Courses & Units

Introduction to Markets and the Economy BEA111


BEA111 introduces the key concepts in economics, both microeconomics and macroeconomics. It demonstrates how these concepts can be used to describe and explain the decisions of businesses and individuals and their reactions to world events, social and economic change and government policy. The unit explains why and when markets work and fail. Many of the problems that nations face such as pollution, unemployment, climate change, deflation, inflation, poverty, education and health are market failures. The unit devotes considerable time towards explaining how to develop basic microeconomic and macroeconomic policies for market failures and how to evaluate their welfare consequences for different members of society.


Unit name Introduction to Markets and the Economy
Unit code BEA111
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics
Coordinator Doctor Bao Nguyen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA|Shanghai Ocean University AEIN Institute|Universal College of Higher Education Hong Kong
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Accelerated Study Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 1 On-Campus International
ECA Melbourne Semester 1 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Accelerated Study Period 1 5/2/2024 28/2/2024 21/3/2024 5/5/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Define and interpret key microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts.
  • Apply basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts to describe the impact of global events, social change, and government policy on markets and the macroeconomy.
  • Describe how and why markets work and how and why they fail.
  • Develop and critically evaluate basic microeconomic and macroeconomic policy solutions to market failures and identify their welfare implications.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

BEA110, XPD102, BAA110


AssessmentOnline Quizzes (20%)|Assignment 1 - Micro economics (40%)|Assignment 2 - Macroeconomics (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



You will need a hard copy or e-text of either:

Hubbard, R. Glen., Anne Garnett, Phil Lewis, Anthony O'Brien (2021), Essentials of Economics, (5th edn), Pearson. ISBN 9780655702870, NSW.


Hubbard, R. Glen., Anne Garnett, Phil Lewis, Anthony O'Brien (2018), Essentials of Economics, (4th edn), Pearson. ISBN 9781488616983, NSW.

Second-hand copies of 4th edition of the prescribed text are perfectly acceptable. 

Paperback copies of the 5th edition can be purchased from Booktopia and other online retailers.

Print, eTextbook, MyLab and Revel versions of the text are also available from the publisher's online store at

The MyLab and Revel versions of the text available from Pearson provides additional resources and opportunities to learn using an integrated approach.



You should read/listen/watch the economics and political sections of major international, national and local media. But be aware that each media outlet has its biases! Try to read/listen/watch from both conservative and progressive media outlets. In addition, try to find the original source or the article and make your own conclusions, rather than accepting someone else’s opinion.

Saul Eslake (Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania) produces a lot of presentations and charts weekly at . You can subscribe to his mailing list and receive much of his commentary and charts for free.

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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