EC121-Introductory Mathematics for Economics 2

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE Maths grade B
Co-requisites: EC116 Introductory Mathematics for Economics 1 or IC104 Introductory Quantitative Techniques for Business and Finance
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Susan Peel


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module extends the knowledge of mathematical concepts and techniques gained through ‘EC116 Introductory mathematics for economics 1’. Reference is made in compulsory taught modules for single degree programmes in the Department of Economics.

This module provides an introduction to the mathematical concepts which are of key importance in economics and to which reference is made in compulsory taught modules for single degree programmes in the Department of Economics. It aims to enable students whose background in mathematics is significantly beyond that of GCSE and includes an introductory level knowledge of calculus to understand and apply mathematical techniques in the context of economic models and statistics.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module, students should:
(i) develop an understanding of the relevance of mathematics in economics;
(ii) handle with confidence and accuracy the techniques of algebra and higher level calculus required for the mathematical description of economic problems;
(iii) be able to describe a range of economic problems mathematically and interpret their solutions economically.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Topics covered include logarithms and exponentials (review), differentiation of functions of a single variable and of several variables, optimisation, integration, elementary matrix algebra.

Global context:

Together with the ‘Introductory Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business 2 and Study Skills’ (EC120) this module develops the quantitative background for single honours study of economics. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures will cover all the main module material with reference to text made where appropriate. Students will also be expected to attend workshop classes with prepared exercises for discussion of solutions.

Students are required to take notes in lectures and tutorials to supplement materials provided.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Tutorials 9
Guided independent study 55 15
Total hours by term 84.00 16.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 10
Set exercise 10
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One 2-hour unseen written paper.
Part 1 examinations are held in the Summer term.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Coursework has a total weight of 40% in the final assessment.

A written assignment/essay will count for 10% of the final mark.

A number of on-line set exercises will contribute 10% of the final mark.

There will be 4 in-class tests each contributing 5% to the overall module mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Tutorial exercises are the basis for formative feedback.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A weighted minimum overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination for Part 1 modules takes place in August of the same year. Reassessment is by examination only (coursework will not be included in the re-assessment). 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Mathematics for Economics and Business WITH MyMathlab latest edition (8e released July 15) Ian Jacques Pearson 978-1-292-07423-8 (current price £50).
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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