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Undergraduate Course: Introductory Behavioural Economics (ECNM08022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySummary: This is a new course the details are not yet finalised. The information in this DRPS entry are therefore subject to change but is provided to give students an indicative overview of the content, delivery and assessment.
This course will introduce the students to the field of behavioural economics. We will explore the reasons why people make irrational decisions; how people decide quickly; why people make mistakes in risky situations; their tendency to procrastination and short-termism; and how people can be affected by social influences, personality, mood, and emotions. We explore how behavioural economics could help policy-makers to understand the people behind their policies, and facilitate the design of more effective policies.
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials.
Course description This course will introduce the students to the field of behavioural economics. We will explore the reasons why people make irrational decisions; how people decide quickly; why people make mistakes in risky situations; their tendency to procrastination and short-termism; and how people can be affected by social influences, personality, mood, and emotions. We explore how behavioural economics could help policy-makers to understand the people behind their policies, and facilitate the design of more effective policies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students in Year 1 must EITHER complete ECNM08004, Economic Principles, in Semester 1, AND/OR be undertaking ECNM08013, Economics 1, in order to enrol on this course.
Students in Year 2 must have completed EITHER ECNM08004, Economic Principles, AND/OR be undertaking ECNM08013, Economics 1, in order to enrol on this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 25%
Examination 75%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A knowledge and understanding of key issues in behavioural economics, including theoretical models and empirical evidence.
  2. Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments.
  3. Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding and to collaborate with and relate to others.
  4. Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, teamwork and group interaction, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
  5. Practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), qualitative and quantitative analysis and general IT literacy.
Reading List
TBC
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsbehavioural economics
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