Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jeffrey LaFrance


The unit aims to introduce students to the building blocks of microeconomics. It will start with individual choice theory where the focus will be to explain the mathematical structure of the different types of objects of choice that are conceived by economists to model individual behaviour across a variety of contexts. This will be followed by an exhaustive discussion of how and when preferences over a set of objects can be represented using a real-valued utility function. The basic concepts and results in social choice theory, cooperative and non-cooperative game theory, and mechanism design will also be covered. The unit will highlight the important role of axiomatization, optimization, and strategic reasoning in microeconomics.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. gain an understanding of the mathematical building blocks of formal microeconomic analysis
  2. be able to express complex economic relationships using formal mathematical exposition
  3. understand the core concepts and results in individual and social choice theory, game theory, and mechanism design.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in course code 3194 or 4427 to undertake this unit