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Unit Overview


This unit covers topics in linear algebra and calculus with their applications in economics and finance, matrix operations, linear simultaneous equation models, quadratic forms, and unconstrained and constrained optimisation. Applications include consumer and producer behaviour, linear macroeconomic models, and topics in statistics and econometrics. The unit is recommended to students who plan to work as economic or financial analysts, or who wish to do graduate studies in economics and finance.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Economics major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Business Economics major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain key concepts in mathematics, including the method of deductive reasoning and the concept of a mathematical proof; (2) use mathematical tools for economic analysis and in economic modelling; (3) identify and utilise software to solve problems numerically; and (4) engage in teamwork to solve mathematical problems with an economic application.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial assignments; (2) computing assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Shawn Chen
Unit rules
ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics or equivalent and
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or STAX1520 Economic and Business Statistics
ECON3272 Intermediate Mathematics for Economists (ID 237)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.