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BAEcon Economics
Learn how the social sciences can help you to understand today's world.

BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Introductory Mathematics

Unit code ECON10061
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


See course Blackboard pages.


GCSE/AS-Level Mathematics (compulsory Pre-Requisite).


The aim of this course is to introduce students who have not taken mathematics at AS or A2 level to the main mathematical tools used in economics and the social sciences.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Differentiate simple mathematical functions of one variable.
  2. Use differential calculus to solve simple, one-variable unconstrained optimisation problems.
  3. Use matrices to solve 2x2 simultaneous equation systems and input-output models.


Algebra and Coordinate Geometry:

  • Basic algebra.
  • Factors and factorising.
  • Quadratic equations.
  • Powers.
  • Logarithms.
  • Mathematical functions.
  • Graphs.
  • Linear and non-linear functions.


Differential Calculus:

  • Slopes of graphs between points and at a point.
  • Differentiability.
  • Rules of differentiation.
  • Marginal concepts.
  • Second derivatives.
  • Maxima and minima.
  • Profit maximization.



  • Matrix transposition.
  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication.
  • Determinants and inverse matrices.
  • Solution of simultaneous equations.
  • Input/output analysis.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and exercise classes.

Employability skills

Problem solving
Taking ECON10061 will enhance the basic numeracy and mathematically skills of students who only took maths to GCSE level at school. These skills, alongside literacy and being articulate in speech, are highly valued by employers

Assessment methods

90% of total marks for 1.5 hour examination in January.
10% of total marks for course work.

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Feedback methods

An anonymized sample of marked student work is provided every week via Blackboard, and work handed in for the Calculus and Matrices Tests will be marked by the course Teaching Assistants. Students can also obtain feedback by making use of their Teaching Assistants’ weekly office hours, by emailing questions to their Teaching Assistants, by placing questions on the discussion board on Blackboard, and from other students during Exercise Classes and PASS sessions.

Recommended reading

Lecture notes, including weekly tutorial exercises, are available from Blackboard and must be printed out before lectures. Information regarding textbooks will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 68.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Harrison Ozanne Unit coordinator

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