ECO130 Business Economics (8)

This subject introduces students to the basic economic concepts and principles. Students will gain a sufficient understanding of the concepts to apply them in both work and everyday life. The subject provides a foundation for further studies in economics and more generally in business, management, and marketing. Students will be also able to follow discussions about the current business environment and effectively participate in the formulation of business strategies. The subject is designed as a combination of micro and macro issues at an introductory level. The first half of the subject introduces students to the tools of economic analysis, an understanding of price formation, the behaviour of firms and consumers and the basic models of market structure and their efficiency. The second half of the subject covers the key macroeconomic concepts such as inflation and unemployment, and fiscal and monetary policy.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ECO130. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed ECO100, ECO110, ECO120, RMBU1642 or RMBU1639 Sydney University Orange Campus economic subjects and not available to post graduate students.

Subject Relationships

ECO120 Similar Content
ECO100 Similar Content
ECO110 Similar Content

Incompatible Subjects

ECO100, ECO110, ECO120

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply economic concepts and principles to daily life;
  • be able to explain the economic decision making of producers and consumers and their interaction in the market place;
  • be able to describe fiscal and monetary policy in Australia;
  • be able to construct graphs and diagrams to demonstrate how economic concepts and principles work in practice;
  • be able to analyse the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on major economic variables such as inflation, unemployment and gross domestic product.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Demand and supply (D-S) model;
  • Using the D-S model to understand how markets work, price elasticity of demand and supply, government interventions in markets such as taxes public goods, price controls and competitive markets versus monopolies:
  • Aggregate demand and aggregate supply (AD-AS model);
  • Applications of the AD-AS model to understand fiscal and monetary policies, unemployment, inflation, international trade and exchange rates.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ECO130 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment 1 - online quiz
Assessment 2 - short answer
Assessment 3 - short answers
Assessment 4 - final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.