ECON1202 Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics - 2022

Subject Code
ECON1202
Study Level
Undergraduate
Commencing Term
Term 1
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
6
Delivery Mode
On Campus and Online
School
Economics
This course outline is for the current term. To view outlines from other years and/or terms, visit the archives

1. Course Details

COVID-19 Update: UNSW is hopeful that we can return to as much on-campus, face-to-face teaching as possible in Term 1. Large lectures and assessments will continue to be delivered online, but we aim to provide face-to-face tutorials, labs and fieldwork outings, while continuing to offer online options for those who remain overseas, are unwell or in isolation, or are otherwise facing disruptions. UNSW will continue to review the situation regularly and students and staff will receive direct communication on arrangements. For further information, please see FAQs here. See Tab 8. Policies and Support in this course outline for tips on online study and assessment.

Summary of Course

Mathematics is an important part of theoretical and applied analysis in economics and business. This course equips students with a working knowledge of the mathematical techniques most commonly used in these fields, providing the basis for their further studies. Topics include the mathematics of finance, matrix algebra, calculus and (unconstrained and constrained) optimisation. Special emphasis is put on the illustration of the covered concepts and techniques with applications to typical problems in business and economics.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course is offered as part of the first-year core in the Bachelor of Economics degree program. For students in the Bachelor of Commerce program, it is not part of the first-year core, but it is a prerequisite for most second-year economics courses, so it is strongly recommended for those contemplating an economics major within the Bachelor of Commerce.

The course aims to give students insight into how mathematical concepts, theories and techniques are applied to the fields of business, economics and the social sciences in order to generate solutions to problems encountered in these fields. The course builds on mathematical knowledge which you should have gained in high school.

After completing ECON1202, your use of mathematics and statistics in your studies will vary depending on the major(s) you choose. If you choose a major such as Economics, Business Economics, Financial Economics or Econometrics, you will study further courses in econometrics. These majors are designed to equip students with statistical and other quantitative skills that are widely used and increasingly demanded by employers in commercial fields and the public sector. If you choose other majors where quantitative skills are needed, such as in accounting, finance or marketing, a good understanding of concepts taught in this course will be a major asset.

The aims of this course are for you to:

  • Develop your ability to perform calculations;
  • Develop your ability to solve real-life business problems using formal mathematical tools and algorithms;
  • Extend your skills in analysis, oral communication and written communication.

Presumed Knowledge

The Business School has an assumed knowledge requirement that students entering the BCom and BEc are expected to be familiar with HSC Mathematics. Therefore, in this course we will base lectures on a prior knowledge of HSC Mathematics and this assumed knowledge will not be covered or revised as part of the lectures or workshops.

If you have not studied HSC mathematics in New South Wales, knowledge of the following topics is essential: basic functions and graphs, including logarithms and exponentials, and solutions of linear and quadratic equations. If you have not studied any or all of these topics previously at high school, remedial work will likely be necessary.

A short quiz has been designed to give you an evaluation of your mathematics skills. The quiz is available on the course website and you are encouraged to attempt the quiz. More importantly, the quiz provides an indication of whether you do in fact have a good grasp of the assumed knowledge in mathematics. Students with the appropriate background will find the quiz straightforward.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeAProfAnton KolotilinRoom 404A, UNSW Business School
Tuesdays 13:30-14:30, and by appointment

Communications with staff

The primary point of contact for the course is ECON1202@unsw.edu.au. Emailing this address ensures that your enquiry will be directed to the most appropriate person and responded to promptly. Please only contact course staff directly if specifically instructed to do so.

Consultations are an opportunity for you to ask questions. You may need to ask about the material introduced in lectures, the problems you have attempted or questions that were not fully answered in workshops.

You should feel free to contact course staff about any matter at ECON1202@unsw.edu.au. For efficiency, all enquiries about the subject material should be made at workshops, lecture recaps, or consultation times. Discussion of course subject material will not be entered into via lengthy emails.

Email correspondence on administrative matters will be responded to within 2 working days, but not over weekends. Please note that the lecturer has no advance notice of the date and time of the exam (the subject of many emails).

We will reply to emails within 2 working days with the following provisions:

  • The question should require at most a two-sentence response. Inquiries requiring more in-depth responses should be made at workshops, lecture recaps, or consultation hours.
  • The email should not request information that can be found on the website or the course outline.
  • The email is not about grading. For such matters, consultation hours are appropriate.
  • Always identify yourself and the course code in the subject of your email.
  • Please do not send attachments of any kind unless requested.

