- Class Number 4184
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Prof Paul Burke
- Prof Paul Burke
- 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
This course will explore decision-making by individuals and firms in the context of real-world situations in which behaviour is often strategic in nature and information is imperfect. The course covers a set of key topics in microeconomics, including game theory, decision making under uncertainty, monopoly, imperfect competition, situations of asymmetric information, and an introduction to behavioural economics. A range of policy options available to governments will be analysed.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the implications of relaxing the assumptions of perfect competition, certainty, and full information on market outcomes within basic microeconomic models.
- Understand and apply key tools for analysing the microeconomics of uncertainty, imperfect competition, asymmetric information, and behavioural economics.
- Competently use graphs, algebra, and game theory for microeconomic analysis.
- Analyse potential policy interventions to deal with issues related to uncertainty, imperfect competition, asymmetric information, and behavioural economics.
Examination Material or equipment
The assessment items are designed to incentivise students to work independently on the material and to develop an ability to critically analyse microeconomic issues.
Students should attempt tutorial questions prior to each tutorial. Students are encouraged to participate in group study, but are advised that this is not a substitute for solving problems on one’s own.
Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2021, Intermediate Microeconomics and its Application, 13th edn, Cengage Learning.
There are many mathematics/game theory/microeconomics textbooks that students may use to supplement the listed readings. Students are advised to find at least one additional text to follow. Suitable texts for supplementary reading include:
- Hoy, M, Livernois, J, McKenna, C, Rees, R & Stengos, T 2011, Mathematics for Economics, 3rd edn, MIT Press.
- Osborne, Martin J 2003, An Introduction to Game Theory, Oxford University Press. Online material can be found at http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/osborne/igt/index.html.
- Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2016, Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, 12th edn, Cengage Learning.
The above are available in the ANU Library reserve collection.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Comments on assessment items
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, groups, individuals
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||Game theory (NS Ch. 6)|
|2||Game theory (NS Ch. 6)|
|3||Game theory (NS Ch 6)|
|4||Uncertainty (NS Ch 5)||Quiz|
|5||Uncertainty (NS Ch. 5)|
|6||Monopoly (NS Ch. 12)|
|7||Monopoly (NS Ch. 12)|
|8||Imperfect competition (NS Ch. 13)|
|9||Imperfect competition (NS Ch. 13)|
|10||Asymmetric information (NS Ch 16)|
|11||Asymmetric information (NS Ch 16)|
|12||Behavioural economics (NS Ch. 18)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz||10 %||18/03/2022||28/03/2021||1, 3|
|Mid-semester exam||30 %||22/04/2022||06/05/2021||1, 2, 3|
|Group problem set||5 %||27/05/2022||03/06/2021||1, 2, 3|
|Contribution to class discussion forum||5 %||27/05/2022||03/06/2021||1, 2, 3|
|Final exam||50 %||18/06/2022||30/06/2022||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3
Online quiz held during week 4.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
ANU Semester 1 mid-semester exam period. Writing time = 90 minutes.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Group problem set
Form a group of two and submit a tutorial problem set prior to one tutorial during the semester.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Contribution to class discussion forum
Discussion questions will be posted on Wattle. Students will be expected to actively contribute to the online discussion, making a minimum of 3 posts during semester. The grade will be based on each student's overall contribution in terms of high-quality and timely posts. Provided that the threshold of 3 posts is met, the grade will be based on quality and timeliness only.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
ANU Semester 1 final exam period. Writing time = 180 minutes.
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Prof Paul Burke
Prof Paul Burke