ECW2730 - Macroeconomic policy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Professor Eduard Bomhoff

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Macroeconomic policy as it affects the open economy; policy consequences of consumption and investment decisions; analysis of policies with respect to the real exchange rate and trade balance; policy responses to assets price movements; policy goals under different international monetary systems; the economic benefits and costs of optimum currency areas; how policy-makers in Australia try to stabilise the economy.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the impact of monetary and government policies on an open economy
  2. explain the policy consequences of consumption and investment decisions
  3. explain how policies affect the trade balance and income
  4. analyse policy responses to assets price movements
  5. evaluate the economic benefits and costs of optimum currency areas.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have passed ECB1102 or ECG1102 or ECW1102 or ECS1102 before undertaking this unit.