Economic Principles

Module description

The module consists of 2 semesters, each covering core theory and applications from the main course textbook. Semester 1 covers Microeconomics, and Semester 2 covers Macroeconomics.

Semester 1 specifically covers: How markets work; Supply and Demand; Elasticity; Consumers, Producers and Efficiency of Markets; Externalities and Public Goods; Firms in Competitive Markets; Monopoly; Oligopoly; Theory of Consumer Choice.

Semester 2 specifically covers: the measurement of economic aggregates; the determinants of long run growth; the causes of unemployment; the banking system; an overview of the open economy (exchange rate determination); the causes of short run macroeconomic fluctuations; the Financial Crisis, and the pros and cons of the Euro.

Full module specification

Module title:Economic Principles
Module code:BEE1029
Module level:1
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Debbie Du Preez - Lecturer
  • Miss Victoria Hwang - Lecturer
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






Non-requisites: Cannot be taken with BEE1030, BEE1031 or BEE1034

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of economics, and to apply this way of thinking to real world problems. It aims to help students understand the world around them, become more astute participants in the Economy, and help them understand Economic Policy so that they can better judge the Politicians affecting the allocation of their society’s resources.  

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply the economic way of thinking to understand microeconomic problems such as why markets allocate resources where they are most wanted; why prices and wages rise and fall; how consumers allocate their budgets, and how firms arrive at production decisions.
  • 2. Understand the concept of market failure and what effect governments can have on the provision and pricing of goods and services.
  • 3. Be aware of the role played by labour and capital markets
  • 4. Construct macroeconomic models and make use of them in analysis of current issues.
  • 5. Understand the macroeconomic issues that are given priority by modern governments.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Analyze and resolve microeconomic and macroeconomic problems
  • 7. Identify the types of issues that economics can help address.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Judge and assess policy issues related to market economies

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures44Lectures cover all ILOs
Tutorials10Tutorials are classes that solve practical exercises
Online exercises20Online exercises are related to lectures and test the understanding of the lecture.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutorial QuestionsIn class1-8In-class feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination (end of Term 1)402 hours1-8Summary written feedback and indicative answers
Examination (end of Term 2)402 hours1-8Summary written feedback and indicative answers
Online Exercises2020 weeks1-8Tailored Online Feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exam (term 1), Exam (Term 2) Written Exam1-83 hours

Re-assessment notes

The 3 hour exam will cover all the material from both semesters. The final re-assessment is worth 100% of the final mark.

Syllabus plan

Semester 1 starts with an introduction to the main principles of economics. First the market mechanism is analysed with a focus on the interaction of demand and supply, elasticity and the efficiency of markets. Next consumer choice and demand decisions are investigated. Further, the module will focus on firms’ behavior and market structure, perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic compettion and oligopoly. Finally, the student will be introduced to welfare economics, public goods and externalities and the principles of taxation.

Semester 2 focuses on Macroeconomics, the study of the economy as a whole. After considering how to measure economic aggregates like GDP, a simple model of the macroeconomy is built up, starting with the demand side, before moving onto supply and open economy interactions. An emphasis is placed on practical policy-making throughout, including how monetary and fiscal policy works in the UK, and how countries around the world manage their trade and exchange rates. The course ends with a round-up of what macroeconomic study can tell us about business cycles, which are essential to the success or failure of all businesses, before briefly considering the longer term issues of economic growth and world trade.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

The Main Course Textbook is:

Begg, D. et al. (2014), Economics. 11th Edition, McGraw Hill.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

BEE1029 Economics on ELE

Connect, the online resource that complements the main textbook above.

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