Global Business Economics

Subject BUSA90072 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 03-Aug-2015 to 11-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 12-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Aug-2015

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 21-Sep-2015
Teaching Period 28-Sep-2015 to 03-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Sep-2015
Census Date 09-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-Nov-2015

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 12-Oct-2015
Teaching Period 05-Nov-2015 to 06-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 06-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Oct-2015
Census Date 06-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-Nov-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

One of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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January, March, June, August, September
January, March, June, September
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Global Business Economics examines the broad environment in which firms operate and explains factors that affect the output growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, and exchange rates of a country in a globalized world. These economy-wide variables are beyond a firm’s control but critically influence the decision-making of any firm. The course presents a macroeconomic framework to illustrate the dynamic inter-connections among markets (such as those for financial assets, goods and services, labour, and money) and government policies. With the aid of country case studies and current policy research, the course aims to demonstrate that economics is not primarily a set of answers but a set of frameworks and a method of reasoning.

Having completed the course, a student should be able to read The Australian Financial Review or The Economistintelligently, and make informed judgements on questions of economic policy. The course seeks to demystify economics and to enable students to form their own opinions on economic issues. A related aim is to prepare future general managers to deal with professional economists, both those on their own staff and those in government.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Obtain useful economic data and explain basic economic terminology and concepts;
  • Describe the forces governing economic growth and fluctuations in GDP;
  • Use economic models to explain business cycle fluctuations, unemployment, and inflation;
  • Evaluate the role and motivations of central banks in conducting monetary policy;
  • Evaluate the role and motivations of governments in conducting fiscal policy;
  • Read a country’s balance of payments accounts and explain the factors governing exchange rate movements and the associated movements in the current and capital accounts.
  • Class contribution (10%)
    • Equivalent to 500 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Case preparation and discussion (10%)
    • Equivalent to 500 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Syndicate report and presentation (40%)
    • Equivalent to 2,000 words per individual
    • During second module
  • Individual assignment (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 2,000 words
    • After completion of first module
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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