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BAEcon Economics and Finance / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Advanced Mathematics

Unit code ECON20071
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This unit provides students with the essential mathematical toolkit required by economics students. At the core of the unit are constrained, multivariate optimisation problems. Such problems form a core element of many economics units and students who took Advanced Mathematics will be familiar with the required solution techniques.
Students will also be introduced to the principles of modelling dynamic variables. Simple difference equations will be introduced to model the rate of change of variables.
Students will be provided with detailed material through lectures, tutorial, reading and online videos. A discussion board will allow students to receive frequent feedback on their understanding.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON20071 Prerequisites: ECON10061

ECON10061 Intro Maths


The aim of this course is to introduce mathematical techniques useful in the economic and social sciences to those students who have the appropriate advanced mathematical background.

Learning outcomes

The objectives of this course are that students will be able to:

  1. Solve simple linear equations, find roots a quadratic and understand the solution to non-linear equations.
  2. Understand functions, continuity and basic differentiation.
  3. Solve one and two-variable unconstrained and constrained optimisation problems using the Lagrangian method.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of linear univariate difference equations.


The preliminary syllabus is organized around the following five Learning Modules.
LM0: Preliminaries and Pre-requisites. A review of your mathematical background and some observations on logic
LM1: Functions & Univariate Calculus. Functions, continuity. Roots of equations. Limits and basic differentiation. Stationary points and optimisation. Concavity and convexity.
LM2: Vectors and Matrices. An introduction to vectors and matrices: their mathematical manipulation - addition, multiplication. Inverse matrix. Determinants. Rank. Quadratic Forms.
LM3: Bivariate Functions
Surfaces in 3D, contours. Partial functions and partial differentiation: the Jacobian and Hessian. Optimisation; saddle points. Concavity/convexity. Finding maxima/minima of functions of two variables subject constraints; e.g., maximising utility subject to a budget constraint.
LM4: Dynamics. Simple dynamics. Geometric Series. Linear difference equations
The preliminary syllabus is organized around the following five Learning Modules (LM0-LM4).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercise classes, reading and online videos.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Problem solving
Using library, electronic and online resources.Numeracy, time management, improving own learning.

Assessment methods

95% Exam
5% Mid-term BB test


Feedback methods

  • Mock exam.
  • Online quizzes.
  • Tutorial feedback.
  • PASS sessions.
  • Office hours.
  • Discussion boards.

Recommended reading

Detailed prescribed reading is provided on the BLACKBOARD site.

The ESSENTIAL TEXT (available from Blackwell University Bookshop, Oxford Road, Manchester) is:

- ECON10071 Advanced Mathematics 2nd Edition

  A Pearson Custom Publication

  Compiled by Mario Pezzino

This text has been compiled specifically for this course from three sources:

Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis (3rd Edition), by Knut Sydsæter and Peter Hammond

Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis (2nd Edition), by Knut Sydsæter, Peter Hammond, Atle Seierstad and Arne StrØm

A Guide to Game Theory, by Fiona Carmichael

The material covered is standard material and students can refer to many different textbooks and online resources for support.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ralf Becker Unit coordinator

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