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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Business School (Economics and Finance) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Queen's Campus Stockton
Tied to NN43
Tied to N302
Tied to N304
Tied to N305
Tied to N306
Tied to N307
Tied to N402
Tied to N403
Tied to N405


  • Introduction to Economics


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop knowledge and understanding of international macroeconomic analysis; and develop knowledge and critical understanding of macroeconomic performance and its importance for the business community.


  • The following is indicative of types of areas to be covered:
  • Understanding the macroeconomic context
  • Economic Growth: capital accumulation, endogenous growth, convergence, technological progress
  • International trade and globalisation
  • Labour markets and unemployment
  • Business cycle analysis and stabilisation policy
  • Demand management. the extended IS-LM-AD-AS model
  • The role of government, fiscal and monetary policy, and inflation
  • Exchange rates and open economy macroeconomics

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module students should have knowledge and understanding of essential components of international macroeconomics
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students should have had the opportunity to use principles of macroeconomics and international finance to analyse issues relevant to the business community
Key Skills:
  • Written communication - e.g. through summative assessment.
  • Planning and Organising - e.g. by preparing for the examination.
  • Initiative - e.g. by searching relevant literature and information in preparation for summative assessment.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis - e.g. by applying the necessary analytical skills, as well as the ability to manipulate concepts in ecomomics, in undertaking assessed work.
  • Computer Literacy - e.g. downloading notes for revisiom and past exam papers from DUO.
  • Reasoning abilities - skills in assessing alternative ideas, and the criteria used in accepting or rejecting economic arguments, theories or theoretical systems.

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

  • Teaching is by lectures, seminars and revision lectures. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in seminar classes, and private study. Formative assessment is by means of one test. Summative assessment is by means of a written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 1 per week 1 hour 19
Seminars 8 4 per term 1 hour 8
Revision Lectures 2 2 in term 3 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 171
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written examination 2 hours 30 mins 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

One in-class test in Term One

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