• Class Number 2241
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra
    • Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This is a Master-level course in modern microeconomic theory. The course covers consumption theory, production theory, theories of the competitive market, general equilibrium theory, and externalities and public goods. Principles will be applied to important policy areas such as tax policy, the role of government, and management of the environment. The course will equip students with the essential tools of microeconomics that provide a lens to apply to case studies such as poverty and inequality reduction, climate change policy, and pandemic responses. The course will help students understand how decisions are made by individuals and businesses in everyday life and how economic actors respond to economic policies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of and key concepts in modern microeconomics.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role and key assumptions of economic models used in microeconomic analysis.
  3. Apply key tools for analysing the microeconomics of competitive markets and externalities.
  4. Analyse microeconomic problems relating to competitive markets and externalities.
  5. Critically apply microeconomic principles to the assessment of public policies.

Required Resources

Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2021, Microeconomics: Basic Theory and Extensions 13th edn, Cengage Learning.

Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2016, Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, 12th edn, Cengage Learning.

Information on additional texts will be available on the Wattle course site.

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.

Other Information


The Crawford School of Public Policy has its own Academic Skills team dedicated to helping students to understand the academic expectations of studying at Crawford and succeed in their chosen program of study. Through individual appointments, course-embedded workshops and online resources, Crawford Academic Skills provides tailored advice to students keen to develop their academic reading, thinking, planning, writing, and presentation skills.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to microeconomics
2 Consumer theory: preferences and utility Group tutorial problem assignment starts
3 Consumer theory: utility maximization and choice
4 Consumer theory: income and substitution effects Quiz 1
5 Producer theory: production functions
6 Production theory: cost functions
7 Producer theory: profit maximizations Mid-Semester Exam
8 Perfect competition in a single market
9 General equilibrium and welfare
10 Externalities and public goods Quiz 2
11 Pricing in input markets
12 Review and additional policy applications Final Exam (ANU Semester 1 final exam period)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 1 5 % 12/03/2024 22/03/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Mid-semester Exam 35 % 19/04/2023 03/05/2024 1,2,3,4
Group tutorial problem assignment 5 % * 22/05/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Quiz 2 5 % 10/05/2024 24/05/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam 50 % 14/06/2024 28/06/2024 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 12/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 22/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Quiz 1

The quiz, administered in Week 3, will gauge the students’ understanding on the key assumptions and basic principles of microeconomics. It will provide early feedback for the student on their performance and help to set the expectation about for the rest of the course. The details will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 19/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 03/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-semester Exam

The mid-semester exam will provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate attainment of the course’s learning outcomes thus far. The details will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Return of Assessment: 22/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Group tutorial problem assignment

In the group tutorial problem assignment, students will work in groups of 2 to 4 to provide a complete set of solution to 1 of the 11 tutorial problem sets that will be given over the semester. Each group will be free to choose the tutorial they would like to submit and submit it before the tutorial is discussed in class. During the tutorial, the group may be asked to present parts of their work. The details will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 10/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Quiz 2

The quiz, administered midway between mid-semester exam and Week 12, will provide the opportunity for students to further demonstrate attainment of the course’s learning outcomes. Questions will be more policy-oriented compared to Quiz 1. The details will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 14/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

The final examination will serve as a summative assessment to evaluate student's achievement level against the learning outcomes. The details will be available on Wattle.

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).

Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra
02 6125 1538

Research Interests

Microeconomics of development

Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra

Tuesday 16:00 17:00
Tuesday 16:00 17:00
Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra
02 6125 1538

Research Interests

Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra

Tuesday 16:00 17:00
Tuesday 16:00 17:00

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