook for this course, Economics, 10th Edition by Sloman, Garratt & Guest can be found at the following: https://www.pearson.com/store/p/economics-2020-21-updated-edition/P100001213137/9781292187853

Unit Web Page

Course material is available at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/

Unit Schedule

Week 1 - Supply and Demand -- Chapter 2; Government and Market --Chapter 3

Week 2 - Theory of Consumer Behaviour (Background of Demand) and its Applications --  Chapters 4 & 5 

Week 3 - Theory of Firm and Perfect Competition (Background of Supply) -- Chapters 6 & 7

Week 4 - Monopoly and Imperfect Competition - Chapters 7 and 8

Week 5 - Distribution and Redistribution of Income -- Chapters 10 &11

Week 6 - Market Efficiency, Externality and Public goods -- Chapters 12 & 13

Week 7 - Mid-Session Test

Week 8 - The Macroeconomic Environment -- Chapter 15

Week 9 - Macroeconomic history -- Chapter 16 and Short-Run Macroeconomic Equilibrium -- Chapter 17

Week 10 - Money and Interest Rates -- Chapter 18, Chapter 19 sections 19.1 - 19.3 and the Appendix

Week 11 - Aggregate Supply, Inflation and Unemployment -- Chapter 20 Sections 20.1, 20.2, and 20.4 and The Relationship between Inflation, Unemployment and Output -- Chapter 21 Sections 21.1 and 21.2

Week 12 -  Fiscal and Monetary Policy -- Chapter 22 sections 22.1 - 22.4, Long-term Economic Growth and Supply-side Policies -- Chapter 23 sections 23.4 - 23.6 and International Trade -- Chapter 24 sections 24.1 and 24.2

Week 13 - Balance of Payments and Exchange Rates -- Chapter 25

More information about the specifics of the units and the associated readings will be provided during lectures. Some additional readings will also be provided for some Topics.

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