Department of Economics 
ECON 381 SC
FOUNDATIONS OF
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
2014
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links to a number of documents relevant for this course. This page will be
permanently under construction. You should advise me in class or by email if
this site doesn't work properly. What information is available will largely be
in the form of pdf files. Such files can be viewed (and printed) using the
freely available Adobe Reader.
pdf Files including, in particular Lecture Notes
Teaching Staff
Associate Professor John Hillas,
lecturer, room 6111, Owen G Glenn Building, extn.
87349 email: j.hillas@auckland.ac.nz. Eilya Torshizian, tutor.
Office Hours
John's
office hours are Wednesday 10:00 am 10:50 am and Thursday 2:00 pm  2:50 pm in
Owen G Glenn Building, Room 6111.
The arrangement will be that we shall have 1½ of class lecture time from
11 to 12:30 on Wednesday and from 3 to 4:30 on Thursday. I shall have a short in class tutorial after
each class in which students can ask any questions they have about the course,
or I shall do some of the tutorial assignments from previous classes. The most important thing in this course is
doing the problems. By the end of the
semester you should have done at least all the problems listed below, and
probably all the problems in the course book, if you are really taking the
course seriously. You really should do at least the starred
problems before the next class. The
tutorials are all before the first class of the week and will cover the
exercises assigned for the previous week.
You should come to the tutorials having attempted the exercises and
ready to participate in sharing answers.
This is a reasonably hard course, but not as hard as many students seem
to think. It differs from most other
courses a bit in the level of formality and abstraction with which the topics
are covered. In some ways I think it is
more uncomfortable than difficult. It is
easy to get left behind, in which case the lectures become less useful. So this is a course in which it is important
to start working hard early. (Even more
so than the other courses in which it is important to start working hard
early.) If you can keep up, or even get
a bit ahead, the lectures will make more sense, and the total amount of work
you will have to do in the semester will be less.
Class on 
Before Class 
After Class 
Selected Answers 
23
July 
Read
Sections 1 to 4 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
1,3*,5,6,7*,8,9*,10,11,12,13,14,15, 16,17,18,19* of Chapter 1 of the Course
Book. 

24
July 
Read
Sections 5 and 6 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
20,21*,22,23,24,25*,26 of Chapter 1 of the Course
Book. 

30
July 
Read
Sections 7 and 8 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
27,28,29*,30*,31,32,33*, 34, 35 of Chapter 1 of the
Course Book. 

31
July 
Read
Section 9 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
36,37*,38,39,40,41,42, 43,44,45 of Chapter 1 of the
Course Book. 

6
August 
Read
Section 10 of Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Complete
the Exercises given above. 

7
August 
Revise
Chapter 1 of the Course Book. 
Complete
the Exercises given above. 

13
August 
Read
Sections 1 to 3 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
46* and 47 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 

14
August 
Read
Sections 4 to 7 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
48*, 49,50,51,52,53,54,55 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 

20
August 
Read
Sections 8 to 10 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 
Exercises
56,57,58,61,64,74,75 of Chapter 2 of the Course Book. 

21
August 
Finish
Chapter 2 
Finish
Exercises above 

27
August 
Finish
Chapter 2 
Finish
Exercises above 

28
August 
Revision 



Midsemester
Break 


17
September 
Read
Chapter 3 (except Section 1.3) of the Course Book. Additional Linear
Algebra Exercises 
Exercises
76,77,78,79,80,81,85 and 86 of Chapter 3 of the Course Book. 

18
September 
Read
Chapter 3 (except Section 1.3) of the Course Book. 
Exercises
91 and 92 of Chapter 3 of the Course Book. 

24
September 
Finish
Chapter 3 of the Course Book. 
Finish
all exercises from Chapter 3 of the Course Book. 

25
September 
Read
Sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 4 of the Course Book 
Exercises
93 , 94, and 95 of Chapter 4 of the Course Book 

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