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Module

ECO1020 : Introductory Macroeconomics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Marco Lorusso
  • Demonstrator: Dr Riikka Savolainen
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To introduce basic concepts in macroeconomics to students not progressing to study degree in economics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Aggregate demand and supply; Money and interest rates; inflation and unemployment;
Open economy; Business Cycles

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion20:301:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Balance to equal 100 overall
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:001 hour of introduction, 1 hour of pre-assessment clinic
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ECO1017Introductory Economics
ECO1090Introductory Economics (Study Abroad S2)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide overview. Small group classes support learning through exercises and opportunity for discussion.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination992A1001 hour closed book exam. Exam includes; multiple choice questions and short answer questions.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
ECO1017Introductory Economics2The exam contains the second half of the ECO1017 exam.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MIn one seminar students will discuss a planned answer to a past exam question
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Multiple choice questions test breadth of knowledge.
Short answers show depth over a range of topics.

In the case of an alternative semester 2 assessment (worth 100% of the overall module mark) being necessary due to circumstances, the module leader will in the first instance consult with the DPD as to the requirements of the professional accrediting body to discuss possible acceptable alternatives. In 2020/21 this alternative was a 24 hour take home exam delivered online, and it is envisioned that if circumstances do not allow a present-in-person timed exam at the end of semester 2, and the professional body agrees, than this may well be an example of the type of alternative assessment which could be put in place.

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