ECC1000 - Principles of microeconomics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Wayne Geerling


Dr Wayne Geerling

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit provides students with an introduction to microeconomics. Students will be given the tools to understand basic economic ideas and to apply their learning to analyse economic applications in everyday life. It begins with an introduction to supply and demand and the basic forces that determine an equilibrium in a market economy. Next, it introduces a framework for learning about consumer behaviour and analysing consumer decisions. We then turn our attention to firms and their decisions about optimal production, and the impact of different market structures on firms' behaviour. The final section of the unit provides an introduction to some of the more advanced topics that can be analysed using microeconomic theory, including consumer choice, game theory and behavioural economics.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the 'economic way of thinking' about a broad range of individual, business and government choices and decisions
  2. apply economic principles to explain and analyse economic institutions, economic decisions and performance
  3. recognise regulatory and political environments and how they impact on business
  4. proceed to the study of other economics units which have an introduction to microeconomics as a prerequisite.


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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