Student Enrolment Requests

Students can vary their own enrolment (including switching lecture streams or workshops) via myUNSW until the end of Week 1. In general, most other student enrolment requests should be directed to The Nucleus: Student Hub (formerly Student Central). These include enrolment in full courses or workshops, course timetable clashes, waiving prerequisites for any course, transfer-of-credit (international exchange, transfer to UNSW, cross-institutional study, etc.), or any other request which requires a decision about equivalence of courses and late enrolment for any course. Where appropriate, the request will be passed to the School Office for approval before processing. Note that enrolment changes are rarely considered after Week 2 classes have taken place.

QUANTPASS: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for quantitative subjects

QUANTPASS is a series of informal study groups available to students in ECON1202. The groups are each led by senior students and are an opportunity to practice problems, develop study methods, ask questions, and consolidate your knowledge in a friendly, informal environment. The QUANTPASS timetable will be available from the course website around Week 2.

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Use of your Webcam and Digital Devices: If you enrol in an online class, or the online stream of a hybrid class, teaching and associated activities will be conducted using Teams, Zoom, or similar a technology. Using a webcam is optional, but highly encouraged, as this will facilitate interaction with your peers and instructors. If you are worried about your personal space being observed during a class, we encourage you to blur your background or make use of a virtual background. Please contact the Lecturer-in-Charge if you have any questions or concerns.

Some courses may involve undertaking online exams for which your own computer or digital devices will be required. Monitoring of online examinations will be conducted directly by University staff and is bound by the University's privacy and security requirements. Any data collected will be handled accordance with UNSW policies and standards for data governance. For more information on how the University manages personal information please refer to the UNSW Student Privacy Statement and the UNSW Privacy Policy.

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

The teaching and learning strategies for this course are based on "Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching at UNSW". Specifically, the lectures, workshops, and assessments have been designed to appropriately challenge students and support the achievement of the desired learning outcomes. A climate of inquiry and dialogue is encouraged between students and teachers and among students (in and out of class). Course staff aims to provide meaningful and timely feedback to students to improve learning outcomes.

This is not a course where you can become proficient just by observing. You will need to get involved in class ‐ evaluating information and asking and answering questions. You also must learn to organise your independent study and practise enough problems to gain a thorough understanding of concepts and how to apply them.

You are expected to:

  • Put a consistent effort into learning activities throughout the term by preparing for the regular assessment tasks
  • Take a responsible role in preparing for workshops and participating in them
  • Develop communication skills through engaging in classroom discussions
  • Concentrate on understanding how and why to use formulas and less on memorising them
  • Make continuous improvements by using the feedback from assessments

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

The examinable content of the course is defined by the references given in the lecture schedule, the content of lectures, and the content of the workshop program.

In this course there are two types of formal classes: lectures and workshops. There are also QUANTPASS classes which you can attend on a voluntary basis. In addition, you will be expected to spend a considerable amount of extra time working on your own to prepare for workshops.

Lectures

The purpose of lectures is to provide a logical structure for the topics that make up the course and to emphasise the important concepts and methods of each topic. Lectures will include explanation of relevant topics and theory together with worked examples to demonstrate the theory in practice. Where possible, lectures will show the relevance and application of the quantitative techniques covered in this course to business, economic and financial applications.

In T1, lecture content will be delivered online in a prerecorded format.

Because lectures are prerecorded, students can view them at times outside the timetabled lecture slots. The Wednesday timetabled lecture slot will be used for a Q&A session with the lecturer (see the course schedule). The Monday timetabled lecture slot will be used for online in-session tests (see below) in some weeks, and may be used for online course activities at the lecturer's discretion in other weeks.

In each week's online Q&A session, the lecturer will recap some concepts from the lectures. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the material in that week's lectures and ask questions. Students are encouraged to post, to the course Moodle forum, questions that they'd like to have discussed during the Q&A sessions.

Workshops

Both online and in-person workshops will be available for this course. Students will be able to sign up for either an in-person workshop stream or an online workshop stream.

Workshops are an integral part of the subject. Workshop discussion problems will build on the material discussed in lectures. Workshops will increase your understanding of the material covered in lectures if you have tried to work through some numerical problems yourself beforehand.

Focus. Besides learning practical problem‐solving skills, there is an emphasis on the development of communication skills and the ability to construct arguments. Discussions, both in small groups and involving the whole class, will be an opportunity for you to examine your understanding of concepts and applications before working on numerical examples.

Preparation. Workshop questions must be prepared for your workshop each week. Expect that your workshop demonstrator or another student will check that you have attempted these. You are expected to attend the workshops and discuss any difficulties you encountered solving the workshop questions with your workshop demonstrator. Solutions to these workshop questions will be available on the course website each week.

