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EC131: Economics for Business

  • Elizabeth Jones

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

Students will be given the opportunity to study the essential fundamental concepts in micro and macroeconomics relevant to the study of business. You will develop analytical skills and apply analytical techniques to real world business problems.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding Understand key concepts in Economics, such as national income determination, supply, demand and opportunity cost. Demonstrate knowledge of economic trends and key macroeconomic issues, especially in the context of how they affect businesses and how they might adapt to them.Apply key concepts to industry-related problems and issues.Abstract and simplify basic economic problems through the application of simple theoretical models.

Cognitive SkillsAnalyse and formulate models for understanding and solving problems.Analyse competing models and hypotheses in a critical way.

Subject-Specific/Professional SkillsSelect and apply appropriate economic models and techniques to particular problems especially those of a policy nature and those relating to business and industry.Produce concise and analytical reports relating to economic problems and issues.


The module will typically cover some of the following topics:

Introduction to competitive markets; demand, supply, equilibrium analysis; consumer behaviour in the market; the price mechanism; price elasticity of demand; income elasticity of demand; cross elasticity of demand; price elasticity of supply; economic approaches to business performance and strategy; Internal economics of firms. Costs, productivity and profitability in the short run; economies of scale, economic vulnerability; market structure, including perfect competition, monopolistic competition, monopoly and oligopoly; game theory and strategic thinking; the key macroeconomic variables and their measurement; short term and long term growth; exposure and the macroeconomy; how business can cope with changing and uncertain market and macroeconomic environments; aggregate demand and supply; Keynesian model; multiplier; circular flow of income, including injections and withdrawals; transmission mechanism; types of unemployment; causes of inflation; money markets; ISLM analysis.


Core Module
N20E - Year 2, N403 - Year 2, N1RC - Year 2, N1RA - Year 2, N1RB - Year 2, N1RD - Year 2, N20B - Year 1, N400 - Year 1
Optional Module
N20F - Year 1, MN3B - Year 1
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring and Summer term only or full year (1x 2 hour exam 12 CATS)


Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Test 1 (10%), Test 2 (10%), 2 hour examination (80%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

NOTE: New exam rubric in 19/20 – Past papers may follow a different format

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Answer ALL TEN questions in Section A (30 marks total), BOTH questions in Section B (30 marks total) and ONE question in Section C (40 marks). Answer section A using the SECTION A ANSWER SHEET attached, answer Section B in one booklet and Section C in another 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. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

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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