ECON310-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Economic Thinking for Business

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


In this course students have an ability to practice being an economist by engaging in two consulting projects where they apply economic thinking and methods to problems facing real businesses and organisations. Each project involves research for the client, writing a consulting report and presenting the findings to the client and the class, all completed in groups of 3-4 students. ECON310 is a compulsory capstone course for the Business Economics major although any student with the pre-requisites can enrol. This course requires active face-to-face participation and attendance in workshops is mandatory. Students who are not present in the first class without prior approval may not be able to complete the first of the two projects.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


(1) ECON207;  and (2) ECON208; and (3) ECON213 or

Course Coordinator

Onur Koska


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Summary report 05 Aug 2020 10% Individual summary report on Block 1 lectures
Consulting Report I 07 Aug 2020 5% Outline and job allocation
Draft consulting report 14 Aug 2020 10% Report 1
Presentation of Consulting Report 19 Aug 2020 10% Report 1 in-class presentation
Consulting Report 23 Aug 2020 10% Final submission of report 1
Consulting Report 1 23 Aug 2020 5% Individual effort mark
Individual Summary Report 30 Sep 2020 10% On Block II lectures
Consulting report II 02 Oct 2020 5% Outline and job allocation
Consulting Report II 09 Oct 2020 10% Draft
Presentation 14 Oct 2020 10% Consulting Report II -- presented in class.
Final submission 18 Oct 2020 10% Consulting Report II
Individual effort mark 18 Oct 2020 5% On Consulting Report II

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

All ECON310 Occurrences

  • ECON310-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020