Intermediate Microeconomics

Course code ECON2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

This course builds on the microeconomic principles studied in the first year by extending students’ knowledge and understanding of microeconomic phenomena and the environment within which consumers, firms, businesses and governments operate. The course provides microeconomic principles that can be applied to improve managerial decision making and the formulation of an effective public policy to improve the welfare of the citizenry. Topics include making choices under uncertainty, industry structures, markets for factors of production, firm strategy, organisational architecture or systems, market failure, regulation and firm governance. The course helps students to develop a critical thinking ability and a mastery of the theoretical and analytical tools as well as their application for solving real world microeconomic problems, thereby providing a basis for more specialised study of third year economics.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Develop a superior understanding of consumer and producer theory and the role of market structure on firm performance and social welfare.
2. Apply microeconomic concepts to inform business decisions and governance in the workplace and develop an appreciation of synergies with other disciplines in the business faculty.
3. Demonstrate a proficiency in utilising numerical and graphical techniques.
4. Work collaboratively when communicating microeconomic principles and their applications.
5. Apply microeconomic theory to explain and inform real world economic events and debates.
6. Comprehend how economics can be utilised to improve business competitiveness through strategic industry decisions and internal firm architecture.
ContentThis course may include but is not limited to the following topics:

1. Markets and information.
2. Market demand and production costs.
3. Market structure and product pricing.
4. Economics of firm strategy.
5. Game theory and incentive contracts.
6. The Labour market.
7. Vertical integration and outsourcing.
8. Firm architecture and evaluation.
9. Internal governance in the firm.
10. Government regulation and the firm.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces ECON2500 Microeconomics II.
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have completed ECON2500.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeECON1001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid semester test
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalFinal exam during formal exam period.
ProjectsGroup project
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ECON2001