Macroeconomics for Managers

Subject ECON90032 (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 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Entry into the Master of Management suite of programs and to students enrolled in programs offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

This subject is not available to students enrolled in MC-ECO Master of Economics

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:


Mr Jonathan Thong



Subject Overview:

The subject covers issues relating to the labour market (employment and unemployment), the product market (consumption, saving and investment) and the markets for finance and foreign exchange. It covers the role of government economic policy as well as issues such as inflation and the balance of payments.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Synthesise the Classical and Keynesian divide within macroeconomic theory and policy;
  • Identify and classify the constituent parts of a countrys Balance of Payments and explain the factors that may influence these components;
  • Explain both the causes and consequences of movement in a countrys exchange rate;
  • Explain both the causes and consequences of inflation and evaluate the policy options available to governments;
  • Explain both the causes and consequences of unemployment and evaluate the policy options available to governments;
  • Identify and explain key aspects of both monetary and budgetary policy;
  • Access and interpret a wide range of economic statistics.
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%);
  • 2000 word assignment due in week 10 (20%); and
  • A multiple choice test in week 8 (10%).
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
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Written communication

Enrolment restricted to Graduate Diploma in Employee Relations and Human Resource Management, the Master of Management suite of programs and to Arts Faculty students. This subject is not available to students who have passed ECON10003 Introductory Macroeconomics or equivalent.

Related Course(s): Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of International Business electives

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