Skills for Business and Economics module (BU21012)

Covers the core concepts of pure mathematics necessary for Economic Studies, plus the use of economic modelling and how mathematics is used in modern economics.

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Be introduced to basic mathematic concepts for economic related programmes. It covers the essential mathematical tools such as calculus and matrix algebra. It is introductory in nature, starting from the absolute basics and works up.

Economics and International Business are quantitative subjects, you will be introduced to the tools that are necessary to allow us to analyse the functioning of the economy and business in an international context.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • revise sets, positive/negative numbers, brackets, fractions, constants/ variables, indices
  • calculate single equations, both linear and non-linear and graphing and solving
  • complete quadratic equations and simultaneous equations
  • complete slope and intercept equations
  • discover functions; exponential and logarithmic
  • explore differentiation, optimisation, integration and matrices

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • show your knowledge of quantitative methods and mathematical modelling that will be useful in a wide range of mathematical disciplines
  • demonstrate the core concepts of pure mathematics necessary for a degree in economic studies

Assignments / assessment

Tutorial assignments (40%)

Final exam (60%)

Teaching methods / timetable

You should expect a combination of weekly in-person lectures and tutorials alongside your own guided independent study.

There are 11 weeks of teaching. For this module, the exact dates of teaching and/or reading weeks are to be confirmed.


This module is available on following courses: