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Cost Benefit Analysis (11208.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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This unit provides an investment analysis of the viability of social and economic projects or programs with a view of informing and guiding decision making. Cost benefit analysis uses microeconomic theory to determine whether society will be better off or worse off in aggregate if a particular project goes ahead. Particular attention is paid to incorporating the non-monetary costs and benefits of a project.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Write a Cost Benefit Analysis report that is suitable for public policy; and

2. Explain the principles behind cost benefit analysis.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


11175 Introduction to Economics.



Assumed Knowledge

This unit requires prior exposure to basic microeconomic principles and theories, which are covered in the pre-requisite Introduction to Economics.

Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

6353 Project Evaluation and Management.

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