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ES10010: Introductory economics

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Economics
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: EX 30%, OT 20%, 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Class Test (OT 20%)
  • Semester 1 Examination (EX 30%)
  • Semester 2 Coursework ( 20%)
  • Semester 2 Examination ( 30%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This 12 credit unit is designed to provide an introduction to the methods of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, including the use of simple economic models and their application.
The aims of the unit are to enable students to derive conclusions from simple economic models and evaluate their realism and usefulness.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of the first semester unit, students should be able to understand and apply basic microeconomic principles to the economic decisions of households and firms under a variety of market conditions.
By the completion of the second semester students should be able to understand and apply basic macroeconomic principles to the economic decisions of the policy-maker.
Students should be able to use micro and macroeconomic analysis both to describe and to appraise decisions, and have acquired competency in the verbal, diagrammatic and basic mathematical concepts and techniques used in introductory economics.

Skills: Basic grounding in introductory micro and macroeconomics. Students will acquire skills in problem solving through work completed in class and assessment. They will undertake pieces of applied research work with respect to current topics in micro and macroeconomics.

Content: Introduction to markets; household behaviour; production and costs; perfect competition and monopoly; imperfect competition; factor markets - labour; risk and uncertainty; welfare economics.
The circular flow of income and expenditure; national income accounting; aggregate demand and supply; the components and determinants of private and public sector aggregate expenditure in closed and open economies; output and the price level in the short- and long-run; monetary and fiscal policy; inflation and unemployment; the balance of payments and exchange rates; economic growth, economic cycles; macroeconomic modelling.

Programme availability:

ES10010 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

ES10010 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 1)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 1)


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