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EC139: Mathematical Techniques A

  • Emil Kostadinov

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Summer Module
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

The module provides an introduction to mathematical techniques appropriate for joint honour degrees with Economics. You will gain understanding of key concepts in univariate and multivariate calculus, optimization, and linear algebra, and how they are applied within economics. You will also develop appropriate maths-related technical computing skills.

Principal Learning Outcomes

acquire understanding of mathematical techniques necessary for a rigorous study of economic analysis and econometric methods, appropriate to joint honours degrees with Economics.

develop mathematical skills necessary to study core and optional first- and second-year modules in economics for joint honours degrees with Economics.

develop technical computing skills for writing mathematical text and numerical mathematical analysis


The module will typically cover the following topics:

Revision of basic algebra; Univariate differential calculus and optimization; Mathematics of growth and decay; Multivariate differential calculus and optimization; Constrained optimization; Linear algebra; Integral calculus; Applications in economics; mathematical computing skills.


Pre or Co-requisites
At least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent.


Assessment Method
Coursework (30%) + Online Examination (70%)
Coursework Details
6 x Problem Sets (1% each) (6%) , Online Examination (70%) , Test 1 (12%) , Test 2 (12%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours

Read all instructions carefully - and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are TWO sections in this paper. Answer ALL TEN questions in Section A via the link to QMP (40 marks total). QMP will be open for 60 MINUTES ONLY from the beginning of the exam. Answer ALL FOUR questions in Section B inside the Word document (60 marks total).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

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.