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EC121: Mathematical Techniques A

  • Terry Cheng

    Module Leader
12 CATS - Department of Economics
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

To provide the mathematical techniques for a thorough and rigorous study of economic analysis, econometric methods and applied economics subjects, appropriate to joint honours courses with Economics. The module forms part of the first year core cluster EC120 Quantitative Techniques, which is made up of one module in Mathematical Techniques (A (EC121) or B (EC123)), one module in Statistical Techniques (A (EC122) or B (EC124)) as well as Computing and Data Analysis (EC125).

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will have acquired a foundation in mathematical techniques to study economics; and enhanced your capability to think clearly and rigorously, as required in the study of economics.


The module will typically cover the following topics:

Revision of basic algebra; Introduction to calculus; Series (AP, GP, present value calculations); Exponential & logarithmic functions; Functions of two variables (calculus, constrained optimisation, applications); Integration; Difference equations; Applications in economics


Optional Core Module
LM1D (LLD2) - Year 1, V7ML - Year 1, L1L8 - Year 1, R9L1 - Year 1, R3L4 - Year 1, R4L1 - Year 1, R2L4 - Year 1, R1L4 - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
At least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent.
Pre-requisite for
EC203, EC220, EC221, EC226
This module is restricted to LM1D/LLD2, V7ML and Joint Economics and Modern Language students and L1L8 students on Route B.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Autumn term only (1 x test 4.8 CATS)


Assessment Method
Coursework (25%) + 1.5 hour exam (75%)
Coursework Details
Two 50 minute tests (worth 12.5% each)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours, plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper) BUT NO ANSWERS MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer ALL SEVEN questions. Answer questions 1-4 in one booklet and questions 5-7 in a separate booklet

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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