MBAD604-17M3 (C) MBA Three 2017

Business Economics

10 points

Start Date: Monday, 3 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 27 August 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 14 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 11 August 2017


Business Economics

In this course you will be introduced to economic principles, concepts and models; have opportunities to see how these are applied to a range of real world situations; and to apply them yourself.

Learning Outcomes

Economics is a social science.  It is the study of the choices people make and how they interact with others in the allocation and use of scarce resources.  This course will introduce you to a range of fundamental economic principles.  By applying these principles to everyday real life you will gain some idea of what it means to “think like an economist”.  This course will not turn you into an economist (for which you can be thankful) but it will help you understand the language of economists.  This course will not provide you with the right answer to every question but it will help you ask the right questions.  And anyway, economists may disagree on the answers to any particular question but they usually agree on what questions to ask.

At the end of this course you will find that economics is all around you – not just in the world of business but in the whole world.

You will be able to use the tools of economics to understand why people do what they do – tools like supply and demand will help explain the behaviour of people, firms, governments, countries and markets.  We will examine the role of information in markets and what happens when there are lots of market participants and what happens when there are not many.  We will look at the wider economy and try to understand why growth and inflation matter.

Economics is not about graphs though we will use a lot of graphs because graphs can help reduce otherwise complex situations to something that can be more readily analysed.  Economics is about explaining behaviour and so we will use news items, stories, facts and figures to help with that explanation and connect to the real world. Sometimes we will have to work through a bit of theory to get to where we want to go but it will be worth it.

A final word – this is not a mathy course.  The emphasis is on observing which leads to questioning which leads to understanding.  

Measurable learning outcomes:

1. Students will be able to apply economic principles and reasoning in explaining the behaviour of individuals and organizations as those individuals and organizations go about their everyday lives.

2. Students will use economic theory to provide an in depth explanation of observed real world outcomes.

3. Students will communicate economic ideas in language appropriate to the audience.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Wednesday 5 July to Wednesday 23 August.

The first two classes will start at 5pm.  After that classes will be 5.20 – 8.20pm.

Course Coordinator

Stephen Hickson

Stephen Hickson

Phone ext. 6847 (W)
Room 422


Two Mini Assignments  --  20%  --  Due:  the following class

Essay  --  30%  --  Due:  9 August

Journal  --  35%  --  Due:  17 August

Test  --  15%  --  TBA (poss. 25/8/2017)

Textbooks / Resources

There is no single text book for this course.  In general the slides will form the core of the material.  I will post useful readings from selected texts on Learn to support the material covered in class and provide a text book like resource for students.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,506.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Master of Business Administration Programme on the department and colleges page.

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