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Introduction to Economics A

Module Code: ECU11011 (old code EC1110)

Module Name: Introduction to Economics A

  • ECTS Weighting: 5
  • Semester/Term Taught: Semester 1
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer: Professor Tara Mitchell

Module Learning Aims

This module provides students with a broad introduction to, and overview of, introductory microeconomics. As such, this module is one of the core building blocks for degree programmes incorporating economics, such as BESS (TR081), TSM Economics and PPES.

Module Content

The module focuses on the principles of microeconomics, which is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources between competing uses at the disaggregated level of individuals, households and firms. The central issue concerns the respective roles of the price mechanism and of the government in resource allocation. The module provides a foundation for the more advanced modules in economics available in later years. It does not assume any previous knowledge of economics and has no pre-requisites.
Topics discussed include:

  • Technology and Growth
  • Individual Decision Making
  • Social Interactions: Game Theory
  • Property and Power
  • The Firm
  • Supply and Demand
  • Markets, Efficiency and Public Policy

Module Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • explain and apply basic economic terminology;
  • formulate and address economic and public policy issues using the language and approach of economics;
  • set up and solve simple economic problems related to the technical topics in this module;
  • articulate economic reasoning and results to others.

Recommended Reading List

The Core Project, 2017, The Economy
This is an e-book which is available free of charge online at: http://www.core-econ.org/the-economy/. Physical copies of the book are also available to purchase but this is not required.

Module Co-Requisite

ECU11012

Assessment Details

10% peer-assessment assignment
20% problem set
20% assignment
50% exam

Module Website

Blackboard