- Class Number 4492
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kieron Meagher
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Building upon material introduced in Microeconomics 1, this course aims to provide a solid understanding of basic microeconomic theory and the ability to apply those tools and ideas. Models describing the economic behaviour of individual decision-makers and the outcomes of markets are developed and applied to examine the welfare of market participants. Questions addressed include: What influences consumer demand decisions and how? How do firms decide on how much to produce and how much inputs to use? How do prices function to coordinate economic activity? What is meant by economic efficiency? When do markets fail to achieve efficient outcomes? Training in economic analysis is achieved via weekly tutorials that go over problem sets linked to material presented in lecture. Overall, the course takes an analytical approach emphasising rigorous logical reasoning and economic problem solving.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the main microeconomic/neoclassical theory of consumer and producer behaviour
- apply economic concepts to solve for choices made by consumers and producers
- assess the economic efficiency of market outcomes for different market structures, in the presence of externalities, and/or when influenced by government intervention
- compare and contrast the information needed for markets or for the government to allocate resources efficiently
The material taught in this course is directly relevant to various applied microeconomic research topics that have been considered by economists in academia, various public sector agencies, and various private sector organisations. Professor Meagher has made significant contributions to the theory, empirics and practice of Organisational Economics and this will be reflected in the way the class extends beyond the standard textbook material.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Non-programmable calculators will be the only permitted equipment. Online exams/quizzes will be conducted through the class Wattle Site. A stable and reliable internet connection is necessary.
Nicholson, W., & Snyder, C., 2015, Intermediate Microeconomics and its Applications, 12th edition, Cengage Learning, USA.
The text book is available in Chifley Library on 2hr reserve. Availability of an online version is currently being investigated and information will be advertised when known.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Graded quizzes.
- Graded mid-semester exam.
- Verbal feedback upon request during consultation hours and tutorials.
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The amount of work required for successful completion of this class may vary between students. As a rough guide, students should expect to devote at least 10 hours a week to this class. This should include all of the following.
- 3 hours a week: lectures.
- 1 hour a week: tutorials.
- At least 6 hours a week: reading, research, writing, lecture and tutorial preparation.
As a general rule, students should aim to attend all lectures and tutorials for this class unless they have a very good reason for not doing so. Recognising that occasional absences are often unavoidable, students are expected to attend at least 80 per cent of all lectures and tutorials (combined) for this class. The main exceptions to this are absences for medical or other reasons that can be supported by an appropriate form of official documentation.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Consumer Utility and Choice||Chapter 1 and 2 of N&S|
|2||Demand and Comparative Statics||Chapter 3 N&S|
|3||Uncertainty, Strategy and Time||Chapter 4, 5, 14 N&S, + readings made available on Wattle; Online quiz #1|
|4||Uncertainty, Strategy and Time||Chapter 4, 5, 14 N&S, + readings made available on Wattle|
|5||Production||Chapter 6 N&S, + readings made available on Wattle|
|6||Costs in SR and LR||Chapter 7 N&S; Mid-semester exam (subject to scheduling)|
|7||Profit maximisation and supply||Chapter 8 & 9 N&S|
|8||Perfect Competition, General Equilibrium and Welfare||Chapter 9 & 10 N&S; Online quiz #2|
|9||Market Power||Chapter 11 &12 N&S + readings on Wattle|
|10||Market Power and Strategic Behaviour||Chapter 11 &12 N&S + readings on Wattle; Online quiz #3|
|11||Information, Institutions and Political Economy||Chapter 15 N&S + readings on Wattle|
|12||Information, Institutions and Political Economy||Chapter 15 N&S + readings on Wattle|
Tutorials this semester will be delivered both remotely (via Zoom) and on-campus. You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards. You must enrol in a tutorial using the Wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. A selection of tutorials will be open for enrolment prior to the beginning of the semester - the remaining tutorials will be open in week 1 of Semester.?When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice
If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group.?You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number.?Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online quizzes||15 %||08/03/2021||19/05/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Mid-semester Exam||30 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|FInal Exam||55 %||*||*||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.
Due to travel restrictions this course will be delivered through online platforms. Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. However, there will be synchronous activities also taking place. Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site in O-week.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Throughout the semester there will be 3 online quizzes delivered through Wattle (5% each). These quizzes will be held in weeks 3, 8 and 10. They will cover material from the preceding weeks' lectures and tutorials. The wattle quiz will be available over a period of 3 days, however, the quiz, once started is only open for 50 minutes. Opening of the quizzes will be given with at least 2 days notice. There will be 10 questions to be answered. They will be randomly assigned. Please also note that you will not be able to navigate backwards through the quiz and there is only one attempt allowed. No late submission accepted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The mid-semester exam will be conducted during the ANU mid-semster exam period (weeks 6 and 7). It will cover all the material from lectures and tutorials in weeks 1-5. More information will be provided on Wattle in week 4. The mid-semester exam is compulsory and will count for 30% of your final grade. The exam will involve multiple choice, short and long answer questions. I anticipate the exam will be 3 hours (including reading time) and delivered online through the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Final Exam will be held during the ANU Exam block at the end of the semester. The exam will cover all material covered in the course including readings (detailed guidance will be given in lectures about which sections of readings can be omitted). More information will be made available in week 10 of semester on Wattle and through the ANU exam timetable. The final exam is compulsory and will count for 55% of your final grade. The exam will involve multiple choice, short and long answer questions. I anticipate the exam will be 3 hours (including reading time) and delivered online through the course Wattle site, details will be advised on Wattle by week 10.
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Please refer to the information on this that was provided above in the discussion of the various assessment tasks.
Extensions and Penalties
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