Self-study questions will also be set for each week. Attempting these will assist you in answering the workshop questions and will form a necessary part of the practice you will need to do to successfully complete this course. Solutions to some of these questions will be posted on the course website before summative assessment occurs. Further help in understanding the workshop solutions and in solving the self-study problems can be obtained through consultations with your course staff.

Discussion. The first part of your workshop will involve discussion questions related to the numerical questions you have prepared. These will help you improve your understanding of concepts and mathematical methods and assist you to see the relevance of these in business and economics. During this part of the workshop, you may also suggest topics you would like to be discussed, for example areas where you are confused or need more explanation.

Numerical solutions. During the second part of the workshop, the students and the workshop demonstrators, working together, will examine the solutions to the prepared questions. If time permits, extra questions may be attempted. In the case where there is not time to work through all the prepared questions, answers to these questions (but not complete solutions) will be made available on the website.

Online In-Session tests. There will be two online in-session tests, which will be held during the Monday lecture slot (13:00-14:30) in Weeks 4 and 9. Each test will be delivered as a Moodle quiz. These tests will assess your understanding of the course material; course staff will inform you in advance about the topics covered in the test.

Out-of-Class Study

Lectures can only provide a structure to assist your study, and workshop time is limited. Most learning will be achieved outside of class time. Students differ in their learning styles but a learning strategy might include:

  • Read sections of the textbook before/after the lecture
  • Attempt the self-study problems and compare your methods with the online practice problems to prepare for quizzes; try extra problems from the textbook if required
  • Prepare workshop questions
  • Take the online quiz, look at your results and if necessary carry out further preparation before re-attempting it
  • Seek assistance from staff, QUANTPASS leaders or fellow students to have queries answered

5. Course Resources

The website for this course is on UNSW Moodle.

The Textbook for this course is:

​Recommended text ​Comment
​Haeussler, E.F. Paul, R.S and Wood, R.J., Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics and the Life and Social Sciences 14th ed., Published by Pearson, 2019. An online version of this textbook is available at: https://pearson.com.au/9780134810959

The textbook and (optional) student solution manual, which contains solutions to the odd-numbered questions, are both available at the UNSW Bookshop and the UNSW Library's High Use Collection.

Students may also find the following textbooks useful for some parts of the course:

​Recommended text Comment
​Knox, D.M., Zima, P. and Brown, R.L., Mathematics of Finance, 2nd ed, published by McGraw‐Hill, 2009.
​This book is recommended reading for financial mathematics material and covers some material which is not in the textbook. Available in the library's High Use Collection and at the UNSW Bookshop.
​Morris, C., Quantitative Approaches in Business Studies, 8th ed., Published by Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2012.​Written in an easy-to-read style, this book is a useful resource for various topics including financial mathematics. Available in the library's High Use Collection.

Note that in the Course Schedule, these texts are referred to according to the initials of their authors as HPW, KZB and CM.

Calculator. A basic scientific calculator is required for this course. Usually the calculator you used at school will be satisfactory. It must be able to perform logarithmic and exponential calculations such as ln x and x^y. If you need to purchase a new calculator, keep in mind that, for further use, it will be desirable to have a two-variable statistical mode to perform linear regression calculations.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

​The School of Economics strives to be responsive to student feedback. If you would like more information on how the design of this course and changes made to it over time have taken students’ needs and preferences into account, please contact the Director of Education at the School of Economics.

​The School of Economics strives to be responsive to student feedback. If you would like more information on how the design of this course and changes made to it over time have taken students’ needs and preferences into account, please contact the Director of Education at the School of Economics.

Consent for De-Identified Data to be Used for Secondary Research into Improving Student Experience

To enhance your student experience, researchers at UNSW conduct academic research that involves the use of de-identified student data, such as assessment outcomes, course grades, course engagement and participation, etc. Students of this course are being invited to provide their consent for their de-identified data to be shared with UNSW researchers for research purposes after the course is completed.

Providing consent for your de-identified data to be used in academic research is voluntary and not doing so will not have an impact on your course grades.

Researchers who want to access your de-identified data for future research projects will need to submit individual UNSW Ethics Applications for approval before they can access your data.

A full description of the research activities aims, risks associated with these activities and how your privacy and confidentiality will be protected at all times can be found here.

If you consent to have your de-identified data used for academic research into improving student experience, you do not need to do anything. Your consent will be implied, and your data may be used for research in a format that will not individually identify you after the course is completed.

