- Class Number 8869
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Marie-Louise Viero
- Marie-Louise Viero
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
Economics 1(H) includes ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 with two additional contact hours a week. It is designed for the better performing students who want to extend their exposure to economics beyond that offered in the standard first year courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. As such, students enrolling in this course should have achieved at least a credit (above 60%) for Microeconomics 1.
The first part of the course uses the tools of Microeconomics 1 to examine in greater depth topics such as the efficiency of competitive markets (market success) and the theory of market failure – including externalities; transactions costs; congestion, common property and the anti-commons; natural monopoly; non-excludability, non-rivalry and public goods; strategic behaviour and game theory.
The analysis will be applied to a number of topical public policy issues including carbon pricing, intellectual property, infrastructure pricing and provision, and road charging. The course finishes with an examination of public choice: the economics of the political process.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the core theoretical models used by macroeconomists, in particular the Solow growth model and the AS/AD-model;
- discuss the usefulness and limitations of these models;
- explain and demonstrate an understanding of some of the associated empirical implications and policy issues;
- demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate many newspaper and magazine articles covering current economic events;
- demonstrate a brief understanding of some of the institutional features of the Australian economy and some overseas economies;
- demonstrate the ability to analyse a problem from an economics perspective, or at least understand how economists think;
- Recognise the economic issues in a problem and apply the appropriate tools to analyse it;
- demonstrate an understanding of the economic tools taught in class and be able to apply them to analyse real world problems and policy issues.
Microeconomics forms the foundation for most research in Economics. The material covered in this course is based on long-established microeconomics theory and more recent experimental research in the field.
Lecture notes will be provided on Wattle
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- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Objects of choice; bundles of goods; pairwise comparisons; preference relations; axioms|
|2||Indifference curves; better than sets; convex sets; utility functions|
|3||Representing preferences - 3 ways; axioms and utility functions; transformations of utility functions; cardinal vs ordinal|
|4||Types of preferences; marginal utility and marginal rate of substitution; prices, wealth, budget sets; taxes; rationing|
|5||Predicting a consumer's demand; the idea of constrained optimisation; Optimal choice subject to budget constraint|
|6||Conditions for optimal choice; special cases of preferences|
|7||Reinterpretation of the choice model: Choice under uncertainty; States of the world; Expected Value; St. Petersburg paradox|
|8||Utility of money; Risk attitude; Certainty equivalent; Expected utility|
|9||Different situations of uncertainty: lotteries, subjective: Hedging; Insurance|
|10||Allais' and Ellsberg's paradoxes|
|11||Kahneman and Tversky's experiments; other experiments|
|12||Time consistency/inconsistency; Incompleteness|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|ECON1102 Take-home assignment 1||11 %||12/08/2019||26/08/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|ECON1102 Online Quiz 1||8 %||28/08/2019||02/09/2019||1,2,5|
|ECON1102 Online Quiz 2||7 %||25/09/2019||29/09/2019||1,2,5|
|ECON1102 Take-home assignment 2||11 %||09/10/2019||15/10/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|ECON1102 Final Exam||38 %||31/10/2019||05/12/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|ECON1100 Final Exam||25 %||31/10/2019||05/12/2019||6,7,8,9|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
ECON1102 Take-home assignment 1
Take-home tasks involving problem-solving questions and analysis. Take-home assignment 1 is worth 11.25% of total course mark. This assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. The assignment will have questions similar to those provided in tutorials. The take-home assignment will need to be submitted electronically through Turnitin; a hardcopy submission may also be required. Exact submission requirements will be posted on Wattle. Email and fax submissions are not acceptable. The questions will be released a week in advance on the due date.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
ECON1102 Online Quiz 1
60 minute quiz, administered through Wattle. Online Quiz 1 is worth 7.5% of the total course mark. The quiz is both compulsory and non-redeemable. There will be a one day window in which students can take the exam but once they commence it they will have one hour to complete it. Further details on the quizzes will posted on Wattle shortly after the semester commences.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
ECON1102 Online Quiz 2
60 minute quiz, administered through Wattle. Online Quiz 2 is worth 7.5% of the total course mark. The quiz is both compulsory and non-redeemable. There will be a one day window in which students can take the exam but once they commence it they will have one hour to complete it. Further details on the quizzes will posted on Wattle shortly after the semester commences.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
ECON1102 Take-home assignment 2
Take-home tasks involving problem-solving questions and analysis. Take-home assignment 2 is worth 11.25% of total course mark. This assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. The assignment will have questions similar to those provided in tutorials. The take-home assignment will need to be submitted electronically through Turnitin; a hardcopy submission may also be required. Exact submission requirements will be posted on Wattle. Email and fax submissions are not acceptable. The questions will be released a week in advance on the due date.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
ECON1102 Final Exam
180 minutes with 30 minutes reading time. Worth 37.5% of course mark. This exam is compulsory and non-redeemable.
The final exam will test the entire material covered throughout the semester, with an emphasis on the second half of the course. It will be held during the university examination period. The format of the exam has not yet been finalized but likely will consist of 3 sections – multiple choice, short answer and long answer - to be answered in 3 hours. The questions will vary in complexity ranging from basic questions up through questions of increasing complexity and requiring creativity and higher analytic and communication skills.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 6,7,8,9
ECON1100 Final Exam
The Final Exam for ECON1100 is an additional final exam and will also be held during the University Exam block. It will cover all material from the ECON1100 lectures and tutorials. The exam will be a closed book exam running for approximately 2.5hours. Further details on the exam will be provided in class and on Wattle.
This exam will count for 25% of your final grade.
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