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autumn 2018

SOK-3007 Linear algebra and multivariable calculus - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 08.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Exchange students are students from academic institutions with which UiT The Arctic University of Norway have formal exchange agreements.

Type of course

This course can be taken as a singular course. To be eligible for the singular course, the applicant must meet the admission requirements for the associated master's programme.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in economics. (An example of an equivalent degree can be another bachelor's degree containing a minimum of 80 ECTS in economics.)

· The Norwegian grading system is an A-F scale in which A is the highest score and F is fail. An average grade C from a bachelor degree issued in Norway is the minimum requirement for admission to the master's level for students with Norwegian study background.

· Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand must have an average grade C as a minimum, or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score to be considered for admission.

· Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries must have an average grade B as a minimum, or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score to be considered for admission.

 Application code 9371

Course content

There are two topics. Topic 1, linear algebra, deals with vectors, matrices, systems of equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. In Topic 2, static optimization, focus is on functions of several variables, optimization problems with and without constraints, Kuhn-Tucker theory, Roy’s identity.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

 Knowledge and comprehension:

  • Good knowledge and comprehension of important topics from linear algebra and static optimization and their use within the economic sciences.


The course should prepare the student to:

  • Perform mathematical computations within the economic sciences


  • The student should know how to formulate and solve static optimization problems within economy by use of linear algebra and static optimization techniques.
  • The student should possess the necessary knowledge in order to develop his (hers) own competence and expertise in the field

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars. The students need to be present at campus, and participate in lectures and group-work.


Written exam lasting 4 hours, comprising 100% of the final course grade (A-F).

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Course work requirement: term paper

Place of exam: Tromsø

Date for examination

Written test 16.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

SOK-8007 Linear algebra and multivariable calculus 9 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Literature will be announced in Canvas at the beginning of term or may be obtained by contacting the campus bookstore Akademika Tromsø: www.akademika.no