- Class Number 4052
- 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
Industrial Organisation studies the interdependence of market structures, firm’s conducts, and market outcomes. We look at how market structures affects firms conduct 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:
- In addition to the outcomes achieved by taking the pass lectures in this subject, graduate students will:
- cover some of the same material using more formal analysis;
- be introduced to the academic literature in the IO field;
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 covered if time permits.
Examination Material or equipment
Examinations will conducted online through Wattle. The examinations will be supervised through Zoom. Please ensure that you have a computer with internet access and a webcam. Limited numbers of computer stations may be available on campus.
The material in this course will be drawn from several textbooks. 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.
This textbook is available for purchase in ANU bookshop and via online sites such as Booktopia and Amazon. An ebook version is also available for purchase. Both printed version and ebook version are available through ANU 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 is 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|
|4||Sequential choice||Quiz/problem set 1 due|
|6||Price discrimination||Midterm exam in week 6 or 7 subject to exam timetabling|
|7||Menu pricing||Midterm exam in week 6 or 7 subject to exam timetabling|
|8||Intertemporal price discrimination|
|10||Cartels and tacit collusion||Quiz/problem set 2 due|
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||Learning Outcomes|
|Short quizzes/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.
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).
Examinations will conducted online through Wattle. The examinations will be supervised through Zoom.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Short quizzes/problem sets - 10%
Two short quizzes/problem sets, each worth 5%, will be administered via Wattle. These quizzes/problem sets will consist of multiple choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problems which require longer written answers. Questions will be available to students roughly one week before the due date. The first assessment item will be due in week 4, and the second assessment item in week 10. Some marks and feedback will be available to students roughly one week after the due date. 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. 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
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. 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 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.
Support for studentsThe 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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
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Dr Tina Kao