This page contains Syllabus of Applied Economics of BCA.

Title Applied Economics
Short Name
Course code CAEC353
Nature of course Theory + Tutorial
Semester sixth-semester
Full marks 80 + 20
Pass marks 32 + 8
Credit Hrs 3
Elective/Compulsary Compulsary

Course Description

Course Description

This course of Applied Economics consists of the introduction to economic theories and application. It consists of theory of demand and supply, theory of consumer's behavior, theory of production, cost and revenue curves, theory of product pricing and factor pricing as well as contemporary macroeconomics like national income accounting, money banking and international trade with reference to Nepal.

Course Objective

This course of Applied Economics aims to enhance understanding of the economic theories and application to develop skills of students in personal and professional decision making related to business, IT and management.

Units and Unit Content

1. Introduction
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Concept and types of microeconomics and macroeconomics

b. Distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics

c. Goals and instruments of macroeconomics

2. Elasticity of Demand and Supply
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Concept and types of price, income and cross elasticity of demand

b. Measurement of price, income and cross elasticity of demand: Total outlay method and Point method

c. Uses of price, income and cross elasticity

d. Concept of elasticity of supply and its measurement (Numerical exercise using excel)

3. Theory of Consumer Behavior
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Concept of cardinal and ordinal utility analysis

b. Cardinal utility analysis: assumptions, consumer's equilibrium, criticisms and derivation of demand curve

c. Ordinal utility Analysis: Concept, properties of Indifference curve, marginal rate of  substitution, Price Line and consumer's equilibrium, Price effect: Derivation of PCC, Income effect: Derivation of ICC, Substitution effect, Decomposition of price effect into income and substitution effect, Derivation of demand curve (Hicksian approach) (Numerical exercise)

4. Cost and Revenue Curves
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Concept of cost: actual cost and opportunity cost, implicit cost and explicit cost. accounting and economic cost.

b. Derivation of short run and long run cost curves (total, average, marginal) and shape of short run and long run average cost curves.

c. Relationship between short run and long run AC and MC curves

d. Concept of revenue: total revenue, average revenue, and marginal revenue, revenue curves under perfect and imperfect competition, relation between average and marginal revenue (Numerical exercise using excel)

5. Market Structure
teaching hours: 9 hrs

a. Perfect competition- meaning and characteristics of perfect competition, short run and long run equilibrium of the firm and industry(TR-TC approach and MC-MR approach),derivation of short run and long run supply curve of a firm and industry.

b. Monopoly: Meaning and characteristic of monopoly; pricing under monopoly: equilibrium of firm in short run and long run (TR-TC approach and MC-MR approach); Price discrimination and degree of price discrimination.

c. Monopolistic Competition: Meaning and characteristics of monopolistic competition; Pricing under monopolistic competition: equilibrium of firm in short run and long run; equilibrium of firm under product variation and selling expenses

d.Oligopoly: Meaning and characteristic of oligopoly; Pricing under cartel (aiming at joint profit maximization)

(Numerical exercise using excel)

6. National Income Accounting
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Circular flow of income and expenditure in two sector, three sector and four sector economy

b. Meaning and different concept of national income: GDP, NDP, GNP, NNP, national income at factor cost (NI), personal income (PI), disposable personal income (DI), per capita income (PCI)

c. Real and nominal GDP, GDP deflator

d. Computation of National income: Product, Income and Expenditure method 

(Numerical exercise using excel)

7. Money, Banking and International Trade
teaching hours: 6 hrs

a. Concept and functions of money- value of money-money supply —components of money supply (MI, M2, etc.)

b. Inflation : Types, causes and effects of inflation

c. Banking: role and functions of commercial banks , role and functions of central bank with reference to Nepal Rastra Bank

d. International Trade: Distinction between internal and international trade, balance of trade and balance of payment.

Lab and Practical works

Practical Works

Excel or other relevant statistical software should be used to compute numerical exercise.