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ACE2012 : Consumer and Business Economics

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To enable students to understand how economic theory and numerical analysis can be used to aid marketing and management decision-making in businesses. The module builds upon introductory economics and examines applications in business economics at an intermediate level. The course is divided into two. The first semester considers consumer and behaviour economics and provides some empirical applications from a marketing perspective. The second considers focus on the economics of business strategy and covers models to understand firm business decisions. It will also provide empirical applications and introduce decision on different market structures. Throughout, concepts and applications are made relevant to real world examples.

Outline Of Syllabus

Consumer and Business Economics builds upon introductory economics and examines applications in business economics at an intermediate level. The module provides you with a range of material to gain an understanding on how both economic theory and numerical analysis can be used to aid marketing and management decision-making in businesses.

The course is divided into two main parts. The first part of the module, taught during the first semester, covers the main ideas and concepts in consumer and behaviour economics whilst providing empirical applications from a marketing perspective. The second part of the module, taught during the second semester, focuses on the economics of business strategy and covers economic models that help to understand how firm business decisions are made. This part of the module also provides empirical applications.

Throughout, concepts and applications are made relevant to real world examples. Supporting material for this module includes lecture slides, videos, html docs with R codes and examples

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Present in Person (Semester 1)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00in-depth study of the material on books and other sources (Semester 1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Present in Person (Semester 2)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Synchronous online via Zoom (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:001 x 30 Online take home coursework; write report with quantitative analysis (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Revising lecture and reading material (Semester 1)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00pre-lecture readings (Semester 1)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Revising lecture and reading material (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00activities practicing R material (Semester 2)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lectures that build on, and extend economics taught during Stage 1. The lectures are designed to improve awareness and understanding of marketing and managerial decision-making using an economic frame. Diagrammatical exposition is used to explain consumer and firm behaviour under different market situations.
The economic theory is complemented with applied material including statistical regression analysis and
numerical problem-solving methods are examined as important aids to decision-making. A key focus is on the
interpretation of data analysis to aid decision-making, especially the ability to interpret and present results to nonspecialists.
It is important to note that online lectures provide a good basis to understand concepts, ideas and applications of methods. However, students are expected to review this material as well as any supplement lecture material
from textbooks and material from Canvas. Independent study and formative essays consolidate learning and improve
both generic and economics-specific writing and presentational skills.
Students will be able to apply the theory into practice through practical examples

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M501000 word report
Written exercise2M501000 Word Report including quantitative analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Semester 1 written assessment will test student learning. In particular, assess the awareness, appreciation and capacity to employ findings, research methods and principles of consumer economics.

The Semester 2 will be entirely coursework based. The students will have one piece of assessment, that contribute 50% to the overall module mark. Students will have a to write a 1000 report on a relevant topic. Quantitative analysis using R will form part of the report

Reading Lists

Timetable