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ECON8012 – Applied Topics in Microeconomics

2022 – Session 1, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jordi McKenzie
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ECON632 or ECON6032 or ECON6049 or ECON6050
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to modern applied microeconomics. The unit reviews some of the most important and interesting models of microeconomic theory and considers their application to the real world. This is achieved by careful analysis of a selection of recent scholarly publications using modern techniques employed by applied researchers. The primary objective of the unit is to connect a number of the foundation theories taught in microeconomics with sound empirical approaches. After completion of the unit, students will have the ability to both perform and evaluate applications of economic theory to a range of business, policy and regulatory situations.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Evaluate how a knowledge and understanding of theories and applications of microeconomics are utilised by academic scholars.
  • ULO2: Use critical thinking and problem solving ability to apply microeconomic theory to real life economic problems.
  • ULO3: Apply analytical skills in the synthesis and interpretation of applied research in microeconomics.
  • ULO4: Communicate a knowledge of microeconomic theories and their applications to both academic and non-academic audiences, to a professional standard of written work and presentation skills.

General Assessment Information

Late submissions of assessments

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, no extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available assessment-task marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24-hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will only be accepted up to 96 hours after the due date and time.

No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g., quizzes, online tests.

Table 1: Penalty calculation based on submission time

Submission time after the due date (including weekends)

Penalty (% of available assessment task mark)

Example: for a non-timed assessment task marked out of 30

<24 hours

10%

10% x 30 marks = 3-mark deduction

24-48 hours

20%

20% x 30 marks = 6-mark deduction

48-72 hours

30%

30% x 30 marks = 9-mark deduction

72 – 96 hours

40%

40% x 30 marks = 12-mark deduction

>96 hours

100%

Assignment won’t be accepted

 

Special Consideration

To request an extension on the due date/time for a timed or non-timed assessment task, you must submit a Special Consideration application. An application for Special Consideration does not guarantee approval.

The approved extension date for a student becomes the new due date for that student. The late submission penalties above then apply as of the new due date.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online video presentation 10% No Week 13
Class tests online 60% No Weeks 4, 8, 12
Class participation 10% No Continuous
Final Report 20% No Week 13

Online video presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

 

Students will be required to submit a 10 minute video presentation in week 13. Presentations will summarise and critique an applied research paper from an academic journal that has been approved as suitable by the Unit Convenor (this will be the same paper as discussed in the Final Report). Students should have selected and had the paper approved by the end of Week 7.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate how a knowledge and understanding of theories and applications of microeconomics are utilised by academic scholars.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving ability to apply microeconomic theory to real life economic problems.
  • Apply analytical skills in the synthesis and interpretation of applied research in microeconomics.
  • Communicate a knowledge of microeconomic theories and their applications to both academic and non-academic audiences, to a professional standard of written work and presentation skills.

Class tests online

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Weeks 4, 8, 12
Weighting: 60%

 

There will be three 60-minute class tests, in weeks 4, 8 and 12. The first test will cover the papers studied in weeks 1-3; the second test will cover the papers studied in weeks 5-7; and the third test will cover papers studies in weeks 9-11. Each class test is worth 20% of the final grade in this unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate how a knowledge and understanding of theories and applications of microeconomics are utilised by academic scholars.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving ability to apply microeconomic theory to real life economic problems.
  • Apply analytical skills in the synthesis and interpretation of applied research in microeconomics.

Class participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Continuous
Weighting: 10%

 

Each week during the live lecture, the class will be divided into groups to discuss questions dealing with key aspects of the paper(s) presented that week. This is an extremely important part of the learning process in this unit. Students will have opportunities to demonstrate participation in both small and large group discussions. To be eligible to receive full marks for class participation, students must demonstrate active participation in at least seven of the nine weeks where live lectures are held. Students will also be expected to participate in the assessment of other students' presentations in week 13.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate how a knowledge and understanding of theories and applications of microeconomics are utilised by academic scholars.

Final Report

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

 

The report will summarise and critique an applied research paper from an academic journal that has been approved as suitable by the Unit Convenor. The report will be no more than 2,000 words and will be submitted electronically via Turnitin. Students should have selected and had the research paper approved by the end of Week 7.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate how a knowledge and understanding of theories and applications of microeconomics are utilised by academic scholars.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving ability to apply microeconomic theory to real life economic problems.
  • Apply analytical skills in the synthesis and interpretation of applied research in microeconomics.
  • Communicate a knowledge of microeconomic theories and their applications to both academic and non-academic audiences, to a professional standard of written work and presentation skills.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Each week one or two academic papers will be presented and discussed. All papers are available on iLearn via Leganto. You should read the assigned paper(s) before each class. Lecture recordings and presentation slides will be available on iLearn by 5pm each Friday for the following week's class.  You should review the lecture material prior to the weekly Zoom meeting that will take place from 6-8pm each Monday where the discussion will focus on the set of review questions outlined in the lecture slides.

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