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ECON13-305: Money and Monetary Policy September 2019 [Standard]

General information

Monetary economics is concerned with the effects of monetary institutions and policy actions on economic variables such as inflation and interest rates. Money and monetary policy is an important decision-making consideration for managers in a variety of fields. This subject aims to provide a basic understanding of money and monetary policy with special reference to the Australian context. In the first half of the subject, the role of money in the economy, the structure of financial markets theories of money demand and the money supply and related topics are explored. The second part of the subject examines monetary policy with a special reference to The Fed and Reserve Bank of Australia.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ECON13-305
Subject title:Money and Monetary Policy
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • R. GLENN HUBBARD, ANTHONY PATRICK O'BRIEN (2014). Money, Banking, and the Financial System. 2nd, PEARSONS
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Students must have completed 120 credit points prior to enrolling.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain the role and functions of central banks in the design and implementation of monetary policy for a specific country.
  2. Apply monetary theory to analyse central bank policies.
  3. Evaluate cross-country differences in monetary policy.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations related to contemporary issues in monetary policy around the world.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Homework Homework assignments require students to work out solutions to numerical problems, analyse short answer questions with enough arguments or descriptive evidence. Weeks 6 and Weeks 11 30% Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Examination 40% 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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Submission procedures

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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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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.

Additional subject information

As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

An overview of the money, banking and financial system in a typical open economy. These systems and their dynamics are explored using examples such as microlending, personal savings, and the financial crisis of 2007-09.

Key factors in building an investment portfolio are examined. A demand and supply model is used to explain how the market interest rate for bonds is determined and the loanable funds model is applied to analyse the international capital market. Investor considerations of expected inflation and other investment decision factors are evaluated.

The basic operations of the stock market and stock price determination are introduced. The assumption of rational expectations and the efficient markets hypothesis are discussed in terms of the actual efficiency of financial markets. Fundamental concepts of behavioral finance are also considered using actual events and examples.

The foreign exchange market is explained and the difference between nominal and real exchange rates is considered. The determination of exchange rates in the short and long run is explained.

An overview of bank balance sheets is presented including a detailed analysis of T-accounts. The basic operations of a commercial bank are explored, with specific consideration of the risks involved in commercial banking and approaches to managing them.

This topic explores the connection between financial crises and financial regulation. The examination of actual historical financial crises provides realistic contexts to explore this connection and compare the characteristics and outcomes of these events.

An overview of the structure and operations of the Federal Reserve System. Key issues involved with central bank independence outside the United States are also specifically considered.

The relationship between the Fed’s balance sheet and the monetary base is considered and the equation for the simple deposit multiplier is derived and explained. A discussion of how the behaviour of banks and the non-bank public affect the money multiplier and describe the money supply process for M2.

The goals of monetary policy are explained as well as how the Fed uses monetary policy tools to influence the federal funds rate. The role of monetary targeting in monetary policy and the relevance of different monetary policy tools over time are explored in detail.

The effects of the Fed’s interventions in foreign exchange markets on the U.S. monetary base and exchange rate are analysed. The calculation of the balance of payments is explained and the evolution of exchange rate regimes is also discussed.

The IS curve and its derivation are explained. The significance of the MP curve and the Phillips curve is also considered. The IS–MP and IS-LM models are used to illustrate macroeconomic equilibrium. Alternative channels of monetary policy are also explored.

Approved on: Jun 28, 2019. Edition: 3.1