- Class Number 4840
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Robert Ackland
- Dr Jamsheed Shorish
- Dr Robert Ackland
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
The Internet is transforming many aspects of economic life, from the online purchasing and selling of goods and services, to new ways of (peer) producing information goods such as open source software, currencies (e.g. Bitcoin) and user-generated content in online social networks. This course shows how the tools of economics can further our understanding of online behaviour, and also how economics can contribute to the future development of the Internet. The course also demonstrates how data from the Internet are being used to answer important long-standing research questions in economics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Use tools of economics to analyse online economic behaviour (buying, selling and producing).
2. Identify which assumptions, theory and methods used by economists to study the offline world can also be used to study online behaviour (and how they may need to be modified).
3. Understand the sources and use of data for empirical analysis of online economic behaviour, and be able to independently find such data.
4. Analyse challenges of the Digital Age and assess a contribution of economics to the future development of the Internet.
Course content is derived from research in the field of economics. The lecturers have been conducting research into the digital economy and society for the past 15 years, and this experience has informed the design of the course.
Examination Material or equipment
The examination is closed book: only non-programmable calculators can be brought into the examination. Candidates whose first language is not English may request the course convener for written permission to bring a dictionary into the examination.
Course notes and additional readings will be provided.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to course; Overview of the digital economy|
|3||Comparing, recommending and rating online||A1 (1 of 5)|
|5||Internet auctions||A1 (2 of 5)|
|7||Internet advertising||A1 (3 of 5)|
|8||Peer production||A2 submission|
|9||Decentralised ledger technologies and cryptocurrencies||A1 (4 of 5)|
|10||Economics of online social networks||A2 return|
|11||Threats from digitisation and the Internet|
|12||The Internet and economic development; Revision||A1 (5 of 5)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online quizzes||20 %||25/02/2019||07/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Final examination||50 %||06/06/2019||05/07/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This is an on-campus course. Attendance at all teaching events (lectures and tutorials), while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b). Your active participation and engagement in the course will assist you in learning the material and thus enhance both your enjoyment of the course and your ability to achieve a high grade.
Tutorials are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial class one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.
See Assessment Task 3.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Five (5) times during the semester there will be an online quiz (via Wattle) testing your understanding of material covered in lectures and/or tutorials in preceding weeks. You will be given at least two days notice before a quiz and the quiz will be available for four days. However, you will have only a fixed amount of time to complete each quiz (e.g. one hour) and you can only attempt each quiz once. The top-4 out of 5 graded quizzes will each count 5% towards your final grade. If you miss an online quiz for a legitimate reason, you will either be given an opportunity to take a make-up quiz or else your remaining quizzes will be re-weighted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A written assignment (30% of final grade) will assess your understanding of course material as well as your ability to independently identify and use relevant information and resources relating to the digital economy. Students are to work on the assignment by themselves (it is not a group project). The assignment is designed to allow you to explore an aspect of the digital economy that interests you (within reason). Further information on the assignment will be provided at least 4 weeks before the due date.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A final examination (3 hours duration) covering material presented throughout the entire course will be held during the ANU final exam period. The final examination will count 50% towards your final grade. The final examination will be a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Further information on the content/structure of the final examination will be provided by Week 12.
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission is permitted for Assessment Task 2 (written assignment) only. Late submission of Assessment Task 2 without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission will not be accepted after 10 working days after the due date.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Grades and feedback for online quizzes (Assessment Task 1) will be available the week after when the quiz was undertaken.
Assignments (Assessment Task 2) will be returned within two weeks of submission.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Dr Robert Ackland
Dr Jamsheed Shorish