• Class Number 4939
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Amirreza Rahmani
    • Amirreza Rahmani
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

The course examines how individuals and firms make decisions by weighing up costs and benefits, and how the interaction of their decisions leads to market and social outcomes. The model of market supply and demand is employed to examine the effects of taxes, subsidies, and other government interventions in market activity. The implications of different market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly, are examined.  Public goods, externalities and common resources are key examples of cases in which private markets may yield socially sub-optimal outcomes.  Such cases are examined and the role of government policy in correcting for these is discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the economic principles that underpin modern economics;
  2. have a basic understanding of the way budget constrained individuals make optimising choices and the way resources are allocated in private markets;
  3. understand the role of different trading arrangements in markets and their impact on prices and the quantities traded;
  4. use basic economic principles to evaluate the effects of government interventions and other exogenous changes in markets;
  5. be able to evaluate the effects of government interventions in markets;
  6. present clearly written analysis of economic issues and problems

Research-Led Teaching

Microeconomics forms the foundation for most research in Economics. In addition to textbook materials, application in research and policy will be introduced wherever appropriate.

Examination Material or equipment

Non-programmable calculators are permitted in exams.

Required Resources

Nicholson, W., & Snyder, C. Intermediate microeconomics and its application. 12th Edition.

  • A copy of the book will be available in the reserve & short loan collection of Chifley Library.

We may use some material from other resources wherever appropriate. These will be made available to students either through the Wattle site or through items being placed on a short-term loan in the library as appropriate.

This course paves the path to ECON8025 Advanced Microeconomics Analysis and is more advanced than most standard first year microeconomic courses. Hence, any basic microeconomics book can be a good pre-read for the course, e.g.

  • Principles of microeconomics. By Joshua Gans, Stephen King, Martin Byford, and N. Gregory Mankiw. 7th Asia-Pacific edition. Published by Cengage Learning.

While we will closely follow the textbook by Nicholson & Snyder, other intermediate microeconomics textbook may be useful to students, especially:

  • Price theory and applications. By Steven E. Landsburg. Ninth edition. Published by Cengage Learning.
  • Intermediate microeconomics: A modern approach. By Hall R. Varian. Ninth edition. WW Norton and Company.
  • Microeconomics: An Intuitive Approach. By Thomas J. Nechyba. Second edition. Published by Cengage Learning.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Videos discussing the answers submitted for homework.
  • Discussion Forum on Wattle.

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information


Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.

Support for Students

The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/

RSE has a Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find relevant policies and information on a broad range of topics


Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction (Chapter 1 and 1A)
2 Supply and demand (Chapter 1)
3 Utility and choice (Chapter 2)
4 Demand curves (Chapter 3)
5 Production (Chapter 6)
6 Costs (Chapter 7)
7 Profit maximisation and supply (Chapter 8)
8 Perfect competition (Chapter 9)
9 General Equilibrium (Chapter 10)
10 Monopolies (Chapter 11)
11 Extension 1: Market Failure (If time permits)
12 Extension 2: Input markets (If time permits)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Homework 10 % 04/03/2020 25/05/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Final Exam 90 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


See Assessment Task 2.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 25/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7


  • Tutorials for weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 of teaching period and 11 are assessable. Students need to submit their answers to all or some of the questions, as specified in each tutorial, in these tutorials.
  • These tutorial question will be posted on Wattle on Wednesday at 5pm in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 of the teaching period, e.g. the first assessable tutorial, i.e. tutorial for week 3, will be posted at 5 pm on 4/3/2020. The answers will be due on Monday at 9 am next week., e.g. the answer to tutorial 3 should be submitted before 9 am on 9/3/2020.
  • The questions will be related to the material discussed in the lectures.
  • The marks are binary. Full mark, i.e. 1, will be given if students can demonstrate that they have used the concepts and models discussed in the lecture, and 0 otherwise.
  • Marks will be published on Wattle within one week.
  • Method of submission (via email or Wattle) will be advised.
  • Video feedback will be given to the answers.
  • All homework is fully and individually redeemable. Each will contribute 2% to the final grade only if the student gets the full mark.
  • Late submissions are not accepted.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 90 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Final Exam

  • The final exam will be held on campus during the semester 1 examination period, between 4/6/2020 and 20/6/2020. The exact date, time and venue will be announced.
  • This will contribute 90%-100% to the final grade depending on the homework submitted throughout the semester.
  • The only permitted material is a non-programmable calculator.
  • The exam will include both multiple-choice questions and analytical problems. Further information about the form and type of questions will be announced in the lectures.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

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) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

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

No 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.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic 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.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Amirreza Rahmani
026125 3228

Research Interests

Organizational Economics, Contract Theory

Amirreza Rahmani

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Amirreza Rahmani
6125 3228

Research Interests

Amirreza Rahmani

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Tuesday 14:00 15:00

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