• Class Number 4404
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ronald Stauber
    • Dr Ronald Stauber
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

The course examines how individuals and firms make decisions by weighing up costs and benefits, and how the interaction of their decisions leads to market and social outcomes. The model of market supply and demand is employed to examine the effects of taxes, subsidies, and other government interventions in market activity. The implications of different market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly, are examined.  Public goods, externalities and common resources are key examples of cases in which private markets may yield socially sub-optimal outcomes.  Such cases are examined and the role of government policy in correcting for these is discussed.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the economic principles underpinning modern economics;
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the way budget constrained individuals make optimising choices and the way resources are allocated in private markets;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the role of different trading arrangements in markets and their impact on prices and the quantities traded;
  4. use basic economic principles to evaluate the effects of government interventions and other exogenous changes in markets;
  5. evaluate the effects of government interventions in markets;
  6. present clearly written analysis of economic issues and problems

Research-Led Teaching

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

Required Resources

Required Textbook

  • S. Bowles and S. Halliday, Microeconomics: Competition, Conflict and Coordination, Oxford University Press, 2022 (see the textbook website http://simondhalliday.com/microeconomics/ for various access methods)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the form of verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials, as well as individual feedback and help with lecture material, quiz questions and tutorial problems, during consultations.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Coordination Problems & Economic Institutions
2 Preferences, Beliefs & Constraints
3 Doing the Best You Can: Constrained Optimisation
4 Property, Power & Exchange: Mutual Gains & Conflicts
5 Coordination Failures & Institutional Responses
6 Production: Technology & Specialisation
7 Demand: Willingness to Pay & Prices
8 Supply: Firms’ Costs, Output & Profit
9 Competition, Rent-Seeking & Market Equilibriation
10 Markets with Incomplete Contracting
11 Perfect Competition & the Invisible Hand
12 Public Policy & Mechanism Design

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. Find out more on the Timetable webpage: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Weekly Quizzes - 32% 32 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Examination - 68% 68 % 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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.


Attendance at lectures and tutorials, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b). Students are also expected to have done any recommended readings before attending lectures, and be prepared to ask questions on associated topics during the lectures. Furthermore, students are strongly encouraged to work through the tutorial problems before attempting each week's quiz questions, and thus, before attending the respective tutorial sessions. Constructively contributing to class discussions by asking and answering questions (for which prior preparation is critical!), is an essential part of the learning experience that in-person class activities are intended to provide.

An option to follow the course online will be provided for students who are prevented from traveling to campus due to health or other travel restrictions. However, all students are strongly encouraged to return to campus as early as possible.


See information above in Assessment Task 2.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 32 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Weekly Quizzes - 32%

Weekly quizzes will be administered via the course Wattle site, with the exception of week 1 of the semester. The 8 highest marks out of these 11 quizzes, will be used to compute the 32% quiz component of your final grade. The due dates and times for the quizzes will be posted on Wattle. The quizzes will in general be due before the start of the first tutorial session scheduled for each week (e.g., the first quiz, which covers topics related to the lectures from week 1 and the associated tutorial problems, will be due in week 2). Quiz questions will be made available on Wattle three (3) days before their respective due dates, and solutions to the questions will have to be submitted via Wattle during this 3-day time window (no further temporal access restrictions will be imposed, so you can submit, or resubmit, your solutions to the quiz questions at any time during the 3-day availability period). Quizzes may include multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, short typed-answer questions, or questions that require handwritten solutions to be scanned in pdf format and uploaded on Wattle. Late submission of answers to quizzes will NOT be accepted, as the solutions may be discussed in class after the submission deadline. Quiz marks will be released on Wattle after the quizzes are graded, approximately one week after the submission dates.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 68 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Examination - 68%

A final exam will be scheduled during the ANU end-of-semester examination period. The exam will cover all the material that was presented throughout the course, and will be held over a time period of 3 to 4 hours. The tutorial problems and quiz questions will provide students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the style of questions that will be included in the final exam.

The final exam will be delivered online via the class Wattle site, and may be invigilated via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, thus requiring a stable and reliable internet connection, as well as a functioning video camera.

Further information on exam content, format, and submission requirements will be discussed in lecture and provided on Wattle by 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.

Returning Assignments

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).

Dr Ronald Stauber

Research Interests

Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory

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