EC100GC      Half Unit
Economics A (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr L. Rachel Ngai  32L 1.15


This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.

Course content

This course provides a foundation macroeconomics, primarily to those without background in the subject. This course covers topics such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, monetary & fiscal policy, and international macroeconomics.



20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 30 hours in the Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes, live streamed (recorded) lectures, and some flipped content delivered as short online videos.

Formative coursework

Weekly feedback is given on the multiple choice questions which form the weekly quizzes.  Individual written feedback is given on at least one essay question. Students are expected to make positive contributions to class discussions. 

Indicative reading

Daron Acemoglu, David Laibson and John List (2018) Economics, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education.


Exam (90%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (10%) in the LT.

Students are required to attempt weekly quizzes and mock exams in order to satisfy the coursework requirements for the course.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving