Macroeconomics II

Subject ECON90014 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars or lectures and tutorials totalling three hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


ECON90003 Macroeconomics

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr May Li



Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the work covered in ECON90003 Macroeconomics. The focus is on providing a detailed coverage of particular topics of contemporary importance. Topics covered may include:

  • Macroeconomic dynamics;
  • Macroeconomic models of the open economy;
  • Economic growth;
  • Credit rationing;
  • The monetary transmission mechanism;
  • Irreversibility and investment;
  • Problems in desinging and implementing macroeconomic policies;
  • Analyses of unemployment and the labour market; and
  • Consumption theory.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Solve differential and difference equations and apply these solutions to explain possible macroeconomic outcomes;
  • Apply basic dynamic techniques to macroeconomic models in order to solve for short-run and long-run outcomes;
  • Apply the techniques of static and dynamic optimisation to solve macroeconomic problems;
  • Apply dynamic macroeconomic models to explain likely economic outcomes in the short-run, in the long-run and in the transition from short-run to long-run equilibria;
  • Use optimisation techniques to derive theoretical models that can explain the behaviour of economic agents;
  • Integrate theoretical models based on optimising behaviour into full-scale models of the macro-economy;
  • Explain some techniques economists use to empirically evaluate macroeconomic models.


  • One 3-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • Four class assignments totalling approximately 4000 words, due weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12 (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork
  • Written communication
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Economics electives

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