- Class Number 3738
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Tina Kao
- Dr Tina Kao
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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 (IO) studies the interdependence of market structures, firms’ conducts, and market outcomes. In this course, we focus on the theory of the firms, imperfect competition, oligopoly theory, and other strategic behaviours. In addition to classic IO models, we will also introduce new research in the area.
Examination Material or equipment
Examinations are delivered online through Wattle and invigilated via 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 main textbook is Belleflamme, P. and M. Peitz (2015) Industrial Organization Markets and Strategies, Cambridge, 2nd Edition. This textbook has print and ebook versions available for purchase in ANU bookshop and online sites such as Booktopia and Amazon. The book is available at the Chifley library and through the library's ProQuest Ebook Central (first edition).
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
Other references will be provided as we progress in the semester.
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||Markets and strategies|
|3||Price and quantity competition|
|4||Sequential choice||Exercise 1 due|
|6||Price discrimination||Quiz 1|
|8||Intertemporal price discrimination||Exercise 2 due|
|10||Cartels and tacit collusion||Quiz 2|
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||Learning Outcomes|
|Exercise 1 - maximum 5%||5 %||18/03/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Quiz 1 -- maximum 15%||15 %||30/03/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Exercise 2 -- maximum 5%||5 %||29/04/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Quiz 2 -- maximum 15%||15 %||11/05/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Final Examination - minimum 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. The lectures will be pre-recorded. Most tutorials are held on campus with livestream/dual delivery. There are on-campus workshops (with Echo360 recording) as well.
Attendance at tutorials and if feasible, workshops, 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
Exercise 1 - maximum 5%
Exercise 1 will be administered via Wattle. The assessment items will consist of multiple-choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problem sets. Exercise 1 will be available to students on week 3 Friday and is due on week 4 Friday. Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks. This exercise is fully redeemable and optional. If students do not complete this exercise or perform better in the final exam, the 5% mark will be allocated to the final exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Quiz 1 -- maximum 15%
Quiz 1 is scheduled on March 30th Wednesday (week 6) from 3 pm to 4:20 pm. The total quiz duration is 80 minutes: 55 minutes writing time and 25 minutes scanning and uploading time. This quiz will be administered through Wattle and supervised via Zoom. Students will receive feedback in week 7. This quiz is fully redeemable and optional. If students do not complete this exercise or perform better in the final exam, the 15% mark will be allocated to the final exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Exercise 2 -- maximum 5%
Exercise 2 will be administered via Wattle. The assessment items will consist of multiple-choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problem sets. Exercise 2 will be available to students on week 7 Friday and is due on week 8 Friday. Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks. This exercise is fully redeemable and optional. If students do not complete this exercise or perform better in the final exam, the 5% mark will be allocated to the final exam.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Quiz 2 -- maximum 15%
Quiz 2 is scheduled on May 11th Wednesday (week 10) from 3 pm to 4:20 pm. The total quiz duration is 80 minutes: 55 minutes writing time and 25 minutes scanning and uploading time. This quiz will be administered through Wattle and supervised via Zoom. The assessment items will consist of multiple-choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problem sets. Students will receive feedback as soon as feasible. This quiz is fully redeemable and optional. If students do not complete this exercise or perform better in the final exam, the 15% mark will be allocated to the final exam.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Final Examination - minimum 60%
The final exam will be scheduled during the end-of-semester examination period. This final exam will be administered through Wattle and supervised via Zoom. The total time duration is 180 minutes. The assessment items will consist of multiple-choice questions, numerical questions, and/or problem sets. The final exam will be comprehensive and will cover all the topics discussed during the semester. More details on the final exam will be available in week 10.
The minimum weight on the final exam is 60% and can count up to 100%, depending on students' performance in other assessment items.
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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.
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