The module is designed to equip students with the key principles necessary for the analysis of a range of basic economic problems and policies. It seeks, in particular, to increase the students’ abilities to independently pose and solve economic questions, especially those relating to policy issues.
This module follows BEE2038 Intermediate Microeconomics and focuses on macroeconomic issues and aims to both deepen and widen the students’ formal knowledge of economic theory and its application.
Students will develop a better understanding of how decisions by consumers, firms and governments are interlinked, and impact on interest rates, exchange rates on the overall level of economic activity. Analysis of contemporary economic events will be a key feature of the module, enabling the procurement of skills to assess the likely trends in macroeconomic variables that will facilitate decision making.
This module covers economics from a business point of view and incorporates many international examples and the world economy.
You will gain an awareness of the economy and economic laws and the effects this has on the decision making, which is a key skill required by company managers.
You will improve your analytical, logical, quantitative, and communication skills. You will cultivate the ability to apply tools and approaches from the Economics discipline to real-world problems in business and government policy, and to communicate these approaches to non-specialists. This module emphasizes several skills noted as highly valuable according to the Economics Network Research: Employers’ Survey 2014-15, including ‘the ability to analyse economic, business and social issues’, ‘the ability to simplify complexity while still retaining relevance’ and ‘communication of economic ideas.’
You are encouraged to attend the open lectures from visiting speakers in the Business School.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Intermediate Macroeconomics|
BEE1029 or BEE1034 or BEE1030 and BEE1031
Cannot be taken with BEE2025 and BEE2026
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
This module addresses the main macroeconomic issues and seeks to provide a general overview of how the macroeconomy works and how the economy adjusts over time to a variety of policy changes and shocks.
The module is designed to equip you with the key economic principles necessary for the analysis of a range of economic problems and policies. It seeks, in particular, to increase your abilities to independently pose and solve economic questions, especially those relating to policy issues. It emphasises the fundamental conceptual foundations in macroeconomics and provides concrete examples of their applications.
Analysis of contemporary economic events will be a key feature of the module, enabling the procurement of skills to assess the likely trends in economic variables that will facilitate decision making.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. interpret intermediate macroeconomic theory and apply economic reasoning to the analysis of economic questions and policy;
- 2. explain the factors affecting the macroeconomic environment, how they interact, and thus assess the ramifications of a change in one factor on other macroeconomic variables.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. identify, present and explain standard theoretical economic models and apply them to analyse economic questions and policy issues;
- 4. think analytically and be able to interpret economic data.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. develop the capacity for analytical thought and reasoned discussion;
- 6. develop independent study skills;
- 7. prepare and organise work individually and in groups using a range of available technologies;
- 8. work positively and collaboratively in groups, managing any conflict arising.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures, where key concepts are introduced|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||5||Seminars, where problem sets are worked through and discussed|
|Guided Independent Study||113||To be divided between background reading (e.g. 40 hrs), solving/reviewing problem sets (e.g. 40 hrs) and exam revision (e.g. 33 hrs)|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Bi-Weekly problem sets||1 hour every two weeks||1-6||Oral in tutorial class and formative feedback.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Average of Homework Tasks||15||30 minutes||1-6||ELE|
|Group work||15||up to 3000 words||1-5, 7-8||Grade and online feedback|
|Midterm Exam||30||1 hour||1-6||Grade and indicative answers to exam questions posted on ELE|
|Final Exam||40||1 hour||1-6||Grade and indicative answers to exam questions posted on ELE|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group work (15%) and Average of Homework Tasks (15%)||Individual Presentation with commentary (approx. 2000 words) (30%)||1-5||August/September Reassessment Period|
|Midterm Exam (30%)||Midterm exam (1h) (30%)||1-6||August/September Reassessment Period|
|Final Exam (40%)||Final Exam (1h) (40%)||1-6||August/September Reassessment Period|
- A Tour of the World
- The Goods Market
- The Financial Market
- The IS-LM Model
- The Labour Market
- The Phillips curve, the natural rate of unemployment and inflation
- Putting all markets together: from the short to the medium run
- The Open Economy
- Should Policy Makers Be Restrained?
- Fiscal Policy: A Summing Up
- Monetary Policy: A Summing Up
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Blanchard, O., Amighini, A. and FR. Giavazzi (2017) Macroeconomics: A European Perspective, third edition, London: Prentice-Hall.
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