Introduction to Model Building in Economics and Commerce

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
ECON 4412
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will involve the student in the task of forming explicit quantitative models as they are used in economics and commerce. Quantification and types and sources of data available to economics and commerce students are considered. Emphasis is on the development of the skills needed in empirical model building.
Course Content
  1. Properties of models.
  2. Nature of modeling processes.
  3. Deductive logic and syllogisms.
  4. Probability.
  5. Source of data.
  6. Data quality.
  7. Decision trees and utility.
  8. Indifference curve models.
  9. Linear programming models.
  10. Exchange models.
  11. Learning models.
  12. Diffusion models.
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures and a weekly seminar, which will be devoted to problems.

Means of Assessment
Final examination 30% - 40%
Mid-term examination 30% - 70%
Assignments (3 or more)           0% - 30%
Participation   0% - 15%
Total         100%


Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to think analytically about human behaviour;
  2. develop models relevant to economic analysis;
  3. evaluate a model’s implications and quantitatively confirm or refute the model’s consequences.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Love, Charles A., and James G. March, An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences, Latest Edition.  Harper and Row, New York.



(MATH 12 or MATH 102) and ECON 1150 and ECON 1250


No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for ECON 4412
Langara College (LANG) LANG ECON 2XXX (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.