ECON5504 Global Energy and Mineral Markets

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit aims to provide an understanding of markets for energy and mineral commodities and especially how those markets differ from other sectors of the economy. The objective of the unit is to increase understanding of the basic economic factors shaping mineral and energy markets. At the completion of the unit, participants should also be able to apply basic economic concepts to analyse policy issues and business decisions arising in the mineral and energy industries.
Students are able to (1) explain the major forces shaping the evolution of mineral and energy markets; (2) use economic concepts to analyse the issues arising in these industries or to improve the presentations on issues relevant to these industries; and (3) present a written, logically sound and persuasive argument for a particular course of action for a business operating in the mineral or energy industries.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) group assignment; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Hartley
Unit rules
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
FINA5530 Managerial Finance; enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework)
the Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation);
approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: 5 intensive sessions of approximately 7 to 8 hours each
Unit Outline
Trimester 2_2019 [TRI-2_2019]
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