Monday, 23 February 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 19

Week 19 – Block 4: Optional chapters

PartTask
19.1 Environmental Economics IIIRead DEPMP: Chapter 13
19.2 Environmental Economics III: FilmView a film
19.3 Economics and Society IIIRead DEPMP: Chapter 16
19.4 Economics and Society III: Film and video clipsView a film and some short video clips
19.5 Business and Innovation IIIRead DEPMP: Chapter 18
19.6 Business and Innovation III: Video clipsView some short video clips
19.7 Finance IIIRead DEPMP: Chapter 18







Tuesday, 17 February 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - TMA03 Marked and Returned

A quick turn around for this TMA which is really good for me, back in less than a week which really means no excuses for not cracking on with the work.

And another stunning mark, which is really, really motivating. I don't think I am doing that much different this year than I did last year, but whatever it is I am doing this year my tutor seems to like it.

But no time to rest, on to TMA04.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 18

Week 18 – Block 4: Optional chapters

PartTask
18.1 Environmental Economics IIRead DEPMP: Chapter 12
18.2 Environmental Economics II: Video clips View a short video clip
18.3 Economics and Society IIRead DEPMP: Chapter 15
18.4 Economics and Society II: Video clipsView a short video clip
18.5 Business and Innovation IIRead DEPMP: Chapter 18
18.6 Business and Innovation II: Film and video clipView a film and a short video clip
18.7 Finance IIRead DEPMP: Chapter 20


Chapter 14 was a pretty interesting read and there are some interesting theories and ideas about how and why we are wrong when estimating or relying on intuition.

A tutorial this weekend has certainly made what is required for the end of course project a lot clearer. I need to finish this chapter and the next and find something that catches my eye to base the project on. I am pretty sure the project will be about wages, but I need to see if my employer will play ball or not, if not it may then be an econometric project which I'd rather avoid.

Hoping for an early turn around on the last TMA being marked, promises have been made :-)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - TMA03 Submitted

TMA03 finally got finished and submitted. I am not really happy with either part. 

Part A Q4 was a bit difficult to understand what was required and I followed the student notes but can't really see what could be written for the 10 marks - I guess I'll find out shortly.

Part B, this just seemed like a  trip through chapter 10, pretty much summarising what the book said and making it relevant to leisure services. If you hadn't read the book it would seem a pretty good essay, however knowing the contents of chapter 10 it is only multiple references to the chapter's author that stops this being plagiarism - well its maybe not that bad, but I don't really feel I have engaged fully with this section.

Oh well, now a two week wait for the result.........

Saturday, 7 February 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 17

Week 17 – Block 4: Optional chapters

PartTask
17.1 Overview of the optional themes for Block 4 Learn about the four Block 4 themes and choose one of them
17.2 Environmental EconomicsBrowse the chapters for this theme: Chapters 11, 12 and 13 and video clips
17.3 Economics and SocietyBrowse the chapters for this theme: Chapters 14, 15 and 16 and video clips
17.4 Business and InnovationBrowse the chapters for this theme: Chapters 17, 18 and 19 and video clips
17.5 FinanceBrowse the chapters for this theme: Chapters 17, 20 and 21
17.6 Environmental Economics IRead DEPMP: Chapter 11
17.7 Economics and Society IRead DEPMP: Chapter 14
17.8 Business and Innovation IRead DEPMP: Chapter 17
17.9 Finance IRead DEPMP: Chapter 17


P A N I C  has now set in !

TMA03 will be finished by the deadline on the 10th Feb, but it will be being written right up to the 11th hour.

Haven't touched the dreaded econometrics Week 15 work yet, so now one big week behind where I would ideally be..... but worse than that we should be starting the process of choosing a theme and I need to get this cracked before next weekends tutorial.

I really don't fancy Finance, so that is out, Business and Innovation and Environmental Economics are not really my thing, so I guess it will have to be Economics and Society which is what I am most interested in anyway.

So three chapters to read and some video clips to watch, and a project question to dream up.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 16

TMA 03

The assignment

Cut-off date: 10 February


Chapter 9 was dreary and dreadful. Poorly written and overly wordy it took what could have been fairly interesting topics and made a real dogs diner of presenting them in an interesting fashion. I have finished the chapter, but it was a struggle and I'd be hard pressed to tell you much of what it was about.

So, 10 days to get Chapter 10 read and the essay written, I just hope chapter 10 is better written.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

DD309 : Doing economics: people, markets and policy - Week 15

Week 15 – What do my estimates really mean?

PartTask
15.1 Online tutorial - What do my estimates really mean?Complete Econometrics III and Practice exercises III



Welfare Economics and Social Choice (Chapter 9 - yeah, I know, fairly seriously behind again)

This is the section of economics that I thought I would be most interested in but Chapter 9 is written in a manner that I find really difficult to wade through. The author seems to take great delight in dressing up what are comparatively straightforward concepts in unnecessarily complicated language, which just takes longer than it should to read and understand.

So, I am less than impressed, but I need to get through this and Chapter 10 and get the essay written.