Course Outline

BUS102 Economics for Business

Course Coordinator:Raffaella Belloni ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course is a one-semester introductory survey of the three main areas of Economics: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics. Economics is ultimately about people, and the decisions that they make regarding how to spend their limited resources (time and money). After taking this course, you will see that these decisions matter not just for people making them, but also for society at large. Indeed, they have the power to make or break nations. You will learn to read between the lines, and spot the basic principles that shape major issues of our time. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face workshops 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous online workshops (Recorded) 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

  • Economics: foundations and models
  • Choice and opportunity costs
  • GDP and business cycle
  • Unemployment and inflation
  • Money and monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • The market system: supply and demand
  • Elasticity
  • The efficiency of the market system, Government price-setting and taxes
  • Market structures and marginal analysis
  • The role of Government
  • Comparative advantage and international trade
  • Balance of Payments and exchange rate systems



What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Competencies from multiple Professional Bodies (see below) *
1 Demonstrate knowledge and application of macroeconomic principles Knowledgeable
PC3.1, PC6, PC6.2, 8, 10.1.2
2 Understand and evaluate economic issues and make connections with relevant theory Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC3.1, PC4, PC6, PC6.2
3 Demonstrate knowledge of microeconomic principles and international economics and how they apply in real-world situations. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.1.1, PC1, PC3, PC3.1, PC6.2, 10.1.2, 17.1.1
4 Demonstrate advanced communication and referencing skills Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
PC1.1, PC1.3, PC6

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1 Communication
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC3.1 Problem Solving
PC4 Community Consciousness
PC6 Career-ready
PC6.2 Discipline Knowledge
Education for Sustainable Development Goals
1.1.1 The learner understands the concepts of extreme and relative poverty and is able to critically reflect on their underlying cultural and normative assumptions and practices.
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
10.1.2 The learner knows indicators that measure and describe inequalities and understands their relevance for decision-making.
17.1.1 The learner understands global issues, including issues of financing for development, taxation, debt and trade policies, and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Practice online tests will be available through the semester starting from week 1. They are formative assessments, self-graded with immediate feedback to students.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 20%
600 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
1000-1200 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Macroeconomic analysis
To demonstrate knowledge and application of macroeconomic principles.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individual assessment. 
Short answer questions to evaluate macroeconomic indicators.
Further details will be provided in the assessment area in Canvas
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate understanding of macroeconomic theory
Demonstrate accurate use of macroeconomic terminology
Identification, application and interpretation of macroeconomic data
Demonstrate application of macroeconomic theory in a context
Demonstrate appropriate use of Harvard citation style
All - Assessment Task 2:Analysis of media article
To apply economic theory to demonstrate an understanding of economic stories as reported in the media (such as print, radio, TV, online) and to develop confidence in understanding real-world economic events.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individual assessment. The article will be available on Canvas at least three weeks before the response is due. Brief answers in your own words to specific questions are required. Further details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of economic theory
Demonstrate knowledge of macroeconomic theory and their usefulness in analysing economic policy debates and issues
Accuracy and clarity of arguments presented. Demonstration of correct application of macroeconomic terminology. Appropriate use of Harvard citation style
Critical analysis of economic policy and issues by using economic theory
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
To demonstrate an understanding of microeconomic principles and international economics and their application.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Short-answers questions covering topics related to the second part of the course. Further details will be provided on Canvas.
This assessment task is an online, open-book and invigilated exam. You will need to take the exam on Canvas at a specific time and date scheduled by the University, while also attending a live Zoom session and sharing your screen for invigilation purposes.​ You will need a working computer device, a stable internet connection and a webcam. In the Zoom session, an invigilator will verify your identity and supervise your computer screen and webcam feed throughout the duration of the exam.​ In special circumstances (for example if you do not have access to a computer or a reliable internet connection), you will be able to request an exam seat in one of UniSC computer labs to take the exam on Canvas and in the presence of an invigilator in a computer lab. More details about this exam will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of microeconomic and international economics theory
Accuracy and clarity of expression.
Effective written communication skills
Application of appropriate economic theory
Critically analysis of an economic issue/policy

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended R. Glenn Hubbard 0 Essentials of Economics 5th n/a

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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