CONSUMERS, FIRMS COMPETITION

ECO2CFC

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In Consumers, Firms and Competition you will learn about models of demand theory,producer theory, price determination, industry structure and some examples of welfare economics. Through lecture examples and tutorial homework, you will consolidate your economic knowledge from your first year economics subjects by learning how to model economic trade-offs with more advanced graphical and mathematical techniques.You will be able to model the behaviour of individuals, which drives demand,and the behaviour of firms, which drives supply. These tools will then be used to model, understand and predict outcomes in markets, predominantly in a partial equilibrium setting. You will acquire skills that will prepare you to undertake microeconomic policy analysis, driving critical attributes of La Trobe graduates in the discipline of Economics.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuji Tamura

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ECO1DSM or BUS1BUE or ECO1PPA(pre) or ECO1IMI

Co-requisites ECO1EME or ECO2IQA or equivalent

Incompatible subjects ECO2PPA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMicroeconomics: global ed. (8th ed.)RecommendedR. S. Pindyck & D. L. Rubinfeld (2015)Pearson

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand and apply consumer theory to derive simple demand function

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, prescribed reading, class discussion, maths workshops run by LTLT
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Understand and apply producer theory to derive a firm's supply function

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, prescribed reading, class discussion, maths workshops run by LTLT
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Compute market equilibrium using calculus and graphical analysis

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, prescribed reading, class discussion, maths workshops run by LTLT
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Describe different types of market structures and their implications for output and prices

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, prescribed reading, class discussion, maths workshops run by LTLT
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Use economic analysis to assess welfare changes resulting from economic policy

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, prescribed reading, class discussion, maths workshops run by LTLT
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuji Tamura

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 21
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Supplementary maths workshops are given by LTLT for those who are not confident in mathematical and graphical methods used in this subject. These workshops are not compulsory to attend."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Small assignmentsOnline submission of selected tutorial exercises at the LMS website25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Mid-semester test25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Final examinationTwo hours to answer50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05