• Class Number 1143
  • Term Code 3220
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 0 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Thomas Longden
    • Dr Thomas Longden
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/01/2022
  • Class End Date 18/02/2022
  • Census Date 11/02/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 11/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course is designed to familiarize students with selected important topics in microeconomic theory, including consumer theory and producer theory. As a preparatory course, the class environment will be structured to help students become familiar with the ANU teaching environment, resources available to students, and requirements of formal coursework. In-class exercises are an important component of teaching in the course. Student participation in discussion of issues in microeconomics and study at ANU more broadly is also highly encouraged. An objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in microeconomics and help provide a strategy for students to improve on any weaknesses.

Research-Led Teaching


Field Trips


Examination Material or equipment

Hand-held calculators are permitted.

Required Resources

Intermediate Microeconomics and its Application

Author: Nicholson, W & Snyder, C

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Edition: 13


Availability: Available as an ebook from https://au.cengage.com/c/isbn/9780357133064/

Price for eTextbook: $67.95 (AUD)

Note: This textbook is also the course textbook for IDEC8016 Microeconomic analysis and policy and IDEC8029 Issues in applied microeconomics

Any additional materials will be provided via Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students 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 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction (NS Chapter 1) Topic 1 - Utility, choice, demand and supply Utility and choice (NS Chapter 3) Demand (NS Chapter 4) Multiple choice quiz
2 Topic 1 - Utility, choice, demand and supply (cont.) Supply (NS Chapter 10 - sections 10.1 to 10.5) Topic 2: Producer theory Production functions (NS Chapter 7) Multiple choice quiz
3 Topic 2: Producer theory (cont.) Cost functions (NS Chapter 8) Profit maximisation (NS Chapter 9) Multiple choice quiz
4 Topic 3: Perfect competition Long-run changes (NS Chapter 10 - section 10.6) Topic 4: Some revision topics - based on quiz results and feedback Final exam
5 Overview of topics covered (all topics) Final exam

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Multiple choice quiz 1 10 % 09/02/2022 * Basic microeconomic concepts
Multiple choice quiz 2 15 % 10/02/2022 * Demand and supply
Multiple choice quiz 3 25 % 11/02/2022 * Producer theory
Final Exam 50 % 15/02/2022 02/03/2022 All topics and concepts

* 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 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 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.


Active participation in discussions is highly encouraged.

All online materials should be studied.


During the period of instruction there will be multiple choice quizes that will determine 50% of the assessment marks.

The final exam will determine 50% of the assessment marks.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 09/02/2022
Learning Outcomes: Basic microeconomic concepts

Multiple choice quiz 1

An online quiz will be held to review the concepts covered in the first session of the course - basic microeconomic concepts.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 10/02/2022
Learning Outcomes: Demand and supply

Multiple choice quiz 2

An online quiz will be held to review the concepts covered in the second session of the course - demand and supply.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 11/02/2022
Learning Outcomes: Producer theory

Multiple choice quiz 3

An online quiz will be held to review the concepts covered in the third session of the course - producer theory.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 15/02/2022
Return of Assessment: 02/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: All topics and concepts

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be a multiple-choice and online test that will cover all material presented in the course.

Academic Integrity

Academic 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 Submission

The 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 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

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 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).
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