• Class Number 4494
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Tina Kao
    • Dr Tina Kao
  • 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
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. demonstrate an understanding of the economic principles underpinning modern economics;
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the way budget constrained individuals make optimising choices and the way resources are allocated in private markets;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of 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. 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

Both midterm and final exam will be administered through Wattle and supervised via Zoom. You need a computer with internet access and a webcam. There may be limited numbers of computers available on campus.

Required Resources

This course paves the path to ECON8025 Advanced Microeconomics Analysis and is more advanced than most standard first year microeconomics courses. We use the following books:

·        Principles of microeconomics. By Joshua Gans, Stephen King, Martin Byford, and N. Gregory Mankiw. 8th edition, AU/NZ. Published by Cengage Learning. (Reference for introductory material.) Both hard copies and ebook versions are available. The 7th edition ebook version is available through ANU library.

·        Price theory and applications. By Steven E. Landsburg. Ninth edition. Published by Cengage Learning. Both hard copies and ebook versions are available.

 ·        Industrial Organization: A Strategic Approach. By J. R. Church and R. Ware. This book can be downloaded at the following website:


(Reference for imperfect competition. The main advantage is that the book is freely available on internet)

·       Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach. By Hal R Varian. Ninth edition. Published by W. W. Norton. Both hard copies and ebook versions are available. See the publisher's website for pricing options.

The reference books are also available in Chifley Library. We are currently investigating the availability of the institutional ebook licences.

There are plenty of first year and second year microeconomics textbooks. Most of the standard ones can be used for reference and practice.

Staff Feedback

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

·        Mid-semester exams will be marked and answers provided.

·        Tutorial questions each week with answers provided afterwards. Students are also encouraged to participate in both lectures and tutorials.

·        Students are encouraged to come for consultation and feedback during the office hours.

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 Demand, supply, and equilibrium
2 Consumer behaviour
3 Production and costs
4 Consumer and producer surplus Assessment 1 due
5 Welfare economics
6 Monopoly possible mid-semester exam subject to timetabling
7 Introduction to game theory possible mid-semester exam subject to timetabling
8 Oligopoly
9 Uncertainty
10 Information Assessment 2 due
11 Externality
12 Review

Tutorial Registration

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 Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
problem sets/quizzes - 10% 10 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Mid-Semester Exam -- 30% 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Final Exam 60 % 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.


Due to travel restrictions this course will be largely delivered through online platforms.?Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. However, there will be synchronous activities also taking place (both online and on campus). 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. Attendance at synchronous activities, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b). 

The lectures and tutorials will be prerecorded. There will be face to face and zoom workshop sessions available.


Examinations will be administered through Wattle and supervised via Zoom. Please ensure that you have a computer with internet access and a webcam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

problem sets/quizzes - 10%

Two short quizzes/problem sets (each worth 5%) will be administered via Wattle. The quizzes/problem sets consist of multiple choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problems which require longer written answers. The first assessment item will be due in week 4. The results will be available in week 5. The second assessment item in week 10. Students will have roughly one week to complete each assessment. 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

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Mid-Semester Exam -- 30%

One mid term exam to be held in week 6 or week 7. This mid term exam will be administered through Wattle and will be supervised via Zoom. The mid term will last for 130 minutes: 100 minutes writing time and 30 minutes for scanning and uploading answers. Marks and feedback will be available in Wattle. 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

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Final Exam

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. This final term exam will be administered through Wattle and will be supervised via Zoom. The final exam will last for 200 minutes: 160 minutes writing time and 40 minutes for scanning and uploading answers. 

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. 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.

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).

Dr Tina Kao

Research Interests

Industrial organisation

Dr Tina Kao

Wednesday 16:00 17:00
Wednesday 16:00 17:00
Dr Tina Kao

Research Interests

Dr Tina Kao

Wednesday 16:00 17:00
Wednesday 16:00 17:00

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions