Introductory Quantitative Methods

First year module

Lecturer: Marco G Ercolani

Quantitative Methods provides an introduction to some of the techniques employed in economic analysis. The course starts with an introduction to elementary algebra and proceeds to show how economic problems can be formulated and solved algebraically. The emphasis is on practical application rather than on the study of mathematics for its own sake.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of Quantitative Methods is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the quantitative methods necessary for problem solving in elementary economics. The material covered also provides a solid foundation for studies at the intermediate level. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to carry out standard algebraic manipulations in differential calculus.


3 hr written examination 80%, 2 x tests 20%. Jointly assessed with linked module.