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EC2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:2.00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu and some Fridays

This module builds on EC1001, developing theories of the determinants of long-run economic growth, and developing theories of the causes of short-run "business cycle" fluctuations. The emphasis in this module is on macroeconomic theory - the building of macroeconomic models. However, we test the validity of these models empirically and use them to understand important events in recent economic history. The module remains reasonably non-technical so it is accessible to those whose study of economics ends at Level 2000. But, it also enables those students intending to pursue economics at honours to consolidate their understanding of basic principles of analysis and to develop the foundation on which the honours programme builds.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Applied Economics, Economics, Financial Economics, BA (Int Hons) Economics

UG Pre-requisite(s):(EC1001 or EC1004) and (pre-or co-requisite EC1003 or MT1002)

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:34 hours of lectures over 10 weeks, plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks) and 6 tutorials per semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 40
  • Guided independent study: 160

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 85%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 15%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework = 30%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr P Macmillan
Module teaching staff:Dr P Macmillan