Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2009-2010 (archived)

# Module ECON1021: ECONOMIC METHODS

## Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Economics and Finance)

### ECON1021: ECONOMIC METHODS

Type | Open | Level | 1 | Credits | 20 | Availability | Available in 2009/10 | Module Cap | None. | Location | Durham |
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#### Prerequisites

- AS level Maths, minimum grade B

#### Corequisites

- Elements of Economics (ECON1011).

#### Excluded Combination of Modules

- Maths modules (modules with MATH codes) may only be taken with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (or his/her nominee).

#### Aims

- To familiarise students with the use of mathematical and numerical tools in solving economic problems, and to provide a quantitative basis for progression to final honours. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop key skills.

#### Content

- Mathematical Section: Sets,nonlinear functions,elasticity,calculus, partial differentiation and constrained optimisation in an economic context
- Statistical Section: Exploratory data analysis, discrete and continuous distributions,sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and statistical visualisation.

#### Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:

- an understanding of basic data analysis
- an appreciation of the characteristics of economic data
- a facility with the mathematical techniques of elementary algebra and optimisation
- experience in using these techniques in economic model building and analysis

Subject-specific Skills:

- The ability to set up basic economic problems as systems of mathematical equations and solve constrained optimisation resource allocation problems
- To understand statistical distributions and basic hypethesis testing

Key Skills:

- Written Communication -by completing the summatively-assessed project
- Numeracy - e.g. by applying core mathematical and statistical skills to answer a range of examination questions
- Problem Solving and Analysis - by applying the necessary mathematical and quantitative skills to a wide range of economic problems
- Planning, Organisation and Time Management - by collecting and organising data for the statistical project, and ensuring submission by the strict assignment deadline.
- Initiative - e.g. by searching relevant literature and information in preparation for the project.
- Computer Literacy and Information Retrieval -e.g. by the compulsory use of word processing and spreadsheets in the production of the summative project

#### Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

- Teaching is by lectures and tutorials. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes, and private study. In addition there are three IT workshops. Formative assessment is by means of 1 test and 1 set of exercises. Summative assessment is by means of a written examination to test studentsâ€™ knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter, plus a written assignment to test their ability to apply what they have learned.

#### Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity | Number | Frequency | Duration | Total/Hours | |
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Lectures | 38 | 2 per week | 1 hour | 38 | |

Practicals/Workshops | 10 | 1 every 2 weeks | 1 hour | 10 | ■ |

IT Workshops | 3 | 1 per term | 1 hour | 3 | ■ |

Preparation and Reading | 149 |

#### Summative Assessment

Component: Examination | Component Weighting: 75% | ||
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Element | Length / duration | Element Weighting | Resit Opportunity |

One written examination | 2 hours | 100% | |

Component: Assignment | Component Weighting: 25% | ||

Element | Length / duration | Element Weighting | Resit Opportunity |

Assignment | 1500 | 100% |

#### Formative Assessment:

1 test, 1 set of exercises.

■ Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University