Short Title:Economics 1
Full Title:Economics 1
Module Code:ECON H1008
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Accounting and taxation
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:MARTIN NOLAN
Module Description:Module Aims: This module aims to introduce students to microeconomic concepts, to the scientific approach to problem solving and the role of microeconomics in business. The concepts introduced in this module provide students with skills which can be applied in their business career and provides a foundation for future modules.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of economics at a microeconomic level. A.1.g, B.1
LO2 Apply the main theories, concepts and knowledge that underpins microeconomics to solving practical problems. C.1.a, D.1.a, D.1.b,
LO3 Use mathematical techniques in conjunction with economic models to improve internal business operations and understand the external economic environment. E.1.c, E.1.g
LO4 Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity and interconnectivity of the general business environment to business decision making. H.1.b
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to Economics: (10%)
Scarcity, choice and opportunity cost, the difference between Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, the Production Possibility Frontier, the fundamental questions of economic analysis – resource allocation, efficiency, Factors of Production: Labour, Land, Capital, and Enterprise.
Demand, Supply and Market Equilibrium: (20%)
Demand and consumers, supply and producers, market equilibrium and the price mechanism, price controls.
The Concept of Elasticity: (20%)
Price elasticity of demand, cross-price elasticity of demand, income elasticity of demand, elasticity of supply.
The Consumer and the Theory of Demand: (10%)
Marginal utility analysis, consumer surplus.
The Firm and Production: (20%)
The objectives of the firm, production, costs, profit-maximising output level, economies of scale.
Market Structures: (20%)
Perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other The continuous assessment will take the form of an individual assessment. This can be an in-class time constrained short answer type exam or a project. The continuous assessment is designed primarily to assess learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3. There will also be a final written examination which will assess all of the learning outcomes of the module.   0.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   70.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Based Instruction 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Nagle, S., 2005, Economics, 3rd Ed., Colour Books
Recommended Book Resources
  • Begg , D., Fischer, S., and Dornbusch R., 2000, Economics, Mc Graw-Hill.
  • Lipsey, R.G. and Chrystal, A., 1995, Positive Economics, 8th Ed., Oxford University Press
  • McDowell, M., & Thom, R 2006, Principles of Economics, 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill
  • Economics 1990, n/a, Folens Dublin [ISBN: PALMER, N]
  • Sloman, J., 2002, Economics,, 5th Ed., FT Prentice Hall
  • Samuelson, P.A. and Nordhaus, W.D.,( 2004, Economics, 18th Ed., Mc Graw Hill
  • Turley, G., & Maloney, M 2006, Principles of Economics: an Irish Textbook,, 3rd Ed., Gill & Macmillan Dublin
  • Web resources will be identified in the course of delivery of this module.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources