Tutorial Participation (10%)
Students will be asked to lead discussion in one tutorial – topics will be allocated in the first tutorial. Total discussion should take no more than 20 minutes. The mark for this will be incorporated into the tutorial participation mark.
If, owing to illness or other exceptional circumstances, you are unable to attend your usual tutorial, you may try to attend another tutorial in the same week. However, you are required to attend your usual tutorial class at least 8 times during the session. This allows for occasional absence due to minor illness and other reasons, hence Special Consideration applications will not reduce this requirement.
Students should also note that, in certain circumstances, such as where a request for Special Consideration is made in relation to assessment items, tutorial attendance will be taken into account in determining your final assessment or whether special consideration is granted. For information on Special Consideration please refer to the Business School’s Course Outlines Policies webpage.
Moodle Module on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to complete the Moodle Module on 'Working with Academic Integrity' by following this link: https://student.unsw.edu.au/aim and completing the linked module. When the module is completed, students will need to save or screen print their proof of completion. This needs to be submitted with the first tutorial paper.
No tutorial paper will be accepted without proof of completion of module.
Mid-term Exam (20%)
There will be a mid-term exam during lecture time around Week 6.
Further details will be put on the course website.
Tutorial Papers (30%)
Students will be required to submit 6 tutorial papers on-line responding to the discussion questions. When you post a tutorial paper online, the exact time you submitted it will be recorded.
What do I need to include?
Answers to the discussion questions
How much should I aim to write?
What makes for a good answer?
• Make sure you answer the question being asked: a relevant answer is important;
• Try to apply the concepts, theories and frameworks you have learnt in the lecture and the readings to help you develop an answer (ie. don’t just guess or use commonsense);
• Show that you understand the key concepts that you are using (DON’T use a term you don’t know the meaning of – look it up first!)
• Make your point of view clear (ie. the reader needs to understand what it is you are arguing)
• Explain your point of view: don’t make assertions without justifying and providing evidence for them;
• If you wish, use examples to help illustrate your point;
• Try to be comprehensive in your answer and think about the different dimensions relating to the question;
• However, quality not quantity: don’t just try to fill up space for the sake of it and don’t just write down everything you know;
• Yes, you may use point form – however, if you use bullet points, make sure you still explain each point;
• Keep in mind that usually in economics there is no single right answer;
• Try to express yourself clearly, although you will not be marked down for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes;
• In your answers to discussion questions, you must refer to the textbook and readings, although you can use additional material (eg. from lectures, library) to expand you argument.
• Make sure that you sufficiently acknowledge any material and words that are not your own.
Following these guidelines will help you develop your critical and analytical thinking.
These are also the principles behind a good exam answer so the tutorial paper constitutes valuable exam preparation.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on the basis of
1) whether you have submitted your tutorial paper entries on time (remember, Moodle records the EXACT time you posted your entry);
2) whether you have answered the question asked; and
3) the quality of your entries.
Further details, including marking guide, will be made available on the web.
Tutorial papers should be submitted midnight the day before the tutorial. No late papers will be accepted.
Final Exam (40%)
The purpose of the final exam is to assess knowledge of economic concepts and their appropriate use, to test the ability to use economic reasoning to make deductions. This will be held in the University examination period and will be 2 hours long. The final exam will cover the entire course. The examination will require answers to two essay questions with some choice given.