Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Business Cycle and Macroeconomic Policy
Academic Year
Semester 2
EC10120 or MM11220 or MR10620 (Either the Welsh or English version of Business Environment)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  80%
Semester Assessment Coursework 1,500 words  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  Repeat failed element  80%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework 1,500 words  Repeat failed element  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the nature causes and consequences of business cycles and the principal schools attitudes towards stabilization policy;

* Critically analyze problems associated with business cycles and their consequences for firms and economies;

* Apply simple economic models to explain business cycles;

* Evaluate the different schools of thought that exist with regard to the stabilization of business cycles;

* Critically evaluate the principal policy instruments and policies (fiscal and monetary) for stabilizing business cycles.


This is a core module for single honours N310 Business Finance.

Brief description

This module examines the nature, causes and consequences (domestic and international) of business cycles and the policies required to deal and manage with them.


Part One: Overview

  • The nature of business cycles, their measurement and character. The relationship between business cycles and economic growth.
Part Two: Business Cycle Theories

  • Schumpeter and the Business Cycle
  • Keynesian Theories of the Business Cycle
  • The Political Theory of the Business Cycle
  • Real Business Cycle Theory
  • The International Transmission of Business Cycles
Part Three: Stabilization Policies

  • The New Classical attitudes to and approaches to stabilization
  • The New Keynesian consensus

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numerical problems and data analysis will be treated in tutorial exercises, appropriate assignments, and examination questions.
Communication Participation in discussion-based seminars will enhance the verbal communication skills of the participants. Written communication proficiency will also improve as a result of the compulsory coursework component of the module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will improve their learning by undertaking directed but independent study and work. Time management will be crucial in preparation for the assessments.
Information Technology Accessing course information and documents from Blackboard and internet for referencing material, and use of word-processing skills for the assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning The module helps students to develop various personal and interpersonal skills, generally transferable in career terms.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are covered in lectures and applied in tutorials and coursework. The module will enhance students' ability to think critically on macroeconomic issues and helps to apply various research methods and approaches to problem solving from a policy perspective.
Research skills Students are expected to obtain, select, and assimilate information from a variety of sources. This will introduce them to a range of research methods, which will facilitate development of appropriate rsearch skills necessary to produce high quality analytical reports.
Subject Specific Skills The module helps students to be able to apply economic models and think critically in the abstract.
Team work Participation in seminars through individual and group discussions will improve team-working skills of all the participants.


This module is at CQFW Level 6