Courses & Units

Evaluating Alternatives BEA332



Evaluating Alternatives is a core advanced-level economics unit in all the economics majors offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. This unit builds on an understanding of microeconomic concepts to provide students with an introduction to several widely applied economic evaluation and impact assessment methods. Informing decision-makers about how best to allocate scarce resources is a key role for economists in both the private and public sectors. This unit equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to this process and provides a comprehensive foundation for advanced study in the area.

The first module of the unit emphasises development of the practical skills required to conduct and critique a simple benefit-cost analysis of a project or program, including the ability to organise and present a benefit-cost analysis report effectively. The second module introduces students to approaches to assessing the impact of particular projects on the economy. The aim is to give students a working knowledge of how multi-sector models are constructed and estimated, and of how predicted impacts should be interpreted. The unit also provides the theoretical knowledge required to understand the implications, and limitations, of benefit-cost analysis and impact assessment.


Unit name Evaluating Alternatives
Unit code BEA332
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)
Discipline Economics and Finance

Dr Dugald Tinch

Teaching staff

Dr Dugald Tinch

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,957.00 091901

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour workshop per week.


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