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This is an intensive analysis of the major topics in microeconomics. The unit covers the theory of consumer behaviour, the theory of production and costs, market structures (including perfect competition; monopoly; imperfect competition), factor markets, general equilibrium, game theory and elementary welfare economics. The theory is taught in an applied context.
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|Tutorial Assessment||10%||Every week (from week 2)|
|Class Test||20%||11 September 2017|
|Assignment||20%||12noon Monday 09/10/2017|
|Final Examination||50%||University Examination Period|
Due: Every week (from week 2)
Tutorials constitute a critical learning experience of this unit, within which the lecturer will facilitate a highly student-centred discussion of answers to pre-set questions. A tutorial is also an active forum to present to the lecturer difficulties you may have encountered when preparing for the questions. Students are required to participate in tutorial classes and submit homework in order to earn 10% of the unit mark.
Tutorial assessment includes two components: Homework (5%) and Participation&Presentation (5%).
By "Homework", students are required to attempt tutorial questions and submit the answers into ilearn before each class. You will be awarded the entire 5% if you make at least 8 submissions (in 8 weeks). For each submission less than 8, 1% is deducted from the 5% allocated for homework (i.e, if you make 7 submissions, you will be awarded 4%; if you make 3 or fewer submissions you will not receive any marks for this component).
By "Participation&Presentation", you will be assessed on your activeness in the class, such as how often you answer your lecturer's question, and/or ask her a question. In addition, during tutorial time you will be called randomly to present your answer to a tutorial question to the class. Based on your activity throughout the whole session, you will be awarded the whole 5% or a part thereof.
Altogether tutorial homework and participation&presentation will contribute 10% to your final mark in this unit.
If you are unable to attend a class(es) due to illness or misadventure, you must present a case for Disruption to Studies (see the Policies and Procedures section for details).
Due: 11 September 2017
A 75-minute test will be held in place of the regular lecture in Week 7. The class test will be based primarily on questions along the lines of the numeric/short answer tutorial questions and the lectures presented from weeks 1 to 6.
Failure to attend the class test without the submission of an application regarding Disruption to Studies on the grounds of illness or unavoidable mishap, together with the required supporting documentation (see the Policies and Precedures section for details), will result in a mark of zero for the assessment.
If the application for Disruption to Studies is accepted, the student will have to take a supplementary test which could be an oral test.
Due: 12noon Monday 09/10/2017
This assignment will be a combination of problem solving and discussion/explanation questions, which may include calculations and diagrammatical illustrations.
Each assignment must represent the student's own work. In particular, this means that the written answers submitted by the student should be composed by that student. Copying of another student's answer or from textbooks, or getting someone else (with or without payment) to do the assignment for you, or part thereof, is clearly regarded as plagiarism. Cases of plagiarism will be dealt with severely. For further information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, please refer to the university policy about academic honesty and integrity.
The assignment must be submitted in class on Monday 09/10/2017. Also, before the due date and time, the assignment must be submitted through 'Turnitin' on the ilearn page. Assignments not submitted through this programme will receive a mark of zero.
Late submission will be subjected to penalties. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for disruption to studies is made and approved. Failure to submit the assignment will result in a mark of zero.
Due: University Examination Period
A 2 hour final examination for this unit will be held during the University Examination Period in November. The conditions for the requesting and granting of Disruption to Studies are set out in the Policies and Procedures section of this Unit Guide.
This unit provides 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week consisting of one 2- hour lecture and one 1- hour tutorial.
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au.
It is assumed and highly recommended that students will attend all lectures and tutorials. Students who miss classes put themselves at a significant disadvantage for several reasons, including:
(i) Not all the material in the text is covered in the unit, and not all the material in the unit is covered in the text. In some places the text deals with issues in greater depth than is necessary for the unit, and in other places it doesn’t go far enough. The lectures contain all the unit material taught at the level required for the assessment tasks, and are your guide to the unit content. The tutorials will demonstrate the way questions in microeconomics are approached.
(ii) The lectures and tutorials will include significant guidance about the style and content of the class test and final exam, and recommendations about study technique.
(iii) It is difficult (and often impossible) for staff to provide meaningful assistance to students outside class times on topics for which they did not attend the relevant lectures and tutorials.
Perloff, J., Smith, R., and Round D. (2014), Microeconomics, Pearson
The text is available for purchase at Co-op Bookshop. A small number are available on reserve in the library.
Technology Used and Required
Unit Web Page
Lecture and tutorial material as well as up to date information concerning any aspect of the unit, including any changes to the schedule, will be available to students by logging on to the unit web page at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au.
You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning.
If you are unable to access the website because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please contact the IT helpdesk located on Level 1 of the Library or call 9850 6500. The IT helpdesk will also be able to assist you with using the unit web page.
Please remember to log out when you have finished using the unit web page. Failure to do so could result in unauthorised access to your unit web page account.
This unit is taught as a mix of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are designed to provide the tools which can then be applied in tutorials. The tutorials comprise numerical problems and analytical questions. There should be the opportunity to explore issues raised in lectures and to ask questions. The tutorials aim to improve understanding of microeconomic theory and policy.
Week 1: Demand and supply
Perloff Chapter 2
Week 2: Applications of the demand-supply model
Perloff Chapter 3
Week 3: Consumer theory and Applications
Perloff Chapters 4 & 5
Week 4: Production and Costs
Perloff Chapters 6 & 7
Week 5: Perfect Competition and Applications
Perloff Chapters 8 & 9
Week 6: Monopoly and Monopolistic Competition
Perloff Chapters 11 & 13 (partly)
Week 7: Class test
Week 8: No class due to public holiday
Week 9: Price Discrimination and Oligopoly
Perloff Chapters 12 & 13
Week 10: Game theory
Perloff Chapter 14
Week 11: Factor markets
Perloff Chapter 15
Week 12: Externalities and Public goods
Perloff Chapters 16 & 18
Week 13: Asymmetric information and Contract theory
Perloff Chapters 19 & 20
Please note that the topics discussed are subject to change.
Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html
Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html
Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html
Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html
Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration
In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/
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