• Class Number 7443
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Jingni Yang
    • Jingni Yang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Microeconomics provides the principal modelling tools and frameworks that are used in all fields of economics. The corresponding techniques are built on models of decision-making by economic agents, in environments with and without uncertainty, and on the analysis of interacting economic agents, in various settings such as markets or strategic situations. This course introduces the main techniques of microeconomics, at a level that lies between that of typical undergraduate courses, and that of Masters or PhD level courses. The results are presented and analysed using both intuitive graphical and formal mathematical methods. An important aim of the course is to show that the intuition gained from simple graphical models, and the insight derived from formal theoretical analysis are complementary, and that only the interplay between economic intuition and abstract results can lead to a complete understanding of the respective models and the conclusions drawn from their analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the main models of decision-making by economic agents, such as consumers or firms, in environments with and without uncertainty;
  2. Distinguish between market-based and strategic models of interacting economic agents, and use such models to analyse economic problems;
  3. Be able to analyse economic models using both intuitive graphical and formal theoretical methods.

Research-Led Teaching

The course covers concepts, methodologies and techniques that form the foundation of modern research in all fields of economics.

The lecturer is a user and developer of decision theory, game theory and social choice theory in his own research. Consequently, (time permitting) students will be exposed to the use and recent developments in current economic research.

Recommended Textbooks

  • Hal R. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus, W.W. Norton, 2020.

Copies of this textbook are available in the Chifley Library. It is also available online at the library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the forms of verbal feedback during and after lectures and tutorials. Mid term exam will be marked and solution given. Individual feedback and help with lecture material and tutorial problems is available during consultation 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information


This is a dual-delivery course. Students are expected to regularly attend live tutorials (either in person or via the Zoom link). Lecture recordings are not a substitute for class attendance.


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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Preferences, utilities and choices Tutorial activities
2 Preferences, utilities and choices Tutorial activities; quiz 1
3 Classical utility and demand theory Tutorial activities
4 Firms and production Tutorial activities; quiz 2
5 Firms and production Tutorial activities
6 Welfare Measures Tutorial activities; quiz 3
7 Equilibrium and exchange economies Tutorial activities
8 Equilibrium and exchange economies Tutorial activities; quiz 4
9 Extensive games and Backward Induction Tutorial activities
10 Strategic games and Nash equilibrium Tutorial activities; quiz 5
11 Externalities Tutorial activities
12 Public Goods Tutorial activities; quiz 6

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Fornightly Quizzes - 30% 30 % 1,2, 3
Final Examination - 70% 70 % 1,2,3

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


F2F lectures with echo360 available for students unable to attend campus; tutorials also F2F with zoom option for those unable to attend campus due to travel restrictions. 

Lecture notes for each week will be uploaded to the Wattle page for the course. Lectures will be supported by weekly tutorials commencing in week 2. I will upload to Wattle tutorial questions based on the previous week’s lecture material. Either I or the tutor will go through answers to the tutorials you enrolled in. Tutorials are designed to help reinforce and apply material presented in lectures. However please note I will NOT be posting answers to tutorial questions and those tutorial sessions hold online will NOT be recorded either.

In addition to lectures and tutorials I will hold a weekly (Zoom) consultation session (Monday 16:00-17:00) for discussion of the material, tutorial questions and other questions students may have about the course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3

Fornightly Quizzes - 30%

There will be 6 short quizzes administered through Wattle, each worth 6%, with the best 5 out of 6 counting toward the final grade. The plan is for the quizzes to run in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12. Quizzes have mainly MCQ and they are available from Wednesday to Sunday of that week, but only 1h-3h to complete once you start, which depends on the quiz of that week. Late attempts are not allowed except for special reasons which should be applied before the quiz. Answers to each quiz will be posted on Wattle shortly after the conclusion of that quiz. Depending on the progress we are making through the semester, it may be necessary to reschedule one or more of the quizzes. However, students will be given at least one week notice should any quiz be rescheduled.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 70 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final Examination - 70%

The final exam will contribute 70% of the overall mark. Please note this is a hurdle assessment in line with the student assessment coursework policy (see

https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_004603). You must achieve at least 40% in the final exam to pass the course.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. Given the current restrictions associated with the COVID pandemic, the exam will be held and invigilated via Zoom. This means it is essential for you to have a working camera so that the invigilator can ascertain it is you who is sitting the exam and that you are not accessing any prohibited materials nor seeking an unfair advantage during the exam. More details will be provided in lectures and on Wattle in week 10.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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).

Jingni Yang

Research Interests

Decision Theory, Behavioural Economics

Jingni Yang

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Jingni Yang

Research Interests

Jingni Yang

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