ECO511 Economics for Business (8)


This subject introduces students to the economist’s way of thinking about the activities of individuals and institutions (both private and government) which determine the nature of our business and social environment. The subject presents, applies and assesses the key theoretical principles in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics that enable us to make sensible decisions in a complex world.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Brisbane
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Brisbane
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ECO511
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only. Not available to students who have completed ECO501 or MBA502.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ECO501 ECO501 Paired Subject
MBA502 MBA502 Subjects have overlapping content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply demand and supply analysis to make a range of market related decisions
  • be able to identify and critically evaluate opportunities for specialisation and exchange
  • be able to make decisions that incorporate the relevant benefits and cost analysis
  • be able to explain and defend why it is important to understand the structure of the market in which a firm operates
  • be able to critically examine and demonstrate why it might be necessary for government to intervene in the production of goods and services and in the distribution of income
  • be able to examine critically the health of the economy as a whole through the analysis of major economic variables and advise on likely policy alternatives.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The essence of economics: the reality of scarcity and the unavoidability of choice
  • The key tool of economics: supply and demand
  • The principle focus of economics: decision making at the margin
  • The micro environment of economics: The structure of markets and market failure
  • The macro markets of economics: employment, production, money and foreign exchange
  • The integration of markets in economics: aggregate demand, aggregate supply and the multiplier.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The primary objectives of the residential school are: to provide an interactive face to face learning environment, to answer student questions about the subject and to assist students to focus their studies for the remainder of the session. Staff at the residential school will review the subject material covered up to that date and outline the remaining topics. Subject readings will be discussed and placed in context.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.