ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title MANAGEMENT ECONOMICS
Code ECON234
Coordinator Dr V Andreoni
Economics
Valeria.Andreoni@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   6

      6

12

12

36
Timetable (if known)   60 mins X 1 totaling 6
 
      60 mins X 1 totaling 12
60 mins X 1 totaling 12
120 mins X 1 totaling 24
 
 
Private Study 114
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
AAssessment 1: Examination Assessment Type: Written Exam Duration: 2 hours (with 30 minutes additional admin time) Weighting: 50% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes, in line with UoL policies Penalty   2 hours    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 2: Report Analysis Assessment Type: Coursework Size: 1000 words Weighting: 50% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes, in line with UoL policies Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL penalt  -1000 words    50       

Aims

This module introduces students to the economic approaches to the study of organisations.   It also shows how economics can be applied to strategic management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to understand how organisations achieve co-ordination.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand informational problems for markets and organisations .

(LO3) Students will be able to understand goals and decision-making within the firm using behavioural theories.

(LO4) Students will be able to understand agency relations between owners, managers and employees.

(LO5) Students will be able to understand the effects of transactions costs on choosing between markets and organisations and organisational forms.

(LO6) Students will be able to understand the contribution of economics to strategicmanagement, mergers and acquisitions, agency problems of corporate governance.

(LO7) Students will be able to understand the resource-based view of the firm.

(LO8) Students will be able to understand the factors that lead industries to vertically integrate or require locational proximity to suppliers.

(LO9) Students will be able to understand how companies trade externally and internationally through international trade and cross-border transactions when vertical integration within the same company is less necessary.

(LO10) Students will be able to understand the ethical considerations of incentives and, in particular, how they can lead people to game performance pay schemes.

(LO11) Students will be able to understand how efficiency wages can induce ethical behaviour such as honesty in employees.

(LO12) Students will be able to understand the ethical consequences of moral hazard in healthcare markets, and how they can lead to market failure.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Commercial awareness

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) IT skills

(S6) Ethical awareness


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method: Online Asynchronous Learning Materials
Description: Recordings will provide an introduction and organised framework of analysis for core topics, as well as relevant analytical and problem-solving techniques.
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours: 12
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Large Group Teaching
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 12
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Seminar
Description: The seminar and student-led study group programme will provide structured practice in core analytical and problem-solving methods applicable to each topic, strengthen student intuition regarding the nature of particular issues covered in the course and their methods of analysis and solutions. They will also provide a forum where students can clarify areas of partial understanding with the tutor and their peers and allow students to discuss possible extensions of the basic analysis presented in class.
Scheduled Dire cted Student Hours: 6
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Group Study
Description: Bi-weekly 1 hour session to foster student community and engagement by working with others on their ‘active learning’ activities.
Scheduled Student Hours: 6
Attendance Recorded: No

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 114
Description: In addition to scheduled directed learning, tutorial and student-led study group hours, students will be expected to self-study and complete fortnightly problem sets largely on their own.

Skills/Other Attributes Mapping

Skills / attributes: Ethical awareness
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable)

Skills / attributes: IT skills
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable)

Skills / attributes: Communication skills
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Exam ination

Skills / attributes: Commercial awareness
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Examination

Skills / attributes: Numeracy
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Examination

Skills / attributes: Problem solving skills
How this is developed: lectures and workshops
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Examination


Syllabus

 

How organisations achieve co-ordination
Informational problems for Markets and Organisations
Insights from Game Theory
Behavioural Theory of the Firm
Agency Theory
Overspill
Transaction Costs
Economic Contributions to Strategy
Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance


Recommended Texts

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