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ECOS3010: Monetary Economics

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit provides an overview of the main elements of monetary economics, with emphasis upon macroeconomic issues - analysis of economic processes in which money enters the picture in an essential manner. The content primarily concerns economic principles and theory, but there is also considerable focus on the Australian monetary system and monetary policy in particular. The particular topics covered include: functions of money; the concept of 'liquidity'; money demand; determinants of money supply changes; financial crises and the 'lender of last resort' function of central banking; the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; term and risk structures of interest rates; alternative theories of the level of the rate of interest; the monetary policy transmission mechanism; monetary policy instrument choice; central bank credibility; policy reaction functions; the global monetary system; and Reserve Bank market operations.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902 or ECOS2040
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Stella Huangfu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam (take home)
Take home exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Mid-semester Exam (take home)
Take home exam
30% Week 07
Due date: 19 Apr 2021 at 11:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Problem Set 1
Long answer/essay
10% Week 07
Due date: 23 Apr 2021 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Problem Set 2
Long answer/essay
10% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found in the Canvas site for this unit.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction + Math Review + Topic 1 A Simple Model of Money Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Topic 1 A Simple Model of Money (continue) Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 1 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 03 Topic 2 Inflation and Seigniorage Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 2 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 04 Topic 2 Inflation and Seigniorage (continue) + Topic 3 Price Surprises Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 3 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 05 Topic 3 Price Surprises (continue) Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 4 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 06 Topic 4 International Monetary System Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 5 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 08 Topic 4 International Monetary System (continue) Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 6 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 09 Topic 5 Capital Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 7 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 10 Topic 6 Liquidity and Financial Intermediaries Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 8 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 11 Topic 7 Bank Risk Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 9 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 12 Topic 8 Liquidity Risk and Bank Panics Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 10 Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 13 Topic 9 Global Financial Crisis Lecture (2 hr)  
Tutorial 11 Tutorial (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: students are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board which will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Textbook: Modelling Monetary Economics (3rd Edition) by Bruce Champ, Scott Freeman, and Joseph Haslag. Cambridge.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify, define and analyse problems and your solutions in monetary economics
  • LO2. conduct economic research using libraries, the web and other sources of information
  • LO3. negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with others
  • LO4. demonstrate a capacity for openness to new ways of thinking and appreciation of the importance of intellectual curiosity and reflection as a foundation for continuous learning.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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