Economics A

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Danny Quah TW1 10.01A and Prof Alan Manning 32L2.36A


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Economic History, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, BSc in International Relations and BSc in Management Sciences. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


This is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics for those not expecting to take specialist courses in economics. It may not be taken if Economics B has already been taken and passed. No previous knowledge of economics is assumed. The treatment will be non-mathematical, but students are expected to be able to interpret graphs.

Course content

This course provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. The course covers standard micro and macroeconomic theory and its extensions in order to make it possible to discuss empirical and policy issues. Topics include demand and supply, theories of consumer behaviour and cost, market structures, efficiency, distribution and optimality, factor markets, macroeconomic goods and money markets, aggregate demand and supply, unemployment, inflation, the balance of payments, and growth in the global economy.


20 hours of lectures and 8 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Lecture handouts are distributed at frequent intervals; they contain the outline of the lectures, details of suggested readings and questions for discussion in classes.
Classes 20 Sessional.

These classes are usually taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants. They deal mainly with questions arising out of the lectures and questions on the lecture handouts. They are also used to discuss students' written work.

Formative coursework

Class teachers will normally set and mark four pieces of written work from each student during the course.

Indicative reading

N. Gregory Mankiw and Mark P. Taylor (2011) Economics, South-Western Cengage Learning, Second Edition.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

A three-hour written examination in the ST based on the full syllabus. The best guide to the year’s final examination will be the class exercises undertaken through the year, with previous years’ examination papers reflecting different emphases specific to each year.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2012/13: 110

Average class size 2012/13: 11

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 75.3%



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