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Unit information: MRes Mathematics for Economics in 2022/23

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Unit name MRes Mathematics for Economics
Unit code EFIMM0023
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Oliveros
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The unit aims to build in students the ability to know, understand, apply and evaluate the mathematical tools and methods needed in modern Economics. These skills constitute the base on which other units will build and will ultimately allow students to undertake novel research in their dissertation.

The focus is on optimization techniques (first part) and dynamics (second part)

Your learning on this unit

Modern Economic Theory and Research in Econometrics requires the use of some mathematical concepts. Underpinning all economics there are economic agents optimizing and interacting with other economic agents in the context of particular mathematical models. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to

  1. Apply tools of optimization and describe economic dynamic using differential equations and difference equations; recognize consistent and complete mathematical arguments; and identify when these arguments are flawed.
  2. Calculate optimal plans, solve dynamics system, and analyse properties of the solutions obtained; manipulate mathematical expressions to construct formal arguments and proofs; and compare different ways of providing the same results.
  3. Evaluate the results and predictions of the dynamic models in terms of the applicability to the particular economic problem; consider the proper scope of application of the tools studied during the course as well as their limitations, in order to adapt them to new problems.

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

Timed assessment (85%) (ILOs 1,2,3) and Coursework (15%) (ILOs 1,2,3).


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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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