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Unit information: Economic Principles in 2021/22

Unit name Economic Principles
Unit code EFIM10010
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Chondrogianni
Open unit status Not open

A-level Mathematics (or equivalent)



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to equip students with the basic understanding of the core of economic theory, concepts and models, with applications, where appropriate, to accounting, business and finance.

On the microeconomic side, the unit covers topics such as: demand, supply, elasticity, competition, game theory, risk, externalities, welfare etc.

On the macroeconomic side, the unit covers GDP, CPI, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, monetary and fiscal policy etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Make appropriate use of core microeconomic concepts such as opportunity cost; elasticities; and marginal/average relationships in analysing economic behaviour.

2. Explain the role and limits of markets and the public sector in the organisation of economic activity, showing an awareness of the relevance of imperfect competition, strategic behaviour, informational constraints, regulation and externalities in economic activity.

3. Analyse the behaviour of firms in a variety of forms of industrial organisation.

4. Explain the contributions that economic analysis can make to addressing some problems of current concern such as pollution and unemployment.

5. Explain important macroeconomic concepts such as Gross Domestic Product, money supply, inflation, natural rate of unemployment, aggregate supply and exchange rates.

6. Analyse the behaviour of major macroeconomic variables such as aggregate output and the interest rate using models of aggregate economic behaviour.

7. Recognise some of the causes of aggregate economic fluctuations using simple models.

8. Appraise the scope and limitations of both fiscal and monetary policy.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

10% MCQs (Best 4 out of 5)

10% Group mini project

80% Timed exam


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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