If you do not consent for this to happen, please email the opt-out form to seer@unsw.edu.au to opt-out from having your de-identified data used in this manner. If you complete the opt-out form, the information about you that was collected during this course will not be used in academic research.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit: https://student.unsw.edu.au/new-calendar-dates
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 14 FebruaryLecture

Topic 0: Functions and Limits

Topic 1: Time Value of Money

Topic 2: Evaluating Time-Money Choices

Topic 3: Annuities and Perpetuity

 

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 0 - 3

Week 2: 21 FebruaryLecture

Topic 4: Matrices I

Topic 5: Matrices II

Workshop

Topics 1 - 3

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 4 - 5

Week 3: 28 FebruaryLecture

Topic 6: Probability I

Topic 7 : Probability II

Online Quiz 1 (by Friday, 16:00)

Workshop

Topics 4 - 5

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 6 - 7

Week 4: 7 MarchLecture

Topic 8: Markov Chains

Topic 9: Differentiation I

 

 

 

Online In-Session Test 1 (Monday, 13:00-14:30)

 

 

Workshop

Topics 6 - 7

 

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 8 - 9

Week 5: 14 MarchLecture

Topic 10: Differentiation II

Topic 11: Differentiation III

Workshop

Topics 8 - 9

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 10 - 11

Week 6 FLEXIBILITY WEEK: 21 March
Week 7: 28 MarchLecture

Topic 12: Integration

Topic 13: Differential Equations

 

Workshop

Topics 10 - 11

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 12 - 13

Week 8: 4 AprilLecture

Topic 14: Multivariate Calculus

Topic 15: Multivariate Optimisation

 

Online Quiz 2 (by Friday, 16:00)

Workshop

Topics 12 - 13

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topics 14 - 15

Week 9: 11 AprilLecture

Topic 16: Constrained Optimisation

 

Online In-Session Test 2 (Monday, 13:00-14:30)

Workshop

Topics 14 and 15

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Topic 16

Week 10: 18 AprilLecture

Recap

Excel Assignment (by Friday 16:00)

Workshop

Topic 16

No Workshops on Monday, 18 April due to Easter Monday public holiday

Q & A session: Wednesday 09:30-11:00

Recap

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School program learning outcomes, academic integrity, student responsibilities and student support services. For information regarding special consideration and viewing final exam scripts, please go to the key policies and support page.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.


These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  For PG Research PLOs, including Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies, please refer to the UNSW HDR Learning Outcomes

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.

UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Services team.





Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.

Plagiarism

UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism-quiz

Cheating

The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/aim.

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: http://subjectguides.library.unsw.edu.au/elise. For information on student conduct see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/conduct.

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/referencing. If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.



Student Responsibilities and Conduct

​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.

Workload

It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload

Attendance and Engagement

Your regular attendance and active engagement in all scheduled classes and online learning activities is expected in this course. Failure to attend / engage in assessment tasks that are integrated into learning activities (e.g. class discussion, presentations) will be reflected in the marks for these assessable activities. The Business School may refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g. tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.). If you are not able to regularly attend classes, you should consult the relevant Course Authority.

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.




Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Learning Support Tools
Business School provides support a wide range of free resources and services to help students in-class and out-of-class, as well as online. These include:

  • Academic Communication Essentials – A range of academic communication workshops, modules and resources to assist you in developing your academic communication skills.
  • Learning consultations – Meet learning consultants who have expertise in business studies, literacy, numeracy and statistics, writing, referencing, and researching at university level.
  • PASS classes – Study sessions facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the course.
  • Educational Resource Access Scheme – To support the inclusion and success of students from equity groups enrolled at UNSW Sydney in first year undergraduate Business programs.

The Nucleus - Business School Student Services team
The Nucleus Student Services team provides advice and direction on all aspects of enrolment and graduation. Level 2, Main Library, Kensington 02 8936 7005 / https://nucleus.unsw.edu.au/en/contact-us

Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to ensure that every student is empowered to have equal access to education. The Business School provides a vibrant, safe, and equitable environment for education, research, and engagement that embraces diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect. BUSEDI@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Academic Skills
Resources and support – including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources – to help you develop and refine your academic skills. See their website for details.
academicskills@unsw.edu.au

Student Support Advisors
Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
advisors@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
International.student@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
els@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
counselling@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 5418

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9065 9444

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
externalteltsupport@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT
UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333



Support for Studying Online

The Business School and UNSW provide a wide range of tools, support and advice to help students achieve their online learning goals. 

The UNSW Guide to Online Study page provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study.

We recognise that completing quizzes and exams online can be challenging for a number of reasons, including the possibility of technical glitches or lack of reliable internet. We recommend you review the Online Exam Preparation Checklist of things to prepare when sitting an online exam.

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