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ECON13-302: Business Conditions Analysis May 2018 [Standard]

General information

Examines the behaviour of aggregate economic variables, such as aggregate demand and aggregate supply, gross national product and the rates of unemployment and the rate of inflations. Topics include fiscal and monetary policies, the impact of budget surpluses and deficits, foreign trade and balance of payments and the determination of currency exchange rates. The subject applies macro-economic principles to the firm’s problem of predicting changes in its macroeconomic environment.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ECON13-302
Subject title:Business Conditions Analysis
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x11 (Total hours: 22) - Weekly Tutorial (Starting Week 2)
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Analyse many contemporary macroeconomic issues. Understand the macroeconomics of the Global Financial Crisis.
  2. Apply the tools to your personal affairs; political, societal and global issues. This course will lead you to ask deeper questions to gain a better understanding of the economy.
  3. Demonstrate and apply tools to collect, analyse and organize information and ideas and convey those ideas clearly and fluently in written and oral forms.
  4. Apply academic wisdom through analytical skills to discuss ethical issues related to contemporary issues in macroeconomic and economic policy in a global world.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Assignments (2) 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Examination 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid-semester Examination 30% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Provides an overview of business conditions relevant to investors, consumers and policy makers. Moreover this topic introduces how to measure the value of economic activity—GDP, measure the cost of living—consumer prices index, measuring joblessness—the unemployment rate. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 2; no tutorial class]

We make distinction between short-run and long-run analysis. This topic discusses the economy in the long run. Further this topic introduces the determinants of total production of goods and services, how national income is distributed to the factor of production. Moreover, it enables the students to understand the determinants of demand for goods and services and the equilibrium that brings the supply and demand for goods and service into balance. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 3; Tutorial-I]

This topic introduces the concept of money role of banks in the monetary system, how central banks influence the money supply. Moreover students would learn about leverage, capital requirements, quantitative easing and the monetary base expansion and problems in monetary control. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 4; Tutorial 2]

This topic introduces the mechanism of international flows of capital and goods, saving and investment in a small open economy. Moreover student would learn variety of exchange rate regimes, trade policies and purchasing power parity concept. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 6; Tutorial 3]

This topic introduces short-term and long-term relationship between inflation and unemployment—role of expansionary policies in the labour market. Further this topic introduces the concepts of quantity theory of money, seigniorage, inflation and interest rates, job loss, job finding and the natural rate of unemployment. Students will learn the relationship between job search and frictional unemployment, real-wage rigidity and structural unemployment. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 5 & 7; Tutorial 4]

This topic introduces the concept of accumulation of capital, the golden rule level of capital and the theory on population growth. Moreover, students would learn about the endogenous growth theory that concerns the technological progress in the Solow model, policies to promote growth. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 8 Tutorial 5 (Assignment 1 due)]

No Lecture/Tutorial Class

This topic introduces equilibrium in the goods market—IS curve and money market—LM curve. Students will learn how to explain economic short-run fluctuations using the IS-LM model, and the IS-LM as a theory of aggregate demand. A case study on the great depression will also be discussed. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 11; Tutorial 6]

This topic Introduces the three Models of aggregate supply. Moreover students will learn the concepts that illustrate the relationship between inflation, unemployment and the Phillips Curve. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 14; Tutorial 7]

You will learn i) how to incorporate dynamics into the AD-AS model we previously studied ii) how to use the dynamic AD-AS model to illustrate long-run economic growth and how to use the dynamic AD-AS model to trace out the effects over time of various shocks and policy changes on output, inflation, and other endogenous variables. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 15; Tutorial 8]

This topic discusses the size of the government debt, the problems in measuring government debt. Student will also learn the traditional view of government debt, the Ricardian view of government debt and other perspectives on government debt such as balanced budget versus optimal fiscal policy, and the fiscal effects on monetary policy [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 19; Tutorial 9 (assignment-2 due)]

You will learn the functions a healthy financial system performs; the common features of financial crises and government policies to alleviate or prevent crises. [N. G. Mankiw (2016): CH. 20.; Tutorial 10]

Approved on: May 4, 2018. Edition: 1.4