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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to macroeconomic economic theory and policy. Economic concepts and models will be evaluated as explanations of the workings and outcomes of the macroeconomy. In turn, the conclusions from this analysis will point to macroeconomic policy proposals (and their evaluation). This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials and supported by sets of on-line activities.

Learning Outcomes

1. define key concepts used in macroeconomics
2. present elementary models and theories describing economic processes in a market economy
3. apply these economic concepts and theories to analyse numerical data and real world situations
4. discuss and and assess the role of the government and central bank in the economy.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Formal Lecture outlining key concepts and ideas
Tutorial6Tutorials centred on weekly exercises
Independent Study95Textbook study, exam preparation, problems, LOOP quizzes and exercises
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Macroeconomic objectives and policies
Introduction to macroeconomics; relationship to microeconomics; introduction of main variables of focus; recent macroeconomic history; macroeconomic debates; measuring national income; short term growth and the business cycle; long run growth and its determinants

Macroeconomic theory
Aggregate demand and national income - the circular flow model; the multiplier effect; Keynesian analysis of unemployment and inflation; rational expectations and the New Classical alternative.

Role of money in the economy
Role and function of money; demand for money; supply of money and the operations of the Central Bank; the financial sector and its relationship to monetary policy;

The Open Economy
Balance of Payments; Current Account, trade, and globalisation; Capital Account and international investment; nominal and real exchange rates; exchange rate regimes; monetary policy in a monetary union.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • John Sloman: 2009, Economics, 7th Edition, Financial Times Press,
  • Gregory Mankiw: 2012, Macroeconomics, 8th edition, MacMillan,
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