Subject Code: BUS114
Subject Name: Introduction to Economics
Assessment Title: Individual Assignment
Length: 800-1000 words
Total Marks: 50 marks
Submission: Use Turnitin
Due Date: Monday Week 12, 15:55 pm AEST
Software required: Microsoft office, i.e. the assignment is to be completed in Word and converted to a PDF file (see below for more details).
Students are expected to draw or construct their own graphs. You can insert graphs into your assignment by:
o Drawing them in programs like “paint” and pasting it into the document before making your document a PDF
o Drawing them by hand and scanning them in and then pasting them as a picture into the word document before converting your document into a PDF
o DO NOT simply copy pictures of graphs from the internet. You have to draw/construct them yourself
NOTE: This assignment is worth 30 marks (scaled to 30% of your marks for the trimester) and is to be done individually.
• This Assignment covers Topics 5-10 and is very good practice for the exam
• You may need to do research of your own as well as reading/interpreting the articles and graphs provided. Marks are awarded for this.
• Address each question directly. You do not need to present answers in essay or report form.
• Make sure you explain your diagrams and answer all parts of each question. You do not need to write a huge amount for each question.
• Reference your answers if you are using information from another source using in-text referencing and include a reference list at the end of the assignment. You do not need to reference lectures and tutorials. See
_Guide_v1_2015.pdf o 5 marks are awarded for correct use of in text referencing and a reference list at the end of the assignment.
o Please consult “Student Learning Resources” uploaded on Moodle with the assignment for assistance with referencing and plagiarism.
o The assignment will go through Turnitin and any plagiarism will be traced. As a result you can get 0 for your assignment.
o Penalties for plagiarism are serious. Please see p.4 of Student Misconduct Policy for a definition of plagiarism and the consequences: http://www.kbs.edu.au/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/KBS-Academic-Integrity-and-Conduct-Feb-2017-v1.2.pdf
Part A: Microeconomics (20 marks)
1. Consider the table below detailing the demand and supply curves for 19-inch colour TVs
Price of TVs ($) Quantity demanded/month Quantity supplied/month
200 1,000 2,500
180 1,200 2,200
160 1,400 1,900
140 1,600 1,600
120 1,800 1,300
100 2,000 1,000
a) Draw a diagram based on the above table and label the equilibrium price and quantity (the diagram does not need to be to scale). (4 marks)
b) Now assume that a TV is a normal good and incomes rise. Consumers are now willing and able to purchase 500 more TVs per month at every price. Show this change on your graph and explain what has happened to equilibrium price and quantity as a result. (6 marks)
2. Draw the market for bananas in equilibrium. Show and explain what would happen on your graph if at the same time i) more banana suppliers entered the market and ii) people’s incomes went up. How would this affect the price and quantity of bananas in the market? (10 marks)
Part B: Macroeconomics (30 marks)
Consider the two sources below about the Chinese economy in 2005-2006.
NBS: China's GDP grows 10.7% in 2006
GOV.cn Thursday, January 25, 2007
Xie Fuzhan, commissioner of the NBS speaks at a press conference in Beijing, Jan. 25, 2007. [Xinhua Photo]
China's gross domestic product (GDP) surged by 10.7 percent year-on-year to reach 20.94 trillion yuan (2.7 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2006, said Xie Fuzhan, head of the National Bureau of Statistics in Beijing on Thursday.
It was the fourth straight annual double-digit growth rate for the world's fourth-largest economy, driven by hefty investment and rocketing trade, both of which registered a 24 percent year-onyear growth last year.
Chinese Macroeconomic Data 2005-2006
a) Which phase of the business cycle do you think China was experiencing in 2006 based on the sources above? Why? (Hint: Consider the macroeconomic indicators) (10 marks)
b) From 2005 to 2006 how did components of Chinese Aggregate Demand change according to the sources above? How would this affect the Chinese economy in 2006? (10 marks)
c) Go to the following website (https://tradingeconomics.com/china/indicators) and find China’s current macroeconomic indicators for 2017. Based on China’s inflation, GDP annual growth rate, unemployment rate and any other relevant statistics, what phase of the business cycle is China currently going through in your opinion? Support your answer with economic theory. (10 marks)
Students must submit their individual analysis via Turnitin on Monday Week 12, 15:55pm AEST.
This file must be submitted as a ‘PDF’ document to avoid any technical issues that may occur from incorrect file format upload. Uploaded files with a virus will not be considered as a legitimate submission. Turnitin system will notify you if there is any issue with the submitted file. In this case, you must contact your lecturer via email and provide a brief description of the issue and a screen shot of the Turnitin error message.
Students are also encouraged to submit their work well in advance of the time deadline to avoid any possible delay with Turnitin similarity report generation or any other technical difficulties.
Late assignment submission penalties
Penalties will be imposed on late assignment submissions in accordance with Kaplan Business School “late assignment submission penalties” policy.
Number of days Penalty
1* - 9 days 5% per day for each calendar day late deducted from the student’s total marks
10 - 14 days 50% deducted from the student’s total marks.
After 14 days Assignments that are submitted more than 14 calendar days after the due date will not be accepted and the student will receive a mark of zero for the assignment(s).
Note Notwithstanding the above penalty rules, assignments will also be given a mark of zero if they are submitted after assignments have been returned to students
*Assignments submitted at any stage within the first 24 hours after deadline will be considered to be one day late and therefore subject to the associated penalty
If you are unable to complete this assessment by the due date/time, please refer to the “Special Consideration Application”, which is available at