ECC3840 - Mathematical economics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Birendra Rai


Dr Birendra Rai

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECC2000 or equivalent.


The unit will cover the main mathematical concepts and techniques used in economics. Applications in microeconomics and macroeconomics will be discussed. The emphasis will be on explaining the different ways in which the notions of equilibrium and optimality are used in economics.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop the ability to read and understand the mathematics used in economics
  2. develop the ability to formulate an economic question as a mathematical problem
  3. learn to apply basic optimisation techniques.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

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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