ETC2440 - Mathematics for economics and business - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics

Chief examiner(s)

Mr John Stapleton


Mr John Stapleton

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Students must have passed ETC1000 or equivalent or be enrolled in course B6001 or B6014.


ETF2700, ECC2440. Students are also prohibited from enrolling in ETC2440 if they have passed both MTH2010 and MTH2021.


This unit introduces mathematical techniques that are invaluable tools for econometrics, economics, finance, and business. Topics covered include matrix algebra, linear simultaneous equations and the LU decomposition, eigenvalues and the Schur decomposition, random vectors; optimisation, including the Lagrange multiplier method, partial differentiation, multiple integration, difference and differential equations. Some emphasis will be given to the use of computer programs for performing matrix calculations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. provide a practical training in basic mathematics needed for the study of econometrics
  2. examine the calculus of many variables and its application in econometrics and business statistics
  3. introduce matrix algebra
  4. provide a training in the use of mathematical software.


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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