- Class Number 4666
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Tina Kao
- Dr Tina Kao
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
Industrial Organisation studies the interdependence of market structures, firm's conducts, and market outcomes. In this course, students will be introduced to the theory of the firms, imperfect competition, oligopoly theory, and other strategic behaviours. Some applications on competition policy and regulation will also be introduced if time permits.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the theory of industrial organisation. Students will be introduced to the theory of the firms, imperfect competition, oligopoly theory, and other strategic behaviours. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will:
• be familiar with and have an understanding of most familiar IO models;
• understand the relationship between market outcomes, social welfare, and the conduct of firms;
• be able address a range of policy issues that arise due to non-competitive behaviour in markets;
Industrial Organisation studies the interdependence of market structures, firms’ conducts, and market outcomes. In this course, students will be introduced to the theory of the firms, imperfect competition, oligopoly theory, and other strategic behaviours. Some applications on competition policy and regulation will also be introduced if time permits.
The materials in this course will be drawn from several books. Detailed reading list will be available as we progress in class. The main textbook is Belleflamme, P. and M. Peitz (2015) Industrial Organization Markets and Strategies, Cambridge, 2nd Edition.
Copies of the book are available in the library.
We will also refer to the following book:
Church, Jeffrey and Roger Ware (2000) Industrial Organization. A strategic approach. Irwin McGraw-Hill.
The first edition of the book available freely online at
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU 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||Firms, consumers, and the market|
|3||Price and quantity competition|
|8||Intertemporal price discrimination|
|10||Cartels and tacit collusion|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Short quizzes or problem sets - 10%||10 %||1, 2, 3|
|Mid term exam - 30%||30 %||1, 2, 3|
|Final Examination - 60%||60 %||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).
In addition, 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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Short quizzes or problem sets - 10%
Two short quizzes or problem sets. Depending on the class size, these quizzes/problem sets will be administered in tutorials or via Wattle. This will be confirmed by week 2. The first assessment item will be due in week 5, and the second assessment item in week 10. Students will be offered plenty of time (more than 1 week) to complete each assessment item. No make up quizzes/problem sets will be available. This assessment category is fully redeemable. If students perform better in the final exam, the 10% mark will be allocated to the final exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Mid term exam - 30%
One mid term exam to be held in week 6 or week 7. The mid term will have 2 hours writing time and 10 minutes reading time. Students will be given their marks as feedback. An answer guide will also be given and discussed. Students can also seek individual feedback during the office hours. The mid term exam is fully redeemable and optional. If your percentage mark on the final exam is higher than on the mid term, or if you do not sit the mid term, then its weight will be transferred to the final exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Final Examination - 60%
The minimum weight on the final exam is 60% and can count up to 100%, depending on your performance in the quizzes/problem sets and mid term exam. The final exam will be comprehensive, in the sense that questions may be drawn from all the topics discussed during the semester.
The exam will be scheduled during the end-of-semester examination period, and will consist of 15 minutes reading time and 3 hours writing time.
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor 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 SubmissionNo submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted 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.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions 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.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Dr Tina Kao